Year 10 Newsletter
Hello and Happy New Year! After a long term prior to the Christmas break we have a very short term of only a few weeks before our next big celebration Chinese New Year. Here is what's been happening in the last few weeks.
Before Christmas we sadly said goodbye to some old faces in the form of Laurenz, Ayaan, Pablo & Julia. However as is the way with international life new starters are never far away! Joining us this term have been Jarod & George. Jarod has arrived following a spell in Malaysia. A keen swimmer and squash player Jarod has seemed to settle in extremely quickly into life at NAIS Pudong. In the last few days we have also welcomed George from New Zealand. Starting alongside his 2 siblings George is a keen footballer though he might struggle to find fellow Fulham supporters at NAIS! Both boys will be joining Mrs Procter in 10A.
With the reintroduction of the CCA's the pupils have continued to work on their service, skill and physical recreation elements. In guidance our camp craft sessions are starting to build ahead of the Adventurous Journey March 17th - 19th. This week Mr Crozier and Mr Keenan led the groups in a session on compass skills. Some of our pupils have really impressed with their camping skills and this session tested the group in their ability to create and use the compass and coordinates from maps. A new skill for many, it highlighted once again how useful the award is regarding life skills and this will be built on in the future guidance sessions running up to the journey. With February also approaching it is also the final deadline for the last 1000RMB instalment which is due Monday 6th February. One other administrative aspect of the award is that all pupils who are helping CCA's run must also sign up on the CCA system. This is so that the buses can be properly monitored numbers wise.
The house system has been a real strong point in the year and it is as competitive as ever as we begin this term. Many of our pupils have been awarded the privilege of passes for the Aspretto coffee shop for reaching 25 house points. Particular praise should go to Rianne Arts (62), Victoria Deschamps (57) and Julia Jobst (52) for their leading amount of house points. In addition to this a big congratulations goes to Riccardo Perone for bagging one of the big draw prizes on the final assembly last term. This week saw another active house event with the return of the 7 minute challenge. It was great to see lots of the year group in their house colours supporting this event.
Next Tuesday sees the second ARE (Academic Review Evening) for Year 10. This is a great opportunity for parents, pupils and teachers to discuss progress and strategies for the rest of the term. At this stage it would be useful to go over and reflect on the assessment cycle from November and the reports given in at the end of last term.
Chinese New Year
As we are an International School there is always an event which highlights the diversity that we have at NAIS. At the moment the attention is turning to Chinese New Year which naturally is a huge occasion on the calendar. Some of our pupils have been busy preparing for our assembly this Friday which will be a celebration for this Chinese tradition. Seven of our Year 10 pupils will be performing on stage and have had some rehearsals this week to ensure that all goes well on Friday. We wish Aaron, Cherry, Nian Er, Jade, Sarah Li, Carrie and Katrina good luck! There are also a number of whole school Chinese New Year activities. Next Thursday 26th will be a dress up day. Last year I was impressed by the amount of effort some of the pupils made highlighting some form of traditional dress that we associate with China. For those unable to wear traditional clothing there is the option of outfits containing the colour red which is also a key symbol of the festival. In addition to this there is the NAIS Temple Fair this Sunday 22nd where all families are welcome to sample the creative aspects of this festivity.
With the approach of Chinese New Year I have asked some of our students to comment on how they celebrate and what the occasion means to them.
Chinese New Year is a time of year where friends and family gather together to celebrate the arrival of the lunar new year. On the New Year's Eve families gather together for dinner. There are lots of different events happening on that day such as watching the national countdown, getting red envelops and fireworks. Children will get red envelopes from the elders contain an even number of money. Some of the traditions for red envelopes are brand new cash and not opening the envelope in front of relatives. One of my favourite events is lighting up fireworks and firecrackers. Around midnight families will go outside and set off fireworks to drive away evil spirits. I remember as a child I loved watching fireworks lighting up the sky and setting them off.
Jia Mei Xin
For the upcoming Chinese New Year my families and I are going to visit my Aunt who lives in England. It will be so nice to celebrate this festival with the whole family. The 27th of January is The New Year’s Eve which means the last day before New Year comes. We will make dumplings together and one of the dumplings needs to be special—we put a sweet in it and the one who eats the special dumpling will be very lucky in the New Year. It might not be actually true but just a kind wish. We will sleep after midnight to greet the arrival of the New Year. Before midnight, we will stay together watching TV, talking about what we had done in this year. My father calls it the great events of the year. In the 28th of January it is the first day of the Chinese New Year. We will get up early and say Happy New Years to all of our relatives and friends through telephone, messages, Emails or WeChat. Adults will give younger children red pockets. For the rest of holidays my family and I will travel in London. I am looking forward to visiting Baker Street 221B as I’m a fan of Sherlock Holmes! I wish everyone has a nice New Year!
I normally go back to Taiwan during Chinese New Year. I visit my friends in Taiwan. We stay together almost all of the holidays. We watch movies, go shopping and have meals. I have a good memory of the things in Taiwan, and I have lots of great memories with my friends. I also go to the night market with my mum, it lets me deeply experience Taiwanese culture. For the Chinese New Year atmosphere, streets, shops and city hall squares are all decorated. On New Year's Eve, lots of singers conduct concerts at different places in the whole of Taiwan. It is very lively and enjoyable so I came back to Shanghai very satisfied!
Chinese New Year, also called Lunar New Year or Spring Festival is a important Chinese festival that is celebrated widely around the world. During Chinese New Year there are many celebrations such as the lion dance, fireworks, family gatherings, visiting friends and relatives, getting red envelops and many more. Though my family do not take part in all traditions it is a fun time of year!
Nian Er Tan