MISsive 2022-23 | 曼校双周刊 第九期
2023-03-05 22:36:00




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MISsive No. 9


Message from 

the Head of MIS

Dear MIS community,


As we approach the halfway point of the academic year, I want to take a moment to reflect on the incredible progress we have made as a community. Despite the challenges we have faced, our students, faculty, and staff have shown remarkable resilience and dedication to achieving their goals. Also, we have several excellent teaching staff and senior leaders joined the MIS in Term 2. They will be aligned with MIS ethos and continue to maintain MIS high academic standards as well as well-rounded educational support to our pupils.


I am inspired by the passion and commitment that I see every day in our classrooms and corridors. Our students are pushing themselves to new heights, taking on new challenges and exploring new interests. Our faculty and staff are working tirelessly to provide the best possible education and support to our students.


As we move forward into the second half of the academic year, I want to encourage everyone to continue pushing themselves to be their best selves. Let's continue to work together to create a welcoming and inclusive community where everyone feels valued and supported.


Thank you for your continued dedication to our school community. I look forward to all that we will achieve together in the coming months.


Sincerely,

Kate Cui

Executive Head of MIS


From Juniors School

The Juniors has been a hive of activity, over the past two weeks, and we are delighted that our school is growing with new students and staff.

We have welcomed the following students and staff:


Rui Hang - Year 4

Victor – Year 3

Adrian – Year 3

Jayden - Year 1

Landy - Early Years

Ms. Sandra Lin - Teaching Assistant

Mr. Kyle Fountain - Class Teacher

Ms. Priscila Perdomo - Head of Juniors


We have had two extra special assemblies led by our Year 5 students and our MISPA parents.

Our talented Year 5 students shared their IPC learning about tourism and travel. The students wrote, filmed and edited travel shows about visiting famous landmarks in China and North America. We were so impressed with the students geographical and historical knowledge, their articulate spoken English and their fantastic demonstrations of collaboration, expression, confidence and responsible attitude towards their learning.


Our MISPA parents led an assembly presentation about how they demonstrate our MIS value 'Principled' and virtue 'Responsibility' in their daily lives and work experiences. The staff and students were so inspired by Dr. Bo, Dr. Jo and Ms. Vicky's wonderful presentation and we feel very fortunate to have such responsible and principled parents in our Juniors School community!

Additionally, our students have been assessed on the curriculum learning objectives that have been taught so far in Term 2. We regularly assess our students to ensure that we are closely monitoring their academic attainment, progress and addressing any gaps in learning. We look forward to sharing your child’s results and targets at the Parent & Teacher meetings, March 20th – 24th.

To celebrate the end of this assessment period, our students and staff are encouraged to come to school and learn wearing their favourite pajamas on Friday 24th March 2023. Photos will be shared on Class Dojo!

Best wishes,

Ms. Neil

Head of Juniors

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Y4

IPC Class -Chocolate


During our IPC lessons chocolate has become so much more that just a delicious treat. We have learnt about the origin story of chocolate. How Chocolate has traveled around the world and change forms over the years.

We learnt about where cacao trees are found and the factors affecting the growth of cacao trees. We also zoned in on the importance of fairtrade, what are fairtrade products and held a class debate discussing how children could affect fairtrade.

We also conducted a number of experiments related to making predictions and observations. Students have collected data related to their own chocolate consumption. 

We are still looking forward to learning about the ingredients added to chocolate and how they can affect our bodies.

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MISPA Representatives in Class

Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2 have been having lots of visitors in class over the past few weeks. We thank our MISPA representatives for coming in to help us with our learning in Maths classes, English and IPC.

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Junior Reporters Newspaper

The Junior Reporters CCA, led by Miss Chalmers, have published their third edition of their newspaper, which features crosswords and good work from classes throughout the Junior school. Please find below copies from the pages of the newspaper, published on Monday 13th February.

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Juniors Tennis CCA


Tennis greatly benefits children's health, adaptability, coordination and psychology. We usually do a warm-up before we do practice, students are all very active in all the practices including forehand, backhand, accuracy drill and passing exchange drill, in the end of class, we will do stretching exercises so everyone can relax their muscles. A special mention to Eddie and Pino who are extremely amazing in the class, and well done to Victor, Eddie, Amelia, Victor, Jayden!


