ISSUE 30 14 MAY 2010
Secondary race for the finish! FS Doughnuts with Dads Year 5 Space Race!
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KS1 Swimming Gala
Primary BSB Idol
24- Careers Week, 28 Sanlitun Campus 27
Shunyi Parents Society Meeting
31- House Sports 4 Week
June 2-4 Year 3 Trip to Wullingshan 3
KS1 Swimming Gala
Year 6 Inner Mongolia Trip
Muffins with Mums FS - Sanlitun
Last week of Primary ASA
Ice cream with mums - Sanlitun Primary
KS2 Swimming Gala
Year 2 Sleepover (SY + SLT)
Sanlitun Production of ‘Hoodwinked’
Secondary Sports Day
Donuts with Dads
Secondary compete against each other in a number of races, with javelin and high jump too.
Sanlitun FS Donuts with Dads is a resounding success with all the children enjoying a sweet treat in the morning.... and some of the dads!
Students learn to co-operate in building super structures.
From the Executive Principal
I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped with the “Splash and Dash” at the weekend. Especially all the parents who helped with the timing of the many races and events. All the schools present commented on how well organised the event was and how much the students enjoyed it. Thank you! Secondly I was very pleased to watch our football teams achieve three notable victories over the weekend. I’m aware (though sadly couldn’t get to watch) that we won a number of other matches around the city too. Well done to all our boys and girls who took part. Sadly during one event, Mr. Barnsley (our director of athletics) was called away to Australia on very short notice to support a family member and I’m sure you would all join me in thanking him for his work and wishing him the very best of luck. He will return to school on Monday. This weekend I will be travelling to the UK to attend the annual COBIS (Council of British International Schools) conference where I will be the guest of the executive committee. It is important for us to keep fully up to date of the most recent developments in education and also to maintain and develop links with other first rate British Schools around the globe. I have also made time at the conference to interview a number of excellent candidates for our Head of Secondary school post. I hope to have some news on this to share with you on my return. I’m aware that Donuts with dads was a great success at the foundation stage campus. Donuts are always my favourite so I was very sad not to be able to attend. Fortunately I can report that I was busily engaged with suppliers of Bungee jumping apparatus for our forthcoming summer fair which is shaping up to be really quite spectacular…as well as Go-Karts (more on this later), food stalls, gift stalls and of course the charities we will support, there will be a chance to break a world record. Or at least have fun trying! We were honoured to host the second ABRSM conference on Tuesday. It was very illuminating and well attended by music teachers from around Beijing. ABRSM is the premier organization in the world providing not only the famous “graded” in various exams but also providing scholarships to the most prestigious music schools in the world. All or our students will have the opportunity to take part in these examinations. Best regards, Mike Embley
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WHOLE SCHO NOTICE OL S
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Mad in Italy
On the 16th May in our Sanlitun Campus the Italian Womenâ€™s Federation has organised a Italian Bazaar. It should be a fantastic event, and I hope you are able to join us! Tickets are available for the Sanlitun Reception and each ticket also enters you into their lucky draw. Children 10RMB, Adults 20RMB.
SOCCER SATURDAYS FOR GIRLS Are you a girl 14 to 18 years old? Do you like to play soccer? Do you like to play soccer? Then come to the soccer fields at ISB on Saturday mornings for some fun!!
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This is your chance to play with girls from other schools and make new friends! ISB Girls Soccer coaches Dirk and Susan Kraetzer will be on hand to run some skill development drills and supervise small‐sided games.
May 1st ‐ 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 22nd ‐ 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 8th – no session due to ISB Spring Fair May 29th ‐ 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. May 15th ‐ 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 5th ‐ 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Come to one session or come to them all! There is no cost involved. Players should wear proper soccer footwear, shinguards and bring drinking water. If you have any questions, contact us at email@example.com
CISB QUIZ NIGHT!!! ings You Need to Know: Where: Canadian International School of Beijing When: Friday, May 21st, 2010 Time: 6:00 - Food and Drinks 7:30 - QUIZ TIME!! Cost:
50RMB per person this includes food!
