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This week in the classroom - Saving the World with Critical Thinking!

20 March 2017

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Primary Learning News
Saving the World with Critical Thinking!

As part of our topic 'Saving the World', 3B have been immersing themselves in rainforests from around the world! For their homework, the children created miniature rainforests in shoe boxes. The results were amazing and the children really started thinking about the different trees and animals found in the rainforests. Recently, the children have been discussion the positives and negative effects of deforestation. The children have looked at why we cut down the trees and have written letters stating why they think deforestation is a problem. We also have been creating art work focusing on animals in the rainforests.  We used the iPads to research close ups of different animals and carefully drew them.  Students then used pastels to colour and shade their animals. The finished creations are beautiful and we all agree, a very striking way to share our learning with our peers and to enhance our learning environment at the same time.
We are very impressed with Grade 3B's mature attitude towards this topic - they have demonstrated excellent critical thinking skills and creativity!

Secondary Learning News
Creative Problem Solving in Maths

During our previous maths competition, students were asked to use only one sheet of A4 paper each to create a hole as large as possible, to put as many chairs as possible. This problem, in fact, is a topology problem and therefore different from the normal math problems our students face in usual learning sessions. Every team is allocated three chances to solve this problem. They can only use A4 paper and scissors; no knots and no glue allowed! Time passes fast, two teams arrive at a solution but the other two teams have no idea. Within 30 minutes, the yellow team begins to place their chairs in the ring and they achieve 12 chairs which is an unbelievable outcome. After this competition, students have learned that having maths knowledge and skills can help them to solve a lot of practical problems, not only solving theoretical problems. Also, during this learning activity, students were given the opportunity to demonstrate 21st Century Thinking Skillls such as collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking and creativity.
If you are interested, try this: using only one post card and scissors to make the hole. Then try to get yourself to pass through the hole! If you are successful, please share your solutions with us by emailing your child’s Form Tutor so we can share these with out students.

Primary House Update
In the Primary classes Grades 2- 5 students continue to participate in team building activities on Friday afternoon to build team spirit and grow relationships with children in other grades across the Primary School. Students enjoy these House activities as it gives them the opportunity to test their leadership skills, grow their confidence, share ideas and be collaborative. In Grade 1, within their classes, students work in House teams to solve problems by working together, sharing ideas and communicating. House points are earned and students are proud of their accomplishments and are encouraged by their teachers to participate actively.

Secondary House Update
The results of our recent House competitions were also announced at our assembly.
Many activities and great participation yielded many House points!
Previously, students competed in our World Book Day competition, dance, maths, English, team sports, football, chess, chinese games and a visual arts portrait challenge.
We congratulate the house winners of these competitions!

Competition Winning House
World Book Day 'Shelfies' competition Integrity
Dance Honesty
Maths Fortitude
English Serenity
Team Sports Serenity
Football Integrity
Chess Integrity
Chinese Games Serenity
Visual Arts Portrait Challenge Honesty

After all the points were added to previous rankings, the current leading House was revealed to be . . . Serenity!

  • 1st Place – Serenity (943)
  • 2nd Place – Honesty (915)
  • 3rd Place – Integrity (914)
  • 4th Place – Fortitude (888)

We congratulate Serenity and thank our students for their demonstration of House Spirit! The House point’s board is changing constantly and student participation and effort in House activities all contribute to this! Over the coming weeks, all of our Houses will work on their Action Plans for the UN Global Challenge. We look forward to seeing their creative and innovative ideas of how they can work to make their communities a better place!
These are true opportunities for students to be socially and personally ambitious. 

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