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Parent Update - 30 October 2015

30 October 2015

  • Halloween

Dear Parents,


Please see below our calendar of upcoming events, and do remember to keep checking your child’s year group pages on Firefly.

3 November, 8.30am

Parent Workshop: “Supporting your child’s English Language Development”. Led by our EAL Support teachers. RSVP: ricky.auyeung@nais.hk

3 – 4 November

Year 8 Camping Trip – Please see your Year 8 blog for details.


5 – 8 November

Our year 5/6 boys and girls teams will be attending the Primary BISP Soccer 7s Tournament in Phuket.

10 November, 8.30am

Parent Workshop for Years 1 to 3: “Understanding and supporting phonics teaching”. Led by our Head of Curriculum, Katie Byrne, and Jessica Howard. RSVP: ricky.auyeung@nais.hk

13 November

Teacher Professional Development Day – No school for all students


17 November, 8.30am

Parent Workshop for Years 4 to 8: “Learn more about the unique opportunities that our Global Campus brings to our students?” Led by David Robinson, Global Campus Lead. RSVP: ricky.auyeung@nais.hk

17 November, 3pm-5pm

Primary School – Parent-Teacher Meetings

A letter will be sent to shortly with more details.

Please note: our uniform supplier will be at the school if you need to buy uniform items.


19 November, 5pm-7pm

Primary School – Parent-Teacher Meetings

A letter will be sent to shortly with more details.

Please note: our uniform supplier will be at the school if you need to buy uniform items.


20 November

School Photo Day: class photos, individual and siblings photos will be taken. Please make sure your child dresses smartly in school uniform with tidy hair and a lovely smile!

24 November, 8.30am

Parent Workshop for Years 1 to 2: “Maths – how to support your child at home.” Led by Robyn Dowding. RSVP: ricky.auyeung@nais.hk

27 November

Sports Day – Click here for details

1 December, 8.30am

Parent Workshop for Years 4 to 8: “Social Thinking Skills.” Led by David Sheehan. RSVP: ricky.auyeung@nais.hk



A huge thank you to the PTA and our parent volunteers. An incredible amount of work has gone into making this a really special event for our school, and we have no doubt that it’s going to be an amazing evening.



Mr Cooklin’s latest ‘Blog’ has been uploaded to Firefly. One of the things that he touches on is the importance of overseas expeditions in giving our students a more global perspective on life. We are fortunate within our family of 42 schools to have some amazing facilities around the world which are available to our students. You should also have received an email from Mr Cooklin on Wednesday with an update on school developments and improvements.


PRIMARY ASSEMBLY – Star of the Week & 4C Assembly – Click here for photos

Our Stars of the Week were selected by their teachers based on who had been the most ambitious in their learning. As you’ll know, as a school, we encourage our students to ‘Be Ambitious’ about what they want to achieve in for themselves.


Please join us in congratulating the following students:

  • Year 1: Kara Kan, Harrison Payne, Zoey Li, Loli Gai, Leo Charlier
  • Year 2: Tristan Wong, Jia Han Lai, Teofilo Vourloumis, Serena Sui, Heather So
  • Year 3: Joline Lam, Hyeonseo Oh, Arianna Muggeri, Jeff Ma, Lucas Vandeweghe
  • Year 4: Martine Bratsberg, Luca Brown, Madelaine Freeman, Allegra Mepham
  • Year 5: Abbie Yiu, Adria Jook, Aarohi Karnavat, Jasmine Little
  • Year 6:  Oliver Ansell, Johnny Hong, Sunny Donat

Mr Ferguson’s class also entertained us all with a presentation and poem on the origins of Halloween. A timely performance given our Halloween Spooktacular this evening.


SECONDARY ASSEMBLY – Focus on the impact of bullying – Click here for Mr Boyd’s presentation

Mr Boyd covered a very important topic in today’s Secondary Assembly: bullying. This is something that we take very seriously and we are constantly reinforcing to our students the impact that bullying has on children, whether they are being bullied or are the bullier. Please take the time to review Mr Boyd’s presentation and to discuss this important topic with your child.



The whole school – teachers and students – got on the Windsor Bouncy Castles last week in support of Windsor House’s local charity, The Heep Hong Society. As well as being a great fun end to the first half-term, we raised an impressive HK$16,000. We look forward to seeing what the next House event will be!



As our Year 8s move towards the start of their Cambridge IGCSE years (Years 10 and 11), we will be welcoming the assessment team from Cambridge to review the readiness of our facilities and teachers for these qualifications. Assistant Principal, Mr Bishop, has been working with the team to demonstrate the qualifications of our teachers (many of whom have taught IGCSEs successfully for several years) and our teaching facilities.


JOIN OUR MO-VEMBER TEAM – Grow a bushy moustache in November and raise funds for men’s health issues

Mr Reid is looking for more NAIS dad’s to join his Mo-Bro team in support of the Movember Foundation. This important charity does great work in promoting awareness and raising funds for men’s health issues, such as prostate and testicular cancer. Click here to join Mr Reid or donate to his team.


FOOTBALL – Y5/6 NAIS Knights – Click for our team photo

Our Year 5 and 6 Football Team had a great tournament at Kings Park this week. They made it into the Plate Semi-Finals with wins over Shatin Junior and hard-fought draws against Glenealy and GSIS. They were finally beaten by 1-0 by  ICHK. Another great outing for the Knights and the rapid improvements in team ability and spirit are clear to see.



Our two Netball teams have been training hard for their tournament next Friday in Aberdeen. I know you’ll join us in wishing them all the best of luck. We’ll be following the games with photos and updates on Facebook. Go Netball Knights!


COBIS GAMES 2016 – Kazakhstan (10-12 March) & Dubai (26-29 May) – For more details, click here

After the success of the COBIS Games last year, we will again be sending teams to compete. This year, we will be sending both Primary and Secondary teams. The Secondary Games will take place in Dubai in March, while the Primary Games will be held in Kazakhstan in May. Try outs for the teams will start with swimming during next week’s PE lessons.


BOX OF HOPE – Deadline for delivery 9 November

Thank you to all the families who have already packed up and delivered their Boxes of Hope to our school. We will have quite a pile soon in our reception area, and it’s lovely to see our students taking such an interest in preparing little packages for other children around Asia. You can see more details here.    


I’ve just walked around the school and the decorations for the Halloween Spooktacular are amazing! Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible later. Please do remember that we don’t have on-site parking, so please see if you can car pool, take a taxi or jump on the MTR.