Welcome back from the Chinese New Year break. I hope you all had a restful and relaxing break and that students are ready for the long and busy term ahead. Reflecting on our short term from Christmas to Chinese New year we managed to pack so much into the time frame. It was great to see many of you at Academic Review Evenings and I am pleased to have now met with each student individually to discuss their options choices for next year. Students were also given the opportunity to partake in a taster lesson in both Economics and Business Studies to help with the decision making process. For all students these are new subjects and the lesson helped many students make their decision on which subject to take.
Year 9 students Hannah Tan, Yukiko Jauffret and Airi Imaruri, were also lucky enough to have been selected to take part in a dance workshop with Ingrid Kapteyn. Read more about this later.
We kicked off the Chinese New Year celebrations with the Annual Temple Fair on Sunday 22nd January. The students were treated to dragon dancing, traditional Chinese music and dancing performances and an opportunity to try out some crafts. Throughout the week there was also delicious traditional food available for the students to try. And finally the school was awash with reds and gold as we had our annual Chinese New Year dress up day on the final day of term. It is fantastic to see everyone come together to celebrate Chinese traditions.
As always please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or require any support.
Assessment cycle dates have been set as 6th-17th March. Timetables for assessments will be shared with students asap.
Parent Satisfaction Survey
The Parent Satisfaction Survey is open. You should have now received an email inviting you to complete the online survey with this link http://parentsurvey.nordanglia.com/survey/selfserve/5a0/160104?wave=y2017. As a school we always welcome the views of our parents. We would be happy for as many parents to complete the survey as possible.
As some of you may be parents of Primary aged children here at NAIS, you may be aware of Class Dojo. Class Dojo is an online platform for sharing information, messages and alerts. Year 9 has been selected to trial Class Dojo as a means of communication. In the coming week you will receive a code to sign up for the platform. It can be accessed via an app or on line and all detaisl will be enclosed in the letter. In the meantime, please keep up to date with all the amazing things happening at school by signing up to the school we chat or by following the school facebook page.
Student reports from Iceland
We said farewell to a group of students who travelled to Iceland for the break. The students had a wonderful time. There are many opportunities to travel for the students in Year 9.
Alexander Nies travelled as part of the school group. Here are some of his memories from the trip.
My best memory during the Iceland trip is when Freddie decided to jump with 2 feet onto the ice in order to break it. The result of it was slipping and landing on his back onto the ice and that was hilarious. Another memory would be watching a really scary horror movie with Freddie and Camilla and then jumping and scaring Kyle when he was watching it as well. One other great memory would be when everyone was watching a really funny video that Robin showed and everyone including Mr Northedge was laughing at it on the bus. One last good memory of the trip would be climbing the glaciers which was really fun and going to the geothermal heated swimming pool and at the blue lagoons which was a humongous hot spring.
Opportunities for the future.
Juilliard Dance Workshop
Just before Chinese New Year holiday, the very talented performer, Ingrid Kapteyn, joined us for a series of dance workshops and performances with our students, including some of our Year 9 students.
As a Juilliard Alumni, having graduated with the Martha Hill Prize, Ms Kapteyn has been featured in many productions and has traveled the world performing and conducting workshops to inspire future stars. Ms. Kapteyn began the day with an advanced ballet workshop for our budding ballerinas, where she showed our dancers the moves and techniques to help them develop their passion further. Following the first workshop, Years 3 to 6 were treated to a demonstration of three different styles of dance – ballet, modern and contemporary.
Just after lunch, Ms. Kapteyn led a unique Indian dance workshop and worked with our dancers in the upcoming student production of ‘Into the Woods’. She provided her expert knowledge to guide the dancers to an even stronger performance.
The students enjoyed the workshops and were thrilled to watch a Juilliard-trained artist perform her craft. If you would like to see Ingrid Kapteyn in action, she is currently playing Lady Macduff in the hit production, ‘Sleep No More’ Shanghai.
Summer Performing Arts Camp with Juilliard
Next July, your child can join like-minded students aged 10-18 years old from all over the world for a unique two-week programme. Choosing a focus of music (instrumental, vocal or piano), dance or drama, they will work closely with some of the most talented Juilliard Artist Faculty in both group and one-to-one sessions to make incredible technical and artistic strides. At the end of two weeks of workshops, coaching, masterclasses and rehearsals, your child will celebrate all they have learned culminating in showcase performances. Students of all levels of experience are invited to explore the arts and cultivate their talents.
Our Discovery Programme offers students with wide-ranging interests the opportunity to explore multiple disciplines while the Young Artist Programme challenges advanced students to focus deeply on their artistic passion. Your child will unlock their talents at one of the most beautiful schools in the world, Collège du Léman in Geneva, Switzerland. Located in the Swiss countryside on the shores of Lake Geneva, the school is the perfect backdrop for your child to make great strides in their artistic discipline of interest whilst building new friendships and creating unforgettable memories.
As a Nord Anglia student, your child will receive an exclusive 15% discount on standard prices. Apply Now.
Les Martinets, Switzerland trip for Y7-9
During Assembly on Friday the students received information on this trip from Ms Andrews. I have also attached some more information for your perusal. Details of how to apply are attached below.