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This week in the classroom - Global Campus takes Grade 9 students to New York

12 June 2017

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Primary Learning News
Grades 2 and 3 look back on an exciting first year at NACIS

Grades 2 and 3 students have been reflecting on the opportunities and experiences they have had this academic year. The students have accomplished so much, both socially and academically, making lots of new friends and making great progress. As founding students, they have really helped NACIS grow into the school it is today, as well as preparing themselves to offer support to the new students starting in August. With this in mind, we would like to share some of our best highlights!

“I liked it when we covered some of the dinosaur toys in modroc. We created our own fossils, before going on an archaeological dig to find them. Then, we had to research which dinosaur we had dug up!” Jayden G3A
“One of my favourite memories was when we decorated our classroom. It was like we had travelled back in time to when dinosaurs were alive! We tried to make a dinosaur out of balloons, it was really tricky!” Asland G3A
“It was fun when we wrote deforestation letters in English.  We now know reasons why deforestation is good or reasons why deforestation is bad.” Ashley G3B
“My favourite memory is when we made the eco-system with fish and plants.  It was fun to make it by ourselves.” David Z G3B

Grade 5 Transition into Secondary School
Grade 6 teacher morning

On Tuesday 6 June, the Grade 5 students took another step towards Secondary school through a number of planned activities. Mr Karl (English Teacher) spoke to the children about conceptual based learning and Mr Frank (Mathematics Teacher) played some number games with the children. This game tested their knowledge of multiples, as well as their communication skills. After that, Ms Wendy (Chinese Teacher) exposed the students to an Ancient Chinese Text, highlighting the key differences between Chinese learning in Primary and Secondary school. Finally, some Grade 6 students presented some work to the Grade 5s. It certainly helped the Grade 5 students to reflect on their responsibilities for next year, but also reminded them that despite the changes, they would be just fine. 

Secondary Learning News
In recent Science classes, Grade 9 students have been working on an experiment based project requiring them to make their own acid- based indicator. Students were asked to choose a number of items from their daily life and test them with solution.  From their experiments, students discovered that items change colour depending on whether they are acid or alkaline based.  For example, purple cabbage juice turned red when tested with rice vinegar but turned green when tested with soapy water.  Students can use this rule of colour variation to predict unknown acid or alkali solutions.

Global Campus
Global Campus takes Grade 9 students to New York

Three students from Grade 9 have been selected as NAE Ambassadors and will be attending the UNICEF-NAE Student Summit on the Global Goals in New York City in July.
The students are going to participate in an exciting week of debate, negotiation and diplomacy, about some of the most pernicious problems facing the world, alongside 86 peers from Nord Anglia schools around the world.
Last Tuesday afternoon, Anna, Emily and Lydia had a social meeting with students from BISS PUXI and NAIS as part of pre-activities. They had a brainstorm to discuss how to lead a workshop as they will be co-leaders to set up a workshop for all of the 86 NAE ambassadors in New York to illustrate general ideas and introductions of United Nations issues.

Visiting Juilliard Alumni: Mr Colby Chambers
Recently, NACIS welcomed Mr Colby Chambers, visiting Juilliard alumni.  As a drama graduate and specialist, Colby worked with our Primary students on preparations for their drama days. Colby was particularly impressed with how confidently the students communicate and express themselves in both English and Mandarin and the wonderful facilities at NACIS. 

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