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Year 9 News - 28th April 2017

28 April 2017

Find out what's been happening in Year 9

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Continuing to enjoy the sunny weather as the summer approaches we have now moved to summer uniform. Student now no longer need to wear their blazer but should continue to wear correct school uniform.

It was great to see so many of you at ARE last week. If you didn’t get a chance to see me please feel free to drop me an email if you require any assistance. Keep your eye on our school’s Facebook and WeChat pages as well as Class Dojo to keep up to date with what’s happening. Following a successful trial with Year 9 Dojo has now been launched with all teachers and Year groups from Year 7-10. This means that you should begin to receive updates from other subjects on a more regular basis. As always feedback is welcome do please get in touch.

Music on the field Festival.

The community group have organised an event for our secondary school students to enjoy. On 7th May from 12pm- 4pm students from Year 6 upwards can come together on the school field and enjoy music from a DJ, some games and activities and have a picnic with their friends. The entrance is 50rmb and we hope to see as many of you there as possible. Food and drinks such as hotdogs, burgers and other items will be available for purchase. So get your picnic blanket and pop down to enjoy some rays and some tunes with your pals!

History Bowl

A fortnight ago some our students along with Mr Guiney and Ms Andrews went along to the city wide History Bowl. It was the first time our school had entered the competition with Mr Guiney and they were incredible successful. Congratulations to the following students from Year 9 who represented the school on the team: Arya Nair, Alejandro Martin, Ehsaan Farooq, Olivia Mills, and Danny Ren

Please see the account from Arya Nair 9B & Mr Guiney.

On the 16th of April, Mr Guiney, Ms Andrews, 24 other students from NAIS and I went to SHSID (Shanghai High School International Division) for the International History Bee and Bowl. For the Bowl, we had 6 teams in 3 different age groups; 1 Varsity team, 1 Junior Varsity team and 4 Middle school teams. My team, NAIS C, were the runners up of the middle school age group. We lost 1 of the 6 matches, which was the final. In the bee, the only person who made it into the finals was Kaiyao Jiang from year 7 but, unfortunately, he didn't get placed. All of us had a lot of fun and would like to attend again if we get the chance next year. 

Mr Guiney’s report

On Easter Sunday 2017 25 keen young NAIS Historians from Years 7 through to 12 took up the challenge of representing their school at the Shanghai heat of the International History Bee & Bowl. The day consisted of two different competitions – the bowl, which is an event for groups of four, and the bee, which is a singles competition. Both events require extensive subject knowledge and provided some of our most gifted students the opportunity to showcase their talents.

One of the major highlights of the day was witnessing NAIS Varsity Team comprehensively beat Ulink College before bowing out in an impressive semi-final appearance in the 13-school tournament. NAIS Middle Team went one better and were undefeated before losing their final match having overcome challenges from YK Pao, Soong Ching Ling, and Concordia amongst others along the way.

Every student who came along showed the true qualities of what makes a NAIS student special and we were all extremely proud of their efforts and achievements.

Opportunities for Students:

House Competition

Humanities Photography Competition

“People and Places”

The competition has now closed but the judging continues. The entries were reduced to the top 20 entries and the judging was put out to the public. We had a number of Year 9 students in the top 20 entries including two from Yukiko Juaffret. We look forward to the announcement of the results.

House Badminton

Congratualtions to all those who took part in  House Badminton collecting valuable points for their individual houses. An excellent turnout from Year 9 students. Well done.

House Music

This week also saw the House Music competition. Judged by our music teachers, Mr & Mrs Bailey and Mr Graham, each house entered one act. The acts were judged on a number of different criteria including musicality, quality of singing, interaction with the audience. Congratulations to De House who were the overall winners securing a whopping 500 house points!!!!!

Student Reporters

Jocelyn Teoh 9A – History

In history lessons, we currently studied Adolf Hitler and how he controlled Germany. We were divided into three groups, and made presentations based around how Hitler used propaganda and fear to consolidate his power. We also watched a film about the rise to power of Adolf Hitler.  

Sofie Vesterbaek 9A – German

In German this week, we learned about jobs and workplaces. We all wrote a short piece about were our parents work and what we do. We also all wrote about what we wanted to be in the future. We used möchte to make these sentences. At the start of the lesson we did some listening exercises to help us with our upcoming exams. Furthermore, in the middle of the lesson we did some `guess the meaning, or look it up in the dictionary´ work with some german words about workplaces and the people working there. I found the lesson helpful, and learned a couple of new words.

Natasha Niggli 9A -Mandarin

Last week, we got into small groups and read a book together, then when we finished it we wrote a book review. This week in mandarin, my class has learned about animals and what they look like. We have practiced the vocabulary by playing games, solving riddles and writing a letter about our pets.

Hannah Tan 9A – Geography

In geography, we are currently focusing on the topic of Globalisation. More specifically, TNCs such as Adidas, McDonalds and Coca-Cola. Our latest project was to work in pairs to create a presentation on a specific TNC.

Upcoming dates:

1 May – School holiday – School Closed

7th May – Music on the Field

10th June – Summer Fun Day