Lots of AWESOME prizes to be won! How to get involved: Contact Maria Tran, to reserve tables for your team of five by May 10th, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (86-10) 6465-7788. (e more teams the better!)
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Experience the fun….
As spring approaches, it’s time to think about venturing back outside, and what better way than by joining us a Beijing Sailing Center in scenic Beidaihe only 100mins away from Beijing. Our summer camps are fun, interactive experiences that provide young people with an unbeatable opportunity to develop skills that they can apply both on and off the water. Sailing is a fantastic way of introducing young people to the great outdoors. The training boats we use are entirely powered by wind energy, and students must learn how to harness this energy in order to progress, thus gaining a greater understanding of and respect for nature. Sailing is a very green sport, allowing people to enjoy being on the water without having a negative impact on the environment around them. It also encourages a level of physical fitness, as students pit themselves against the elements. But it’s not all about physical prowess. Sailing is also quite a cerebral sport, rewarding brains more than brawn. Students must react quickly to the every-changing circumstances afloat, thus developing an ability to ‘think on their feet’ as well as a practical understanding of the basic scientific principles involved in how a boat works. Once they have mastered the basics scientific, it’s time to move on to racing, where a student’s grasp of tactics and strategy is as important as his or her sailing skill. In sailing, there is always more to be learnt, thus it presents a genuine opportunity for life-long learning and development. Sailing also encourages the development of strong interpersonal skills. Many of our boats require students to work together as a team in order to sail effectively, and they will quickly learn the importance of good communication, clear leadership and a team-oriented attitude, as well as gaining confidence in their own abilities. All our programmes are organised in a fun, child-friendly format, with games and activities designed to ensure students are having a great time whilst developing and improving their skill, and we also offer a range of shore-based activities for times when going afloat is not possible. Our students’ safety is important to us: all our instructors are RYA qualified with UK first aid training, and we operate a fleet of highspeed rescue boats. All students are required to wear buoyancy aids, which we provide, and beginners are also issued with helmets for extra protection while they learn the ropes. As you can see we have a lot to offer young people in terms of both enjoyment and skills development; for more information visit our web site www.beijingsailing.com or contact us on email@example.com. Tel: 15001189580/1/2
or 010 59000276
22 Wenti Road, Haigang District Qinhuangdao, Hebei
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Dear Parents A letter has gone out to you all today asking you to reserve a space on the bus. If you are interested in taking bus, please return the slip as soon as possible to our schools receptionists, Lisa/Daisy in our Sanlitun Campus or Emma at our Shunyi Campus. For your reference, please see the times below. Our summer Fayre is being held at the Shunyi Campus on Saturday May 22nd. In order to make it as easy as possible for you to get there, we are putting on a bus service, Leaving SLT to SY 10:30am □ 11.30am □ 1pm □ Leaving SY back to SLT 1pm □ 2pm □ 3pm □ Or please contact Cher Weng at Sanlitun Campus. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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From the Headmaster, Sanlitun Dear All, What a wonderful week we have had for weather. We are continually stressing to children that they must wear their hats outside, put sun cream on before they come to school and drink lots of water. Please remind them of this also. The weather did us proud on Wednesday for ‘Doughnuts for Dads’ at the foundation campus and it was lovely to see how proud the children were of showing off their Dads to everyone. Rather a lot of doughnuts were consumed! Year 4 have had a great residential in Datong and Pingyao and we have enjoyed reading their blog. If anyone hasn’t had a chance to look at it and would like to read what they have been doing please use the following link. https://vle.britishschool.org.cn/primary/year4/4yblog/ default.aspx username: parent password: parent *Please ignore any security message and just click into the site. ABRSM are holding their first set of music theory exams at the Sanlitun Campus with 44 students arriving on 5th June to sit them. We are thrilled that they will be using our campus as then our own children will be able to benefit from it. A working party of teachers has written the menu for this month looking closely at the vegetarian option and bringing in either milk or juice depending on what the pudding is. There is also a different selection of salads each day. I would appreciate any feedback from parents, especially of meals that worked so that we can keep them on the menu. On Wednesday 19th May it is ‘Doughnuts for Dads’ for Y1-6 children. It is a great event and I hope that as many of you as possible can make it from 8.15am till 9am. A big thank you to parents for being so supportive at this time when we have tightened security procedures. It is vital that we keep this up and not let it slacken. Have a lovely weekend everyone Warm regards, Janet Brock
