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Parent Update - 31 March 2017

31 March 2017


Dear Parents

As my usual work continues including everything connected to the new campus, I have also been finalising arrangements for my presentation to the COBIS conference in May.  I am going to talk about how we can use different strategies to transform a child’s progress.  It will also be a great opportunity to hear about schools around the world and the work they do.


In the meantime, this week also saw us host the Battle of the Books in Chinese because we won the competition last year.  It was both tense and intensive with 7 teams and 21 rounds lasting 7 hours!  It was for me too as I attempted a short speech of welcome in Mandarin! I practiced it in front of a secondary class who gave me some helpful tips on pronunciation, though two of our most fluent speakers thought it was funny to hear me speak Mandarin.


The Year 3 trip seems to have been a great success and very enjoyable according to the children whom I spoke to on their return.  They were keen to tell me jokes and give me riddles to solve as well as be pleased to have charcoal on their faces!


On a personal note, this week was the Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber and I had the interesting opportunity to meet colleagues from other schools. I am a member of the Education Committees of the British, American and Canadian Chambers of Commerce as well as being involved with the Australian one.  That’s because these are the four largest groups in the school. 


As a Shakespeare fan, I am most looking forward to Year 8’s performance of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream which will be the high point of my week.


Finally, I’m looking forward to the cheese and wine evening with our Artist-in-Residence Cornelia Erdmann next Wednesday. I hope to see many of you there, so if you haven’t RSVP’d please do. Family and friends are welcome to join.


Brian Cooklin





3 April

Class Assembly 1E, Helen Whitehouse

Primary Parents COBIS Meeting 5pm


4 April PUBLIC HOLIDAY (School closed)


5 April

Primary Parents’ Evening

Year 7 performance 1:30pm

Meet our Artist-in-Residence 6:30-8pm


6 April

Class Assembly 3B, Robyn Dowding

Primary Parents’ Evening

Spring Soiree Music Concert 4-5:50pm in the Hall


10 April

Spelling bee

11 April

Whole School Sports Day:

                                  Races and Activities:

                                    Years 1 & 2 – 9.00am to 11.15am

                                    Years 3 & 4 – 9.00am to 12.15pm

                                    Years 5 & 6 – 9.00am to 1.15pm

                                    Secondary – 9:00am – 4:00pm


11th to 15th COBIS Primary Games


12 April

Last Day of Term, 1pm Finish for all



WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS  -  We remain victorious我们赢了

Yes, for the second year running our students won the Chinese Battle of the Books competition after beating contestants from the Chinese International School, ISF Academy, Renaissance College, Sha Tin College, Victoria Shanghai Academy, and Zhu Hai International School. The Silver and Bronze medal went to Chinese International School and ISF Academy respectively.


Congratulations to all the teams for their outstanding performance.



Our gymnastics team have been busy recently. From competing, to performing, they’ve flipped, tumbled, jumped and turned in front of different audiences, showcasing their talent.


On Saturday 11th March the NAIS gymnastics team headed off to Ma On Shan for the biggest event of the gymnastics year, the HKSSF gymnastics competition. Over 430 competitors competed throughout the weekend to try and secure the best possible place in the individual floor routine and vault section.


All our gymnasts performed amazingly well at the competition and as a team NAIS finished in first place! Making us the top school in Hong Kong and Kowloon and winning us the trophy. As well as the amazing team performances all our gymnasts performed fabulously in the individual events. Special mention goes to Maya, who finished 2nd on the floor and 4th on the vault, and Mayu, who finished 8th on the floor and 9th on the vault.


Now they’re already looking forward to next year and maintaining their position as the number one gymnastics team in Hong Kong.



Year 2 escaped the hustle and bustle of the city on Tuesday when they visited an organic farm in Fanling. They had the chance to prepare their own salad and to enjoy tasting the delicious fruits and vegetables on offer. This was a great way to educate the children about healthy eating.



Yes, they ventured forth and had a great time in Sai Kung earlier this week. It was a great opportunity for students to experience a whole range of activities including kayaking, archery, shelter making, water filtering, and even catapult making! They even got domesticated and prepared their own lunch. Yummy.



"The course of true love never did run smooth." (Act I, Scene I)

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." (Act IV, Scene I)


Everyone watched on as the school hall was transformed into the round for our Year 8s who gave sterling performances in their production of Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


More photos on Facebook.



Back stroke and tumble turns!

