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Parent Update - 25 November 2016

25 November 2016

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

It was great to welcome Year 9 parents and students along with some other families this week to our first IGCSE Options Evening. Mr Cross, our Key Stage 3 co-ordinator, and members of the Senior Leadership Team gave presentations explaining the process.

We explained about the choices to be made, about how to make those choices and the research involved. There will be considerable support and advice available but one piece of advice was striking – the importance of full attendance. Mr Sheehan highlighted the evidence of even 90% attendance meaning 4 weeks of learning missed and a drop of one grade across all subjects.

It is an exciting prospect to take the year group through this course and on to exams. Our team of experienced and highly successful teachers are looking forward to what they will achieve.

Imagination was to the fore when the MIT Curiosity Challenge was showcased this week. It was amazing to see the creativity of our children across the age range. The questions posed, models made and videos produced were wonderful. Thanks to all the pupils and staff involved for rising to the occasion once again.

Separately from all that, I was asked to give an online interview to produce a case study for how we use GL assessments to help us identify what children need to develop. This followed the webinar where 400 educators around the world listened to my presentation about what we do in the school. So NAIS HK has really gone global!

Finally, in the Secondary assembly today, Mr Bishop spoke to the students about the gardens of their minds. He spoke to them about imagining their minds as being gardens with the flowers being positive thoughts that needed cultivating and nurturing, the bad thoughts being weeds that need tending to and removing. The students reflected upon the thoughts and issues they are currently toiling with and assessed if they are weeds that need removing or flowers that need growing! Mr Cross then announced this weeks highly commended students. These were Jayden Shim in Year 7, Simone Skovgaard in Year 8 and Daniel Chim in Year 9, well done.

Mr Cooklin




28 November: Class assembly 3C

28 November: Greek Day in Year 3

29 & 30 November: Year 8 Two Day Camp

1 December: ECA Season 1 ends

2 December: Class Assembly 2E – Ewan Thomson

5 December: Year 9 Rehearsal Day

6 December: Year 9 Performance Day; Dress Rehearsal 8:30am, Final Performance 1:30pm

7 December: Year 1 Rehearsal Day

8 December: Year 1 Dress Rehearsal 1:30pm

9 December: Year 1 Final Performance 8:30am

9 December:  Secondary Progress Reports Published

12 December: Christmas Concert 4:30pm (please note time change)

13 December: Christmas Jumper Day

13 December: Sleigh Debate

13 December: Class Parties in the afternoon

13 December:  Year 8 Theatre Trip, Wicked, 7:45pm

14 December: Inter House Singing Competition. 1pm Finish!



What fun we had today, (and I’m not just talking about the students!). Yes, we bounced, we jumped, and we sprang into the air all in the name of charity. Students clambered and navigated their way around the inflatable castles and obstacle courses. We’ll let you know how much was raised as soon as the coffers have been counted.

Until then, see for yourself what a great time we had here.



Year 3’s were lucky enough to meet musician and poet Nick Cope as he stopped by before performing at Clockenflap this weekend. Children clapped and sang along to his songs, as he entertained them with a selection of his funny songs.

See all their happy faces here. If you want to see him perform this weekend check out this link.


STEAM CURIOSITY CHALLENGE – A resounding success

On Tuesday the school reception was transformed into an area of discovery and fascination as students continued their MIT Curiosity Challenge journey. Students at NAIS were asked what they were curious about and we have been overwhelmed by our students' enthusiasm for generating these thought-provoking questions. It was amazing to listen and hear the depth and breath of questions that the children came up with. Children were able to pose their questions, as well as answer those they know. They also engaged in discussions and debates around certain questions. More on the MIT STEAM challenge to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about our collaboration with MIT click here.



