Dear parents and students
Welcome to the third Secondary update of Semester 2!
International Women’s Day
Four of our inspiring Grade 11 students, Rachel Yao, Elvina Yao, Carol Wei and Sara Shan, worked collaboratively to create and deliver thought-provoking presentations at our Grade assemblies this week to celebrate International Women’s Day. The students touched on topics such as inspirational women of the past and present, how International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world and how we can all play our part in ensuring gender equality is present in our lives and in our school. Similarly, in Grade 10 CAS lessons this week, students took part in various projects to learn about how gender equality differs around the world. From researching and comparing daily life case studies in various countries around the world, to learning about gender stereotypes in advertisement campaigns of their favourite clothing brands, students gained an insight into how significant the message of gender equality is today.
NAE Global Challenge
A number of Grade 10 and 11 environmentally conscious CAS students recently volunteered to join the NAE Global Challenge. Each year all NAE schools are invited to participate in a project that sees students across the Nord Anglia family tackle a set challenge. This challenge is designed to support the development of key skills, and give our students extended learning opportunities to collaborate with students in their own school and around the world. In the past, challenges have focused on Art, Dance, Science and Global Citizenship. This year the NAE common goal of focus is Global Goal 13 – Climate Change. Over the past two weeks, the NACIS Global Challenge leaders have attended meetings and initiated conversations with various teachers in Primary, Secondary and Boarding, to determine how we can make our school more sustainable. They compiled a detailed Secondary Global Challenge action plan that will be added to our school action plan and submitted alongside other NAE schools’ entries.
Students are keen to start encouraging our NACIS community to make sustainable changes and we are looking forward to sharing their actions soon.
Teaching and Learning
Lower Secondary (Grade 6 to 9) students participated in the Star Reading Assessments this week. These assessments give students an indication of their English reading age and offer reading recommendations to ensure the most beneficial reading experience. At the same time, the results help teachers gain a better understanding of student progress in reading comprehension across the academic year. Teachers utilise this platform, along with learner-centred teaching to encourage students to read more frequently and become lifelong readers.
We were delighted to start our existing family campus tours this week. From Monday to Thursday, the Secondary Leadership team welcomed almost 80 parents. Parents experienced the school life of their children, felt the enthusiasm of our teachers and left with a deeper understanding of the school’s routines, rules and regulations.
This Wednesday, we invited our Grade 9 parents to participate in the G9 Pathways Evening. In the first part, our Superintendent, Mr. Chris Short introduced the Grade 9 pathways and IB options, hoping that through effective communication, we can plan a better future for every student and help them to achieve success globally. In the second part, our University Guidance Counsellors, Ms. Vivian and Ms. Tiffany made an informative presentation to parents and students. Regarding oversea university applications, they answered questions from several aspects, including the current situation of studying abroad, the enrolment criteria of different universities in the UK and the US and the deadlines of material preparation. Parents took the opportunity to have one-on-one discussions with IBDP subject teachers and form tutors regarding the transition from Lower Secondary to IBDP and option selection, helping students to clarify the pathways and the direction of their efforts in the coming years.
In the coming weeks, we look forward to meeting more parents on our secondary campus and continuing the dialogue with them about students’ campus life. We hope we can continue to work together to support our students on their journey to a bright future.
Heads of Secondary