Dear parents and families,
What a challenging last few weeks for our whole school and local community! On Thursday 25 May, the Tianjin Board of Education made the difficult decision to shut down all provincial schools to minimise the risk of spreading the Norovirus. As a result of taking this important and successful action, the primary school was unable to hold their planned Children’s Day celebrations, scheduled for Saturday, 27 May. However, not to disappoint the students, our dynamic and enthusiastic teachers organised alternative Children’s Day activities on the afternoon of Thursday 1 June. It was wonderful to see brightly dressed children, enjoying fun and engaging activities with their teachers and each other. There were many smiles!
After a well-earned rest, the next morning the students woke to prepare themselves for the inaugural primary school Dragon Boat Races Festival. In the days before the event, each class worked tirelessly and creatively on building their dragon boat. Their challenge was to think, design and create a human-powered dragon boat for six students. It had to be colourful, strong and enable participants to quickly complete the racing circuit. We held the Dragon Boat Race Festival on a rain-soaked Dwyer Billabong, which proved another challenge for our racing students. However, it was a hugely successful event and another wonderful teaching and learning opportunity for our students.
Over the next few weeks our teachers will prepare their students for their final semester two examinations. The students will be examined within the Mathematics, Chinese and English Learning Areas. After the examinations, which are scheduled to take place in the week beginning Monday 19 June, formal reports will be prepared by all primary school teachers. You will receive information on your child’s achievement within all Learning Areas and a teacher comment. You will also receive information on your child’s examination scores. On Friday 23 June, we will invite all parents, families and friends to our school for a very special school event, ‘HaileyVision.’ After this event you will have the opportunity to informally speak and mingle with your child’s teachers.
HaileyVision is coming! Individual primary school classes are beginning their process to learn, create and perform their famous English pop songs. Classes are now choosing their English pop song and thinking about creative ways they can perform it to their audience. Their audience will be you! HaileyVision will be a singing competition. As members of our audience, you will be a part of our voting process, which ultimately chooses the best primary classes’ performance. The challenge for you will be to act impartial. You can vote for your own child’s performance, but it must be the collective best! However, the process of getting to the performance, learning important skills and abilities, is more important than being number one on the day. We are excited! We look forward to enjoying and sharing our inaugural ‘HaileyVision’ with you.
At Haileybury, every child matters, every day.
The Primary School Leadership Team
Haileybury Tianjin International School