31st October 2018
One of the exciting things about working in a school is the variety of experiences there are and the challenges they give to both the students and the teachers. These opportunities are an important part of the learning experience, both expanding on the learning in the classroom, and providing opportunities for learning that is not normally taught in the classroom.
This month the students have had an opportunity to experience a number of different afterschool activities. These activities are designed by teachers who are passionate about their craft with the aim to challenge the students in new ways.
As a principal, I like to get out and see what the students are doing in their classes. I love to see students actively learning, and our students are no different.
Grade One PE Class
Kids love to move, and the Grade One class had heaps of fun with Mrs. Wei as they practice their throwing.
Grade Seven Sketching Class
For one After School Activity Grade Seven students learn pencil drawing techniques with Mr. Jiang.
Grade One Science Club
It is the small things that matter in life, and there was sheer joy on their faces when the Grade One students saw what was previously hidden on the slide under the microscope. Thank you to Miss. Zhang for teaching the Grade Ones how to use the microscopes.
Grade One Swimming
When a child achieves something that once look scary and impossible there is real joy on their faces. Grade One has been facing new challenges and learning new skills with Mr. Jiang and Mrs. Wei in swimming class.
Grade Seven Boarding Experiences
I never experienced boarding while I was at school. It is a unique opportunity where memories and lifelong friendships are made.
Grade Seven Anime Drawing
For one After School Activity some of the Grade Seven students learn Anime Drawing with Mr. Jiang. Our students are very talented and produce excellent drawings!
Drama in Jia Xing
We have a sister school in Jia Xing, and recently the Grade Seven class travelled to Jia Xing for a Drama Exchange where they got to watch the Drama performance of “Clueless” produced by the Jia Xing Middle School and High School Drama club. Before the show the students had an opportunity to talk with the director of the show who talked with them about the characters and the plot.
The students loved seeing the live drama which was held in the Jia Xing Black Box Theatre. For many of them it was a new experience. After the drama they were able to explore the stage and to meet some of the actors. We hope that we will also have a drama performance this year.
Young Pioneers Assembly
The Grade One students received their red scarfs at the Young Pioneers Assembly. The International Division Grade One students joined with the National Division primary students for the assembly, and after singing some patriotic songs they marched to the front of the hall and proudly received their red scarfs. I think the most nervous one was the principal who had to learn how to tie the red scarfs!
Three Grade Seven students led the Flag Raising Ceremony on Monday 22nd October. Claire and Andy were the MC’s for the assembly and Shang gave the assembly speech.
Grade Seven Awards
Our students have been making excellent progress, and now they are starting to see the fruits of their hard work. Recently Andy was given an outstanding performance for the month.
Congratulations to Shang for he has been awarded twice with “Monthly Outstanding Performance in Math” of Sept and Oct.
We had the opportunity to join with the Kindergarten to celebrate Halloween. The Kindergarten students came over to our school and joined with us for games and other activities.
We joined with the National School for two days of sports activities. The students participated in a parade on the first day, and then enjoyed the different sporting activities.
What is different about the International Division?
When we look at schools we see that they share similar characteristics and programs. All schools in China teach Chinese, mathematics, and other subjects. Each school is pursuing what they see as the best education for the children in their care. We are often asked what makes us different as an International Division when we appear to be doing the same things as the National Division. There are a number of answers that we would could give, but the most exciting is that we are teaching differently. The focus is not just on memorizing facts, but instead understanding ideas through teaching Critical Thinking.
I am very proud of our students, they are working hard and they are making excellent progress in all areas of their schoolwork. I come to school each day looking forward to meeting them and to experience another day of learning with them!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher, or me.
Principal of International Division
PKUES (Su Qian) International Division