HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS and INFORMATION
Bulletin 2, Week 4, Semester 1, 2019-2020
Dear primary school parents and families,
It has been another exciting and eventful two weeks at the primary school in Tianjin.Leadership has been a key theme in the primary school. Being a leader is not easy because with privilege comes responsibility. Leadership, however, builds up and extends a person’s skills and abilities so it is something that we should all aspire towards. The ability to lead and manage oneself and others is an important virtue or skill at Haileybury, so we encourage every child to participate in leadership roles. On the 2ndof September, the primary school held a student council/leadership election. The process involved students applying, giving speeches and being voted in by their peers. On the 11thof September, the 20successful applicants were also trained in their roles. These students have already started undertaking various responsibilities in the management of the primary school such as manning the front gate in the mornings, monitoring the cleanliness of each classroom, making sure that students are walking orderly and assisting teachers with miscellaneous duties. The student leaders have been organised into different groups based on different days of the school week and each leader serves once a week on a rotating basis. It has been great to see our students serving the school community punctually, diligently and respectfully. Through their self-less work and dedication, our student leaders are helping to ensure that the primary school continues to operate smoothly and safely.
Nason Li (year 6), Bobby Li (year 6), Jennifer Sun (year 4) and Jack Gao (year 5) man the north gate in the mornings
Heli Li (year 6) and Flora Shi (year 6) make sure that students walk quietly and orderly
Elsa Shi (year 6) and Hulk Zhang (year 5) man the gate in the mornings
Jason Wang (year 6) and Jessie Yan (year 6) make sure that students walk unnoticeably and calmly
Richard Liu (year 6) and Sophia Yang (year 2) make sure that students walk silently and in formation
Jennifer Sun (year 4), Daniel Xue (year 5) and Stacey Du (year 5) make sure classrooms are neat and tidy
Students at Haileybury are also given the opportunity to become subject specific leaders. One of these is the English prefect. English prefects assist teachers with duties such as the organisation and operation of special English events, English assemblies, the parents’ bulletin and translation duties. At Haileybury, the English prefect positions are fiercely contested. On Fridaythe 6thof September, 11 students from years three to six gave 2-minute speeches in English and Chinese on why they should be elected.Congratulations to Hulk Zhang, Jennifer Sun and Elaina Zhang on becoming the new English prefects for this school year. ‘He is a bad soldierwho doesn’t dream of becoming a marshal’ is a well-known proverb. It speaks of the necessity of promoting and extending oneself in the mundane moments of life if one is to succeed. Opportunities are not always available, so it is important that we take hold of them when they present themselves. I encourage all students to be leaders as you don’t know where your opportunities may take or lead you.
Star of Outlook champion Zac Qu (year 4) spoke passionately at the English prefect election
Linda Zhao (year 6) spoke fluently at the English prefect election
Jim Li (year 5) spoke well at the English prefect election
Ryan Zhang (year 5) always puts on a great show for the audience
Jason Wang (year 6) spoke effortlessly at the English prefect election
Our teachers judged the speeches
International Principal Mr. Yanni Galanis and Head of English Cheryl Ann Mckenna enjoyed listening to the speeches
Upper primary English coordinator Mr. William Fang hosted the event with translator Jason Wang (year 6)
Elaina Zhang (year 3) is the new lower primary English prefect for 2019-2020
Jennifer Sun (year 4) is the new joint upper primary English prefect for 2019-2020
Hulk Zhang (year 5) is the new joint upper primary English prefect for 2019-2020
Our club and afternoon activity programs are now in full swing. Learning does not just occur in a classroom nor does it only occur from a textbook. Some of life’s most important lessons are the ones we learn when we interact with others. Skills, qualities and virtues such as persistence, perseverance, team-work, self-confidence, leadership, precision, technique, dexterity, hand-eye coordination, bravery, sportsmanship, kindness, flexibility, creativity, patience, personal grooming and upkeep, assertiveness and strength are mainly learnt and developed outside of the classroom. At Haileybury, every student matters every day. This means we focus not only on the academic progress of our students but also on their social, physical and emotional development. Participating in extra-curricular activities is an effective way to develop oneself. I encourage all students to cherish the rare opportunities which have been afforded to them because you never know where your passion or hobby may lead you! Below is a full list of activities available to our students this semester.