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Foundation Stage, Sanlitun
Songs and Stories
‘Doughnuts with Dads’ in Foundation was a great success on Wednesday. We enjoyed sharing the doughnuts with our Dads and showing them our playground and all the activities we have to keep us busy. Mums, it is your turn next! Pre-Nursery has been learning to say thank you and please to the special people who help us in school. We visited Nurse Sally in her room and learnt all about the tools that she uses to help to look after us. We then pretended to be doctors and nurses, taking care of each other. We also brought our toothbrushes to school and had a toothbrushing day. We were keen to learn to brush our teeth properly so that we would not need to visit the dentist as often! We ended our week with an excursion to the Blue Zoo and finally met Mister Seahorse and all his special friends. Preparations for the Nursery Dashwood assembly looked exciting all week as we saw a castle, swords, hats and masks making their way to the hall, and we weren’t let down as the children performed beautifully for all of us. Nursery Appelbe worked on shape this week. We had great fun creating rockets, houses and even a tiara from different shaped boxes and other materials we would normally just throw away – a great way to recycle! We also made icecream cones from paper and turned different shapes into pictures. “I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas” could be heard being sung around Reception classes this week as we started our new topic on Keeping Healthy. The children have learnt about different foods that are healthy for us and that some foods should only be for a treat. We have made fruit salad in class and talked about where all the different fruits came from. Some of us were not sure, especially with the lychees, but were brave and tried them and found out lychees are really sweet. And finally, just two reminders - firstly now that the weather seems to have turned hot, it is very important that the children have suncream applied in the morning and have a hat to wear in the sun. Our second reminder is to send in all those ‘recyclable’ materials – boxes, bubble wrap, fabric remnants, wool ….. as Foundation loves recycling them! Foundation Stage team, Sanlitun
Doughnuts with Dads, Foundation Stage Sanlitun
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YOUR JUNK IS WANTED
All the children and teachers in Foundation Stage, Sanlitun love getting sticky, covered in paint and making imaginative junk models. To help us with our model making we need your help! We will be leaving a big box in the Foundation Stage foyer for you to leave any junk materials which we can use in our creative activities. We need lots of the following: • toilet rolls, boxes and bottles large or small. (empty and clean please!) • bits of wool, fabric and pieces of interesting material • cotton wool, lolly pop sticks, straws, pegs etc Or any bits and bobs you were going to throw away which you think our children may find interesting! We will find a use for it! Thank you!
Key Stage One, Sanlitun Key Stage One has had a very miniature week! Year One have been using their imaginations to shrink to insect-like proportions! After drinking a magic potion, the children have been considering how the world would appear to them if they were only the size of a beetle – what problems would they face? What fun might they have? These imaginative explorations will lead to stories the children will write next week all about being a tiny shrunken person. In Year Two’s topic lessons the children have been practicing their Design Technology skills as they have embarked upon the task of building a miniature yurt. Having learnt about this style of home found in the Xinjiang province of China – the focus of their topic lessons – the children discussed ways in which they could build a model of a yurt which would be strong and durable. The children have used clay to roll as a base, saws to chop wood (chop sticks) and mod rock to create plaster walls for their models. A lot of messy and creative fun! Now the children need to build their roofs, and add the finishing touch of a beautiful rug (hand sewn by them) to place inside their miniature homes!
Key Stage One, Sanlitun
Blitz & War This week in 3T we have started looking at World War 2 and, in particular, how it affected the lives of women and children. We started the unit by learning about the reasons behind the birth of the Nazi party and what happened to initiate the war. We have also looked at a timeline highlighting any major events throughout the course of the war.