Fine Art CCA


In our fine art courses, we aim to enable students to:

  • Investigate past, present, and emerging forms of visual arts and engage in producing, appreciating and evaluating these.

  • Develop an understanding of visual arts from a local, national and international perspective.

  • Build confidence in responding visually and creatively to personal and cultural experiences.

  • Develop skills in, and sensibility to, the creation of works that reflect active and individual involvement.

  • Developing artistic expression via, emotive color, deliberate imagination, and applied and varied creative process and conceptions.

Students are now drawing and painting the house and as well as in the garden. They understand the difference between the nature all around it, and the shapes and textures of what is built by human people. The others go deeper in the expressive way to render the waves of the sea using different colors and spontaneous brush strokes. The students will continue drawing and painting improving their skills through a deeper knowledge of what they see and how they can show it with painting.

Well done everyone!

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Juniors STEM CONNECT CCA

In the 5th lesson of our STEM unit "The Power of the Sun", we aim to design a window and skylight system for a music classroom so as to use as much natural light as possible. To undertake the unfinished production project of the previous lesson, The children quickly entered the role of "engineers" and perfected their works. Finally, the two teams came to the stage and introduced their works, their design ideas, and their respective division of labor in the team. Then we entered the next stage STEM unit learning, this time the topic is "Innovation and Creation", in the last 4 lessons, children will learn about inventions and insects, they will use the engineering design process to invent their own devices to discover unfamiliar insect species.

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From Seniors School


It’s been a typically busy term so far in Seniors. Those students in years 11 to 13 have now completed all of their mock exams; they are now busy going through their results with their teachers and identifying the most appropriate strategies for their revision. This is always a challenging time for students where they may feel both far away and too close!  We have worked hard with students over the past few months to make sure they are ready, even tweaking and rearranging their subjects to help them maximize their chances; doubtless, there are still tweaks to be made in the next few months but everyone is starting to look more and more ready to meet the challenge.

In years 7-8, students have started studying IT (computer and software) skills.  As well as learning a useful subject, they will be developing the software skills that support their future study in all other subjects. A phrase that I learned a while ago “21st century children are digital natives but not digital experts”

For those students with an eye on joining Seniors in August, we recently held one of our transition events; students in year 6 joined the Seniors science team and investigated creating electrical circuits for the home.  We plan to have more such events in the near future in order to give students in year 6 an easier transition into the Senior school next year.

Looking forward to the term ahead of us and as restrictions have eased, it is possible to travel again with students; accordingly, we are now beginning to see again a slew of trips appearing on the horizon. Some as simple as our sports teams being able to attend away fixtures (and championship finals!).  Others are in development with staff now busy submitting paperwork for a string of educational trips that we’re all keen on ensuring materialize.


KS3 English - Shakespeare

KS3 students have started learning about the world of Shakespeare in their English classes at MIS. They've been diving into "The Tempest" in Year 7, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Year 8, and "Hamlet" in Year 9. Shakespeare's works are important; studying them helps students better understand literature and culture.

Students are currently making progress reading, annotating and understanding the different aspects of these plays and producing fantastic work showcasing their understanding. As part of our ongoing effort to make learning engaging and exciting in the English department, students will participate in a fun and creative project-based learning task that will allow them to showcase what they have learned about Shakespeare's plays.

Using their knowledge of "The Tempest" in Year 7, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Year 8, and "Hamlet" in Year 9, our students will be creating a game that highlights key themes, characters, and events from each play. This task will enable them to demonstrate their learning and encourage them to use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We are excited to see what our students will come up with and can't wait to share their unique creations with you. This task will deepen their understanding of Shakespeare and help them develop essential skills that will serve them well.



Year 8 Physics Class

Year 8 students have been doing practices on electrical circuits this week. Students learned how to connect circuit to light up different numbers of bulbs with different structures of circuit setups. Students also investigated the relationship between brightness of light bulbs, voltage and current. Voltmeters and ammeters as measuring apparatuses have been introduced in the experiments, which allows students to see the change of voltage and current in different circuits.


Year 9 Geography Class

Students Undertake Environmental Project

Over the past three weeks, students in the Year 9 geography class have been hard at work on a project focused on promoting environmental awareness and sustainability. The project allowed students to explore various ways to protect the planet and create a more sustainable future.

