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Our School News at The British International School Shanghai Pudong
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November 25th 2014
International Connections

One of the great aspects of International Schools is the ability to meet, make friends and work with people from all over the world. We see this every day in our classrooms and it is also encouraging to see the development of links beyond Shanghai too as we build contacts with other schools and organisations.

Our school hosted ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) U18 Rugby and Netball this weekend which included visiting schools from Hong Kong and Jeju in Korea. Aside from a very enjoyable competition, bonds are forged between the schools and return visits planned. In particular, I would acknowledge the way two of our students, Emiliano D’Angio and Christopher Zhang, welcomed and looked after the students from Jeju, and I know this favour will be returned one day.

We are also members of FOBISIA, the Federation of British International Schools in Asia. Next weekend, we send a team to Ho Chi Minh City for the FOBISIA Model United Nations, and next term we look forward to participating in the U13 FOBISIA Games in Taipei.

Internationalism is a belief, an ethos and the way we work with others from different nations. It is great to see that, in addition to this, our students are also participating and contributing to so many international events.

The end of term is always a busy time, for students, for teachers and for parents. I am sure everyone will be looking forward to a relaxing holiday, but before then there are many events and activities to look forward to. Please take a look at the calendar and I hope to see many of you at the numerous things that are planned for the coming weeks. Don’t forget it is the Christmas Bazaar this Sunday which is always a great occasion in our calendar. Immense thanks as ever to our Community Group who put so much work into making a day like this happen.

Although we have many special events, of course the academic focus does not stop. IGCSE Mock Exams begin on 1st December and there is an Academic Review Evening for Year 8 on Wednesday 3rd.

Finally, a mention to our Year 13 students who are busy applying to university and are starting to receive invitations to interview at Cambridge University amongst others. This is a very nervous but exciting time for these students, and we wish them all the best.
 
Reminders and Notices

SPACE Registration
SPACE registrations for Term 2 are now open. 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.

Zumba Classes @ BISS Pudong
How can you get fit and support our school charities at the same time? Just take up Zumba! Find out more here.

Ebbe Sand Christmas Camp
This Christmas, the Ebbe Sands Soccer Academy will be running three soccer camps at BISS Pudong. Find out more here.

Christmas Decoration Competition
Design a Christmas tree decoration to hang on the tree at this year’s Christmas Bazaar… and win House Points in the process. Find out more here.

We're on Weibo!
Finding out all about BISS Pudong is now easier for Mandarin speakers with our new Weibo account. Find out more here.
Jiao Challenge
The afternoon of Tuesday 18th November saw a colourful day at BISS Pudong as each house competed in a variety of challenges across the phases whilst collecting money in the form of the Jiao coin.
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Middle School Leaders Forum
Last Thursday all Middle School Leaders attended a Middle School Leaders Forum during their Guidance Lesson. Students from the Service, House and Sports, and Arts and Culture teams came together for the first time.
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Christmas Card Competition Winners
A huge thank you to all of the students who entered this year's Christmas Card Competition. The winners have now been chosen and the designs are currently at the printers.
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Community Group News - Only Five Sleeps Until the Christmas Bazaar!
Only five days to go before our school is transformed into a winter wonderland, with delicious festive food, choir and dance performances, fantastic holiday shopping and much more.
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Helping Hand - Meet Our Parent Liaison
Need a helping hand? Sunhyi Todd is our Parent Liaison, the go-to person if you need assistance with finding the right person to speak with at school for any matters concerning your children.
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Wednesday 26th November - Infants Christmas Performance
Parents are invited to watch their children celebrate a range of Christmas cultures and traditions from around the world.Read more here.

Sunday 30th November - Christmas Bazaar
Join in the festive spirit, enjoy traditional food and drinks, as well as a spot of holiday shopping, and have your photo taken with Santa. Find details here.

Wednesday 3rd November - 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.
 
Learning Through Play
Play and child-initiated activities play a vital role in children’s development and is crucial for them to make sense of the world around them. Last week, I introduced the nursery children to some new wooden blocks. I then stood back and watched what happened. The learning that took place was amazing.
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Play Dough Moulding the Future
The children have enjoyed moulding dough this week. Playing with dough is relaxing and creative and there is no right answer. It encourages the development of fine motor skills, concentration, creativity and offers opportunities for the development of language and social skills.
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Space, Shape and Fruit Kebabs
This week in numeracy we have been learning about 3D shapes, their features and why that is relevant to our lives. Through lots of interactive lessons, practical activities and collaborative learning the children have been making and using 3D shapes, building structures and labeling their features.
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Instructional Writing & Pizza Making
This week in Numeracy, students in Year 2 developed their critical and logical thinking skills by problem solving with 3D shapes. Students collaborated with each other, worked on identifying the properties of 3D shapes and solved word problems, by counting the numbers of vertices, faces and edges.
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Year 4 Investigate Forces
Year 4 have been learning about forces in our Science lessons this term.
We have been planning and carrying out investigations to see how forces are affected by a variety of different factors.
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Year 3 at Laozhai Village
It was a perfect day for a Year 3 field trip! It was sunny and warm – but not too warm – with a light breeze. Those raincoats were definitely not needed! Fifty-six children and assorted teachers and teaching assistants were excited to find out firsthand what the land in our local area was used for.
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Peer Learning in Spanish
This week, Year 8 Spanish students have been investigating radical changing and irregular verbs in the target language, and peer teaching each other.The students worked in pairs on a grammatical point which they hadn’t seen before but which was an extension of what they learnt in a previous lesson.
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Year 9 Travel Writing
Year 9 students have been busy creating their own Travel Writing blogs, reflecting on their fantastic service week in Sanya. As part of the writing process, students explored the Level 7 and 8 criteria for Writing and used these to peer assess each others’ work.
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Peer Assessment in Geography
Peer assessment is a powerful tool as it develops students as collaborative and independent learners. By assessing the work of another student, we develop a greater understanding of how work is graded and why.
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Year 11 Students Enjoy Being Teacher
Last week, after finishing the topic of education, the Year 11 Mandarin students had a very special experience of showing their understanding of education – being a teacher and reading books to Year 2 students.
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Muscles, Joints and Bones
Year 13 are currently studying the Human Health and Physiology topic in Biology. We have been learning about the structure of joints, muscles and the functions of bones.The students enjoyed dissecting a duck leg in order to identify the range of tissues found in the leg.
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University Visits
There have been over 40 university visits to our campus this term by university representatives. There have been lectures, information sessions, university fairs and drop in clinics and we have all learnt a lot about courses, universities and locations.
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ACAMIS Netball
On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd November, BISS Pudong hosted the 2014/15 ACAMIS Netball and Rugby tournament. The tournament included local and international schools and showcased a high application of skill throughout both sports.
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D1 Basketball @ CISS
The D1 boys went to Concordia, with a squad depleted by exam revision. This was not ideal, as Concordia are the SISAC basketball league and Play off 2nd place from last year and are determined to make up for last year’s mishaps.
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