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Parent Update - 10 February 2017

10 February 2017


Dear Parents

When we returned on Monday after Chinese New Year, our first assembly was about geese.  Mrs. Charlier led the assembly showing, with some volunteers, how geese fly in a formation, help each other, change leader and work as a team.  It was great fun and a good way of getting across the message of effective teamwork and looking after each other.

Teamwork is at the front of my mind because of the great team of staff I work with daily. Next week the school will be visited by our reporting Inspector, Ms. Donowho, who will be meeting staff and pupils, as well as visiting classes.

This is in preparation for the full school inspection between 7-10 March.  The International School inspectorate will look at all aspects of our work and judge what works well and what we should improve.  When they publish their report, we will give a copy to all parents and put it on the website.

As part of the process, there is a survey they issue for parents and pupils.  Once it is launched, I would be grateful if you could complete it.  The more parents who do so, the clearer picture the inspectors have of what the school is like.  I will keep you informed about the details when they are available.

Thank you to those of you who have already completed the Nord Anglia Education Parent Survey.  Again it is really important to get as high a return as possible because we use it as a basis for our future plans.

Thank you for your help with these matters.


Have a good weekend.

Brian Cooklin




13 February

PTA Meeting


14 February

Bake Sale


17 February

Class Assembly 2A

Year 2 Museum Day 1:30–2:30pm (in school for Year 2 parents)

An evening with Jasmine Choi 4:30-6:00pm in the Hall


20 February

Year 6 Residential


21 February

Year 8 Spanish Cookery Workshop


22 February

Year 9 trip to Tanzania


23 February

Year 8 & 9 HKTDC Education and Careers Expo


24 February

Class Assembly 5B


27 February

INSET Day – No School for pupils


16 March – Save the date!

The NAIS PTA Quiz Night is back! This year we are celebrating St.Patrick's Day. Join us for a night of fun and laughter on 16 March from 7pm to 9.30pm at the School Hall.


AN EVENING WITH JASMINE CHOI – Email and reserve your place now!

Only a week to go before the talented flautist, Jasmine Choi comes to our school.  From 4.30 -  6pm, she will perform, and talk about her journey as a musician, what music means to her and provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for her. 


Please email Ricky at ricky.auyeung@nais.hk to reserve you place on or before Wednesday, 15 February.


Don’t forget that Jasmine will also be giving her Hong Kong debut flute recital on 25th February 2017 at the Jockey Club Auditorium, PolyTechnic University.  Hosted by Mr. Ringo Chan, parents and children of NAIS HK are entitled to an exclusive 15% discount.  Click here for details




The second MIT curiosity data challenge wrapped up today with an assembly by our Pupil Council to the whole school telling the story of our data.


Our project was to find out about the water quality around Hong Kong as this was a question that came up during the curiosity challenge. The whole school was involved with pupils in Years 1 to 6 collecting water samples from beaches and rivers around Hong Kong. The Primary pupils then worked with our Year 9s in the science lab to analyse the samples, testing for PH and water hardness. Year 8 then took this data, broke Hong Kong up into geographic sections and calculated mean and median and mode for each area. Finally, Year 7 took all the data and presented it on our display board, creating graphs and highlighting the different areas on a map.


Impressive collaborative work everyone. 



We had four extremely proud students this morning, as Mr Sutton announced the winners of the Hack the Tube competition! Congratulations to Isaac Low, Lune Delettre-Gros, Ethan Chan and Jasmijn Knaap for being chosen to go to MIT for the Nord Anglia STEAM Festival. Our Year 6 and Year 7 students were asked to be creative and come up with an original use for a tube. We saw some amazing submissions, everything from an eco-system project, a mood lamp, through to a robot and a water filtration system, our students really created some unusual and inspiring ideas.


In total, 104 students from Nord Anglia schools around the globe will attend the festival this spring. There will be an incredible week of STEAM activities, tours and workshops will be hosted at MIT in Boston.



The PTA has some exciting events and projects coming up over the next month or so and would like to see as many of you there who can come and support these events.


  • PTA Coffee Morning

Tuesday, 14th February from 8:15am in the canteen, come and meet new and old faces over a coffee and homemade goodies.


  • Valentine's Bake Sale (14 Feb)

Forget the Great British Bake Off!