As part of the project, students created recycled art and posters advocating for green living, showcasing their creativity and ingenuity in finding new ways to repurpose waste. The artwork ranged from intricate sculptures made of recycled materials to colorful posters urging people to reduce their carbon footprint and recycle.

In addition to the visual creations, students also gave presentation on the importance of environmental conservation, discussing the impact of pollution on the planet and outlining specific steps that individuals can take to reduce their impact on the environment.

It is hoped that the project will inspire students to continue to think creatively about environmental issues and to take steps towards a more sustainable future.

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Year 9 Parents’ Evening

This week also saw parents of students in year 9 invited on-site to meet with their teachers.  We discussed their preparations for joining year 10 and embarking on GCSE courses.  Even at this stage of their education, it is important to discuss plans and ambitions so that we can provide the best advice and the right courses so that those ambitions can be realized.  For those of you with children in year 9, please remember, as we discussed on Tuesday, that our University counsellors (and indeed, teachers) are available to help advise you and your child should you wish to discuss options choices further. An appointment can be made by contacting us through the Seniors Office by email: seniors.office@merchiston.cn

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U19 Girl’s Basketball Final

MIS 25 v SCIE 23

The U19 girls' basketball team travelled to VMA for an action-packed afternoon of basketball. All the hard work and effort shown through the season came down to a final showdown with SCIE, who we had very recently clinched victory over. The victors would leave with a 3rd place medal, and the vanquished would go empty-handed. The girls really wanted that medal. This was the last game for the Year 13 Ena. It was a joy to watch them play, not just because of their impressive skills but also their teamwork and camaraderie. They played with an extra level of motivation and determination. Their support for each other was evident throughout the game, and their encouragement and positivity on the court were infectious. The first half of the game was quite tense as both teams played aggressively and tried to gain the upper hand. However, the girls' team was able to take the lead by the end of the second quarter thanks to their confident and creative play. The second half of the game saw the girls' team go from strength to strength as they built on their lead and maintained their dominance on the court. It was clear that their hard work and dedication throughout the season had paid off. Substitutions made throughout the game allowed all team members to participate and contribute to the team's success. There was a great show of inclusivity, and it was heartening to see all players get a chance to play and make a difference. Although the final minute was a tense affair, with the girls only ahead by 2 points, they dug deep and won the game.


U19 Boy’s Basketball Final

MIS 27 v SCIE 55

The boys' basketball team entered the finals tournament with high hopes of replicating the success of the girls' team. Their game was against a bigger, stronger, and fit squad, but the boys were undaunted. Competing for first or second place, they knew they had a tough challenge.

Right from the tip-off, the boys' team put up an excellent defensive display, denying their opponents any easy baskets. Despite the other team's size advantage, the boys could hold their own and keep the score close. Their fast-break offence and accurate shooting kept the game within reach, but there was some work to be done.

In the second half, the boys' kept the intensity high and were spurred on by the encouragement of the girl's team and some former MIS students that had come to support the boys. Their defensive work was exceptional, forcing a turnover. However, this VMA team trained every day, and their pinpoint shooting meant that the gap between the two teams began to widen.

Despite a valiant effort, the boys' basketball team ultimately lost their game in the final, scoring 27-55. However, this score does not accurately reflect the dedication and hard work the boys had put in leading up to the game.

The boys' team had made history this season by winning their first-ever game in the U19 basketball competition, and making it all the way to the finals was a considerable achievement. They had faced tough competition and challenging opponents throughout the season and never played a single home game.


Baking CCA Offers Sweet 

Treats and Skills to Students


In the Baking CCA led by Ms. Lisa every Wednesday, students can learn the art of Baking and create delicious treats. So far, we have made cheesecake, butter biscuits, and dumplings, and the menu is constantly expanding.

Baking isn't just simply putting ingredients into an oven. It is an activity passed on from generation, engaging people of the present with a common practice from the past. It spreads positivity throughout the soul, bringing about a feeling of satisfaction while calming it. Baking creates a sense of unity amongst people through teamwork and shared feelings of happiness. Those who bake embark on an adventure, exploring the world of sweet and savoury while battling difficulties challenging their accuracy, time management, creativity, and collaboration skills. It provides an opportunity for people to discover how different combinations of simple ingredients can result in such a diverse and complex array of flavours and textures, and it is a brilliant activity for people who want to experience fun or simply relax their minds.

