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Year 9 News - 24th March 2017

23 March 2017

Find out what's been happening in Year 9

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This week was Shakespeare week at NAIS. The students have been exposed to the works of the great bard. There have been lots of fantastic opportunities for the students to get involved and win house point.

Each day a small statue of Will himself has been hidden around the school for students to find. They have been challenged to write their own sonnets and Shakespearean insults and submit them to their English teacher. The annual book fair has been set up in school providing students with an opportunity to purchase books.

The Finale for Shakespeare week is the dress up day on Friday. I have set the challenge to the best dressed form and will reward them with house points (and chocolates!!)

Results will be revealed on Monday.


Earlier in the month, 5 Year 9 students travelled to Kuala Lumpar to take part in U13 Fobisia games. Alessandra, Matt, Shreyas, Yuvraj and Andrea were excellent ambassadors for the school and great role models for our younger students.

A special mention must go to our two team captains – Alessandra and Matthew.


The new term sees the beginning of new CCA’s. Make sure you log on to the CHQ app found on the school website to secure your child’s place in their chosen activity.

This terms sport for Year 9 is Netball for girls and Basketball for both boys and girls. Please see your PE teachers for more information.

Important school reminders

School uniform – Students should come to school every day wearing full school uniform. This includes school blazer. Girls should wear black or navy tights or long black socks to the knee if they wish. Whilst moving around school, students should be wearing their blazer.

School bags – In order to follow health and safety guidelines, students are not permitted to carry school bags during the school day. Each student is provided with a locker in which they can store their bag. Students should visit their locker at appropriate times in the day to collect books for the lessons that follow.

Mobile phone and devices

In an effort to encourage face to face interaction and improve productivity in lessons we have asked students not to use their phones or other mobile devices around the school, in corridors, at break time, lunchtime and during lessons, unless they have been given permission by a teacher. This request is also intended to discourage students from using the online world of social media, games and the internet as an alternative to real life interactions. We believe that real life interactions are a much healthier and more beneficial to students' development than virtual ones and that it is easy for students to rely too heavily on social media and the online world.

However, phones are not banned and students are not prevented from discreetly checking their phones during the day. If students need to contact home they can easily ask a teacher for permission to use their phone, use an empty classroom or a teacher's office at break time or lunchtime. Teachers are aware of students' need to communicate with their parents regarding transport and other important issues and so permission will be given should the need arise.

School Photographs

Students enjoyed having their photo taken this week by Pret a Portait company. The company, especially flown in from UK have worked tirelessly all week entertaining our students as they had their photo taken. I am looking forward to seeing the results. Details of how to order your photo will be published soon.

Student reports

Career Fair – Airi 

Last Wednesday, a lot of universities came to our school, and we could listen the information of the universities that we had interest. All charges of each universities explained about their school politely. We could think about what do we want to do in our future, and also, what should we do for that, in this programme.

Additionally, last week was in assessment cycle 2. We all had some tests of that we learned during this term. In music assessment, we made songs(lyrics and melody) with the group’s own topics as a pair work, and performed the song to other people in our class. We could enjoy to make the songs and listen to other pairs’ songs in the class.​

Fobisia tournament - Alessandra

The U13 Fobisia games were hosted in KL, Malaysia this year. From Shanghai we had to fly via Hong Kong to than go to KL. The trip was really long but it went pretty fast. When we got to the hotel in KL we were all pretty much exhausted so we went straight to bed. The first morning we were all up by 6am. The girls were getting ready to play basketball and the boys were ready to play football. The girls first game was against the hosting team, coming out of that game winning 10-8. We were all really happy which made us carry on for the rest of the day. The second game was really tight against the Tai Pei school, but we were really unlucky and unfortunately we lost. As the day went along we kept pushing and pushing since we really wanted that trophy.  At the end of the day we arrived 3rd place. The girls, Miss Parrish and Miss. Sparks were all really happy! On Friday it was our turn to play football. We were all really exited, the only thing that we didn't really like was the heat. That heat was just like an oven. That was a disadvantage for us because we don't usually train in this heat. That fact though didn't pull us back. We still wanted to win that other trophy but unfortunately we came 4th. We were really proud for one of our games against the Bankok school because they had won all their games but they drew with us. That felt good. Day 3 we had athletic in the morning and swimming in the afternoon. Our athletics events went really really well. We had lots of girls and boys on the podium. Swimming didn't go as well but we still had a few of girls go on the podium. The gala night was extremely fun, we made lots of new friends from other schools that we still keep in touch with. Our flight back was good, even though we had to wake up again at 5am. Overall i loved Fobisia and i would really love to go again!!!​