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Message from Primary - 28th April

28 April 2017

Dear Parents,

We’ve had a great week in Early Years and Primary this week with day visits, assemblies and of course, fun learning activities in the classroom.

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On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of accompanying Year 5 on their visit to People’s Square and the Bund. As part of their Holiday Show topic, we walked through some of the main touristic parts of downtown Shanghai, identifying how the city had adapted over the years due to the influence of tourism. We spotted some of Shanghai’s well-known landmarks, as well as influences from other countries that have impacted upon the city. We then sat on the Bund and whilst having a snack, sketched buildings that make up the Shanghai skyline. We continued to walk along the Bund stopping one more time for a sketch before heading back to school.

It was Year 4’s turn on Wednesday to go on a school visit, and they went to Metro for the Exit Point to their recent topic ‘You are what you eat’. The students spent the morning identifying food which is imported into China from other countries, and where specifically it comes from. This was a good opportunity to see for real how easy it is for us to buy food that comes from all around the world and discuss how it ends up on our plate!

Yesterday, Class 1A performed a wonderful assembly for us all, focusing on the world we live in and how we can make it a better place. Similarly to our Year 6 students last week, they also discussed UNICEF’s Global Goals that we have been looking at as a school and displayed some very mature thinking. Well done, 1A!

Next week, of course, is the week our Year 4 and Year 5 students have been waiting for and early on Tuesday morning, they will be setting off on their respective residentials. Parents of Year 4 and Year 5 students will be able to follow their adventures on Class Dojo and we can’t wait to hear all about their week away on their return to school. We also bid farewell to some very lucky Year 6 students on Sunday who will be joining over 100 students from other Nord Anglia schools, in the United States, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. They will be working with the MIT faculty on a variety of STEAM-themed activities in what is surely the opportunity of a lifetime. We will be following their adventures closely too.

On Wednesday next week, we invite Reception parents and Year 6 parents to join us for our two transition meetings which we will be hosting simultaneously at 9 am. These will be informative sessions on what to expect as our students move into the next phase of their education; Reception into Year 1 – the first year of Primary school, and Year 6 into Year 7; the first year of secondary school. We hope parents are able to join us for these sessions.

Finally, don’t forget that school is closed on Monday – I hope you all enjoy the long weekend and we look forward to seeing our students again on Tuesday.


Best wishes,


Lisa Passante

Head of Primary