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Library Special Activity

Story in a Bag

图书馆特色活动| 袋子里的故事


This activity will provide the opportunities for students to exercise students' skills in the oral expression, reaction, thinking while reading and improve their reading ability.

Rules:

  • Have students take out 3 to 5 items out of a bag which are full of random objects or images.

  • Have students come up with a story that is completely made up on the spot. The story must include a beginning, story details and an end.

  • After they are done with the story- students will fill in the story map briefly or tell what the moral or conclusion of their stores are about. There is no standard answer for There is no wrong or right answer to this.

  • Students who participate in the activity will get awarded by a wee gift.

Library| Thank-you to Y5MJA Ryan for the Book DonationsOn 13 February, MIS library received a collection of book donations from Y5MJA Ryan Tam and please find below the list of books, these books are quite interesting and attractive for our Juniors students, welcome to MIS Library and enjoy a fun reading journey!


Staff in the Spotlight








This week we are delighted to introduce two new staff that have joined us recently to you. The first is Mr. Paul Joseph, our Director of Studies; Mr. Joseph joined us after Spring Festival. Please follow us to find out more about him.


Where else in the world have you lived?

I have been very fortunate to live and work in several countries, including The United Kingdom (Cardiff and London), Qatar (Al Khor), South Korea (Seoul), Egypt (Cairo), Thailand (Bangkok), and of course China (Ningbo and now Shenzhen).


How do you find China is different from where you have lived?

One of the many reasons my wife and I are thrilled to work for Merchiston International School is how much we enjoyed living and working in China the last time we were here. I love to explore China with its combination of historic locations, new exciting attractions, ease of travel (via its excellent network of high-speed rail and regional airports), and of course, the warm welcome we always receive from the people of China makes this an ideal location.


What's your favorite weekend activity in Shenzhen?

My wife and I have just spent our first weekend in Shenzhen. We decided to book two nights at the Hilton Shekou to explore the city center. I have to say that we were very impressed by Shenzhen, especially its shops and restaurants, and so we very much look forward to exploring more of this great city.


Did you always want to be a teacher?

Whether as a Senior Research Technician teaching undergraduates how to use a Gas Chromatograph – Mass Spectrometer, as an Army Signaler teaching recruits how to use a field radio, or as a Retail manager teaching staff how to use equipment safely, I have always enjoyed teaching and coaching, as there is nothing quite like the sense of achievement you feel when the trainees/students say, "Ah I get it!" Therefore, it was only natural for me to sign up for teacher training once the British government made grants available for graduates in high-demand subjects. I have to say that proposing to my wife is one of the best decisions I have ever made.


Tell us about a hidden talent or a top secret that no one would know about you.

My wife and I were married at the Floating Island" in Seoul, which is one of the central locations where the blockbuster Marvel movie "Avengers Age of Ultron" was filmed,


Which five people would you invite to a dinner party, dead or alive?

I like a good debate, so I would invite: Milton Freidman, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Mahatma Gandhi, and Winston Churchill.


What does a typical day at MIS look like for you?

I usually wake up around 5. am and get ready by checking over the tasks for the day. I then have breakfast with my wife and the boarders at 7. I then start my day properly, working closely with students, teachers, support staff, and managers to raise teaching and learning throughout the school. My school day ends around 18:00, when I have dinner with my wife and boarders before going home to read or watch a good documentary.


Do you have a motto or saying that resonates with you?

The regimental motto of my regiment, The Royal Regiment of Wales, is "ICH DEIN," which is the German for "I serve."


Do you have a most memorable teacher moment?

I have many memorable moments, such as: Establishing the first interschool rugby competition, coaching the Qatari national robotics team at the world robotic Olympiad, and preparing students for their Duke of Edinburgh's International Award expedition, etc. but I have to say that the most memorable is always graduation day when I meet up with the students I have seen in my lessons grow and develop into fine young men and women ready to face the world.

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We'd also like to introduce our Y4 class teacher Ms. Fay Sayed Year 4, who joined us at the beginning of Term 2. Let's find out more about her.


Where else in the world have you lived?

After graduating, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel quite extensively. I spent some time in Italy and then lived in the USA (New York) with family for a few months. I spent time traveling through South Asia and almost decided on Turkey as my home away from home. After visiting China for the third time, it felt like the right decision to "stay a little longer" 8 years later, and I think I will stay a little longer.


