Middle School Newsletter
Issue 4 , October 2019
Sport is life!
Do you love sport as much as the students of our school love it? Most likely you will lose in this comparison, because competitions have a special place in the life of students. To have a beautiful and well-rehearsed opening ceremony, we all trained together for a long time. In the end, the teachers and students marched in a straight line, beaming with smiles and radiating a positive mood. Then the competition began! While students were waiting for their turn on the treadmill, ESL teachers taught students the rules of simple European games and played with them. Many informal opportunities for conversation in English added to the pleasant environment! The opportunity of victory in the competitions added to the excitement! The students ran like the wind, and the loud cheers of all teachers “GO! GO!” added strength to the desire to win.
Hanson and Teachers
Teachers and students
We thank the incredible team of our leaders for their hard work. Every event in our school is thought out to the smallest detail. How many times did they have to come to school before everyone else and leave later than everyone else! That is why all events are well organized and we feel safe.
Every week assembly is part of the ESL program
Jack Zheng、Robert Xie、Chris Zhang、Hank Zhang Roman Li、Leo Li
At our school, students have a weekly Assembly. In addition to being informative and educational, assemblies are an essential part of education where students apply the skills learned in the classroom. Assembly is always held in both Chinese and English, which leads to a weekly training of memory, public speaking skills and a large number of new vocabulary in a new context. Do you think it is easy to prepare a speech in English and not be afraid to present it to the audience? It takes consistent time and effort to train in reading and pronunciation of complex words and expressions. This is serious stress which our students easily cope with. They masterfully conduct the assembly, demonstrating their skills and abilities.
We also have an Assembly club where students meet once a week. They have come up with the topics for every week. They prepare speeches related to the topic bilingually and help the host of each assembly to write and perform their script. Currently, students are keen on performing lip sync with their classmates, a kind of music performance with well-known English songs. Being a part of the ESL teaching program, Assembly is a stage which welcomes all our students to show their ability and confidence towards life. It’s also a platform to express themselves in English.
Max Wang、Jack Zhang、Michael Bai、Carol Zhang、Charles Zhang
Drama class – a unique way to learn English
Louis Zhao、Tony Liang、Oliver Zhao
Coco Li、Andy Gao、Alex Tian、Kady Jin
In Drama class, students are learning to express themselves in a confident, friendly way. It is, of course, important to use English in class but, it is much more important to learn to stand in front of others and trust that they will listen and watch with respect. For the first few weeks, students worked without any speaking at all. They were learning to work as a team and as individuals, through drama games and short skits. They began with Mime and have now moved onto short skits that demonstrate that it is important to TRY and to be willing to fail. The students are having fun and they have begun working on short plays which they will present at Friday assemblies, in the near future.
Jimmy Liu、 Dennis Chai、Tony Liang、Louis Zhao
Penelope Weng、Patrick Tu、Tony Sun、Phillip Chen
The Playground Project
By Jack Zhuang & Carol Zhang
Haileybury’s Year 8 students are currently working on the playground project. We are making plans to rebuild and add to the playground and make it better. We are looking for input from the whole school, but it is the year 8 students who are helping to decide how the playground will look before we submit our plans to Haileybury’s senior management for advice.
The playground project is great for many reasons. Firstly, we are doing things for the school and students, and it is a big responsibility. Secondly, the playground will benefit a wide age range of students, so we are working to satisfy many different needs and tastes. We are learning to be warm-hearted. On the other hand, we need to work extremely hard to succeed on this project and we are learning that cooperation will make it better. In a few words, we will give our best shot to help make a charming, fun and adventurous space for Primary and Middle School students.
Max Wang & David Zhang
赵铭洋 梁智轩 赵梓淳
作者:Jack Zhuang & Carol Zhang