HIST PRIMARY CAMPUS NEWS and INFORMATION
Bulletin 7, Week 16, Semester 1, 2019-2020
Dear primary school parents and families,
It has been another exciting and thrilling few weeks at the primary school in Tianjin. On the 28th of November, students celebrated Growth Anniversary with the help of middle school students who hosted the event. During the event, our students were asked to reflect on their academic, physical and emotional growth as many important milestones have been achieved. For example, some of our students have completed various Cambridge English exams such as the PET or Starters exam while others have sung their first Chinese sonnet. During the event, our students wrote about their growth on cards which were later hung on the Growth Tree. Students also used the occasion to thank their parents and teachers for the assistance they have received. Following the reflections, a Growth Anniversary cake was shared by each class which was enjoyed by all. Life is full of important milestones, so it is important that we take the time to reflect upon the ones that have already been reached.
A Growth Anniversary cake was shared in each class
Our middle school students hosted the event
Growth cards were written by students on the day
Our students completed Growth Cards
Our students were entertained by middle school students
Our students enjoyed the delicious fruit cake
A professional delegation which consisted of Ms. Cui and Cameraman Mr. Su from Tianjin Radio and TV station came to our school on the 28th of November to film and assess three plays which were performed in our auditorium by our primary school students. Around 30 primary school students from years 3-6 were involved in the ‘Dream Theatre’ competition. The competition consists of three rounds – the first of which was just completed. The project is led by the head of junior school English - Ms. Cheryl McKenna and the three plays were directed by English teachers Ms. Jennifer Watson and Ms. Barbara Zhu. Our students had been preparing for the three plays ‘Log of Trust’, ‘The Great Wall and the Ice Road’ and ‘The Hero Pilot of China’ for many weeks so it was great to see these performed well on the day. Our young actors and actresses had their make-up applied by our interns prior to the recording and each play was recorded as individual scenes and as a single take. Two of our upper primary students also assisted Mr. Shu on the day by holding microphones which improved the sound quality of the recordings. The results have not been released but the two judges commended the performances, praised the creativity of the scripts and applauded our students for their enthusiasm and hard work.
Our lower primary students performed Log of Trust
Our students learnt more about cinematography through the competition
One of our upper primary school groups performed The Great Wall and the Ice Road
Our students practiced their parts for many weeks prior to the performance
Another upper primary group performed The Hero Pilot of China
Our students performed well on the day
On the evening of the 25th of November, the Chinese department held a Chinese poem recitation and singing show. The occasion demonstrated the excellent recitation and singing skills of our primary aged students as well as their extensive understanding of Chinese culture, language and history. Each class took part in the event by preparing and performing a song or a poem on stage. The event was organised by Ms. Rosie Jiang (Head of Chinese) and was hosted by our own students. All students wore costumes according to the theme or era of their presentation and there were some special performances such as Kung Fu and drumming routines. Mr. Peter Rogerson (Executive principal of Haileybury International School) attended the event and applauded the diligence of our staff and students. Mr. Rogerson commented that he particularly enjoyed the singing and the students’ costumes. Ms. Rosie Jiang remarked that through the singing, our students have been able to learn more classical Chinese literature which is often difficult for children in the 21st century to grasp. Congratulations to all students who participated in this special event and many thanks to the Chinese department for making the event a meaningful and memorable one.
