Book week has been a huge success. The students enjoyed dressing up on Monday and we have had the privilege of having several guest readers in this week.
Maths: Design the New School
This week we began an ambitious project to design the new HFS that will be built at the Science College. We took the existing parameters for the new school site, and worked them into our plans. The students decided to split into 3 groups, each responsible for one floor of the building, and we elected a supervisor. Thereafter, we ensured our measurements were accurate and to scale. All of the groups found ensuring each wall met at a right angle particularly challenging which had adverse effects on the measurements. All of the students displayed perseverance during this project and have begun to lay out rooms for the new site. We also learned about the age old saying Measure twice, cut once.
In connection to our Maths project, the students wrote about their ideal school. They went through the writing process for this project by planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing their work. The students were also able to make connection to our central idea People can make choices to support the sustainability of the Earth’s resources by outlining different ways their ideal school could help the environment. Some of the ideas included: automatic doors, solar panels, reusing water/materials, rooftop gardens, and using bikes that generate electricity.
Please click here for the packing list.
This is a gentle reminder that the balance of 448,000 KRW for the Seoul residential trip needs to be sent to the office before the end of the school day on Friday 20th April 2018. A packing list for the trip will be circulated later this week.
On Tuesday 17th April, Wednesday 18th April and Thursday 19th April the Year 6 and Year 9 students will be sitting the Cambridge Checkpoint assessments. These tests are given at the end of each major stage in a students education to assess how they are progressing against similar students their age. The timetable for which tests the student will be doing on each day can be found here.
During the assessment period, please take extra care to make sure that your son/daughter is in school on time; that they have had a good breakfast before coming to school; and that they have a good nights sleep the night before their tests. If this is all done, the students will be ready to do their best in the assessments.
Unit of Inquiry
The Year 5/6 students did a fantastic job of leading the whole school assembly on Monday. We had a nice variety of work presented to the school about our theme, Hand Phones, that came in the form of skits, well produced videos, poems, and a debate that transitioned well to deliver an overall message: Cell phones are useful, but must be used responsibly.
This week we extended our understanding of character traits and their role in our learning. We also applied this knowledge to writing our own reports in preparation for Term 2 Reports being sent home later in the week. The students did a great job of reflecting on their learning and setting their own targets. They added finishing touches to their student portfolios which will be presented to the parents at next week’s conferences. The Year 5/6’s also assessed Mr. McCrimmon’s teaching and provided him with useful next steps so he can continue to improve. This week Mr. McCrimmon was impressed with the level of thoughtful reflection displayed by the students. This class has been special because the students are very aware of their learning.
In maths we have continued to apply our knowledge of measure and converting units to practical projects around the class. The students submitted their floor plans of their houses from last week. We decided we would undertake the project for a second time so we can compare our work and identify ways we have improved.
Unit of Inquiry
With the lovely spring weather upon us, we were able to enjoy a morning outside during our Guided Reading session.
We also began planning our student led assembly and were able to use Chris Van Allsburg’s The Wretched Stone for some inspiration. We decided to focus on our society’s use of hand phones for our theme. We collaborated to plan our assembly in terms of content and roles. Then we drafted different projects, revised, and rehearsed.
In maths, we developed our measuring skills and began creating a floor plan of the classroom. The students learned to convert different units of measure and apply a scale to their work.
On Friday, the students came dressed to impress. Everyone did a great job of organizing our HFS School Dance which was a huge success.
Unfortunately, we have not had all 17 students sign up for the Residential Trip to Seoul so there will need to be an increase in the price per student in order to not lose money and to be able to pay for the trip. We have received revised quotes from Adventure Korea in light of this information and there will be a parent meeting on Monday 26th March in Mr Munden’s room. There will be two meeting times, please feel free to come to the time that is most convenient for you. You have a choice of:
- Monday 26th March @ 3:35 pm in Mr Munden’s room or,
- Monday 26th March @ 7 pm in Mr Munden’s room.
Due to the fact that the price has changed due to circumstances outside the school’s control, parents who would like to receive a refund of their deposit can request one from the office after the meetings outlining the revised cost of the trip.
Thank you to all the parents who attended the information session about our school residential trip running from the 8th -11th May 2018. For those who couldn’t make the session, or if you would like a refresher, please click on the picture below to see a copy of the presentation. If you are happy for your son/daughter to attend the trip please complete the permission form here. Please note: the form needs to be completed and the deposit paid by the end of the school day on Thursday 22nd March 2018 to secure a place for your son/daughter. If you have any questions, please feel free to see Mr Munden.
This week the mentors in the school worked with younger students and helped them develop their throwing and catching skills. They also helped them with important life skills like tying their shoes and zipping up their coats. It was very nice to see students developing their leadership skills and for all students to be working together on a common goal.
World Maths Day
On Wednesday the Year 5/6 students participated in World Maths Day. They really enjoyed competing with schools from all around the world. In the process, we also started learning about time zones, flags, and the geographical location of countries.
The Year 5/6’s have been working on their throwing, catching, and dribbling with tennis balls. We have develop our skills and are learning many traditional schoolyard games. Mr. McCrimmon would like to encourage the parents to share their childhood games involving a tennis ball with their children.
Amid all the great learning this week, we also had to say goodbye to Sara. We wish her well on her journey back home to Malaysia. We will miss Sara, Danish, and Rayyan. Luckily, we will still be able to keep in touch via email and Skype.
The Year 5/6 Students thoroughly enjoyed the International Food Share. We worked together to learn more about the delicious foods presented by the parents. The students developed their interviewing skills, took photos, and recorded important information about each dish.
Ingredients: Meat, vegetables, and spring roll wrapper
Description: Chewy, dry, hard spring roll
Name: Pancit Bihon
Ingredients: Glass noodles, vegetables, soy sauce, and chicken
Description: Stretchy, moist, smooth, and chewy