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Key Stage One, Sanlitun At the end of the week we learnt about the Blitz and how to survive an air-raid. We pretended that we were students in a British school in 1939. The air-raid siren has sounded and we have to evacuate the school and continue our lessons in our small, cramped air-raid shelters. We weren’t allowed to leave our shelters until the all-clear siren was heard. This helped us to understand just how frightening and difficult it would have been to have been a student in 1939. We also found it quite exciting!
It’s been another busy and fun week of EAL at Sanlitun! Students from all year groups were spotted around the campus conducting surveys, acting out their favourite sports, and speaking English with continually increasing confidence. Now that the weather is finally getting hot, here’s a tip for all of our EAL students: This weekend, talk to your family (in English!) about your favourite things to do when it’s hot outside. Then, when you’ve finished talking about them, get outside and do them! Mr. Fromer and Mr. Michalak
Physical Exercises during the Break between Classes in China We had a successful sports day last week, which every student enjoyed and tried their best. In primary schools in China, students gather on the playground and do radio exercises with music during the break after the second period in the morning or in the afternoon. With the lively rhythm, school pupils stretch their bodies and do simple limb exercises to improve their agility. Besides radio exercises,they also do rope skipping, shuttlecock kicking etc.
BSB Sanlitun showed a lot of heart during their three sports competitions during the past week. The U9’s football team lost to the Ole Club 4-8, with everyone having fun and working together well. The U11’s football team defeated Club Football 5-2. Everyone on the team showed real sportsmanship towards their opponents after the win. The U11’s handball team lost 4-7 to Harrow on Monday. They’re already looking forward to their next match. This Sunday the U11’s football team will be playing against Jia You FC. Go SLT! Thank you very much Bobby Wang
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Key Stage Two, Sanlitun
In Year 6 this week, we have been busy studying the different types of poetry, such as narrative, Kennings and Haikus. We have been discussing the differences between them, analysing their content, structure and the poetic devices used. After identifying their features, we tried to apply these to our own work. Our favourite poem was ‘Mum’ by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters . This poem inspired us to write our own Kennings (riddles) about our family, friends and even our teachers.
My Special Friend Watches Glee Of course is fond of me Friend forever Enemy never No matter the weather Always together. Rights wrongs Sings songs Friend finder Event reminder Adventurous (always!) Opens up doorways. Helps me on my way Brightens up my day Always has something to say No doubt he warms me up When he hands me milk in a cup. By Miya Camargo
Sidney Ball buster Happiness giver Banana guzzling Cookie munching Gold-star runner Tongue-twister teller (at least when we ask for them) Best friend Misery’s end Friend forever Hate- me never Weight lifting Goal-scoring (how does he do that?) He’s my Never dismal Always gleeful Best of all He’s full of glee He’s Sidney By Roger Ren
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The space race and astronaughts
It may have been sports day last week but this week year 5 have been studying an altogether different sort of race; the space race. Continuing with our space topic the children spent the week researching the key events of the infamous race to the moon between American and Russian astronauts. After studying every detail of the race the pupils worked in groups using their knowledge and creativity to create a space race themed board game. Gathering their influences from such famous games as Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders and even Mouse Trap all of the children designed exciting, challenging board games that look fantastic and will be kept for everyone in the school to enjoy and learn from. This fantastic week in year 5 culminated in a special science afternoon. Taking advantage of the great weather, the children took part in a wide range of different science experiments concerning our new topic, the Earth, Sun and Moon. We first investigated why the sun appears to move across the sky and why shadows of stationary objects change throughout the day. In addition to this we studied the different phases of the Moon; including learning the technical names, its appearance at different times of the month and the reason why it appears changes. With all of their new knowledge about the events of the space race and of the Earth, Sun and Moon perhaps there will be a few year 5 pupils dreaming of travelling to space themselves one day. Even if they donâ€™t all become famous astronauts they can still aim for the stars. This week was one small step for most pupils but one giant leap for 5TY!
