HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS and INFORMATION
Bulletin 4, Week 8, Semester 1, 2017-18
Dear primary school parents and families,
It has been another meaningful and busy two weeks at the primary school in Tianjin. We are now into our 8th week of schooling and it is now safe to say that teaching and learning programs across all subject areas in the primary school have been firmly established. The current focus in the primary school is now on striving for excellence in our teaching and learning and many structures and procedures have been set up for the purpose of achieving this.
One of the key methods employed to ensure excellence in our teaching and learning is through regular testing and assessment. For example, in the English department, every student from years 1-6 undertakes not one, but two English tests each week. Unit tests, interim tests and competitions are also used in other subject areas such as Maths and Chinese. Testing is critically important in education because it not only informs teachers on what students know but it also motivates students to revise. From a learning perspective, revision is also critically important as it moves knowledge from our short term memory into our long term memory. Moreover, testing also informs parents on how well or how poorly their children are performing in class. Please contact your homeroom teacher, subject teacher or your head of department if you would like to know your child’s test results in the core subject areas of English, Chinese and Maths.
Another key method employed to ensure excellence in our teaching and learning is through the continual professional training and development of teachers. ‘One is never too old to learn’ is an old English proverb and it speaks of the importance of learning regardless of one’s age or experience. The same is true with teachers and their teaching. An experienced teacher who will no longer accept advice or instruction from others will quickly lose his or her respect from colleagues and students. We must all be open to constructive criticism if we are to improve. Therefore, many policies and procedures have been established for the purpose of improving our pedagogy. Senior teacher demonstration classes, departmental meetings, classroom observations, parental feedback, peer assessment, student folder inspections, whole staff information sessions, guest speakers and informal conversations are just some of the many structures and programs put in place to ensure further excellence in our teaching and learning.
On a lighter note, on the 13th of October we also held our inaugural Haileybury English listening competition which was open to all upper primary school students. Reading and writing are domains that are relatively weaker for English first language speakers but for Chinese learners of English, the situation is the opposite with listening and speaking being relatively weaker. Thus to promote greater listening proficiency, all students were all given a list of sports words to practice learning as this was the theme of the listening competition. As was the case last time, each class entered 3 participants and a total of 15 students battled it out on the day. All audio segments on the day featured gold medal matches at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The audience enjoyed watching China win many gold medals while the participants concentrated on the audio. It was an eventful morning and many students demonstrated great resolve and concentration to answer the questions. Congratulations, however, must go to Jinny from year 4 on winning the listening competition.
I would like to take the opportunity to introduce to you our English teachers in our primary school. We have a total of five expatriate English teachers in the primary school here in Tianjin. Firstly, we welcomed Ms. Nicole Erickson from Minnesota this semester. She comes to our school with a wealth of experience which includes two years in the Middle East. Secondly, we also welcomed this year Mr. Nathan Williamson. Nathan grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne but is now a seasoned ESL practitioner who has now been teaching English in China for about 8 years. Thirdly, we welcomed Mr. Joshua Webb. He is a Kiwi but has had teaching experience in Queensland. Moreover, he is also a music producer with his own children’s music label – ‘Hey Duby’. Students just can’t get enough of singing and dancing with Mr. Webb. Fourthly, Ms. Sara Sickels also came to our school last year and is also from Minnesota. She always teaches with lots of energy and is loved by many of her students because of her positive disposition. Finally, my name is William Fang and this is now my forth year at Haileybury Tianjin. I was born in Taiwan but grew up in Perth, Australia where I had lived for over 20 years. Being bilingual in both Chinese and English has afforded me an opportunity to lead a team of international teachers.
我想借此机会向你们介绍我们小学的英语老师。小学有5名外籍英语教师。首先，我们这学期欢迎来自明尼苏达州的Nicole Erickson。她拥有丰富的教学经验。然后，我们也欢迎Nathan Williamson先生。Williamson 先生在墨尔本西郊长大，但现在是一名经验丰富的ESL实践者，他在中国教英语已经八年了。第三，我们欢迎Joshua。他是一名新西兰人，但在昆士兰有教学经验。此外，他还是一个音乐制作人，有自己的创作的儿童歌曲——“嗨，杜比”。学生们还能和Webb先生一起唱歌跳舞。第四，Sara Sickels去年也来到了我们的学校，也是来自明尼苏达州。她总是以充沛的精力教书，由于她的积极性格，她的许多学生都喜欢她。最后，我的名字叫威廉方，现在是我在天津黑利伯瑞的第四年。我出生在台湾，但在澳大利亚的珀斯长大，我在那里生活了20多年。在中文和英文双语环境下，现在有机会领导一支国际教师队伍。
At Haileybury, every child matters, every day.
William Fang (M.Ed, B.A/B.Ed, B.Min (Hons), Grad Dip Ed. (Primary))
English Program Coordinator - Primary School
Haileybury Tianjin International School
Inaugural Haileybury Primary School Listening Competition 2017
Ms. Nicole Erickson – English Teacher from Minnesota, U.S.A.
Mr. Nathan Williamson - English Teacher from Victoria, Australia.
Mr. Joshua Webb - English Teacher from New Zealand.
Ms. Sara Sickels - English Teacher from Minnesota, U.S.A.
Mr. William Fang - English Teacher from Perth, Australia.