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Parent Update - 25 August 2017

25 August 2017

Welcome Back


Dear Parents,


It has been a busy and exciting week, welcoming all our new and returning students into school. We can’t wait to share the great learning, adventures and experiences they’ll be having over the coming weeks and months. We will also have lots of updates and photos of the new campuses in Tai Tam and Sai Kung in the not too distant future. Both are taking shape and when they are open, you’ll all be invited to pop over and take a peek for yourselves. For now, though, enjoy your weekend.


Kind regards





1 September

Class Assembly 4C Stephen Holt


4 September

Curriculum Evenings - Primary Years 2 - 6


5 September

Curriculum Evening – Secondary


8 September

Class Assembly 3B Robyn Dowding

Winner of the summer photo competition


There were several fantastic entries for our holiday photo competition with locations spanning 6 continents!


The winner of the competition (as judged by Mrs. Pate and Mr. Cross) is Simone Skovgaard (Y9) with this excellent shot of the 400m long lower canyon at Antelope Canyons in Arizona, USA. Well done Simone! Honourable mention also goes to Jenni Kam (Y8) with an invitingly tranquil shot of Lake Banff in Alberta, Canada.



Wonderful to see our secondary students using their new spaces, the Sky Pitch and The Hub! The students are loving the new outdoor space where they can enjoy their lunch, stretch their legs or kick a ball.  It was also great to see the children in ‘The Hub’ enjoying the air con whilst hanging with their class mates. Stay tuned for pictures and information on our new Science lab and Makerspace!



Instrumental Lessons:

Welcome back to the new academic year.  We are delighted to offer private instrumental lessons as a part of our music provision.  These are not compulsory, however, should you wish to sign up, please click here to read the attached information carefully and return the form by Tuesday 29th August.


For those of you signing up again this year, please note that payment is now in advance of the termly lessons and should be made directly to Mr. Ringo Chan as per the letter.


I look forward to receiving new students into the programme and welcoming back those from last year.


Juilliard After School Arts:

This term we will be launching lessons with Juilliard Alumni and Affiliated Artists, beginning with piano and with a possibility of violin.  These lessons will take place after school and places will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis.  If you are interested in signing up, please email naomi.rowan@nais.hk.


Community Choir:

Our wonderful (and fun) community choir will restart on Monday 11th September from 4-5pm.  As always, if you enjoy singing, love to laugh, have enthusiasm and a smile, you are very welcome to join us in the music room!


The Juilliard Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme in Action:

To see what happens in the classroom and find links to various articles written by teachers around the globe, follow @MusicNAISHK on twitter.


Read how learning keyboard skills impacts on your child’s brain by clicking here.



The PTA Committee is seeking new members. It's a great way to get involved in your child's school life and to meet a fun group of mums and dads. We will be arranging a PTA coffee morning next month so you can meet them in person and find out about the opportunities open to you.


Due to unexpected relocations, we need candidates for Vice Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.  You can also join as a regular Committee Member. Please email the PTA at ptanaishk@gmail.com to learn more.



The teachers have been busy deciding what ECAs will be on offer and it sounds like there will be some great choices for all our year groups. You will be able to preview term 1 ECAs on Monday, 28th August from 4pm on Firefly (then on CHQ). Registration will open on Wednesday, 30th August at 4pm and close on Saturday, 2nd September at 4pm. You should receive confirmation of your allocation by 12noon on Tuesday, 5th September. ECA late bus sign-up will then run from noon on 5th September and close at noon on 7th September.



Soon you’ll be invited to come in, experience, explore, and learn all about our brand-new Makerspace for yourselves. It’s a great place where people can create with all manner of nick knacks and resources (my personal favourite being the green room and lego wall).  If you fancy adding to our array of resources, feel free to rehome any unwanted lego, craft materials, nuts and bolts, screws, magnets, tools, containers, etc with us. We’re sure they will be put to good use by our students.



The 69th Hong Kong Speech Festival, will be held between 20th November and 20th December 2017.  If you are interested in your child taking part, click here for more information and details. Secondary application for can be downloaded here and Primary application form can be downloaded here.



In the Secondary assembly Mr. Malone spoke to the students about starting the year in the right way. He reminded them about the Secondary slogan, Ready, Respectful, Responsible, Safe and spoke with them about how they could ensure they were all of these moving forward.


In the Primary assembly Mr. Bishop spoke with the children about making a fresh start to the year and how first impressions are important. He encouraged all the children to think about their first impressions of the new year and about the impression they think they have made upon their new teachers. The first stars of the week were then called out and celebrated. Well done to our first ‘Stars’ of the 2017-2018 academic year!

SOTW 2017 August 25


What better way to end the week than to celebrate our first “Stars of the Week”. Well done and congratulations one and all. You should be very proud of your achievement.


Year 1: Edwin Holt, Bella Webb, Dominic Hall, Saaransh Parikh, Rey Tsui

Year 2: Sila Franczyk, Bowen Chen, Ava Todd, Taejoon Moon, Dora Chen

Year 3: Charlie Hall, Felix Mulder, Emma Boroncelli, Denise Tsui, Max Foo

Year 4: Lucas Cheng, Charlotte Clough, Harry Wienker, Isabel Kotanko, Adela Chan

Year 5: Josse Knaap, Ethan Soong, Isaac Zelekovitz, Daniel Ng, Alex Wadsworth

Year 6: Luca Lalos Cavanagh, Cyrus Chan, Flynn McCarthy-Wallace, Ananya Rajkumar, Cecily Bowen



We know that students and parent alike are waiting with bated breath and much anticipation for the 2016/2017 Year Book (we can’t wait to see it too). They will be distributed mid-September (and posting to those who have moved away).



We will be offering playgroup at the new campuses in a few months time and will be sharing more information about this in the coming weeks. We will also be having some more coffee mornings where you can meet and chat to the teachers and see the new campuses. If you have any friends who may be interested, please put them in touch with me (jane.archibald@nais.hk).

Who to contact when


Quick list guide of who to email for what:


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



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Have a lovely weekend.