HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS
Bulletin 7, Week 14, Semester 1, 2018-2019
Dear primary school parents and families.
It has been another eventful and thrilling two weeks at the primary school in Tianjin. In November, teachers have been working hard to improve student academic outcomes across the core subject areas of English, Chinese and Maths. Many methods and policies have been employed to achieve this objective. For example, senior teachers across the core subjects have given demonstration lessons this past fortnight so that good teaching practice can be disseminated. On the 21st of November, year 6 Chinese teacher Ms. Yoyo Gao gave a demonstration lesson with her year 6 class titled ‘The Old man and the Seagull’. On Friday the 23rd of November, lower primary school English coordinator - Mr. Nathan Williamson gave a demonstration lesson with his 1C class on vocabulary and on the 27th of November, upper primary school English coordinator - Mr. William Fang gave a demonstration class with his year 6 class on the application of B1 verbs in the past tense. Many of our senior primary school teachers have been at Haileybury Tianjin for nearly 5 years and during this time, they have developed effective teaching practices and procedures which were put on show during these demonstration lessons. I am sure much was learnt simply through observing our senior teachers in action. Furthermore, student work across the core subject areas was also examined by deputy director of Teaching and Research Rosie Jiang and by our head of department members on Tuesday the 27th of November. The work came from numerous sources such as from student workbooks, exercise books, textbooks and notebooks. Much of the work shared the commonality of excellence and orderliness and the staff at Haileybury will continue to collaborate and learn from each other so that high academic standards can be maintained.
在过去的两周里，天津黑利伯瑞学校小学部活动不断，精彩连连。十一月份，老师们一直致力于提高同学们在英语、语文和数学这些核心学科的学习成绩。为了达到这个目标，大家采用很多方法，推广了很多规定。比如，过去的两周里，核心学科的青年教师开展了研讨课，以便让好的教学理念能够得以传播。11月21日，六年级语文组高老师为大家献上了题为《老人和海鸥》的研讨课。11月23日，低年段英语协调员Nathan Williamson的研讨课针对的是1C班的词汇学习。11月27日，高年段英语协调员William Fang则在他的六年级班开展了B1动词过去时态应用的研讨课。这些研讨课教师都在天津黑利伯瑞学校工作了近五年的时间，他们已经形成了一系列有效的教学手段，而这些精彩的内容都以研讨课的形式展现给大家。我相信，如果大家能够观摩这些公开课，肯定会受益匪浅。此外，教学主管姜老师带领我们各部门的领导还针对学生核心学科的作业进行了检查。这些作业涉及面很广，包括学生的练习册，作业本和笔记本等。这里绝大多数的作业都体现了卓越和整洁的共性，黑利伯瑞国际学校的教职工将一如既往的相互协作，互相学习，保持同学们高质量的学业。
English teachers have been focused on improving the vocabulary and grammatical outcomes of students. On the morning of Friday the 23rd of November, the primary school held another vocabulary competition. Vocabulary retention is an important part of learning any language and this time, the year 5 KET and year 6KET classes competed against each other in a sizzling contest. English competitions are organised during our English assemblies for the purpose of cementing and improving the English retention our students. Our students love being on stage and many enjoy the competitive nature of competitions. In the end, 5 KET emerged victorious. Congratulations must go to Mr. Xu and Ms. Chen’s year 5 KET class for their diligence and their hard work in learning over 90 words prior to the competition. Many thanks also to their English teacher – Ms. Sanchez who supported and assisted both classes in this event.
On the 22nd of November, students celebrated Thanksgiving with the help of older students from the GaoKao and middle school who hosted the event. Thanksgiving occurs on the fourth Thursday of every November in the United States and it is a time when people reflect and give thanks to others. Many historians believe that the event originated from a Christian festival when English pilgrims gave thanks to God for their deliverance and protection more than 400 years ago. During Thanksgiving, students thanked their parents, teachers, peers, the school and many others for the help they had received. Students wrote Thanksgiving cards in recognition of the help others have given. Traditionally, a turkey is eaten at dinner during Thanksgiving however this was substituted with a large cake which was likewise enjoyed by our students. This was our second Thanksgiving celebration at our primary school and it is safe to say that it was a great success as many students were filled with gratitude and glee. We often take for granted the many things we have been given so Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect and thank others for what they have done for us.
On the evening of the 26th of November, the Chinese department held a Chinese poem recitation and reading show. The occasion demonstrated the excellent reading and recitation skills of our primary aged students as well as their extensive understanding of Chinese culture and history. This year, Mr. Williamson – our lower primary English coordinator also read an English poem called ‘The Man from Snowy River’ by Banjo Paterson which was enjoyed by all. He was then followed by readings from Chinese faculty staff members - Rosie Jiang, Eric Xu, Yoyo Gao, Tina Tian, Melissa Xu and Ms. Li. Many Chinese poems from different eras were read. Moreover, these were read with clarity, precision and flair. Congratulations to all students who participated in this special event and many thanks to the Chinese department for hosting such a rich and meaningful event. In the 21st century, Chinese is becoming more and more important as it is superseding English in many areas of life. Students who are proficient in Chinese will have a strong advantage as they compete against others in the global village for employment and opportunities.