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A Message from the Head of Primary, Shunyi
Out and about
The Foundation Stages rabbits, Nibbles and Snowy, have been enjoying the sunshine this week in their new outdoor home. Our 2 furry friends have moved into the playground and are enjoying sharing lunch and break times with the children. The classes each have a day when it is their turn to feed and care for the rabbits so responsibility and caring is developed. Swimming started too for the FS with all in their swimming costumes for fun and learning in the paddling pools earlier in the week – everyone was very brave and played the water confidence games led by Miss Tracey. In KS1 (as in FS), unit blocks have been introduced into the classrooms. These specially designed block sets are already being used in Year 1 and Year 2 to help the children develop problem-solving, maths and social skills. It has been wonderful to see the sense of purpose and enagagement in those classes during block play. Look out for block play photos in next week’s newsletter. The special sandwich day was a huge hit in KS2 this week, with even more veggies than normal being eaten! The children have asked for more sandwich days with a salady twist! The children have also been busy preparing for the maths and science day on Monday, when we will build the Great Wall from Lego, as well as several other local landmarks. Many thanks to the Lego company for supporting our children’s mathematical development. Already we have several section of the Great Wall constructed ready for the big day… Until Thursday morning, I am in the UK at the COBIS (Council of British International Schools) conference, as part of our continued drive to ensure that BSB is at the forefront of the most up-to-date practice. Should you have any urgent queries which need attending, please contact Christian Bishop who will lead the PS in my absence. email@example.com Kind regards Jane Smith
Foundation Stage, Shunyi
This week all of Foundation have been having so much fun with our new “Block Play Area” and also our “Fascination Station’s” where we can all have lots of creative and imaginative fun! In Pre Nursery they have started the new topic of people that help us. So the children have been learning all about doctors, nurses, teachers, firefighters, builders and many more! The role play area has been changed into a nurse’s station where they can dress up, make appointments and help to make the baby dolls better. Pre Nursery have also been focusing a lot on builders and having lots of fun being Bob the
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Builder and playing many games with this theme. In Nursery class, we are still continuing with our Nursery Rhymes theme and this weekâ€™s focus has been Polly Put the Kettle on. So we have been experimenting what makes a good cup of tea (we discovered we needed tea, a cup and very warm water!) All week we have been getting ready for our tea party, which we held today. We all sat together outside eating cucumber sandwiches and biscuits and drinking flower tea whilst watching a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony-what great fun. In Reception the Children have been looking at Healthy living. They have been looking at what makes a healthy diet; they prepared a carrot ready for eating and then made some yummy fruit smoothies-delicious! Reception also chatted about how we need to keep fit and do lots of exercise such as star jumps and the children took turns in counting how many star jumps they could do!
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Key Stage One , Shunyi
Let’s go Fly a Kite…
This week Year One continued to explore the topic of Forces. Students investigated the differences in wind speeds and watched a DVD all about different types of wind. On Thursday, Year One were very excited about going to Chaoyang Park to fly kites as part of our science topic on ‘Forces’! The students had a wonderful time as they flew their colourful kites, and were delighted when they saw their kites flying high in the sky. After a while, the children played parachute games with Mrs. Ross and Miss Severy, whilst other children relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful weather! Following this, we had a picnic lunch in the shade, and then travelled back to school happy and tired from a wonderful day out. The children in Year 1 have also begun sewing pop-up puppets clothes together for their puppets. The children are working very hard to sew straight lines and tight stitches! Dawn Ross
Year 2 are enjoying the new ‘Block Play’ and have been working together to create some spectacular structures using a collection of different shapes and sizes of blocks. In our topic ‘Xinjiang’ the children have been learning about Islam, the main religion there. We have been thinking about what we believe, or feel is important to us, and how we should respect other people’s beliefs and customs, even if they differ from our own. In Literacy we have continued with our poetry unit ‘Silly Stuff’. The children have read various alien themed poems to inspire them to create their own alien poems which they have started writing this week. Susan Anderson
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Key Stage Two , Shunyi
Flat Stanley & Pingyao
Year 3 have had a great surprise this week. We received a letter from an International School in Rome. They have been reading Flat Stanley books and the children created their own flat Stanleys. They then posted them around the world. The letter we received from a child named Tomaso and he asked if we could write a diary and take pictures of Stanleyâ€™s time in Beijing and then send him back. The children have begun this week and the diaries look great already! In topic we have continued learning about World War 2 and what it would have been like to be a child at the time. The children loved hiding beneath their desks this week pretending to be in air raid shelters! In maths we have been conquering word problems and identifying the important information within problems. Next week we will be solving problems to help the Thundercats protect the cats lair! Year 4 did brilliantly today recounting their residential trip to Ping Yao to the School in their assembly. The children performed well and received certificates for various competitions held on the trip, well done to all winners. In Literacy we have been watching movie trailers as part of our persuasive writing unit. The children have been identifying features of persuasive writing and film and leveling their success and effectiveness. In maths we have looked at shape, marking parallel and perpendicular lines to classify shapes. Our Art this afternoon is sketching Buddha statues, using shade, tone and cross hatching for effect. The children have really enjoyed their Science this week, identifying different habitats and the creatures that live within them. Next week the children will move onto food chains and webs.
