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This week in the classroom - G1 ‘Visual Art’ competition on Global Campus

28 March 2017

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Primary Learning News
As part of this year’s ‘Visual Art’ competition on Global Campus, 1A have been using their creativity to transform themselves into illustrators. The students have been looking at some of their favourite stories and particularly looking in detail at the pictures and techniques used by the illustrators. The students really liked Axel Scheffler’s pictures in Julia Donaldson’s books!
The students demonstrated excellent listening skills whilst listening to the five NACIS story entries from the creative writing entries. We were all very impressed with the stories in the competition and our imaginations began to run wild! The students thought carefully about the colours to use in their illustrations to represent the mood and characters in the stories and set out to create a plan. The students designed their backgrounds and used a range of techniques including blending colours to create sunsets and splat painting. Finally, the students began to create their detailed illustrations of the characters or scenes from the stories.
The students have all demonstrated excellent creativity and resilience during the process. We can’t wait to see how they do and fingers crossed NACIS will have some short listed entries for the upcoming Visual Arts Competition through the Global Campus. 

Secondary Learning News
The NACIS Quibbler –  published by NACIS students

The Newspaper ECA offers students the opportunities to develop the skills required to write, organize and publish a newspaper. After working hard interviewing, photographing and writing stories, the students of the newspaper ECA have printed their first edition of The NACIS Quibbler and shared it with teachers, staff and parents within our school community. For the first edition, students learned how to delegate duties and the importance of sticking to personal deadlines. The stories focus around what is happening in NACIS at the moment, with the main stories presenting news about the Grade 9 and 10 trip to Tanzania and the development of the dance curriculum through internal curriculum opportunities and international dance ECAs.  Also included in the content are columns for getting to know teachers and students with some room for house updates and advertisements. The name of the newspapers was suggested by Laurence Zhu from 6A and was then voted for by the members of the Newspaper ECA; next the students have launched a competition for anyone in the school to design a logo that will appear on every edition of the newspaper. We look forward to seeing the designs that the students will come up with.

Juilliard Collaboration
NACIS-JUILLIARD collaboration in action, to prepare our students for the world stage!
Last week Tuesday, students had the great pleasure to welcome Ingrid Kapteyn, an artist who graduated from Juilliard a couple of years ago. Ingrid has since performed internationally and currently plays the roles of Lady Macduff and Danvers in Punchdrunk's production of ‘Sleep No More’ in Shanghai. She managed to take some time away from her busy schedule to deliver creative dance workshops to Primary and Secondary students at NACIS. She was taken aback by the surprise performance that our students had prepared for her: Barbie’s Ballet (Grade 8), Dora’s Chinese Traditional Dance (Grade 6) and the 5B class performance. The Grade 5B performance was choreographed by Mrs. Chen, a student’s parent, and the homeroom teachers; they even designed their own costumes! Thank  you Mrs Chen.
On Friday, Salla Saarikangas, the dance curriculum specialist at Juilliard, came all the way from New York to help us visualise how we can continue to integrate dance into our curriculum. She observed Grade 4A drama lesson in which students had to use four traditional Chinese dancing props to create a story and observed how Ms Cecile introduced Bharatanatyam, a traditional Indian Dance, to the Grade 1 and 2 students of the International Dance ECA.
At NACIS we believe that regardless of students ultimate ambitions in life, there are so many transferable skills that can be learn through dancing, therefore, we encourage all students to participate actively in the opportunities to learn how movement and dance can develop their creativity , collaborative and resilience skills.
Please do get in touch with your child’s teachers if they would like to perform a creative talent to their peers, we can arrange this to take place in one of our upcoming assemblies or movement classes.

Global Campus – In school
Global Campus Visual Arts Competition

‘Visual Art’ competition will begin in April through the Global Campus. Students in Secondary have entered for this competition and Rachel, Sally and Joyce have already submitted their entries. The ‘Visual Art’ competition is a continuation of ‘creative writing’ of last semester. The contestants can choose one of award-winning works in ‘Creative Writing’ as the theme present through a variety of visual art expressions such as sketch, crayons, oil painting, watercolor painting, sculpture and photography model. The global campus activities provide a mutual exchange and learning platform for all students, and the ‘Visual Arts’ aims to broaden students’ art horizon, inspire their imagination and creation and encourage them to improve their artistic skills through  different artistic expressions. The results will be officially announced in May, and the final award-winning works will be published together with those in ‘Creative Writing’.

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