HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS and INFORMATION
Bulletin 5, Week 10, Semester 1, 2017-18
Dear primary school parents and families,
It has been another busy and action-packed two weeks at the primary school in Tianjin. Teachers have been working industriously in order to prepare students for their mid-semester exams. Leading up to the examinations, students completed revision tasks and worksheets across the core subjects of English, Chinese and Mathematics. We are currently in the middle of our first semester in Tianjin and despite the freezing temperature outside, the staff and students all felt the heat from the added pressure of these examinations. Examinations started on Thursday with two English examinations in the morning followed by Chinese and Mathematics examinations on Friday. Judging from the smiles from many faces after the exams, it is safe to say that many students performed exceptionally well. You will receive your child’s academic reports and grades soon so keep your eyes open for them.
We held our primary school swimming carnival directly after the examinations in our school pool on Friday the 3rd of November. Swimming is often a sport that Chinese children struggle in but this was not evident on the day with many students showcasing conventional stroke and technique. Individual freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke races of varying lengths were contested and it was great to see so many of our students not only swimming fast but also displaying good sportsmanship.
We held our first lower primary English spelling bee on the 27th of October. Entrants from lower primary were given a list of words to practice spelling. Each class from lower primary entered 3 participants and a total of 15 students competed on the day. The students awed the audience with the large amount of vocabulary they retained. This time, however, we had three winners – one from each year level. Many thanks to Mr. Williamson for hosting the event and congratulations to all the young participants on learning so many words. From an educational perspective, it is true that young children retain knowledge much faster than adults. This means that the earlier one learns a second language, the more likely he or she will be able to achieve native proficiency in the second language. You have grasped this well as evidenced by your willingness to send your young children to Haileybury. Your children no doubt have many opportunities which other children in other schools could only wish for.
Lastly, we are also excited to announce that 5 students from Monash University will be coming to our primary school in a couple of weeks to complete their teaching practicums. Monash is one of the top eight universities in Australia and this, I believe, is reflective of the high level of interest Haileybury has evoked in Australia as well as the elite partnerships Haileybury Tianjin has been able to forge in less than five years (Haileybury Tianjin began in 2013). We wish the student teachers every success as they embark on the exciting yet challenging task of imparting English language proficiency to Chinese students in China.
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