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This week in the classroom - 'Think Series' Learner-Led Conference

22 January 2018

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Primary News

'Think Series' Learner-Led Conference

Last Friday, the Primary team welcomed parents to the first learner-led conference in conjunction with the NACIS ‘Think Series’. The event was a great success as the corridors were filled with colour and laughter. We would like thank parents for joining us to celebrate the students’ achievements so far.

Our Principal Ms. Sarah Graves and project mentor Mr. Zhong Guanyang welcomed guests during the opening ceremony and introduced special guests, Ms. Chen Jian, the vice town chief of Huacao town and Mr Qian Wenzhong who would award students with their learning badges. Our Head of Primary Ms. Gu Wenxiu made the general introduction about the ‘Think Series’ and events, and Ms. Zheng Xiyan announced the start of annual creative competition.

During the conference, students in each grade demonstrated their personalized reading experience through multiple learning approaches.

The Grade 1 students shared their reading experience through different creative expressions such as drawing, singing, performing and filming. Students were able to produce creative and unique pieces of work.

The Grade 2 sharing session began with the presentation of each student introducing their reading achievement. Some students took part in intensive reading and imitating writing of the text, some learned ancient poetry painting and reading, while others prepared a digital presentation which included parent-child interactive programs. The entire sharing session not only let children and parents experience the fun of reading together, but also allowed students to dream big for their reading.

The Grade 3 students showed their understanding of reading through drama, stories, recitals and famous works. We believe that if given a small stage, students will surprise us with their talents! Students arranged all the preparatory work for this activity independently through various stages. Some students were also inspired by their reading and wrote scripts, which really impressed their teachers and parents.

During the Grade 4 sharing session, the students chose ‘green’ as the main colour to be on show in the corridor, and even decorated the ‘welcome area’ to make it look like trees. A green vine was decorated with students' handmade book cards, and bookmarks all with the theme of hope, vitality, integration and accessibility. Parents also enjoyed the students' drama performance, sketches and comic dialogues in the theatre. Some came to the Grade 4 corridor, and received ‘Parental Feedback Form’ at the entrance, watched the performances at the various stages guided by ‘hand-painted maps’ and posters. Parents could also vote for the top 3 they preferred, and finally posted the ‘Parental Feedback Form’ in the voting box.

During the Grade 5 sharing session, students gave full play to their outstanding artistic skills and incorporated them into literary and artistic works to contribute to wonderful performances. Some students sang Chinese poems from the Song Dynasty accompanied by the ukulele. Some sang new poems whilst playing the drums, and some creatively took inspiration from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to develop their character creation skills. The students delivered a wonderful performance with warm and lively  scenes. Parents who came to this sharing session, said, “I really wish to return to my childhood after watching the lovely and innocent show of the students. They have dreams and a bright future ahead of them. I hope the children will keep being passionate about reading, and allow the joy of reading to be with them all the time!”

We would like to thank our parents for their support and also the children for giving us an insight into how they view the world around them. All our parents are great listeners and have helped to promote the event. They communicated with the children and pushed them to be the best one!

This is the first time that NACIS has held a ‘Think Series’ Learner-led Conference and we strive to create a space and platform for diversity and free expression for every student. Chinese teachers will select appropriate books to stimulate children’s learning and we have similar events in the future to ensure that we develop a life-long love of reading in our students.

Secondary News

Grade 6 have been continuing to work on their Chinese Musical History Project. So far students found out how music forms a part of Chinese New Year celebrations, and why Chinese New Year is celebrated on a different day each year.

Students have also explored how to properly play the Guzheng & Chinese Drums. Students have been making videos ready to show parents!

As we move to the final week of the project, each class will also present what they have found out and learned from this project. As always, we hope to use creativity to expand our minds and highlight how important Chinese culture is to NACIS students.

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