What do you do when you hear the Mission Impossible theme song? If you’re at NACIS, you stop everything you’re doing and read, of course! In honor of International Book Week, our NACIS students and staff took part in events throughout the last week that celebrated the importance of reading across multiple languages, ages and genres.
We also challenged NACIS students to harness their creativity in a variety of ways. Students had the opportunity to submit artwork for the Bookmark Challenge, where they design their own bookmark and the winners are developed into physical bookmarks that are sold to raise money for the “Spring Bud” project.
In Primary school, students and staff were encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from a book, which resulted in a very fun Friday for the community.
What I like most is the dress-up activity on the last day of Book Week. Teachers and students can dress up as characters in books, including Harry Potter, Zhuge Liang and Dr. Strange. There are more books I want to add to my book list！
- G4 Student
Book week was also a great opportunity for the NACIS bilingual programme to come to life as students attending the book fair were able to purchase books in both Chinese and English and speak with authors of some of today’s most popular books including world-renowned children’s write David Shannon, author of the “No, David!” series.
We use AR and STAR assessments to assess students’ reading ability and make sure they have access to the correct level of book for their English ability – these books are available in our libraries. This assessment is repeated through the year so a student and their parents have an accurate measure of their progress in reading ability as they move through the school.
I think that daily reading has contributed hugely to me becoming a more bilingual student because reading both Chinese and English books helps you to improve your abilities in both of these languages. Daily reading can not only improve your grammar and expand your vocabulary but also encourages you to think about the world bilingually and from different perspectives. When I finish a book, I will sometimes do an Accelerated Reader quiz, because it is a great way to check if I have understood the text or can recall key details about the book. I was overjoyed to have won the award for Top Achiever in Accelerated Reader because it is a recognition of my reading progress. I feel even more determined now to continue reading bilingually!
-Katniss Li, Grade 8, Reading at an age of 14 Years old
Book Week is one of the most cherished weeks at NACIS. To encourage a passion for reading, every week, our Executive Superintendent, Mr. Chris Short, shares recommended reading and asks students to share their reports on the books.
Some of the latest reads are “Mayhem and Madness: Chronicles of a Teenaged Supervillian” and “Every Life Matters”. In doing this, students are comprehending the reading beyond just face value, and searching deeper for morals, themes and nuanced understanding of the characters.
Book Week inspires a love of book and story, as well as an appreciation of the creative process, in readers of all ages. There are reading events organized by our Primary English team as well like Reading Buddies (primary and secondary students read together) and Stop, Drop and Read (when Mission Impossible theme song comes on) that improves students’English communication and builds greater English vocabulary.
-NACIS Librarian Ms. Julie Zhu