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Parent Update - 15 January 2016

15 January 2016

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Dear Parents,

 We want to thank you for all your comments and feedback on the introduction of an Annual Capital Levy. As you can imagine it has not been easy to hear how unhappy many of you are, but we hope that the meeting on the 27 Wednesday (at 6.30pm) with our Chief Executive of Nord Anglia Education, Mr. Andrew Fitzmaurice, will give you the opportunity to share your concerns and to have your questions addressed.

Thank you also for the many messages of support. It has been heartening to hear how happy your children are at NAIS and how much respect you have for our wonderful teachers.



From Monday 18 January


REMINDER: ECAs and Late Buses start from this date. If you haven’t already done so, please let our Student Services team know your child will be getting home (bus@nais.hk), whether by bus or pick-up.


Monday 18 January

Ice-Hockey Taster session for Year 7-8. I’m looking forwardto seeing how our Sports Hall will be transformed into an ice rink!


Tuesday 26 January, 8.30 – 9.00am, Cafeteria


Parent Workshop: Maths – how to support your child at home. A very popular workshop last term. Led by Miss Robyn Dowding. Years 3 to 6.

Wednesday 27 January, 6.30pm, Hall

Parents’ Meeting with Mr Fitzmaurice.

Thursday 4 February, 8.30am

Year 3 Chinese New Year Assembly – Year 3 parents are invited


Thursday 4 February

Celebrating Mandarin Day – more details later.



Please remember to check your child’s Year Blogs on Firefly as we have lots going on in individual year groups (including the marvellous Kids Fest on 21 January for our Year 1s and 28 January for our Year 3s).



Last weekend our Lady Knights fought hard against Delia School of Canada, International College School and Canadian International School. They did exceptionally well and are certainly learning with experience! Thank you to Mr Malone and our parent coaches for supporting the team.



Led by our Netball coaches, the Fun Netball Tournament with teachers and parents against out Year 5/6s and Year 7/8 Knights took place on Wednesday. We all had great fun watching and cheered on our lady Knights of course! Check out the photos and video here.




Congratulations to our Primary Stars of the Week chosen by their teachers for being the most ambitious in their learning. As a school we encourage our pupils to "Be Ambitious" about what they want to achieve for themselves. Our Stars are: 


Year 1: Biel Bertran Molinas, Dave Wu, Rinnosuke Konishi, Purssa Hornsby, Alicia Ying

Year 2: Sebastien Jerga, Eric Chee, Gypsy Hignett, Frederick Cary, Esme McFee

Year 3: Yasmin Merrill, Serena Lau, Sasha Parsons, Hinston Lee, Anita Chung

Year 4: Amely Qiu, Eugene Li, Rylan Holt, Jonathan Ring, Alison Woo

Year 5: Marcus Chung, Carrie Stevenson, Matthew Ip, Elijah Herron

Year 6: Ebee Lee, Katie Lam, Sofia Gonzalez

On a wet and wintery day in Hong Kong, Class 3C put on a fabulous assembly about different weather and countries. They read out some of their wonderful poems they have been writing over the past week including acrostic, Haiku and cinaquains styles. Thank you to Mr. Stephen Holt and his class. Photos can be found here and in Firefly.


Our Secondary Commendation certificates for Maths were awarded to:  

Year 7: Mattia Muggeri, Kate Wong

Year 8: Daniel Cheng, Ryan Chu

Congratulations to you all! 

In the Secondary assembly, Mr. Boyd talked about Tootoot which is an anti-bullying software. Tootoot allows our students to talk about bullying with our teachers. They can raise their own concerns or concerns for others, and they can do so anonymously if this is easier. Please take the time to look at this software and to have a chat with your child. You can find more details on Firefly under the 'Houses' section. Mr Boyd also discussed iPad etiquette, and why students must remember that talking and communicating directly to their peers and people around them is just as important (more important!) than starting at a small screen!



You should now have your child's ‘pick-up’ card which we would like to use from Monday 18 January. You can read more about this important initiative to keep our children safe at this Firefly link.



This week we held a successful Fire Drill with all our children making their way safely to the safety area. None of our teachers or students knew we’d be having the Fire Drill so their impressive and safe evacuation was doubly impressive. Next week we will be holding another important safety drill; a whole school ‘Lock Down’. This is a simulation of an intruder coming into the school. It involves students being held safely in their classrooms with their teachers and TLAs with doors locked and barricaded. Our teachers will be talking about the importance of the Lock Down with our children before it takes place to ensure that they are all calm and ready.



Finally, good luck to our Basketball Knights for tomorrow’s Tournament against HKIS and Victoria Shanghai Academy. They are playing at HKIS at 11am if you want to go along and cheer!


I hope the weather picks up a little over the weekend and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.