This Valentine's Day sees our first PTA bake sale for all students. Thanks to the Year 1 parents, who have been busy baking delicious cupcakes, muffins and biscuits (please note that those students with allergies have also been catered for). All of our delicious goodies will be on sale on Tuesday for $10. The money raised is being put towards a very exciting PTA and School collaborative project, happening in May, for all students. More details on this will be announced very soon. 


  • PTA St Patrick's Day Quiz Night

Thursday, March 16th from 7:00pm in the school hall. Round up a team of 6 or sign up and join in on the fun and let's try and stop the teachers winning for a third time! Registration opens at 10:00am on Thursday, 16th February at https://naisptaquiznight2017.eventbrite.hk



As you already know, our school parent satisfaction survey is live and waiting for your comments. It is important that we hear back from you and hope that you’ll spare a few minutes to share your feedback and experiences.


If you haven’t done so already, you can complete the survey here (it shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes):




Each family should respond once on behalf of all your children. If you wish to share specific feedback, we have provided additional comment boxes for each section.  Thank you in advance for your feedback.



The PE department announced the list of team members who are heading for the COBIS (Council of British International Schools) Primary Games 2017. Seven students were selected respectively for both of the Boys and Girls team. Mr Pate is delighted that many of our students are talented in sports, with many potentials to be developed. The COBIS Games is an exciting and unique sporting event which draws together young people from around the world to take part in three days of competitive sport games. The Games will be held from 11 to 13 April 2017 in London.


Check out our Facebook to see some great photos here.  




Remember the Chinese New Year competition launched by our Year 9 pupils?

The competition is open to all Nord Anglia students. To take part, upload a photo or picture relating to Chinese New Year or another festival to the 'A New Year's Reunion' book section on Global Campus Online (Global Library - 8 and Under section). Name, class and school details are required when submitting entries. The winners will be awarded a signed copy of the book A New Year's Reunion by Yu Li Qiong. The closing date for entries is 14/2/2017 (next Tuesday).


More information and instructions on how to upload the picture are found in the video below:



Another week and more successes to celebrate. Congratulations to the following students:

Year 1: Julie Zhu, Faas Smeets, Juliette Liu, Ansen Yan, Vika Ford

Year 2: Parth Tipnis, Jack Yuan, Harrison Payne, Serge Leung, Vihaan Prusty

Year 3: Bobo Deng, Charlotte Clough, Richard Qiu, Nevin Rawlings, Hugo Cardonnel

Year 4: Isaac Cheung, Ashwin Baidwan, Roy Chi, Taisiya Bogucharskaya, Finn Kerrigan

Year 5: Calvin Te, Tiffany Ho, Chun Fai Wat, Isaac Reid, Yoshi Okaguchi

Year 6: Ally Cheung, Anne Matsumoto, Samson Dyck, Eason Ying



Year 7: Matteo Griffiths

Year 8: Gigi Liu

Year 9:  Amy Jung


Photos can be found here.


PRIMARY ASSEMBLY – Class 1B, Christopher Holt

In 1B’s assembly today, students performed an informative and exciting role play on dinosaurs. The role play is based on the well-known science-fiction adventure film, Jurassic Park. They have to go through what they have learnt in the past months, such as types of dinosaurs and periods in the dinosaurs’ era. They end the show with a video slideshow, it shows class 1B’s bit of school life with many photos of the children.



Mr Pate announced that our U12 Girls basketball team entered the semi-final match of the International Schools Sports Federation of Hong Kong. The semi-final and final matches will be held on 11 Feb (Tomorrow) in Hong Kong International School. On top of that, our U14 Girls Basketball Team will fight for the gold medal on 14 February. We wish our girls the best of luck in their matches!

Mr Cross reminded our students that only school uniforms are acceptable to be worn in school. Although the weather is getting colder, fashion clothes are not allowed in school.



On Thursday, we had a group of trainee teachers from the Education University of Hong Kong visiting our Mandarin department. As well as observing lessons, they had a lecture and Q&A session with Juan Cai, our Head of Mandarin. We have a strong relationship with the Education University of Hong Kong, who are keen for their students to see high quality teaching in action. As always, we are very proud of our excellent teachers.



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Have a lovely weekend.