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Parent Update - 6 January 2017

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents,                                                                                                                                  

Happy New Year and I hope you had a very enjoyable holiday and a good time with your families wherever you were.

I was back in Scotland visiting family which is always enjoyable – especially at that time of year, though the cold, driving rain was not so pleasant!  We were also there to help plan my mother-in-law’s 100th birthday next July.  I just hope I am as fit and active at that age!

This is now peak time for recruitment of staff for next year.  We have had over 500 applicants for teaching jobs and we are interviewing 140 of them for the 34 posts in the new campus and for the increased classes at Lam Tin.  We have face-to-face interviews in Hong Kong, in London and by Skype so it is a very hectic time, but I am sure we will be able to add to the excellent group of teachers we have.

It has also been a busy time with building works.  Excellent progress has been made repairing the swimming pool and it is still on schedule to reopen after Chinese New Year.  The new classrooms are also on schedule to be ready for inspection at the end of the month.  Work continues also on developing the new campus.

It is a very busy and exciting time.  I hope you have a great weekend.

Mr Cooklin

Principal

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

9 January

PTA Meeting 5:00pm

17 January

Year 2 Author Visit

Year 7 Theatre Visit, Horrible Histories

January 24

NAIS PTA Mahjong and Dim Sum Night 7.00pm in the school hall. 

January 26

Year 3 Performance

January 30

Half Term Holidays

 

A LOOK BACK AT THE PAST FOUR MONTHS

Wrapping up an exciting year of 2016 at NAIS HK.

What an amazing start to the first part of the school year. So much happened, and a lot took place in December including the Sleigh debate and Christmas Concert, through to the Inter-House Singing Competition (click here to see how much fun this was for all involved). But there was more! Yes, lot’s more including a visit from the Red Arrows, taking part in the Global Games Asia, launching our STEAM Festival, our colourful and inspirational International Day, camping trips to Sai Kung, charity fund raisers, the Halloween Spooktacular, a visit from Erin Wright from Juilliard, two from Jurassic Garage, and one from musician Nick Cope. Not to mention the Race around Hong Kong, sporting matches and competitions, a movie night, showcases and performances, and community outreach work. All of which barely scratches the surface of all the fantastic things we got up to and that the students achieved in such a short space of time.

Looking forward to the rest of the year, I know that 2017 is going to be even more exciting and busy as we’ve lots of events, excursions, trips, visits, shows, competitions, guest speakers, concerts and more to come.

 

ECA SIGN UP HAS STARTED – CLOSING 10 JANUARY AT 12NOON

These remain as popular as ever so if you haven’t already done so please log onto your Firefly account and get choosing. Submissions remain open until 12 noon on Tuesday, 10 January but we recommend you send in your request as early as possible.

 

MUSIC LESSONS – DON’T MISS OUT AND SIGN UP NOW

As you know, music is an exciting and integral part of life at NAIS HK, and to enhance this, we offer a full range of instrumental tuition. Instrumental lessons are available on drum kit, guitar, piano, trumpet, trombone, French horn, saxophone, clarinet, flute, cello and violin.

 

Students at NAIS HK are also encouraged to take an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examination as part of this study with the support of their teacher. This is an excellent way for students to explore performance and to receive a worldwide accreditation for their instrumental abilities. In addition to this there are many opportunities for both primary and secondary students to play in string group, wind band, beginners’ ensemble, a chamber ensemble or sing in the choir.

Please see the attached letter for more details.

 

NAIS PTA MAHJONG AND DIM SUM NIGHT – 24 JANUARY IN THE SCHOOL HALL

Come and celebrate the ancient Chinese game and join us for a fun and different evening. 

Never Played! No problem, come and learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. All are welcome, beginner, intermediate and those who would like to share their knowledge of this interesting game.

Sign up details can be found at: https://naisptamahjongevening.eventbrite.hk. Please register your interest on or before 16 January so we can gauge numbers.

 We look forward to seeing you for a fun night.

 

FIRST ASSEMBLIES OF 2017

We kicked off the new academic year with two great assemblies. In Primary assembly, Mrs Harley got students to share their holiday's experiences and New Year resolutions. The children told some great stories about their trips and adventures over the holiday season, and highlighted several excellent resolutions including being a better goal keeper, to eat less sweets, and to have more play station games… (ok, so we’re not sure about the last one!).

In the Secondary assembly, Mr. Cross greeted our Secondary students in 10 languages to wish them a Happy New Year. He highlighted the value of setting a New Year resolution but went on to explain the reasons why sometimes people fail to accomplish these goals and how to avoid this and to set good, clear, and achievable goals. He also shared some great examples of what a good New Year resolution may be, including volunteering work and banishing negative thoughts. 

 

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Quick list guide of who to email for what:

Please do not use the info@nais.hk for any of the above queries.

Have a lovely weekend.