HAILEYBURY INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLTIANJIN
Middle School Newsletter
Issue 3 , October 2019
Happy faces ofHaileybury!
LIFT UP YOUR HEARTS
FLY HIGH AT HAILEYBURY!
Happy Birthday, China!
The week beforethe National Holiday all of the teachers at Middle school, including the Internationaland Chinese staff, were very excited about the upcoming significant event!International teachers are proud of the opportunity to share this importantmoment.
A unique teamwith a unique mixture of culture andexperience!
FromMr. Proudman and his students:
In the recent Special Events club, studentsdiscussed the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party duringnational week to mark the event’s occasion. In the class prior to the holiday,the students talked about the reasons for them to have a strong sense ofnational pride for this special celebration and the rich history of thegovernment’s rule. They were challenged to think about the remarkable progresstheir nation has made during the 70 years and to contemplate how far theirnation has progressed in this time. The students had to complete a writingactivity and then present orally to the rest of the class. The assignmentfocused on 5 areas:
Whenthey celebrated, what they did, who they were with, where they went and how/whythis is such an important holiday to celebrate? All students did a great job!It’s very easy to talk about being proud when you ARE proud of something.
CCTV ESL activity and the NationalDay of China.
Ms. Viktoriia Koneva
The special activity “CCTV and Us”, helpsstudents to be more confident in public, to respond to unexpected questionsquickly and to be better speakers in general. Our students are encouraged tolearn from great speeches and renowned speakers to help them prepare for importantevents in our school and for example, before the National Day of China, theystudied and practiced the genuine speech “I have a dream”. It was a greatopportunity for students to think about their future and the future of China, inEnglish!
What do children dream about when they thinkabout China?
“I have adream, that one day China ………………. ”
I am happy tojoin with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest ……………………..
……….. is a demonstrationof prosperity in the history of our nation.
70 years ago,on October 1, 1949, a great Chinese leader, Mao Zedong, in whose symbolicshadow we stand today, raised the first Communist national flag of China inperson amid 300,000 soldiers and other people who were gathered at the square.
Thismomentous event came as a great beacon of light of hope to millions of Chinesepeople.
As we walk thatpath, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
Even thoughwe face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is adream deeply rooted in the Chinese dream and this dream comes true.
From: “CCTV and US” activity class
The Year 9 ESL Englishprogramme with literature, in its fourth year at Haileybury, is off to itsusual promising start. In addition to the weekly English skills reading programme,students are required to analyse an abridged version of an English novel. Eachnovel is taught in a way to encourage students to love reading while developingessential comprehension skills.
The list of novels include the famous detective SherlockHolmes, Robinson Crusoe and Dracula. Students love the mystery of an unsolvedcrime and are excited to experience crime and clues for the observant detective and are always anxious to discover thevillain.
The vocabulary is challenging, but all students gain a goodunderstanding of a typical English crime novel. They also realise that a frighteningnovel can be just as good as a movie!
With reading being one of the essential skills oflearning English, this programme is designed to prepare our students for higherorder English language thinking and skills and prepare students in English literaturefor Senior School as well as to hopefully instil the love of life-long reading.
‘’Leaders are readers.Readers are leaders.’’
Continuouslyinspired by our school, parents and teachers, wanting to read more and know more, students can’t help studyingEnglish, even on the sports ground!
Meet the Reading Buddy Programme
Reading Buddy is a great invention of the ESLprogram at Haileybury and is now in its third year! This is where Middle schoolstudents work with Primary school students and read English books with them andsometimes for them. They often feel like their elder brothers and sisters! Ithas proved successful in the past years and it is a great opportunity to buildgood habits, good skills, and good connections! Look at the intense faces ofall the students! They don’t need a teacher at that moment, and they areinvolved in the story they are reading together. That encourages skills inreading, listening and thinking in English as well as necessary warmth andcare.
Suzan Tokdemir especiallyfor the newsletter.
A new great opportunity for allchildren in Middle School
Resource teaching is primarily intended to support students whomay be having difficulty in certainareas. For example, a student could perform well in a grammar and writing test yetfind it difficult to follow verbal conversations. In this case, the student isgiven extra time during school and evening study to practise with Resourceteachers and other students, at their own pace, and until the student feelsmore confident and comfortable with their own performance and in their regularclass.
There are also some students who have progressed very quickly andwho are given additional work during resource classes, intended to challengetheir skills and to keep the students motivated and engaged.
In either scenario, it is hoped that by providing resource supportfor the students, they will continue to enjoy learning English as beingmotivated to learn is half the journey.
“Technologyis an instrument”
Mr. Di Masi
Technology has always been a challengein the classroom. How much is too much? How much is too little? At HaileyburyMiddle School, our teachers are trained to be digitally literate. Our use ofprojectors in the classroom is instrumental in student learning. Othermultimedia literacies which teachers integrate into their teaching are U-tubevideos, videos from resource books and Quizlet. We began implementing Quizlettwo years ago and it has been a useful tool for students learning in and out ofthe classroom. We plan to continue implementing new teaching methods like Edmodo and additional shared documents in the near future.
Data analysis using ESL assessmentsand exams at Haileybury
Allstudents have been working diligently for the first 6 weeks and are now lookingforward to the Mid-term exam. Together with their teachers they have beenimproving their ESL English skills in areas of reading, writing, speaking andlistening. Students help each other by working in teams and groups in order toachieve better results and improve their social skills as well. As per our school’smoto ‘Every student matters every day’, we encourage our learners to take astep forward to learn independence and begin to work on making their owndecisions.
To becontinued… wait for the next newsletter!