HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS and INFORMATION
Bulletin 13, Week 7, Semester 2, 2017-18
Dear primary school parents and families,
It has been another delightful and exciting two weeks at the primary school in Tianjin. On Friday the 30th of March, our primary school students celebrated Easter. Easter is an important Christian festival which commemorates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It has been celebrated by Westerners for many centuries. Nowadays, children in the West celebrate Easter by giving chocolate Easter eggs and participating in Easter egg hunts. For many students, this was their first Easter celebration and they were excited to participate in the two Easter activities on the day. The first activity was designing an Easter poster. Students used English to create their posters and it was obvious that many of our students are gifted artists. Moreover, it was great to see students working together in their classes and sharing ideas to design their posters. The second activity was the Easter ‘candy’ hunt. On the day, the courtyard at the back of the primary school was divided into 5 areas which were each guarded by our 5 international teachers. Students had to guess the correct secret passwords to be allowed inside the 5 guarded areas. The passwords included ‘Rumpelstiltskin’, ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘Fruit Loops’. It was great to see the many smiles on the faces of our children amidst the chaos and mayhem of the lolly hunt. Special thanks must go out to Mr. Xu who organized the event and to the red and blue bunnies for making the event a memorable experience for everyone.
Our students celebrated Easter with the red and blue Easter bunnies
Our year four students designed a beautiful Easter poster
Students went home on Wednesday the fourth of April because of the Qing Ming national holiday. Qing Ming is a traditional Chinese festival which has been celebrated for many centuries in China. Our students took this opportunity to spend extra time with their friends and family and many also celebrated by eating Qingtuan which is a snack usually made from rice flour and red bean paste. Apart from completing their holiday homework set by their core subject teachers, students were also assigned some moral education homework. Students were asked to construct a four-generation family tree so that they could understand more about their family and their family’s history. As filial piety has always been an important part of Chinese culture, students were also asked to interview their grandparents about their experiences growing up. I am sure many students gained a lot of wisdom and insight from talking with their elders. We hope everyone enjoyed their mini-break and spent time together with friends and family.
Reading is an integral part of language development and students are encouraged to read English and Chinese books. A new reading area in the ‘Chill Out‘ lounge inside the primary school has recently been established. With comfortable seats and shelves of books to choose from, our children are welcome to borrow and to wind down with a book in the new area during their break times. Many hundreds of new Chinese books have also been placed inside our primary classrooms this semester and students are encouraged to borrow and read these books at their own leisure. During the recent Qing Ming holiday, students were also asked to read with or to their guardians and to complete a reading log of the books they read during the break. We want to encourage all of our students to develop a good reading habit. The English buddy reading program also continues to be successful. The program continues to operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and we would like to thank the many middle school students who volunteer their time to help our students with their English reading. I am glad to announce that many of our primary school students have even given public reading presentations at middle school assemblies! International teachers have continued to manage the borrowing and lending of the English graded readers since the first week of this semester, Your child should be bringing home each week a new English reading book. Please look at the table below to see which English teacher is managing the graded reading of your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your homeroom teacher or Mr. Fang. Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse once said ‘There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on treasure island.’ At Haileybury, we encourage all of our students to develop a good reading habit.
The Chill Out lounge in the primary school is a cool place where students can read and relax
The long-anticipated CCTV Star of Outlook competition was held at our school on the 12th of April. Entrants from primary, middle and senior school participated in this national English competition. The first round involved students giving a 60 second self-introduction in English and answering some questions from judges based on their introduction. A total of 34 students from the primary school (years 1-6) participated in the morning’s competition. As expected, our students shined brightly on the day and I am sure many of our students will pass the first round. Congratulations to all the students who took the time to memorize their self-introductions and were able to fluently answer the assessors’ questions. Many thanks must also go to their English teachers who used their own free time to edit speeches and train students. We are encouraged by the pleasing performances from this round and we expect that many of our students will also obtain good results in the second. In the second round (April the 26th), students will need to answer the phrase: 。。。。。 makes me 。。。。。. Moreover, students will also need to perform a talent show for about 3 minutes. Props can be used but these should not be over 2 meters in length. Through the hard work of our students and the support and encouragement of our teachers, we trust that our students will continue to shine brightly in the next round.
34 primary school students participated in the first round of the CCTV competition
At Haileybury, every child matters, every day.
William Fang (M.Ed, B.A/B.Ed, Grad Dip Ed. (Primary), B. Christian Ministry (Hons) )
English Program Coordinator - Primary School
Haileybury Tianjin International School