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October 14th 2014
I am writing to you this week from Tanzania. As many of you will be aware, our school has strong links here with students visiting last February and another group of Year 10 and 12 students doing so in February 2015. I have had the privilege yesterday of visiting the orphanage and Primary school that we are linked with and to see the impact our students are having on this community is truly inspirational.

When our students visited last year with others from across Nord Anglia Education, their efforts were focused on renovating the school. I can see the benefits this is already having and also the opportunities for further development for the next group that comes here. One of our Promises as a school is to Make a Difference. BISS Pudong students are making that difference in an under-resourced community thousands of miles away and the relationship developed here mean this will be a sustainable project for many years to come that can vastly improve the lives of others.

The other note I wanted to touch upon is one of thanks to all members of our community who are involved in preparations for International Week which runs from October 20th to 24th. There are 57 nationalities here at present and we are very much a global community. The celebration of our different nationalities alongside our joint endeavours as an international society is a key part of education here. Such events as the International Food Fair and the Parade of Nations are a great success because of the efforts of our Community Group and families across the school. Sincere thanks to everyone for what I know will be a very special week in our calendar.
 
Reminders and Notices

Sign Up for Sports Teams
The new season competitive sports teams for volleyball, rugby and football are now open for registration. Find out more here.

Follow the BISS Pudong Community Group on Facebook
Our Community Group does wonderful work for our school, from organising major events to helping parents connect at informal lunches and class coffee get-togethers. Now you can follow them on Facebook. Click here.

Come Along to Play Group
Every Monday and Thursday, during term time, parents and children meet in Early Years for a fun Play Group from 9:30-11:30am. Find out more here.

Flu Clinic Tomorrow - Wednesday 15th October
A reminder to parents and students who have registered for the on-site flu clinic here at the Pudong Campus being held tomorrow, Wednesday 15th October 2014, with WorldPath Clinic. Find out more here.

Ticket Giveaway to City Weekend Family Day
We have free tickets to give away to this full weekend of family activities being held at Green City Sunshine Stadium. Find out more here.
Students Visit Orphanage During National Holiday
During the holidays several BISS Pudong students showed their big hearts and accompanied the Community Group volunteers to HuiXin orphanage.
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ACAMIS Champions!
BISS Tigers D1 Boys Volleyball team created school history on Saturday 11th October by winning the ACAMIS Volleyball Championship hosted by SCIS Hongqiao.
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Community Group News
There’s plenty happening for the Community Group over the next couple of weeks, which means lots of activities and fun for the whole school.
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Sunday 19th October - Family Picnic
The whole school community is welcome to attend this fun and casual event on the main sports field. Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy some chill-out time with friends in this first whole-family event of the year. Find the details here.

Monday 20th - Friday 24th October - International Week
International Week is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our truly international school community. Read more here.

Monday 20th October - IB Open Evening
An important evening for parents and students in Year 11 to find out about the International Baccalaureate course and subject selections. Find details here.

Thursday 23rd October - Brits Abroad Breast Cancer Awareness Lunch
Join the Brits Abroad for this lunch, part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Find details here.

Monday 27th - Friday 31st October - Project Week
All students in Years 6-12 will be involved in a variety of service projects in different parts of China during this week. Find details here.
Introduction to Visual Timetables
The Early Years Department are implementing a new visual timetable across the phase. A visual timetable is a set of pictures that represent the different activities which take place each day.
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Arts and Crafts in Early Years
We spend a huge amount of time within Early Years helping the children freely and independently explore their creativity. Expressive Art and Design is one of my favourite areas of the curriculum for the simple reason that we are privileged to see how different our children really are.
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All About Home Learning
This week, the children in Year 1 enthusiastically brought their first My Learning activity back to school and were ready and eager to share all of their fantastic work.
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What's the Time Mr. Wolf?
This week in Numeracy students in Year 2 have been learning to read time to o’clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to on analogue and digital clocks. Students practised making times practically on analogue clocks and used number cards to make corresponding digital times.
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Junior School Student Council
Before the National Holiday, we welcomed some new (and some familiar!) faces to the Junior School Student Council in the form of the new class representatives and their deputies.
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Open Wide!
On Thursday, Year 3 students were delighted to have a visit from Dr. Lu and her team from the Outreach Program of Shanghai United Family Hospital.
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Speaking and Writing About Countries in Mandarin
Last week, Y7 students learnt how to say and write the countries, continents and languages in Mandarin lessons. They also learnt some basic sentences for how to introduce basic information about their family.
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Landscape in a Box
Year 7 Geography students have made a fantastic start to the new academic year. The Landscape in a Box project has given all students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of physical, human and environmental geography by recreating a famous world landscape in a shoe box.
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Great Levels Achieved in Year 9 German
Just before the holidays, the Year 9 German class wrote their first levelling test of the year. Their test was based on 5 weeks of study, plus any other relevant German that they’d learnt in previous years.
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Through the Soles of Their Feet
Fifteen IGCSE Geography students spent the last two days before Golden Week conducting research in NanHui town in eastern Shanghai as well as learning more about the planning and development of the city at the Museum of Urban Planning in People’s Square.
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Exploring Chinese Food on Paper
Year 12 Chinese B, SL & HL students explored Chinese food on paper. Each group chose one picture with either an eggplant or oil on it. They were asked to write down Chinese words which have something to do with the picture as much as possible in a certain time.
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Don't Miss the University Visits
You may have noticed that there are several universities visiting BISS Pudong this week – and throughout the rest of October and November. That is great news!
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BISS Pudong Tiger Sharks at Time Trials
On Saturday 20th September the BISS Tiger Sharks Swimming Team swam in their first meet of the year.All swimmers on the BISS Tigers team were invited to this Time Trial Meet to record times in 3 events of the coaches’ choice.
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C2 Football at Home
The C2 boys team played their first match of the season vs SAS Pudong. The boys performed really well as a team. They were disciplined, focused and played with a positive attitude.
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