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Parent Update - 15 April 2016

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Dear Parents,

It has been such an action-packed week, so it’s a long update today! 

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY – Click here for the full photo album

We are posting photos on Facebook and Firefly all through the day, so keep checking in. It really is one of the most colourful days in our school year, and a great way to celebrate the diversity of our international community here at NAIS. We currently have students from 36 different countries! Mr Cooklin has asked me to give a special thanks to our very own Ms Khalik and her amazing team of parent volunteers who have made our International Day such a wonderful event.

ECAs & LATE BUSES 

Our ECAs start next Monday. I hope that you’ve all let us know how your child will be getting home on ECA days (late bus or pick-up). If you’re in any doubt, please let your child’s teacher and our bus team (bus@nais.hk) know. If we know how children are getting home, it really does make the whole leaving time faster, safer and less stressful!


REMINDERS FROM THE PTA – COFFEE MORNING, QUIZ NIGHT & THE GALA DINNER

Our PTA is hosting a Coffee Morning for all parents next week (20 April, 8.00am in the cafeteria)

We’re all looking forward to the annual Quiz Night, which is taking place on 5 May. Please email ptanaishk@gmail.com to register. Our Gala Dinner is also fast approaching. It will be held on 4 June at the Kowloon Shangri La Hotel. 

 

1C ASSEMBLYClick here for photos

Mrs Malone’s class taught us all about how plants grow with their entertaining Assembly on ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Thank you 1Cs!

 

CURRICULUM NEWSLETTERS

We really encourage our parents to keep up to speed on what their children are learning in class. You can see an overview of what each class is going in each subject via our Curriculum Newsletters. Click here to view.

 

SPORTING SUCCESS – AND BUSY WEEKS AHEAD – Click here for photos

Our U12 Girls and Boys football teams were competing this week, and you can see match reports and photos on Facebook. Our football teams have a full schedule ahead this term, so we’re looking forward to our player growing in strength and ability in the weeks ahead. We have another big sporting week ahead with our U12 netball team playing their last matches of the season (18 April), followed by the Year 5/6 contact rugby team who will be playing (20 April). Later in the week, our U12 football teams (girls and boys) are again competing (21 and 22 April). If your children are involved in these games, please look out for the instructions from our PE department on times, venues and pick-ups. We also welcome all supporters!

 

PARENT WORKSHOP – Sex & Relationship Education

As part of our Year 5 and 6 curriculum, our students will soon be discussing sex and relationships with their teachers. We would like to invite Year 4 to 6 parents to learn more about how we educate students about these essential subjects. Mr Sheehan, will be leading a Parent Workshop on 21 April from 8.30am to 9.00am in which he will talk about how we teach this part of the curriculum, and how you can support your child at home.

Please RSVP to ricky.auyeung@nais.hk for this important workshop.

 

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS – NAIS CHAMPIONS! Click here

Demonstrating the strength of our Mandarin teaching, and the dedication of our Battle of the Books students, Ms Lau led her team of Secondary students to victory at this year’s competition. Holding off fierce challenges from five other schools (Shatin College, ISF, CIS, CDNIS and VSA). A really proud moment for such a new school as ours! Please see Ms Lau's report below:

"With a round of applause, the Chinese Battle of the Books contest began at 8.30am on Tuesday 12 April. We had 12 students attend the competition - Michael Chen, Rebecca Chen, Andrew Chim, Leo Zhang, Louis Zhang, Judy Zhu, Sophia Gong, Mazy Law, Skylar Zhu, Tim Zhu, Annie Bai and Sissi Yu. It was the first time for NAIS to join a formal inter–school competition like this.

During the competition, I could see that their hard work began to pay off. Each round, they answered fluently and with confidence. They were creative, enthusiastic and mature. It was very encouraging seeing them winning points – I felt extremly proud of them. Winning the competition was completely down to them and, the group’s teamwork and determination. However, I believe that our students will not stop here and continue to do just as well in the future! Congratulations to them!"

 

4月12日上午8点30分,随着一阵热烈的掌声,第二届中文阅读擂台赛拉开了序幕。我校共有12名学生参加了这次活动,选手们积极踊跃地参与每场比赛,并取得了十分可喜的成绩,展示了NAIS学生的独特风采。      

 

虽然是第一次参加正式的校际阅读擂台赛,我们NAIS的选手们仍然在赛场上表现出专业的风范。答题流利、自信满满、准备充分,让其他国际学校的老师和同学们眼前一亮。这次比赛在学生们的团队协作能力、反应敏捷性和临场心理素质等方面都得到了锻炼,这是我们最大的收获。        

 

这次的校际阅读擂台赛正值香港春意盎然的时节,今年赛场上是真正的收获满满。相信NAIS的学生们前进的脚步不会停止于此,让我们翘首以待!

 

PRINCIPAL FOR THE DAY – NATHAN PANG

All our students got a surprise on Monday morning to find that we have a new Principal. Mr Nathan Pang. Normally a student in 2B, for a whole day, Nathan worked with our “former” Principal, Mr Cooklin, on important school business. Nathan’s most popular decision of the day was to extend the break time by 10 minutes! We’d like to thank Mr and Mrs Pang for their generous donation at the Gala Dinner last year, which made this all possible.

 

SUMMER CAMPS AT NAIS

We’ll be uploading details of all our Summer Camps next week, so please look out for them on Firefly, our website and Facebook. We’ll also have leaflets and posters around the school. This year we’ll have a selection of activities for all age groups, including Dance, Rugby, Football, Mini-Tennis and Arts & Crafts. As well as being great fun, all of the activities are run in English, so are a great way to improve English conversation and comprehension skills. Please note that our Camps are open to non-NAIS families as well, so please spread the word!

 

PARENT WORKSHOP – Motivating your child to be fit and healthy 

We were delighted to be joined by Dianne Teo yesterday. Ms Teo, who specialises in health and nutrition, spent time with our parents in the morning, before running a series of fun fitness classes for our students. You can see photos on Facebook.

RESIDENTIAL TRIPS – Week of 25 April

Residential trips are fast approaching! Please remember to check Firefly to see packing lists and last minute details. The students have been preparing for these trips in class with their classmates and teachers. It’s going to be an amazing week for our Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.

 

Thank you for making it to the end of this monster Parent Update.