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Welcome Back!

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Dear Parents,

 

We hope that your New Year break was as enjoyable as we found our own. Our team here in Primary made the most of not travelling to really re-charge their batteries and many of us who are new to Shanghai managed to explore much of what our beautiful city of Shanghai has to offer. Returning back to school last week when we met and introduced ourselves and our leadership team to our new families and students felt wonderful. Seeing our students return to school on Monday, walking through the gates was lovely, with their faces full of joy and happily talking to one another and catching up with their friends.

 

As when any new student starts a new school it is important that they are made to feel welcome and as ever, our students who have worked with our Primary Psychologist, Ms Rose, have a been great this week acting as ambassadors to share personal letters to each new student to ensure they feel part of our school family and our community. We know our parents will also make our new families very welcome too and we thank you, especially those parents who are new to your children’s class.

 

As we start a new semester, we have asked our team in Primary to remind our children about wearing their uniform with pride. As a school, we want our students to be proud of belonging to a school such as NACIS. We have attached a reminder for all of our parents about the uniform our children should be wearing and would appreciate your support in ensuring your child/children arrive for school looking smart and in the correct uniform relevant to what they are doing that day. If they have PE we are happy that they arrive at school in their PE kit.

 

For dance, students are required to wear PE uniform and dance shoes for their INA class. If students do not have dance shoes they will have to participate in bare feet for health and safety reasons.

 

For drama, students can wear their usual school uniform and school shoes.

 

Flag Raising Ceremony

On Monday of week beginning 8th March we will begin our weekly flag raising ceremony. It has been some time since we have carried this out and we are excited to be doing this once again. In primary, after attending their young pioneer ceremony, the students officially become a member of the young pioneers. An important sign of young pioneers is to wear red scarves. School has prepared red scarves for each young pioneer. Every Monday morning, when we will have the flag raising ceremony, and, after entering the classroom, students should take off their ties and put on their red scarves. When our children participate in young pioneer activities which will be shared in advance by their homeroom, we ask that they also wear their red scarves during these activities. Students do not need to take red scarves home, and they will be kept in the classroom with the help of homeroom teachers. We will post photos of our flag raising ceremony weekly and will aim to include as many of our classes as possible.

 

Lantern Festival

As we celebrate the 15th day of this first Chinese lunar month, don’t forget to take down your new year decorations. Our students arriving in their traditional clothes is a wonderful reminder of how special this time of year is to us and to our community.

 

Music news

Towards the end of semester 1 many of our students across Primary and Secondary entered this years ‘NAE Virtual Young Musician Of The Year’ competition. They had to perform on their instrument or voice and uploaded their recording to global campus.

 

Over the last four weeks they were judged against a further 1300 students from all over the world and we are delighted to announce that the following students have been recognised of which two of them actually won their category:

 

Rainbow 4Cedar – WINNER – Piano (Under 9 category)

Louis  4Sycamore – WINNER – Modern Instrument (Age 10-14 category)

Elon 3Cedar – Special Mention – Piano (Under 9 category)

Madeline 1Cedar – Runner Up – Bowed Strings (Under 9 category)

 

This is such a fantastic achievement, especially as mentioned above this is a worldwide competition and they went up against 1300 other students! This is further testament to the talents our students in Primary have. We also congratulate any other students that took the time to take part. Our music team are busy now planning a ‘Young Musician’ concert later in the summer to congratulate and celebrate the achievement of all those who entered.

 

Global Campus

As we begin semester two, there are many new projects on Global Campus for you to enjoy!

 

STEAM MIT Challenge – Water Usage

To follow on from our holiday challenge based upon reducing pollution in oceans, you can now use this water usage challenge to check how much water you use at home, and learn all about ways to reduce water waste.  Completing this challenge will help you to become more sustainable, and will earn you badges on the Global Campus website.

 

You can find more information about this STEAM challenge here.

 

STEAM Challenge – Weekly Draw

Do you love to draw?  Would you like to improve your drawing skills?  Then this challenge is for you!  You can watch videos and complete activities to help you improve your shading, outline drawing and 3D drawing skills.  Once you are finished, next week you will be able to draw and submit a self-portrait, and earn badges for yourself and your school!

 

If you choose to take part in either or both of these challenges, please submit your work on the Global Campus page, and ask your parents to email a photo of it to your homeroom teacher – you may be able to earn a Global Campus Champion certificate!

 

Enjoy your weekend.

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