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Year 4 Shunyi Residential – Datong, Wutaishan and Pingyao
We began our adventure at 5.30am on Monday 26th April. We’d checked the internet, so we were expecting cold evenings in Wutaishan- we’d got thermals packed just incase! What we didn’t know was that the snow was waiting for us in Datong and began as we touched down! We were to be on residential in the coldest April in China for 50 years! When we arrived at Yungang Grottoes it was snowing, but not too hard, so we headed for the grottoes to have a look at the carvings that we had been learning about. We were amazed by how many carvings there were and we said ‘WOW!’ when we saw some of the giant Buddha carvings. The snow had built up into a blizzard- we would have to spend the night in Datong and wait to see if the roads would clear by morning. We checked in to a Datong hotel and the children decided we’d have a talent show. The children put together some great performances including ‘Dumb Idol’ – the eventual winner and Tsudu taught us all an African dance, whilst Hannah sang us a solo! Great fun! Tuesday morning we woke to clear skies and so headed off to Wutaishan. The scenery along the way was beautiful and we saw many snowy scenes, including some ancient watchtowers and very old parts of The Great Wall. When we arrived in Wutaishan – guess what? It began to snow again! We decided we’d walk around a temple as we’d been on the bus for quite awhile and we needed to stretch our legs. Once again we were to be out in a blizzard, except this time the snow was so much harder! It was quite an adventure and the children were amazing! The locals sent two buses with chains on the wheels to take us safely back to our hotel! We waited out the snowstorm and filled in our diaries and unpacked once more! The next morning the snow had stopped and we ventured out into the beautiful snowy wilderness. The scenery was breathtaking and the air was very fresh. Some of us then went back to the hotel to write snow poetry and other adventurers went to explore a mountain temple. We were treated to amazing sounds as the monks began to chant. All this with a backdrop of gorgeous snowy mountains and temples! We all enjoyed the Pusading temple and had a chat with the monks. Next we headed to Pingyao. On the way we stopped to give our gifts to the children in the mountain village. We were very pleased to find that Pingyao was warm and there was no more snow! We spent a couple of days exploring Ancient Pingyao, walking the wall, shopping and trying out local crafts. We even went to a show and had front seats reserved! It was an amazing adventure and the Year 4 children were amazing too. They were extremely sensible and positive and great fun to be with in spite of the changing weather conditions we had to deal with. They were a real credit to their parents. Well done Year 4! What an adventure – we could write a Magic Key adventure book about it! Julie Ng Year 4 Shunyi
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Key Stage Two , Shunyi
In Y6J this week the children have been revising the parts of the plant. The children were given the equipment to dissect a plant and were then challenged to find the parts of the plant that they had previously learnt about – the stamen, the stigma, the carpel, the sepals etc. After they had done this the children sketched their dissected flowers into their science books and wrote down the functions of the different parts of the plant. A great time was had by all. In Y5 this week the children have been learning about the solar system, in particular the earth, sun and moon. The children went outside and organized themselves into a giant model representation of the solar system, attempting (and succeeding) to maintain constant suitable positions so that their ‘celestial bodies’ (excuse the pun!) neither rotated nor orbited too quickly. Mark Johnston
This week the EAL children have yet again produced some excellent work. Key stage 1 This week key stage 1 has been working on prepositions and improving descriptive vocabulary in a specific context. ‘The snail is on the path’. We’ve also worked on writing a Blob poem. The children had to draw an alien and describe its characteristics in full sentences. They tried to use lots of openers and connectives when writing. Key stage 2 This week has been another great week for key stage 2. They’ve worked very hard on comparatives and superlatives, determiners, synonyms and moral dilemmas incorporating the past continuous tense. Each week the EAL pupils are growing in confidence and are raising their proficiency in English. Mr. Jonathan Chatters Primary EAL Teacher