What's your favourite weekend activity in Shenzhen?

I have three young kids, so a typical weekend activity usually involves spending time outdoors in one of the many beautiful parks around Shenzhen.


Did you always want to be a teacher?

I am most comfortable when I am in the company of children. Their exciting and unusual views of the world are delightful to witness. One of my best teachers was my History teacher in high school. I preferred creative subjects, but she could see past the dates and facts and make the issue come to life. She inspired me and strived to bring the same innovative techniques to my classroom.


Which five people would you invite to a dinner party, dead or alive?

Art history and the science behind it has always been a fascination of mine, so it would have to be Neil Degrasse Tyson, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, James Payne (Curator)


What does a typical day at MIS look like for you?

My day begins at 5:30, getting ready and then making sure everyone else at home is prepared to start their day. Out the door and at school, usually around 7:30 am. A little morning chat with the lovely Miss. Vivien, we then prepare to welcome our students. Our mornings are used to share information and exciting stories. Before you know it, it's 3:30 pm, which is usually when I dash around the school for a quick catch-up with other teachers and colleagues.


Do you have a motto or saying that resonates with you?

I love this quote from Nelson Mandela: "If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart."

Do you have a most memorable teacher moment?

At the end of a school year, I often have students write letters to the following year's class. One student wrote, "Ms. Fay will never let you fail."

Do you have a motto or saying that really resonates with you?

I love this quote from Nelson Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”


Do you have a most memorable teacher moment?

At the end of a school year, I often have students write letters to the following year’s class. One student wrote, “Ms Fay will never, ever let you fail.” 


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Thank you for taking the time to read our MISsive, and see you next time!





MISsive No. 9


校长寄语

亲爱的曼校家人们,


本学年已过半,此刻,我想与大家一起回顾,曼校所取得的可喜的成果。尽管我们面临了许多挑战,我们的学生、教职员工持续展现出了非凡的韧性和实现目标的执着精神。在第二学期,我们迎来了多名优秀的外籍教师和学术领导们的加入。他们将与曼校的办学理念和初衷保持一致,确保曼校的高学术标准,并为我们的学生提供全面的教育支持。


在学校走廊,进入教室,呈现的富有激情的教与学,使我感动。我们的学生不断将自己推向新的高度,接受新的挑战,探索新的兴趣。我们的教职工们孜孜不倦地为我们的学生提供最好的教育和支持。


当我们进入下半学年时,我想鼓励大家继续鞭策自己,成为最好的自己。让我们继续携手合作,创建一个友好和包容的曼校社区,在这个社区中每个人感受到尊重和支持。


感谢你一直以来对我们学校的贡献和支持!我期待着在未来几个月,我们携手取得更多成就。


祝福您与家人,

Kate Cui

曼校执行校长



小学部快讯


在过去的两周里,小学部迎来了很多新面孔,我们很高兴能够有这些新鲜面孔的加入,他们是:


4年级新生Rui Hang

3年级新生Victor – Year 3

3年级新生Adrian – Year 3

1年级新生Jayden - Year 1

学前教育班新生Landy - Early Years

助教Ms. Sandra Lin - Teaching Assistant

班主任Mr. Kyle Fountain

小学校长Ms. Priscila Perdomo


同时,这两周我们还召开了两场别开生面的集会,由5年级学生和家委主导。

才华横溢的五年级学生分享了他们关于旅游和旅行的IPC学习主题。学生们撰写、拍摄和编辑了关于参观中国和北美著名地标的旅游节目。学生们专业扎实的地理和历史知识、清晰的英文口语以及他们出色的协作能力、表达力、自信和对学习负责任的态度令在场的所有人印象深刻。5年级学生们,表现不错,再接再厉!

在家委所主导的集会上,家长朋友们介绍了他们是如何在日常生活和工作过程中践行我校价值观“有原则的”和与之呼应的美德“负责任的”。Bo博士、Jo博士和Vicky女士的精彩演讲给了教职员工和学生们很大的启发,在小学社区中能够拥有这样负责任和有原则的家长,我们深感幸运!

