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Parent Update - 15 April 2016

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.


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!


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!



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.



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.



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!"









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.



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.