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Secondary Dear Parents, The week started energetically with students competing in the BSB House Athletics Competition. Students took part in track and field heats which included agilities such as shot put, javelin, long jump and running several distances. Students displayed good levels of sportsmanship and encouragement for their fellow competitors. I would like to highlight some outstanding performances; James Wetherell who came first in the senior boys 1500m; finished lengths ahead of the rest. Alastair Watt for an impressive long jump around the 5m mark and finally to Jenny Jiang for her determination and athleticism across several track disciplines. After a very tight competition a huge well done to Blue and Red House for scoring equal points and sharing the first place position. This week has seen the start of external examinations for our Year 11 and 12 students and a handful of students who have been accelerated through the IGCSE and AS courses. After discussions with students spirits appear high and it is pleasing to hear that most have been very happy with the examination papers that they have sat so far. The examination schedule can be very demanding and sometimes stressful for students so I would therefore ask parents to do all that you can at home to support your child. Students need to manage their time effectively to ensure that they complete a sufficient amount of revision, following a sensible timetable, but also that they find some time to relax, unwind and most importantly to get enough rest. Martyn Steel Head of Secondary
Game Programming Club
We had our second session on Wednesday (14/05/10). During the session we learned about the functionalities of the Game Maker program. We learned how to add sprites and objects and how to specify the events and actions to control the objects on the screen. The students also learned about the importance of preparing a game plan. We successfully completed the task of creating a simple game called â€œCatch the Clownâ€?. Thank you to Mr. Hultquist for helping to support the students during the session. Mr. Ng
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This week the IGCSE and AS student completed their external examination pieces; Cho and Stella had 10 hours to develop their paintings and Min Jung had a mere 8 hours! The IGCSE students had the difficult theme this year of ‘EXTREME’- Cho chose to look at ‘extreme body’ art and Stella studies ‘extreme weather’. Min Jung had a more complex examination question that was based on ‘Rhythm and Cycles’; she chose to study the development of culture through the centuries; focusing on the replacement of religion as a central focus i n society to the ‘celebrity’ worshipping of contemporary culture. I wish them luck with their results, I’m sure you agree their images are stunning! Charlotte Yearn Secondary art
By: Jessica Chien 7EL Spanish cooking is a very exciting ASA, because you never know what you will be cooking and eating next week. Mrs. Molina is a very good cook who teaches us the steps one by one, and not just doing the work herself, Miss Anna helps as well, she helps the students to do things like peel prunes (as we did today) because we were handling bacon, which is very oily, and the prunes were in packages, so it makes opening packages very hard. Mrs. Molina and Miss. Anna are all very hardworking teachers, making this ASA fun for us all. Spanish cooking is an ideal ASA for those who always feel ravenous after their 2 last periods, especially the year 7’s, because their last periods are PE, and to those who wish to become a cook. Mrs. Molina can always do with an extra pair of hands to help people cut, dice grate, crush food for their menu they are doing today! People who have been in Spanish cooking ASA are all very impressed by how well people cooperate with each other. This ASA is not only to improve the children’s lack of how to cook, but also an ASA to teach boys and girls how to cooperate with each other, because boys usually stay out of girls ways because they don’t like each other, but in this wonderful ASA, boys have to help girls, the same goes for the girls. Mrs. Molina has a very good sense of humor in these an hour periods, she is always good natured and jolly when it comes to cooking, when she is teaching us, we all listen attentively, because we are all thirsty to know how to make this new recipe that we learn today! Above are four different things that the newcomers have learned since joining Spanish Cooking ASA, even the people who have just started Spanish cooking, such as Joshua (y7EL), Jenny and Jennifer (y10) they are all very happy to contribute with their full pleasure to making food.