11月26日晚上，语文组举行了汉语朗诵活动。这次活动不仅展示了我们小学部同学们卓越的朗诵水平，而且也展示了他们在中国文化和历史方面的广泛阅读。这次活动中，我们低年段英语协调员Nathan Williamson还为大家朗诵了一首Banjo Paterson创作的英语的诗歌，题目是The Man from Snowy River，得到了师生的一致好评。随后，语文组的姜老师，徐老师，高老师，田老师，徐老师和李老师也分别朗诵了汉语的诗歌，这些汉语诗词均选自民国时期的文人墨客，老师们的朗引人入胜，让同学们受益匪浅。祝贺所有参加本次活动的同学们，也感谢语文组的全体老师组织了这次精彩而有意义的活动。二十一世纪，汉语变得越来越重要，出色的汉语水平会让同学们在全球化的世界中学习和工作拥有巨大的优势。
Mr. Williamson is one of our English teachers at Haileybury. He teaches English to Years 1, 2, 3 and is the lower primary school coordinator. Mr. Williamson was born in Sunshine, Victoria and was raised in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria in Australia. Mr. Williamson attended St. Bernard’s Parish Primary School in Bacchus Marsh for primary school then he attended Bacchus Marsh Secondary Collage for middle and senior school. Mr. Williamson graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education. Among other professional experiences, Mr. Williamson has taught English for more than 8 years in China. Mr. Williamson has worked in kindergartens, language schools and primary schools in his 8 years in china. He has worked for English First in Beijing where he was an assistant director of studies (DOS) and where he underwent his Trinity College testing. Mr. Williamson likes to be very animated in his classroom as he believes that students learn by seeing and doing. Mr. Williamson likes to mix Total Physical Response (TPR) with theory learning to develop a learning environment that helps his students use all their abilities. Mr. Williamson runs the reading buddy program with the middle school coordinator on Mondays, Wednesday and Thursday each week as well as he has two lunchtime classes to help students with their English learning. We are pleased to welcome Mr. Williamson back to the international primary team for another year and we trust he will have another wonderful year of teaching at Haileybury.
本期我们特别介绍一位资深的外籍教师，他叫Nathan Williamson。他主教一年级到三年级的英语课，同时也是低年段英语协调员。Nathan Williamson出生在澳大利亚维多利亚州的Sunshine，在Bacchus Marsh长大。他在St. Bernard教区学校完成了小学教育，在Bacchus Marsh学校完成了初中和高中教育。他在维多利亚大学完成了本科教育并获得了幼儿及小学教育专业的教育学学士学位。Nathan Williamson的教学经历非常丰富，仅在中国，他就已经教书八年之久，包括幼儿园，小学和语言培训学校。在北京英孚教育工作期间，他曾担任教学主任助理并完成了他的三一学院测试课程。Nathan Williamson相信学生学习需要眼看和动手相结合，所以他的课堂总是充满了各种活动。他尤其擅长把全身反应教学法（TPR）和教育理论结合起来，因为这样可以为同学们提供一个更有效的学习环境，让他们的能力得到全面发展。Nathan Williamson还负责Reading Buddy项目，利用每周一、周三和周四以及部分中午午休时间，组织和帮助同学们学习英语。我们衷心感谢Nathan Williamson为小学部教学做出的贡献，我们也相信他在这一年里会为黑利伯瑞带来更加精彩的课堂。
China has now become the new frontier of the global education market and it currently leads the world in the number university graduates. Some sources also say that there are currently more students studying English in China than there are in America. It is because of these and other reasons that influenced 5 Monash university students to decide to complete their teaching placements at our primary school in Tianjin. Four of the students were allocated to the English department in the primary school while one of the students did her teaching practicum in the primary school’s English bilingual program. By choosing to have their placement at Haileybury, they were able to further develop their teaching skills and apply the latest education theories and concepts learnt at university in an international setting. They were also accompanied, guided and nurtured by experienced and seasoned practitioners in the primary school along the whole process. For many of the student teachers, teaching at Haileybury Tianjin was a real eye-opening experience as some had never taught outside of Australia. They experienced, first-hand, the challenges as well the rewards of teaching English as a second language to non-native English speakers. Many of the student teachers have already decided that international education is the next step in their career. We wish them every success as they finish their studies and embark on a new chapter of their lives either in Australia or abroad.
Lift up your hearts and follow your teacher around the classroom at Haileybury!
William Fang (M.Ed, B.A/B.Ed, Grad Dip Ed. (Primary), B. Min (Hons.))
方士铨 (教育硕士，文学士/教育学士，教育研究生（小学）, 神职学士（荣誉学士学位）)
English Curriculum Coordinator - Primary School (Upper Primary)
Haileybury Tianjin International School