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Year 7 News - 28th April 2017

28 April 2017

Find out what's been happening in Year 7

Year 7 Newsletter – 14th April 2017

As we forge ahead with Term 3, it was lovely to see many of you last week in Academic Review Evening. As always it’s nice to see and discuss your child’s progress and to highlight all their successes. As you are no doubt aware from these appointments, that assessment cycle 3 will start shortly. I have included a copy of the timetable for you to share with your child. Many teachers now use Moxtra to upload resources directly for the students to use, please try to see this app on their iPads as it’s a really good tool to help them with their studying.

Many of you have now joined our ClassDojo which will eventually replace these newsletters; we see it as a better way of the staff to take photos during lessons and to let you see immediately what is happening within secondary school. It has been successfully trialed in Year 9 and the remaining teachers are slowly getting to grips with it. Please can you ensure that you are part of this process and to email me if you need a new log in code? As always, your feedback is valued.

The form challenge has meant that our students have been eagerly awaiting the morning quiz every Wednesday morning and for the first time this year, 7B have taken an early lead! Their win this week has put them into 1st place. Can they maintain this victory though? See if you can do the form quiz – this week it was on “Dolphins”.

And finally a warm welcome to our two new students in year 7 – Ryan and Jessica Long who seemed to have really settled in and made new friends already. Welcome to the NAIS family Ryan and Jessica.

Message from Parent Committee:

Music on-the-field festival

  • When: Sunday May 7th
  • Time: 12:00 - 4:00pm
  • Please bring a blanket
  • Price: admission 50rmb
  • Food, snacks and drinks available for purchase - Burgers, hot dogs, wraps and vegetarian options available
  • Who is it for: Secondary students only (years 6 & up)

Run by the NAIS Community Group

A hired DJ will be scratching the decks to light up the field with some techno, electro, house and disco favourites. Our students are looking forward to this!


Well done to the following students for achieving their milestones in housepoints. This shows just how much work you are doing in class and at home and you should be commended for your efforts.

50 Housepoints [Bronze]

  • Lenard Chang
  • Louise He

100 Housepoints [Silver]

  • Ben Jensen
  • Zainab Rizvi
  • Sasiresh
  • Kaiyao Jiang
  • Harry Lin

150 Housepoints [Gold]

  • Mia Dajani-Keenan
  • Jisu Kim
  • Angelina Nazarian

As well as steaming trough this new term, we also wish Phoebe McLuskie well on her trip to MIT Boston to take part in the Global STEAM challenges. I am sure she will be amazing! Good luck to you and the rest of the team Phoebe!

Teacher messages:

Mr. Guiney - Well done to our budding historians who represented NAIS at the History Bee & Bowl at Shanghai High School International Division and were an absolute credit to the school:

Ben Jensen – 7A

James Cartwright – 7A

Louise He – 7C

Jisu Kim – 7C

Lindsey Ren - 7C

Kathy Liu – 7C

Jai Rao – 7C

Anya Lu – 7C

Phoebe McLuskie – 7A

Lilian Yearwood – 7A

There were 13 schools and 24 teams involved. Our older students did fantastically to get to the semi-finals of the Varsity Division and our younger students did even better finishing in second place in the Middle Division. Well done Year 7!

Mr. Guiney has also attached details of the next history competition.

Student Reporters

7B had their turn at writing a student report, thank you for sharing your classroom experiences.

Elmer Yap - Maths

This week in maths we have been learning about the four rules of fraction we also have been learning about Egyptian fraction. The four rules of fraction are times, divide, add and subtract fraction. When we did time the fraction we had to cross out the numerator and the denominator if we can. For example ½ times 4/6 you have to cross out the 2 and 4 then the answer would be 1/3. When we were learning about Egyptian fraction the Egyptian could only write ½ 1/3 ¼ 1/5 they could not write a whole number , mixed fraction and improper fraction  but we are not sure why this is and hope to find out shortly.

Emma Lubrano – English – pdf is at the bottom, please click to read.

Amelie Zou – Drama

In Drama we have learnt to reach our sub consciousness. It is the animal part of our brain and it contains your feelings and emotions. It is also the only part of your brain which is the same as everyone else's.

We tackled our sub consciousness by making illusions like the trust fall and many more. We also tackled our sub consciousness by doing something very abnormal and out of surprise. We had to form an organ and try to tackle Mr. Bradshaw's sub consciousness. My group did the heart and at first we didn't succeed but then we had to just make it crazy by making really abnormal moves and sounds.

Mr. Bradshaw then told us the different levels 1 was normal, and he told us that theatre performance was about 3 and in order to tackle our sub consciousness it needs to be about 11.

To conclude I really enjoyed this lesson and I learnt a lot of things like the sub consciousness is different than he mind and how to tackle it.

Mehar Parmar – ICT – pdf is at the bottom, please click to read.

Araya Richards – Girls PE

This week in P.E we have been doing netball. We have practiced turning, footwork, passing and where we should stand on the court and where we can go.for are warm up. On Tuesday we had 3 different coloured cones scattered around. You were given a colour. When Miss Sparkes called out your colour you needed to run to the same colour cone as you started on. If you were the last person on your colour cone you needed to run laps around the court! Then we got into four lines and two people were stranded opposite the other two people. One of the people stood with the ball and the opposite person ran to the middle of the court and the person passed the ball and the other person needed to catch the ball then turn without moving your feet. Then we set up the posts and Miss Sparkes gave us a position to play in. We got into our positions and started to play a match. We tried really hard to try and turn with the ball and footwork. Then we packed all the equipment away and went and got changed into our school uniform.

Alex Hansen – Languages

In Mandarin we learned how to say some different words so we could read the text which was quite fun because we did some games about the words. Like she calls the word in English and then the person that has the card has to raise it and whichever team that has the most points will win. And then by the end of the lesson almost everyone could read it.

Jefferson Chen - Science– pdf is at the bottom, please click to read.

Next time we are back to 7C for their fortnightly classroom update.

Upcoming dates are:

30th April – 6th May – MIT trip

1st May – School holiday – School Closed

7th May – Music on the Field

10th June – Summer Fun Day

Have a wonderful longer weekend.

Paula Alderson

Year 7 Leader