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Year 10 News - 20th May 2016

19 May 2016

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, I would like to remind you that Year 10 students will start their end-of-year examinations next Wednesday. Students have been preparing well inside and outside of lessons, after creating revision timetables and following guided preparation with their teachers. Next Wednesday-Friday sees students sit all-day exams in the option choices of PE Studies, Art and ICT. The following week will be perhaps the most intense and challenging of their school lives thus far, as they sit 2-3 written exams per day in the Sports Hall. Please support your son/daughter during this time by aiding their study and in supporting healthy eating and regular sleep patterns. 

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The day after the students finish their exams is a chance to celebrate and relax at the Summer Fun Day (Saturday 4th June 11.00-3.00). This day is always one of the highlights of the school calendar and a chance for the wider school community to come together and have some fun in the sun. The Year 10 students will be running the ‘Glamour tent’, where there will be face paints, hair designs and nail painting. Also, if you have any food or drink items you would be willing to donate to the school tombola (tins, cans, bottles, dried/cured goods etc.) then please send this into school with your son/daughter. There will be food, drink, live music, entertainment, games, tombola, prizes and much more fun to be had. Please come along and enjoy the day, we hope to see you all there!

Finally, I would like to congratulate one of our students. Ticiano Gao (10B) won first prize for the Shanghai Pudong New Area “Gold Apple Cup”  international Students Writing Competition. This is an amazing achievement. We are so proud of Ticiano, who joined us from Argentina at the start of the year and has made such amazing progress (picture attached) Well done Ticiano!

Now, over to the students to find out what is happening in the classroom…

A View from the Classroom

Josephin Ebeling

Guidance - As it comes to the end of the year, the teachers had to make some decisions about awards they want to award to some specific students. Last week in Guidance finally was the day of the awards ceremony for Year 10. We quietly lined up outside the auditorium waiting with excitement to go inside to find out what awards we might receive. Mrs. Hawtree gave us a speech about how we have to set out goals high to achieve the best we possibly can and how to keep working on ourselves to be the best we can be. Shortly after this, the awards ceremony began. For every subject, the nominees and winners for both effort and academic excellence were called onto the stage and were rewarded with a certificate. With a big smile we then moved back off the stage. It was amazing to see the big smiles on everyone's face as they were rewarded for their hard work they had done the last few weeks.

Mandarin - There is a lot of learning characters off by heart and it is a little difficult learning a language that isn't yours. However, this week in Mandarin we learned about food. I've always wondered when the time would come when we would get to this topic because I believe it is probably one of the most useful ones when you live in China. We learned about the Chinese specialties, which gave us a little insight in the culture because, I must say, I haven't heard of any of these things before. I'm looking forward for using the new vocabulary I learned in my everyday life.

Maths - I must say, Maths is probably one of my favorite lessons not only because I enjoy solving problems, but also because the teacher and class is great. The amount of support I have around me is enormous. When one of us does not understand something everyone tries hard to help that one person to understand it. Not only the students help each other but also Mr. Lukose is a big help. He is the best Maths teacher I have had so far. If any of us don't know something he is always there to help us. This week in Maths, we have started doing some revision heading towards our end of year exams. I believe with the help of my classmates and Mr Lukose I will be properly prepared for these exams!

Simon Jensen

Mandarin: This past week, our Mandarin class has been focusing on food vocabulary which I find very useful since we live in China and can actually put these words to use in our daily lives! We have been using multiple learning techniques to memorise these new words including bingo, flash cards games, dictations, etc. I really enjoyed the lesson when these new words were introduced because Shu Laoshi takes her time to explain the characters to us, breaking down the different components of the character. It not only makes the lesson more interesting, but also helps with learning the character.

English: We have been studying a play named "A View from the Bridge" by Arthur Miller. We have been reading this play since February and now that we have gone through the entire story we are going back and taking a detailed look at the different scenes to get a better understanding, to help us to analyse the writing. The highlight of this topic for me was when Ms. Jeffery had us play a game where we had to be a person from the play. To play this game we had to analyse these characters in depth, which was an effective way to learn more about this book.

Hosang Lee

Computer Science - In Computer Science we are currently learning programming in Python using a website called Codecademy, which employs interactive courses containing explanations of the skills used and the instructions. This allowed everyone to learn at their own pace, without going too fast or too slow and making sure that everyone understands the structure and syntax.

Geography - This week in Geography, we are organising and analysing the data we have obtained from the river field trip earlier this month. We learned about various methods of data presentation such as kite diagrammes, located graphs and compound bar graphs. In addition to the methods of data presentation, we also learned about verifying the reliability of data though methods such as Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient and the coefficient of determination.

Physics - During Physics lesson, we investigated the relationship between different voltages and currents at varying points of both series and parallel circuits through practical work. We also learned about how resistance changes under different conditions.

Migrant School CCA - This week in the migrant school CCA, we taught younger children from the Kangqiao migrant school English. Our topic this week was hobbies, which we taught using worksheets and games such as crosswords and hangman after giving them a brief rundown in the form of a PowerPoint, which included a picture, the English spelling and the Chinese definition of the word. We also taught the children some basic sentence structures which could be used to express their favourite hobby. On some occasions, we made jokes about each other’s hobbies and daily activities to create entertainment for the children which also contributed to the children’s progress in learning English.

Dates for your Diary

Mon 23 May            End of year assessments for Years 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 (until 3 June)

Sat 4 June                Summer Fun Day

Thurs 9 June           Dragon Boat Festival – school closed but IGCSE exams continue

Fri 10 June              CCAs end for Term 3

Fri 17 June              IGCSE exams finish, and Year 11 Celebration

Fri 24 June              School ends 12 noon

Mr J Dawson

Year 10 Leader