Baby Zhang (year 1) learns the piano as part of her club program
Samuel Ren (year 3) and others are learning how to play the drums
Oil painting is offered in our club program
Neil Shen (year 5) and Carrey Fu (year 1) are learning how to play the guitar
Students can choose the modelling club
Soccer club participant Hulk Zhang (year 5) is ready for a big kick
Swimming is part of our afternoon club program
Jessie Deng (year 1) is learning about the game of volleyball with Mr. Todd Nelson
Duke Du (year 2) is interested in tennis
Annie Yang (year 1) is drawing a nice picture
Merit awards have been given out to outstanding students at assemblies on Fridays for two years now. The practice of giving out merit awards to high achieving individuals is a practice that also occurs in many Australian schools such as Haileybury Melbourne. Every week, two students from each class in the primary school at HIST are given the awards by their homeroom teachers. The program seeks to encourage and reward students for high academic achievement and virtuous behaviour. Every week, it is pleasing to see many smiles illuminating from the faces of our students when it is announced that they are the award recipients of the week. The awards boost the self-confidence of our students and the giving out of the awards will continue to play an important part in our weekly assemblies.
Merit awards are given out at Australian schools such as Haileybury Melbourne (Newlands, July 2019)
Aaron Cheng (year 1), Sophia Qi (year 1), James Ma (year 1) are standing proudly with their Merit Awards. Seen here with International principal Mr. Yanni Galanis
James Ma (year 1) and Angel Zhou (year 1) are posing with international principal Mr. Yanni Galanis
The first 26 primary school Merit Award winners of the 2019-2020 school year
Every child is unique, and every person has far-reaching potential.Every week, we will introduce to everyone a Haileybury primary school student. This week,freshman - Ryan Zhang from the 2 yellow class has written a self-introduction which he would like to share with everyone:
I'm Zhang Ruiqi from the 2 yellow class. My English name is Ryan. I am a lively and cheerful child. I'm a bit stubborn, and I'll stick to my point of view on some things because my teacher said, ‘Believe in yourself and others will believe in you.’ I like learning Math. I think numerical games are interesting. I still have a lot to learn and improve in English, but I believe that I can gain more knowledge and longer lasting friendships in my new family at Haileybury.
Freshman Ryan Zhang (year 2) loves Maths and wants to be able to speak English fluently
On the 20thof September 2019, the primary school at HIST held a year one initiation ceremony. For the grade ones, this was their 26thday at school. The activity was set up by head of junior school Ms. Vivian Jia and was organized by grade one teachers, the Chinese department and calligraphy teachers.
Before the start of the ceremony, Ms. Jia displayed, through photos, the profound changes which had already taken place in our students in their first month. For example, on the first day of school, the children were in an anxious state and cried loudly. They had blank faces when they participated in their first flag raising ceremony and it was a novel experience when they had their first school meal. Many were at a loss when they had their first lesson and they were timid during their first swimming class.
About a month later, however, through the school’s education, the children have become more independent. They can now fold quilts with their partners, dress and wash themselves, walk orderly, greet each other in English and swim together in the ocean of knowledge. Their smiles have reflected their growth and have also rewarded their teachers’ hard work.
The world consists of nations. Haileybury not only attaches great importance to language teaching, but also to the education of traditional Chinese culture. We hope that students who go abroad in the future will not forget their Chinese roots. At the end of the "Junior Connection" segment, the primary school held the year one initiation ceremony which had a goal of leading students onto the path of learning and enlightenment.
At the end of the ceremony, calligraphy teacher Zhang Jing dedicated a mural of the Chinese character ‘person’ to the students which ended the ceremony. It is hoped that through this ceremony, our grade ones will continue on their journey of growth.
Welfare director Mr. Eric Xu hosted the event
Head of Junior school Ms. Vivian Jia delivered the opening message
International principal Mr. Yanni Galanis spoke to our parents with Ms. Dawn Yin translating
Our year 1 students in their initiation ceremony
Our year 1 students spoke in unison
Calligraphy teacher Ms. Jing is holding up the Chinese character ‘person’ with Jessie Yan (year 6)
The primary school has made notable progress despite being only in the fourth week of school. We have laid concrete foundations for the rest of the academic year so let us continue to work together to ensure that every child continues to improve with each passing day.
Lift up your hearts and your smiles at Haileybury!
William Fang M.Ed, B.A/B.Ed, Grad Dip Ed. (Primary)
English Curriculum Coordinator - Primary School (Upper Primary)
Haileybury Tianjin International School