As a parent, I’m sure you constantly ask your child the question “what did you learn today?” only to get the answer “nothing” or “I don't know”.  After watching a Year 4 swimming lesson this week, and immediately after the class finished, Mrs Charlier asked the children just that, and she got some more detailed answers.


Hear what they were saying.



Updates from our boys and girls football team! Both teams took part in the U12 football fixtures against ICS at Kitchee FC Training Ground last night. Boys drew 2-2, Girls Won 1-0. Great job everyone!


COBIS PRIMARY GAMES 2017 – 11th - 15th April

Our warriors are all ready for the COBIS Primary Games 2017 in mid-April and will be travelling to the UK to take part. The COBIS Games draws young people around the globe together to take part in three days of sports games. Also, it is a celebration of a shared global community with a common link to the UK. We’ll keep you updated on their travels and results.



This week in Music we have been busy preparing for our Spring Soiree, which will take place in the hall next Thursday, 6 April at 4pm.  With choirs, bands, dance and some solo performances, this looks to be yet another wonderful evening of celebration in the Arts.  If your child is participating and you have not yet returned your form to confirm attendance, please do so today!  All are welcome to attend and support this fabulous showcase, so if you would like to come along to see what happens in our ECAs, please send an email to Ricky.AuYeung@nais.hk - bring the entire family!



Students in Years 3 and 5 have been writing articles for the Global Campus student newsletter this week. They have reflected on a number of different aspects of the Music curriculum, including a core work, Artist visits, the recent Global Virtual Choir project and keyboard skills. 


This week, we would like to share with you a reflection on ‘Being Virtuosic’ by Immie, Jocelyn and Sofia!


Being ‘Virtuosic’ By Immie Harley, Jocelyn Rayner and Sofia Verga (3E)

In Music we’ve been very busy learning about what virtuosic means. We first watched Mendelssohn’s violin concerto and it had a virtuosic melody. Then we leant about turns and trills. Turns and trills are part of virtuosic music. A turn is when you play a note, then the note below, then the note, then the note above, then the note again – it is quite tricky to play! A trill is much easier to play, it is when you play a note and the note below or above really quickly a few times over.


We had to use expression because it is important to use your emotions in Music.  Music is a way of expressing your feelings and you can do this on any instrument.  In our music lessons we have added expression by adding dynamics like forte, piano, crescendo and diminuendo.  We also changed the tempo using rubato which means subtle changes in tempo. It is amazing how you can make your pieces more exciting!


You can be really ambitious in Music because you can challenge yourself all the time. There are always new things to learn and you have to push yourself hard to practice even if it is sometimes tricky. We love Music because it is fun, and have really enjoyed learning about Mendelssohn and his amazing music.  We hope you have enjoyed our article!



Our After School Arts with Juilliard programme will be launching after Easter.  We have four amazing musicians champing at the bit to work with our young people on a range of instruments – Ben Moermond on bassoon, Beedarn Chao on violin, Gen Wong and Ivan Osaulenko on piano.  Their biographies will be on our website soon for you to read.  If you are interested in after school lessons, coaching sessions, masterclasses or group lessons with these wonderful teachers and musicians, please email naomi.rowan@nais.hk.  These lessons are not limited to students but open to the wider community, so go ahead and spread the word!



Last chance to sign up! Family and friends are welcome to join.


For those of you who haven’t already, don’t forget to RSVP by emailing me at jane.archibald@nais.hk, by Monday 3 April if you want to join Cornelia on Wednesday, 5th April, 6:30-8pm.


Also, thank you to everyone who has already donated towards the Artist-in-Residence project. If you would like to contribute towards the installation, you can still do so (cash or cheque is fine). Simply address the envelope for my attention in the Admissions Office. Any donation is gratefully received and we still have sponsorship packages available.



This morning our Year 9 students shared with us their experiences during the Tanzania Expedition. They had a great time during the safari, taking in all of the sights and wild animals over there including elephants, zebras, ostriches, meerkats and even lions! However, the part that gave them the most enjoyment and satisfaction came from the community work they did with a local village. Building a goat shed and desks, and installing solar panels to help the villagers were just some of the memories spoken about. Indeed, the students found the trip a very enjoyable, yet very humbling experience.



Please note that all lost property items will be available for review next Wednesday and Thursday during Parents’ Evening. As a result of the increasing number of items being unclaimed we kindly request that if your child has lost something, that you come and collect it on those days. Any unclaimed items will be disposed of.



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