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Dear Parents,

 

Flag Raising

This Monday we held the first flag-raising ceremony of this semester. This week's flag-raising ceremony was presided over by Lili, a young pioneer in G5. The flag raisers were Luis and Jack from G5, the flag guards were Candy and Sofia from G5. 

 

At the beginning of the flag-raising ceremony, four young pioneers came into the field full of spirit to protect the flag, announcing the official start of the flag-raising ceremony. Accompanied by the majestic entry song, all the young pioneers were focused on their important task ahead. When it came to the flag-raising stage, all saluted to the flag and sang the national anthem with a strong sense of patriotism rising in our hearts.

 

Elaine from G5 delivered the bilingual keynote speech of the flag-raising ceremony to all the young pioneers. She read the speech aloud and concisely and gave our young pioneers listening around the flag and around the campus much to consider. Both Ding and Elaine completed their roles magnificently along with the flag bearers who as you can see from the photos below were proud to have been selected for this occasion.

 

Visit from our regional education team

On Tuesday, Roberto Qui from our Regional Education Team visited the school and spent a day in one of our Grade Five classes. Over the day he experienced a series of Chinese, English, and bilingual-led lessons in which his feedback to our leadership team was extremely positive. 

Roberto commented upon our children's ability to move from lessons taught in Chinese to English with fluidity and ease and was hugely impressed by their contributions to the learning in each of the lessons he was in. It was lovely to hear comments about the challenge for our students being at an appropriate level and that when tasked with leading the learning of their peers, our students have the skills and knowledge of how best to ensure they are involved all in the discussions and tasks that were set. 

 

English exercise books

Today our Primary English exercise books will be going home with our students! We are thrilled to share this improvement with our practice as we know that this will enable you as parents to further support your child with their English learning at home as well as learn more about our NACIS English curriculum.

 

Inside the front cover of our English exercise books are our NACIS Marking and Feedback codes which are a useful guide for both parents and students to help understand the teacher's next steps.

 

Please do talk with your child about their English learning! You could ask questions such as:

 

What did you enjoy about this piece of writing? Why?

What did you find tricky about this piece of writing? Why?

How could you improve this piece of work?

Shall we work together to respond to your teacher’s marking?

What will you work hard on doing next week?

What do you enjoy most about your English lessons at school?

Can you read this sentence or paragraph aloud to me? Could you improve it further?

Shall we use a thesaurus to improve this vocabulary?

 

We trust that you will focus solely on your child’s English achievements and concentrate your energies on supporting them in their personal development. Therefore we kindly request that you do not post photographs of your child’s learning on social media to promote discussion nor compare their outcomes with other children’s. Every child at NACIS is unique and at a different stage in their English language learning journey and a home-school partnership will ensure that they reach their individual potential.

 

We look forward to hearing your feedback on this exciting development in our English provision!

 

Global Campus - Bilingual Book Writers

This week, a very exciting bilingual project has launched on the Global Campus website! 

 

The aim of the ‘Bilingual Book Writers’ project is to celebrate your amazing skills as a bilingual learner, and give you the opportunity to create your very own bilingual children’s book!

 

Over the course of the project, you will plan, design, create and publish your own bilingual children’s book online, using the free website Book Creator. 

 

By the end of the project, you will have the opportunity to reflect on your learning and share your book with your family and friends at school!

 

Please follow the link here, to learn more about how to write your bilingual children’s book:

 

If you choose to take part in this challenge, 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!

 

STEAM Challenge – Weekly Draw

A special well done to Nicole in Grade 1 who has taken part in the STEAM Weekly Draw challenge and produced some fantastic artwork! 

 

If you would also like to create some brilliant artwork, please follow the link below to find out more information about this project. 

 

How to log in to Global Campus

Open your internet browser, and enter the following web address: globalcampus.nae.school. Next, click on the

‘Log In’ option.

 

To log in, choose the ‘Log on with Office 365’ option, and then enter your child’s school email address and password.  If you are unsure of your child’s school email address or password, please contact helpdesk@nacis.cn, so that they can support you with obtaining this information.  You will need to include your child’s full Chinese name, English name and class.

 

NACIS Primary Musical

We are delighted to announce that selected students from Primary will be performing their first full scale Musical in June! This year’s show title is the beloved classic ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Young Performers Edition’ directed by Ms. Kirstie.

 

The show is a specially adapted version of the musical based on the MGM motion picture. Featuring a large cast of familiar characters, this one-hour show will not only showcase the many talents students from across Primary but will also tell a beautiful story about friendship, dreams, and the true meaning of home.

 

It takes a whole community to put on a musical production. The main cast from the NACIS Primary Theatre Company ECA have been working hard rehearsing since the start of the Semester and soon, NACIS Primary Theatre Dance Company and NACIS Primary choir will begin their rehearsals. The props and scenery will be designed and made by students from Grade 5 – 9 as part of the Theatre Design and Prop making ECA, led by the Secondary Visual Arts team and IB students.

 

Performances will run 9th - 10th June 2021 so be sure to put the date in your diary. Booking information coming soon!

 

Assemblies

Our assemblies will soon begin again with these and we are looking forward to being able to share some photos of these as we look to utilise the wonderful auditorium in our Secondary school to bring our students together. Our

assemblies will be focused on embedding our students' understanding of the NACIS 9, our learning attributes of 'collaborators, enquirers, strategic thinkers, respectful, open-minded, reflective, resilient, communicator and risk taker'. These assemblies will be bilingually led and we look forward to involving our students and teachers in these over the remainder of the semester.

 

Consequences Ladder

As we shared last week, following this letter parents will receive a copy of the consequences ladder which is used to track and support our students in their behaviour choices during the school day. We have already seen positive improvements in the way we have been able to talk with our children about their behaviour choices and how they in turn can affect the well-being and learning of others within their class and wider school community. We look forward to sharing more news on this as we continue to review these procedures over the remainder of this semester.

 

Do enjoy the weekend as we look forward to sharing more news about Primary next week.

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