11月25日晚，小学部语文组举行中国诗歌朗诵演唱会。这次活动展示了我国小学生出色的朗诵和歌唱天赋，以及他们对中国文化、语言和历史的了解。每一个班级都在舞台表演一首歌或一首诗参与此次活动。本次活动由教学主任姜主任领导，由我们的学生主持。所有的学生都按照表演的主题或时代穿着服装，还有一些特色表演，如功夫和击鼓。黑利伯瑞国际学校执行校长Peter Rogerson先生出席了活动，并对我们的员工和学生的勤奋工作表示赞赏。Peter Rogerson先生说他特别喜欢学生表演的歌曲和服装。姜主任说：“通过歌唱，我们的学生能够学习到更多的中国古代文学，而这些文学往往对21世纪的学生来说难度比较高。” 祝贺所有参加这项活动的学生，并感谢语文组各位老师，让这项活动富有重要意义并且令人难忘。
Our students were appropriately dressed and performed enthusiastically
Our lower primary students enjoyed singing and dancing on the stage
Our upper primary students gave a polished performance
The Maths department’s Project-Based Learning (PBL) assignment took place on the 2nd of December and was developed for the purpose of allowing our students the opportunity to solve problems using Maths. PBL allowed our students to participate in different activities, solve meaningful issues, work independently, achieve results and report findings. The project redefined conventional teaching practice by allowing students to solve mathematical problems from a practical orientation. Students did not seek answers for the purpose of finding answers but primarily for the purpose of solving problems. Its core educational premise was to learn by doing rather than speaking. The theme of the assignment this semester was sorting and classifying rubbish. Students were asked to seek answers to the following questions：
- Why sort waste?
- How should we classify rubbish?
- Where does recycled rubbish go?
- What happens to recycled materials?
Information and data were gathered on these questions by our students. Through the activity, each student worked individually and as a team to answer the questions. Our students were active during the assignment and lively discussions were had in many classes. Many thanks to Ms. Amy Sun (Head of primary Maths) for coordinating the successful event and for making learning a fun and positive experience for our students.
黑利设计院在12月2日采用了PBL(Project Based Learning)项目制学习法用数学的视角发现问题、探究问题、解决问题，其核心思想就在于通过做一件事情来学习，Learn（主动学）而非Teach（被动教）。PBL教学法能让学生主动参与到项目中，解决有价值的问题 ，自主完成学习，得到成果并进行展示交流，实现了课堂的重构，能够取得比传统课堂更好的成绩，并提升创造性解决问题的能力。让学生不是为了答案去寻找答案，而是去寻找解决问题的方法。教师在此过程中的角色是问题的提出者、课程的设计者以及结果的评估者。我们以“垃圾分类”这一主题为载体，引发一串的问题:
Our students hosted the event
Our students learnt about the importance of recycling
China has now become the new frontier of the global education market and it currently leads the world in the number of university graduates. Sources say that there are currently more students studying English in China than there are in America. It is because of these and other reasons that influenced 4 Monash university students to decide to complete their teaching placements in junior school at Haileybury China. By choosing to have their placement at Haileybury, they were able to further develop their teaching skills and apply the latest education theories and concepts learnt at university in an international setting. They were also accompanied, guided and nurtured by experienced and seasoned practitioners along the whole process. For three weeks, they observed, taught classes, wrote lesson plans and had constructive exchanges with their mentor teachers. For many of the student teachers, teaching at Haileybury Tianjin was a real eye-opening experience as some had never taught outside of Australia. They experienced, first-hand, the challenges as well as the rewards of teaching English as a second language to non-native English speakers. We wish them every success as they finish their studies and start their teaching careers in Australia or abroad.
Ms. Michelle Breeden was mentored by Ms. Mckenna and Ms. Zhu
Haileybury’s agricultural base was established a few weeks ago and on the 29th of November, a group of lower primary school students visited the greenhouses. The base is located in a place called ‘Northern Spring’ which is in Gao Cun, Wuqing. Students took a shuttle bus and visited the cucumber, tomato and strawberry greenhouses. Everyone showed interest in how these fruit and vegetables grew in such cold weather and the students also received a persimmon to take back to the school. China is a leader in agriculture and has made significant breakthroughs in this field. One of the most famous agronomists in the world is Chinese farmer Yuan Longping who developed a strain of rice that is capable of growing in saltwater and in the deserts of Dubai. We hope our students will also develop a love for agriculture and make significant contributions to our country.
Our lower primary students learnt more about plant husbandry
Our students weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty