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Parent Update - 9 December 2016

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                  

What a wonderful week it has been!

Not long to go before we break for the holidays. And while the end of term may be fast approaching, we’ve not slowed down in school. If anything, we’ve been busier than ever, rehearsing and putting on shows, practising for concerts, creating Christmas cards, baking festive cookies and celebrating achievements.

Next week will also be a busy one, with our Christmas Concert, Inter House Singing Competition, Sleigh Debate, class parties, and much more still to come. More on that later.

But for now, enjoy this update.

Have a great weekend.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

12 December:                    

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

13 December:                    

ECAs available for viewing from 4pm

Christmas Jumper Day

Sleigh Debate 8.15-9.45am

Class Parties in the afternoon

Year 8 Wicked, Theatre Trip, 7:45pm

14 December:                    

Inter House Singing Competition

1pm Finish! – Bus arriving home two hours earlier.

5 January:                            

First day back at school

ECA sign up opens at 4pm

10 January:                         

ECA sign up closes 12.00noon

13 January:                         

4C Assembly

 

HOUSE KEEPING

Just a couple of housekeeping points:

  • Books: Library books must be returned on or before the last day of school before we break on 14 December
  • Buses: Bus drop off will be two hours earlier on Wednesday 14 December
  • Morning Drop Offs: Please remember not to drop your child off directly in front of the school as this contributes to road congestion and upsets the local community
  • ECAs: Get ready. Yes, soon you’ll be able to view the great range of ECAs on offer. Don’t forget to plan ahead and pencil in the key dates and times as listed above.
  • January lunch menu: The new January lunch menu has been posted onto the website and Firefly. Please remember to send in your lunch forms ASAP. https://naishk.fireflycloud.asia/school-life/school-lunch

 

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY (13 Dec)

Who will wear the most ‘Christmassy’ jumper? Find out next Tuesday as we all don our best Christmas jumpers!  Please note that on this day, children can wear their Christmas Jumpers or party clothes.  They may wear their own clothes with the Christmas Jumpers.  There is an optional donation of $20, and the money raised will go to charity.

 

IT’S BEHIND YOU!

As great British traditions go, you can’t get more so than this (oh no you can’t)!

The hard work paid off as we saw funny and entertaining performances from all involved in two shows, Cinderella and Aladdin. The children (and adults) in the audience joined in the boo’s and hisses when the villains came on stage, and cheered with encouragement to show our support for the good guys (and girls). A lot of fun was had and we left with sore cheeks from all the laughter and smiling. We can’t wait for next year.  

 

See our budding thespians here.

 

YEAR 1 PERFORMANCE – ANGEL EXPRESS

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house! What a special morning we had today as we watched the Year 1’s take to the stage to perform their Angel Express play. Dressed is a wonderful variety of costumes, the children described a group of angels practising songs to welcome Jesus to be born in Bethlehem. We’re very proud of our little ones for being so brave up on stage and for giving such lovely performances!

Thanks to all children and the music, drama, art department for their effort and hard work.

See our little ‘angels’ here.

 

CHRISTMAS CONCERT

We are very excited about our Christmas concert on Monday next week.  Everyone is welcome to attend and join the festive celebration, but please remember to email us beforehand so that we know how many seats to allocate!  If your child is not performing, please ensure that they are either picked up or get the school bus as normal as we are only able to provide food and supervision for those taking part in the performance.  We look forward to seeing you at 4.30pm for a Christmas treat!

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Why not encourage your child to take part in this great programme as one of their ECA choices! Introduced to Hong Kong international schools in 1999, Battle of the Books has grown every year. Designed to introduce students to a variety of reading material, build teamwork skills, and ensure that reading is fun, we’d strongly recommend getting your child involved. 

You can find lots of useful information here.   

 

THANK YOU, BAYARD PRESSE HK!

Bayard Presse HK have very kindly offered to donate an age appropriate magazine to each and every one of our students next week. Now that’s all very much part of the season’s spirit of giving!  Your child should receive their magazine next Tuesday or Wednesday.

 

WINDSOR BOUNCE-A-THON UPDATE

Well, we bounced, and we bounced, and we bounced some more, and in doing so managed to raise $13,500 for the charity Heep Hong Society.

 

MEET OUR NEW STUDENT COUNCIL TEAM

Today marked an important time for the Student Council team as they introduced themselves in today's assembly. They promised to try their best to make the school to be a better place and encouraged their schoolmates to put more ideas in the suggestion boxes. We look forward to more updates from the Student Council as the year progresses.

See our Student Council Team here.

 

VISIT FROM THE HONG KONG HOLOCAUST AND TOLERANCE CENTRE

War is not a solution to any problem, and it definitely doesn’t bring peace. That was the message given to our Year 6 students today who had the chance to discuss issues about war, discrimination and genocide with the representative from the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre. Students also watched a film about how Jewish children fled to Shanghai during WWII and heard about their experiences. A valuable lesson that helped the children understand and learn the importance of tolerance from the tragic lessons of history.

Photos can be found here.

 

EQUESTRIAN EXCELLENCE

Our equestrian team showed sterling form last Friday as they went on to be awarded several rosettes. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for them. Our amazing team includes Chloe and Simone Skovgaard, Velvet and Sylvie Lung, and Callie O’Shea.

See our proud team here.

 

GLOBAL CAMPUS CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

We are pleased to announce our winners for the Global Campus Creative Writing competition for the Secondary school. Almost every student in Secondary submitted a story for the competition. The theme was based around the extremely popular genre of fan fiction which many of our students enjoy reading online in their spare time.

 

Fan fiction takes pre-existing characters and settings and puts them into new or unusual situations. Students were inspired to write about everything from The Hunger Games and Harry Potter to Shakespeare and The Odyssey. Some students even attempted to mash real people into genre fiction with titles like "Trump-ty Dumpty Built a Great Wall”.

 

The winning entries will be sent to England where they will be entered into the competition with the 42 other schools in the Nord Anglia family. These will then be read and critiqued by a top secret well known children’s author and the finished work published in our Creative Writing anthology both online and in print.  We also hope to share some of the stories on our school blogs too. 

 

Runners Up

  • What if There Was No Happily Ever After by Ava Ring, Year 7
  • The Maze Fight by Jules Moge, Year 7 
  • Voldemort: What Really Happened by Emmylin Adler,  Year 8
  • Peter Pan Twisted by Kia Letcher, Year 7
  • The Battle of Hogwarts by Callie O’Shea, Year 9

 

Top 5 to be sent to the Global Campus Team in Oxford

  • The Dar-Ye Noor by Velvet Lung Year 9
  • Harry Potter: Descendents by Janice Ooi and Amaya Berrisford, Year 8
  • The Death Trials by Tristan Surgenor, Year 7
  • Rosalind’s Voices by Beatrice Villaflor, Year 8
  • Finding Peace by Simone Skovgaard, Year 8

Watch out for the Global Campus Visual Arts Competition in the new year! 

 

6D ASSEMBLY - Thinking BIG!!!

What fun we had! Students from 6D introduced Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection in their Assembly. In addition to a fun role play, they also had a question session to encourage interactions from their schoolmates. Well done class 6D and Mr David Gadsby for introducing such an interesting topic in an entertaining way.

Can you spot Darwin here?

 

SECONDARY ASSEMBLY

In Secondary assembly, Mr Bishop talked to the students about reflecting on the messages that have been passed to the students over the course of the term. He reminded them about setting themselves achievable targets and beating personal bests, about kindness and respect for others, and about maintaining the gardens of their minds; keeping them free from weeds and nurturing the good thoughts. Finally, Mr Bishop challenged the students to promise to do one thing over the holidays, to say thank you in one shape or form to anyone that gives them a gift. He explained the amount of thought and care that goes into selecting gifts and that we should acknowledge this by saying thank you with our voices, by letter, by email or even over the telephone. Let’s see how they get on when they return in January. Miss Kenny then gave out Sports Leader’s and Young Leader’s certificates to our students who had been exhibiting outstanding leadership skills over the course of the year. A very big well done to those students.

Photos can be found here.

 

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