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December 2nd 2014
Locks of Love

I would like to tell you the story of something wonderful that happened in our school last week.

Isabelle Jones is a student in Year 5 who came across a charity called Locks of Love. This charity collects locks of hair which have been donated and then uses this to make wigs for children with alopecia or perhaps those undergoing treatment for cancer. This is particularly for children who could not afford to have wigs otherwise.

Isabelle decided she would like to do something for Locks of Love in order to help children who could benefit in this way. She had very long hair and decided she would cut off 10 inches of her hair which she could send in to the charity. She then decided to go one step further, and as well as cutting her hair she used the opportunity to try to raise money for the orphanage here in Shanghai that our Community Group works so closely with. Isabelle told people what she was doing in order to raise awareness for Locks of Love and at the same time she collected donations for the orphanage if people wanted to contribute.

Last week Isabelle came to school with short hair. As you can see from the photos it was quite a change for her! Not only that, she presented Mr King with donations that she had collected for the orphanage which had reached an amazing total of well over 12,000RMB.

Isabelle’s story is a great example of a selfless act and I know she is not the only one at the school who does this. For Isabelle, and for all the other students who contribute so much to make a difference to others, we offer our deep and heartfelt appreciation for all that you do.
 
Reminders and Notices

BISS Pudong Alumni Group on Facebook
We're keen to connect with former students and their families through our new Alumni group on Facebook. Find out more here.

Send Us Your "Shelfies"
The Learning Centre invites students in Years 6, 7, 8 and 9 to send a photo of themselves with a favourite book, along with a short review and recommendation, to help other students choose books, and to earn House Points. Find out more here.

Volunteering at BISS Pudong
Have a little free time on a Monday afternoon and want to make a difference at BISS Pudong? Find out how here.

Last Day of Term
Term One ends on Friday 12th December at 3:15pm. School will recommence on Tuesday 6th January. Find out more here.

Marks & Spencer Vouchers
To thank the BISS Pudong community for a very successful Christmas Bazaar, Marks & Spencer have given us 100 discount vouchers. Come along to the main Reception to pick one up. Find out more here.

BISS Pudong Netball League Starts January 2015
BISS Pudong is starting and hosting a new 7-a-side female netball league after Christmas. Find out more here.
Ho, Ho... Whole Lot of Festive Cheer!
What a perfect way to start the holiday season! With baubles, garlands and an amazing gingerbread house entry, B Block was transformed into a festive holiday fair for the annual BISS Pudong Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 30th November.
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Model United Nations in Ho Chi Minh
Ten delegates and two teachers embarked on a three day trip to Ho Chi Minh City for the FOBISIA Model United Nations Conference this week. Our delegates are representing either Argentina or Russia in General Assembly, Human Rights Commission...
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Christmas Decoration Competition Winner
We received hundreds of sparkling and lovingly decorated Christmas decorations for our Christmas Decoration Competition. Find out who decorated the winning entry.
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Community Group News
What a fabulous festive day on Sunday at the BISS Pudong Christmas Bazaar. The day started early for some as the school was transformed into a shopping winter wonderland.
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Year 5 Librarians Keep Things Ready
The Learning Centre is lucky to have such a hard-working and enthusiastic group of “Librarians” from Year 5 who help us to keep things in order and to make sure that we are ready to welcome everyone to The Learning Centre.
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Wednesday 3rd December - Year 8 Academic Review Evening
An opportunity for parents and students to meet with subject teachers to discuss progress and targets. Read more here.

Thursday 4th December - Christmas Carol Concert
All of our choirs and orchestras will perform songs of the season and beyond in this evening of musical poetry and joy to start the holiday season! Find details here.

Saturday 6th December - RnB Choir at Shangri-La Teddy Bear Tea
Our RnB choir (Years 4-6) will be performing as part of the Shangri-La's Teddy Bear Tea in a wonderful event for holiday cheer and afternoon socialising. Find details here.

Wednesday 10th December - Early Years Christmas Performance
Join the children from Early Years on an adventurous train journey in search of Santa. Find details here.

Tuesday 6th January - New Parent Coffee Morning
An informal gathering organised by our Community Group for new parents to the school to meet other parents and find out about upcoming events and activities.
 
Even Shakespeare Started With a Mark
Mark making is the first step towards writing and in the early stages is closely linked to physical development. The more opportunities your child has to develop large and small movement in their arms, hands and fingers the easier it will be to make marks with a variety of tools.
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Creativity at Its Best
In Early Years, we have the pleasure of being able to provide a variety of resources to encourage the exploration of creativity. Our recent High Performance Learning focus has been on Creativity; valuing how our children use their imaginations to generate new and unique ideas.
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Christmas Around the World
This week, the children in Year 2 did a fantastic Christmas performance celebrating Christmas cultures from around the world. The children had the opportunity to show off their best dance moves, from the samba to traditional African dancing.
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Traditional Tales
The Little Red Hen and The Gingerbread Man traditional tales were our focus texts over the last two weeks in Year 1. The children listened to the stories in several formats – book, audio and video-clip – before responding to the texts.
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Leading to Learn and Learning to Lead
Some weeks ago we started a process of encouraging the children to help lead learning in the school, giving up lunches or breaks to teach or practice skills with others. The response has a been a positive one, which has been encouraged by the Learning Leaders...
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Year 5 - The Heart
This week, as part of our topic work, Year 5 have been learning about the importance of the heart. In order to understand circulation, and the role of each part of the heart, we acted out the movement of the red blood cells between the lungs, heart and body.
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Fossil Forming
Fossils are crucial in Science! Not only do they help us to look back at the variety of life over time but they provide us with clues of extinct species, fill gaps in our evidence of evolution and provide a stimulus of rock formation.
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Learning Spanish Through Geography
Year 7 students of Spanish are learning to describe where they live and ask others. After having been introduced with the vocabulary of different parts of the city and the structures they need, students carried out a survey of where people live in their own class.
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Forces and Motion
Year 10 Physics classes have been studying Forces and Motion has part of their IGCSE. They have looked at the work of Sir Isaac Newton the famous British Physicist, and his Laws of Motion.
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Reading for Pleasure
In Years 7, 8 and 9 this year, we are ensuring our students not only develop in English as an academic study but that we foster a real love of reading as a life long skills. Taking time out in The Learning Centre has offered our students time to choose a book and read in the peaceful comfort of our library.
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How Clean Is Your Blood?
Year 13 Biology students have been dissecting again! They have been learning about the role of the kidney. In order to do this successfully, the students need to learn the structure of the kidney, the structure of the tiny tubules in the kidney and make connections to how the organ functions.
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D1 Basketball Squad Taking Shape
On November 26th, the D1 boys basketball squad took part in their final league game. With the addition of Joe Paveley to the squad, the team looked far more composed. Efe rediscovered is form from the D2 squad last year hitting sinking three 3 pointers.
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