HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS
Bulletin 9, Week 19, Semester 1,
Dear primary school parents and families,
Our primary school students have come back from their Christmas holidays bright and eager and as we enter into a new calendar year, we draw towards the close of our first semester. Moreover, it is important that our students finish this academic semester strongly so that they can achieve results they can be proud of. If you do not know already, our end of semester English, Chinese and mathematics examinations are scheduled for next Wednesday the 9th of January. Therefore, teachers and students from all subject areas have been busy revising the key concepts learnt this term. Looking back, it is amazing to see all the content which has already been covered this term. Whether this be increased meticulousness in mathematical problem solving, improvement in writing Chinese characters, increased confidence in speaking English or being able to shoot a 3 pointer in basketball; Haileybury’s goal is to develop well rounded international students who can function effectively in our rapidly changing global milieu. All teachers have worked hard this semester and I am confident to say that your English teachers have also worked tirelessly and caringly to provide our students with multitudinous English learning opportunities this semester. On top of their normal English teaching duties, they have also prepared weekly English tests, made weekend homework, supported English festivals and performances, developed lasting relationships with our students and provided remedial classes to struggling students. Although many of our English teachers aren’t fluent in Chinese, they have nonetheless worked patiently and diligently since day one.
This year we have six full-time international teachers in our primary school English teaching team. We have already introduced five of our international primary school teachers and today we will introduce our last member - Mr. Fang. Mr. Fang is a qualified VCE English and EAL teacher and currently teaches year 4 and 6 English as well as basketball to students in upper primary. Mr. Fang was born in Taiwan but at the age of 3, his family migrated to Australia. He has lived in Australia for 25 years. In his formative years, Mr. Fang attended Swanbourne Primary and then in his high school years, he attended Christ Church Grammar School - an elite private all boys high school in Perth, Australia. After scoring well in his WACE (VCE equivalent) exams, Mr. Fang went on to attend the University of Western Australia (a group of eight university) where he earnt a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree (Secondary) majoring in English, history and ESL. He then went on to complete a Master’s in Education at Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Primary) at Deakin university. Furthermore, with his interest in Christian theology, he completed a Bachelor of Ministry (Hons.) degree at The Reformed Theological College in Geelong. After working at Wongan Hills District High School in Western Australia as a SOSE and English teacher and as an English teacher at the Australian College of English, he was offered a position to come to Haileybury Tianjin in August 2014. This is now his 5th year at Haileybury and since his arrival, he has taught English to years 1,3,4,6,7,8,9 and 10. He has also taught middle school science and coached our senior boys’ varsity basketball team during his tenure here. This year is his second year as a primary school English coordinator. With his cultural background and his proficiencies in English and Mandarin, he has been able to understand the difficulties Chinese learners of English face. Pedagogically speaking, Mr. Fang’s education disposition principally focuses on imparting meaning to his students. Once his students understand what is being taught, he then moves on with modelling, exercises, application and repetition to move concepts from short term to long-term memory. He believes in the importance of relationships and a sense of humour but also in rules, homework and weekly tests in teaching and learning. Mr. Fang is happy to be at Haileybury and looks forward to another exciting and successful year of teaching and learning with his students.
Directly after the Christmas show on the 22nd of December, our primary school parents were invited to have lunch together with our staff and students. Each of our parents brought a dish to share and this resulted in a scrumptious feast in each of our classes. Like last year, many parents brought dumplings. This year special dumplings made from multi-coloured dumpling skins made special appearances in our classrooms. These, I was told, have additional nutritional value as compared to normal dumplings made from plain dumpling skins. In addition to this, Chinese and Western delicacies such as chicken wings, sashimi, salads, sushi, sandwiches, turkey, rolls, various drinks, cakes, breads, pies, yoghurts and various meat cuts were also brought and enjoyed. The lunch was an excellent opportunity for our parents to talk informally with our teachers. Our parents were also able to mingle and network with each other. Santa Claus and his ‘brother’ made special appearances into each of the classes and handed out stockings filled with candy to each of our students. In some classes, special parent and child bonding activities were held which promoted mutual understanding and attachment. The atmosphere of the morning was relaxed, and many cordial conversations were had between parents, staff and students. Our students enjoyed the great feast, and many were keen to introduce their parents to their teachers. Many thanks to all the primary school homeroom teachers and subject teachers for their hard work in organizing the event which like the Christmas show, has now also become an annual primary school tradition at Haileybury.
Lift up your hearts and Santa and his ‘brother‘ hope you have all been good this year!
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