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It is time again for the CILIP Carnegie Medal Shadowing. BSB is once again one of over 3,300 reading groups from libraries and schools in the UK around the world to be taking part in the shadowing process in which students have the opportunity to read the best of fiction for young people published in the UK this year. The shortlist of eight novels, announced on 23 April, represents a diverse range of themes from natural disaster and global warming to economic turmoil, political immorality, racism, terrorism and devastating war. Through the official CILIP Carnegie Medal website, BSB will have their very own webpage from which students will get the chance to read and share their own book reviews with over 90,000 other young people participating in the shadowing programme. They can also watch exclusive interviews with shortlisted authors and even ask them questions. Finally, students will be asked to vote for their favourite book before the 26th June, when the winner of the Carnegie Medal will be announced. Why not visit BSBâ€™s very own page on the shadowing site to find out how we are getting on?http://www. carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/shadowingsite/reading_groups.php?action=getreviews&letter=t
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SPORTS NEWS Last week:
KS1 House Athletics An exciting morning of running throwing and jumping. Thank you to all of the helpers and mums and dads that came to support. The final places were really close on the score sheets; the results • 1st Vikings • 2nd Romans • 3rd Normans • 4th Saxons Congratulations to everyone that took part and helped make the event successful. KS2 House Athletics An exciting morning of running throwing and jumping. Thank you to all of the helpers and mums and dads that came to support. The final places were really close on the score sheets; the results • 1st Romans • 2nd Saxons • 3rd Vikings • 4th Normans Congratulations to everyone that took part and helped make the event successful. ‘BSB Splash & Dash’ May 8th 2010 BSB Shunyi hosted it’s first meet last Saturday. It was a resoundiung success with 76 swimmers from three schools, including British International School Shanghai Nanxiang. Most of our students set PBs and had a great time competing in their ‘own’ pool. There were lots of big smiles and one question kept coming up, ‘When are we having the next one?’ The squad was made up by the following children Shunyi Y2 Catherine Baxtram, Sophie Youlden, Amelia Mendham, Gaby Johnston, Jun Barnsley, Brad Francis, Daniel Cai Y3 Jasmin Youlden, George Bourne Y4 Zen Suzuki, Ben Francis, Mako Barnsley, Angeline Mendham, Samantha Johnston, Danielle Moore Y5 Emma Kang, Ricky Hao, Oscar Chen, Joe Chen, Leo Cho, Eric Kim, Jonathan Newman Y6 Lucy Baxtram, Joel Chew Y7 Jessica Chien, Irene Kim, Ben Thomasen Y9 Sophie Thomasen Sanliton Naomi Watanabe, Howie Chiu, Zhuan Ee Yau, Julian Chien The Meet would not have been possible without the help and support of our swim parents to whom we are very grateful, Thanks to all for all of your hard work; Dads: Patrick Cai, Seung-Bume Kim, Chris Newman, Garrick Mendham, Jonathan Chew, Michael Johnston Mums: Maggie Baxtram, Carmen Francis, Simone Mulder, Zowie Youlden, Sylvie Sun, Gabriela Yang, Natalie Wong, Emi Suzuki, Michelle Bourne, Geraldine Thomason, Gabriela Yang, Yumi Watanabe
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Sanlitun House Points
Secondary Merit Awards
Shunyi House Points
Key Stage 3 Mina Shin
Key Stage 4
Congratulations to the Saxons on earning the highest House Points for the week ending 14th May. Well done, Saxons.
Congratulations to the Vikings on earning the highest House Points for the week ending 14th May. Well done, Vikings.
Parents Page BSB is pleased to widen the scope of our newsletter by including a parentsâ€™ page, items for this page should be in keeping with the ethos of the School and should be submitted to our Publications and Liaison Officer on newsletter@ britishschool.org.cn before 4pm Wednesday on the week in which they are to appear. Please note we cannot advertise businesses, the aim is to promote charitable events and personal ads.
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