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Year 8 News - 6th May

05 May 2016

Last Thursday was the Infants Sports Day at NAIS Pudong. Excited students in Years1 and 2 put on their sun cream, house t-shirts and hats, and armed with their water bottles made their way out onto the field to take part in the annual house Sports Day competition. With so many kids taking part it was essential that we called in the help of other, older students in the school. That’s where the Year 8s came in! Students were paired up and allocated a team of Year 1s and 2s. Their job was to lead the younger students around the circuit of activities that were laid out on the field. They were responsible for ensuring the students' safety, motivating and encouraging, as well as scoring on each of the activities.

The Year 8s proved themselves to be extremely responsible leaders, demonstrating attributes such as caring, communication, organisation and patience. I was proud to see them come into their own and show how responsible and mature they can be. Their help was much needed and much appreciated. 

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The Global Campus and Creative Arts Competition

The Global Campus is challenging students to illustrate the winning stories that will be published in the Creative Writing anthology this year.

This year students are not limited to illustrations. They can create sculptures, take photographs, make a mosaic etc.! The piece of visual arts created must be inspired by one of the winning stories. Students can choose a story to work from by signing into the Global Campus Competitions page.

Students should choose a story from a student at a different school to their own. One image per story will be chosen to go alongside it in the book, so to be in with a better chance, they should try to choose a story different than their friends and classmates.

Students don't have to illustrate a story from their age group; they can choose a story from a different age category if they want.

Read to Feed

This term, we will be raising awareness and funds for one of our partner projects, Read to Feed. Read to Feed is a sponsored read organised by the agricultural charity Heifer International.

Heifer International works in China with impoverished rural communities, helping them to become self-reliant and sustainable in their farming practices. They do this through donating livestock to farmers and teaching families how to care for the livestock without harming the environment. Each family receiving the gift of animals agrees to pass on offspring or an equivalent to another family.

Last year, as a school we raised an amazing 29,832RMB which went to supplying farmers in Yanglin Village (2,300km from Shanghai) with Tibetan pigs. Families in this village live in very difficult conditions, with farmers often earning only a few thousand RMB per year. The gift of a pig, may seem quite simple but it can help to raise a family’s economic prospects, send their children to school and break the cycle of poverty. More importantly, the project is sustainable as each recipient family also returns the favour to others in the village, thus helping an entire village to escape poverty.

This week we are launching this year’s Read to Feed  programme and we hope that all students in Y7-Y9 will get involved. Each student will receive sponsorship packs from their Form Tutors.  There will be individual and class prizes and certificates for most books read and funds raised.

Students will need to return their completed sponsorship forms and donations by Friday 27th May 2016. This can be returned to their Form Tutor or to the Secondary School Secretaries.

Thank you for helping us to make a difference!

Lesson Updates


This term’s topic is persuasive writing and having learned and revised what persuasive techniques are, Mr Watson’s set have written a persuasive letter to convince the Head of Secondary to abolish school uniforms!  Let’s see how persuasive they have been…

After this practice, we have had a look at some famous political speeches over time, ranging from Martin Luther King (to tie in with a recent Year 8 History topic) to George W Bush and including Nelson Mandela. We are exploring how politicians have used persuasive devices to convince others of their views; it’s been a revealing and exciting topic.


Year 8 learnt how to describe appearance in detail. The fun part of practising, speaking and listening involved a student using Chinese to describe the people in a given picture, while the other students drew the picture according to what they heard.

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Eli Weigman 8B for Guidance

In Guidance, we have been covering the topic of drugs. We started out with what a drug is, and which ones are okay and not okay to take. We learned that there are good and bad drugs, all classified as drugs because they change the way the body works. For instance, it is never acceptable to take cocaine, but it is perfectly fine to have a piece of chocolate every now and then. The we split into pairs and each covered a drug, producing a presentation on it showing what it was, how it is taken, what effects it has, etc.

Zuzana kalinova 8B for Maths

For the last two weeks, in Mr. Lukose's class we have been studying how to convert recurring decimals into fractions, trigonometry and equation for a straight line. Our class is doing really well and some of the students from our class got moved up to the top set. 

Siddhartha Roychowdhury 8B for Geography

We have been learning about hurricanes and specifically two hurricane, hurricane Mitch and hurricane Andrew. We have been studying about how hurricanes are formed and which did the most damage.

Hurricane Andrew happened in August 1992. It was category 5 hurricane intensity on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale. Twenty-six people were killed during hurricane Andrew. Over 25,000 houses were destroyed in Miami-Dade County alone, and nearly 100,000 more were severely damaged. The damage total across the affected regions exceeded $US26 billion.

Hurricane Mitch happened in October 22, 1998. It was also category 5 hurricane intensity on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane scale. Nearly 11,000 people were killed  2.7 million were left homeless as a result of the hurricane. The flooding caused extreme damage, estimated at over $6 billion.

Michaela Jang 8B for Drama

In Drama, 8B have been learning about the Theatre of Cruelty by a practitioner called Artaud. We've been taught about the subconscious mind, symbolism and dream. We've been using metaphysics to create an atmosphere to make someone feel something. We've been doing activities like the cafe, zombie apocalypse and more.

Upcoming Events & Dates

Thurs 12 May           Stage and Screen Evening

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 24 June                School ends 12 noon

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