Monday night saw our Year 9 students and their parents attend our first ever Options Evening. Mr. Cooklin introduced the IGCSE programme and its importance, with Mrs. Charlier, Mr. Bishop, and Mr. Cross, all taking to the stage to explain more about what options are on offer and how to go about making the important choice. The session ended with Head of Pastoral Care, Mr. Sheehan, explaining the impact of absenteeism and lateness can have on academic performance.

A copy of the presentation can be found on Firefly.



Yes, some of our teachers have really embraced the moustache tache tache and beardage in support of Movember. See if you can guess who the tache and beard belong to here.

And don’t forget to leave your comment voting for who you think has the best hair growth! Faces will be revealed on Monday!

Learn more about Movember here.


LET THE BATTLE BEGIN – It’s time for the Inter-House Singing Competition

Houses at the ready ….

In a couple of weeks our Houses will battle it out to win this coveted title.

Students and teachers from each House will sing their hearts out, showcasing their talent and musical ability. But there’s a twist. Each House will compete by singing the same song. However they need to change the lyrics. Points will be awarded for creativity as well as originality.

A live stream of the event will happen so stay tuned for more details. Forget American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent, we’re talking NAIS HK Inter-House Singing Competition, something far more entertaining and exciting!



As we move towards Christmas, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the term so far. This year our focus in the department has been twofold, firstly successful implementation of the exciting Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme, and secondly developing the performance opportunities available to students during school hours. We were delighted at the responses from the parent survey, and will be taking suggestions on board as we continue to grow and develop the department over time.



Lunchtimes are buzzing with a range of new musical groups, from beginners’ ensemble which welcomes all students on an instrument of their choice to guitar ensemble, wind band, string group and advanced choir. In their infancy, these ensembles are a fun space for students to collaborate with peers of different ages and have fun whilst developing their musicianship and working towards a termly concert. We are still encouraging students to join these groups, so if your child is interested, please ask them to speak with any of the music teachers, who can ensure that they are signed up for the correct group. The Community Choir, whilst small in numbers is sounding very beautiful and we certainly have a lot of fun on a Monday evening and an advanced choir has now started for students due to popular demand.


SAVE THE DIARY – Christmas Concert (Monday, 12 December)

Please note the new start time of 4.30pm.

Tis’ the season to be jolly….

Join us for a wonderful and festive start to the week at our first ever Christmas Concert. Featuring our four fabulous choirs and all of the ensembles, from the beginner band to guitar ensemble and an advanced staff and student group formed for the occasion, you’ll be entertained and inspired. Starting at 4.30pm, this concert will be a lovely way for family and friends to join together for some community carol singing! Letters will be sent out soon with full details.



The date has been set. If you have siblings in school and wish to have their picture taken together, please email simon.choi@nais.hk to confirm your place on or before Friday 9th December.



The PTA would like to thank everyone who has contributed their lovely recipes to the NAIS International Food Festival Initiative so far. Their intention was to have it printed before the Christmas Holidays, however they have decided to postpone it until March to give more people more time to send in a submission. They have realised that November is a very busy month for parents and some of you who would have liked to contributed to it did not have a chance due to lack of time. As such, they will keep the recipes we already have and welcome any others during these next couple of months.



In 2D’s Assembly on Monday, our students participated in an exciting play based on Dr. Seuss's “This is your life”. We’re sure that they will develop inspirations from today’s session. Thank you 2D and Mrs. Gillian Johnson for organising such an informative assembly.

Check out our Facebook to see some great photos here.

HIGH COMMENDATION AWARDS – Highly Commended for Secondary

Well-done Jaden, Simone, and Andrew on your commendation. We’re very proud of your achievements.

Year 7: Jaden Shim

Year 8: Simone Skovgaard

Year 9: Andrew Chim

Photos can be found here.



A gentle reminder to please enrol for Parent Workshops (by emailing ricky.auyeung@nais.hk) if you are interested in attending as we need to gauge levels of interest and numbers. This ensures teachers can prepare and make the best use of their time.



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Have a lovely weekend.

Kind regards