HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS and INFORMATION
Bulletin 4, Week 8, Semester 1, 2018-2019
Dear primary school parents and families.
It has been another fruitful and exhilarating fewweeks at the primary school in Tianjin. Academic rigor and student achievement have always been priorities at Haileybury. Consequently, the school has established systems and procedures for ensuring academic success. As an international school, one of the ways this is done is through regular classroom observations. Every week, international teachers and their classes are observed by management to ensure that high standards of teaching and learning are maintained and the Haileybury model of teaching and learning is being followed. Everything from the reduction of teacher talk time, the writing of the lesson’s objectives on the whiteboard, neat student handwriting, student engagement, classroom management, the warm up, student comprehension and focus is monitored and assessedin these observations. International teachers also observe each other so that good teaching practice can be spread across the whole department. On Wednesday the 10thof October, our deputy director of teaching and research – Rosie Jiang, also inspected the lesson plans of teachers and the exercise books of our students. The department found many exemplar pieces of work however we will also continue to formulate ways to improve our student outcomes. The department also held a meeting on Friday the 12thof October which evaluated the demonstration lessons of our senior teachers. The Haileybury ‘I do, we do and you do’ model of teaching was reemphasised and effective classroom teaching practice was discussed.
Primary school international teacher - Ms. Paula Sanchez has her lessons observed by management on a regular basis to ensure the Haileybury model of teaching is upheld
Haileybury has long had a policy of cooperating and collaborating with the parent community of our school. Feedback from our parents is continuously gathered through our weekly academic report system and these comments are collated and examined. Adjustments and improvements to teaching and learning are constantly made through this system. Parents, however, bring to the school more than just their comments and observations - they also bring their skills, talents and networks. On Friday the 12thof October, three year 6 parents presented three lessons to our year six students. Penelope Weng’s grandmother spoke to the year 6 yellow class on ‘How to take better care of yourself and about etiquette and culture’. Tony Chai’s mother spoke to the year 6 blue class on‘Using maths games to improve maths thinking’ and Louis Zhao’s mother brought Rudra who is her yoga instructor to the year 6 green class. Rudra gave a captivating yoga lesson which the students thoroughly enjoyed. We trust that the mutual collaboration between the school and its parents community will continue into the future and that we will also continue to learn and grow from each other.
Penelope Weng’s grandmother spoke to the year 6 yellow class on ‘How to take better care of yourself and about etiquette and culture’.
Tony Chai’s mother (6 blue) spoke to the year 6 blue class on‘Using maths games to improve maths thinking’
Louis Zhao’s mother （6 Green）brought Rudra who is her yoga instructor to the year 6 green class. Rudra gave a captivating yoga lesson which the students thoroughly enjoyed.
Breathe in and then breathe out!
Soccer is an activity which is offered as part of our club program in the afternoons. On Saturday the 13thof October, 13 year four and five students travelled to Daystar Academy in Beijing for a soccer tournament against 7 other international schools. They were accompanied by international principal Mr. Robert Erwin, Primary school welfare director Eric Xu and their soccer coach Mr. Joshua Webb. For many of our students, this was the first time they had played and represented the school in an interschool sports activity. Our students played four games against Keystone A and B, Daystar Academy and Hope International. The games consisted of two 10-minute halves with a small break in between. Many of our students such as Hulk Zhang, Bobby Li and Prince Fu played valiantly and showed outstanding skill and technique well beyond their years. Although we did not manage to win any of our matches, the tournament was a steep learning curve for our players regarding soccer skill, teamwork, sportsmanship and physical endurance. It was encouraging to see so many of our parents come and cheer our players on during the tournament and I am sure many of our players made our parents proud. Haileybury will continue to participate in interschool sporting competitions in the future and I trust we will continue to improve.
足球是我们下午活动课提供的一项课程。10月13日，星期六，13名来自四五年级的学生前往北京的Daystar学院（启明星双语学校）参加足球比赛，与其他7所国际学校比赛。陪同他们的还有国际校长罗伯特·欧文先生、小学部德育主任徐老师和他们的足球教练Webb老师。对我们的许多学生来说，这是他们第一次代表学校参加校际体育活动。我们的学生对阵Keystone （北京鼎石学校）A、B、Daystar (启明星双语学校)学院和北京协力国际学校四场比赛。比赛包括两个10分钟比赛，中间有一个小间歇。我们的学生，张梵智浩、李泽嘉、付子君等，都表现得非常勇敢，他们的技艺和技巧都超出了他们的年龄。尽管我们没有赢得比赛，但对于我们的球员来说，在足球技术、团队精神、体育精神和体能方面，都得到了提高。看到这么多父母在比赛中为我们的球员加油助威。我相信，父母们也为孩子们的表现感到骄傲。黑利伯瑞今后将继续参加校际体育比赛，我相信我们会不断地进步。
Our under 11 soccer team travelled to Daystar Academy in Beijing for a soccer tournament against 7 other international schools on Saturday the 13thof October
They were accompanied by international principal Mr. Robert Erwin, primary school welfare director Eric Xu and their soccer coach Mr. Joshua Webb.
At Haileybury, we are always looking at ways to improve the English teaching and learning of our staff and students. Last year, the English buddy reading program was established and it continues to be a success as it has provided intensive language support to our students.Like last year, we are lucky to have the support of middle school students (around 50) who are listening and reading to 100 primary school students from years one, two and three. They are reading from the popular Oxford Reading Tree, I can read and the Step into Reading series. Teachers and students have commented on how smoothly these sessions have been. They have also noted the many smiles that have radiated from the faces of our children when students accomplish the honourable feat of reading a book in their second language. The school will continue to support this important program because reading is an important aspect of language acquisition. In addition to the Middle and Primary school joint English buddy reading initiative, primary school students have also been borrowing take-home readers since the first week of school. We now have over 1200 graded readers. This year we added American National Geographic graded readers into our collection. We also have childhood favourites which include The Oxford Reading Tree series (levels 1-9), Step into Reading (levels 1-3), the I can read series (Adventures of Biscuit, Berenstain bears, Splat cat, Marley the Dog, Little Critters, Flat Stanley) and the Usborne First Library. Students may now borrow one book at a time from their English teachers who will manage the borrowing and returning of these books. If a student would like to borrow a specific book or more than one book at a time, special permission may be granted, however, please note that if a student loses a book, the guardian of the student will be required to pay the cost of replacement before the student will be allowed to borrow again. Please look at the table below to see which international English teacher is managing the graded reading of your child.
National Geographic readers are a new inclusion in our primary school’s English reading library
Mr. Ryan Kerns from middle school coordinates the English buddy reading program with primary school