HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS and INFORMATION
Bulletin 10, Week 21, Semester 1, 2018-19
Dear primary school parents and families,
It has been an amazing first semester in the primary school at Haileybury, but we are sadly coming to an end. Through hard work and overcoming various trials and tribulations, staff and students have become stronger and more intelligent in many areas of life. Thank you for your support of the primary school this semester and we hope to continue collaborating with you again next semester. Our end of semester exams were held on the morning of the 9th of January. All students from years 1-6 completed exams in English, Chinese and Mathematics. Like, the mid semester exams, these ones were between 60 -90 minutes depending on the age of the students and the subject matter being examined. Leading up to the examinations, teachers had been working industriously to prepare students for their exams with students completing revision tasks and worksheets across the core subjects of English, Chinese and Mathematics. Examinations are important because they reinforce the importance of working hard during the regular semester and they encourage students to revise what has already been taught. Despite the subzero temperature outside, the staff and students all felt the heat from the pressure of these examinations. Students were relieved after the exams and many of our students performed exceptionally well.
On Friday the 11th of January, the primary school held an English-speaking competition at assembly for students in years 1-6. As you already know, being able to speak fluently is an important skill to acquire because it allows you to communicate with others. However, what you may not know is that being able to speak fluently also assists greatly in the learning of grammar. In other words, a person may not be able to read a language but if one can speak fluently then one will also know the grammar of that language. A total of 12 students participated in the competition and all responses were impromptu in nature. The competition was divided into two age categories which were lower (1-3) and upper primary (4-6). Participants in lower primary were given 80 seconds to describe a picture in as much detail as they could while participants in upper primary were given 30 seconds. The pictures were all taken from Cambridge’s Starters, Movers and Flyers picture book word list as external Cambridge English testing has been planned for our students. Congratulations to Astrid (year 1) who won the lower primary division and Jinny Guo (year 5) who won the upper primary age division. We will continue to organise similar English competitions and events so that more of our students have even more opportunities to use and express themselves in English.
1月11日星期五，小学部1-6年级的学生在校会上举行了一次英语演讲比赛。能够流利地交流是一项重要的技能，因为这能让你与他人交流。而且，流利地交流也有助于学习语法。换句话说，一个人可能不能读，但如果一个人能流利地说，那么他就能懂这个语言的语法。共有12名学生参加了比赛，所有的回答都是即兴的。比赛分为两个年龄段，低年级组（1-3年级）和高年级组（4-6年级）。低年级的同学有80秒的时间来尽可能详细地描述图片，而高年级的同学有30秒的时间来描述图片，这些照片都是从剑桥大学的Starters, Movers, Flyers图画书单词表中精心选取的,这已经计划成为我们英语测的材料。祝贺Astrid（一年级）获得小学部低年级段冠军，郭津彤（五年级）获得小学部高年级段冠军。我们将继续举办类似的英语比赛和活动，激发更多的学生在日常学习生活中使用和表达英语。
It was great to see you at the end of semester parents’ meeting in the school auditorium on the morning of the 16th of January. The meeting showcased some of the best talents of our primary school students. Parents were able to glean more into the education as well as the daily lives of their children. Head of primary, Ms. Vivian Jia commenced proceedings by giving a summary speech about this semester. Following this, upper primary English coordinator - Mr. William Fang and lower primary English coordinator - Mr. Nathan Williamson also gave overviews of the primary school’s English programs. After the speeches, there were many spectacular performances. These included a wonderful dance routine from our year twos, Chinese readings, an art performance, sport and science exhibits and English stage presentations. The meeting was a snapshot of the enormous amount of talent in our primary school which continues to develop with every passing year. I am sure you enjoyed watching the morning’s remarkable shows and performances.
Lastly, I am glad to announce that our school will participate in the CCTV Star of Outlook competition this year. This year is the 20th anniversary of the competition. As you may already know, our primary school students performed exceptionally well in the competition last year with current year 5 student, Jinny Guo, winning the upper primary Tianjin division and coming 11th in the national finals last year and current year 4 student, Hulk Zhang, winning the lower primary Tianjin division and coming in the top 50 in the national finals in 2018. Round one and round two of the CCTV Star of Outlook competition will be held at our school in the early weeks of the second semester and will be offered free of charge to our students so all students will be required to participate. Those who progress into round two will be asked to purchase a 98 RMB CCTV handbook and certificate.
CCTV Round Dates 比赛日期
CCTV Round 1 第一轮:
Week of February （二月） 25th
CCTV Round 2 第二轮:
Week of March （三月）4th
So how do you register? Firstly, all our primary school parents are asked to scan the QR code below and register for the competition by completing the online registration tab (在线报名). There is also a set of English test questions which also needs to be answered. In round one, students speak for a maximum of 60 seconds on any topic of their choosing without the usage of notes or palm cards. If they have a talent performance, this can only be for a maximum of 30 seconds with the English speech being the other 30 seconds. After the presentation, they will also be asked some questions by our judges. In round two, students will be given 60 seconds to answer the ‘My Dream’ topic again without the usage of any notes or palm cards. They will then be asked questions by the judges on the topic for another 30 seconds. Students are also able to perform a talent show during this second round, but the talent performance must be closely related to the topic of their speech. We hope you will continue to support your child in this renowned national English competition and we trust our students will continue to shine brightly 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