此外,近期我们正在对小学部所有学生进行评估测试,本次评估测试的内容是针对第二学期迄今为止所教授的课程内容。我们会定期对学生进行评估,以确保我们密切关注他们的学业情况、进步情况,并及时解决他们学习中所遇到的问题与困惑,帮助学生查漏补缺。我们期待着在3月20日至24日家长会期间,和您分享您孩子的学习成绩与下一阶段的目标。

为了庆祝本次测评的顺利结束,小学部鼓励学生和员工在2023年3月24日(星期五)来学校时穿着他们最喜欢的睡衣,孩子们将会度过一个惬意欢乐的“睡衣日”。更多精彩的照片届时将在ClassDojo上与您分享!

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Y4

四年级IPC课堂-巧克力


在我们的IPC课程里,巧克力已不仅仅是一种美味。孩子们学习了解了巧克力的起源故事,以及这些年来,巧克力是如何变换着形式来到世界各地。

我们一起探索了可可树的产地以及影响可可树生长的因素。我们还集中讨论了公平贸易的重要性,了解了公平贸易产品是什么,还就《儿童如何影响公平贸易》这个主题进行了辩论。

同时,孩子们还进行了一些与预测和观察相关的实验,他们收集了自己在巧克力上消费的相关数据。后面的课程中,我们期待着了解巧克力中添加的成分并研究它们如将何影响我们的身体。务必期待接下来与孩子继续探索关于巧克力更多的奥秘!

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家委代表实地探访小学课堂

学前教育班、一年级和二年级的家长们在过去两周,受邀进入自己孩子的课堂,亲自观摩孩子们的学习活动,家委代表们给予了班级很大的支持与帮助,他们和孩子们一起探索数学、英语和IPC课程的趣味学习活动,他们和孩子们积极互动,享受遨游在知识海洋里的满足与乐趣。

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小学部小记者报

Miss Chalmers带领的小学部小记者们,发布了他们第三期的报纸。报纸的内容展示了小学部学生们优秀的作业集锦和数学课上的数字迷宫。敬请欣赏孩子们在2月13日发布的报纸吧!

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小学部网球CCA


网球运动有助于改善孩子的健康、锻炼抗挫折能力并提高身体的协调性。开课前,我们会引导学生做一些热身运动,学生在本期的正手、后手、准确度和传球交换练习中表现很棒,课程结束后,我们引导学生进行了拉伸练习,放松肌肉。 Eddie和Pino在网球课上技能与专注力都很好,Victor、Eddie、Amelia、Victor和Jayden表现都很不错,继续努力哦网球少年们!


小学部视觉艺术CCA


视觉艺术课程的宗旨在于帮助学生:

  • 了解过去、现在和新兴的视觉艺术形式,并参与制作、欣赏和评估这些形式。

  • 从自己生活所在地、国家和国际的角度了解视觉艺术。

  • 建立对个人和文化体验做出视觉与创造性反应的信心。

  • 培养能够反应创作者积极性和参与度的作品创作技能和敏感性。

  • 通过情感色彩、刻意畅想、应用和使用多样的创作过程和概念加强个人艺术表达能力。

学生们正在学习房子和花园的作品创作。他们学习了周围的自然与人类所建造的建筑形状和纹理之间的差异。一部分学生还深入地表达了自己的设计思路,用不同的颜色和自然的手法描绘海浪来修饰自己的作品。在接下来的课程中,我们将带领学生更深入的观察他们所看到的事务,并学习如何通过绘画将他们展示出来,不断磨练提高他们的绘画艺术技能。

课堂上孩子们都在专心创作,表现很棒!

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《科学、技术、工程和数学》

联合课程CCA

在第五单元的课程中,我们学习了“太阳的力量”。本次的课程目标是为音乐教室设计一个窗户和天窗系统,以便尽可能多地利用自然光线。课堂的上半段给予孩子们来完成上一节课未完成的项目制作,孩子们都积极地扮演着“工程师”的角色,完善了自己的作品。最后,两个小组的同学来到台前,展示了他们的作品、他介绍了他们的设计理念以及他们在团队中的分工情况。孩子们的奇思妙想,让音乐教室成为了一个可以更多利用自然光线的环保节能房屋。此后,我们进入了下一单元的课程学习:“创新与创造”,在本学期最后的4节课中,孩子们将学习创造和昆虫相关的主题,他们将使用工程设计远离和过程来发明自己的设备,以发现那些不为人熟知的昆虫物种。一起来期待接下来的奇迹之旅吧!

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中学部快讯


最近是中学部非常繁忙的一段时期。11-13年级的学生已经完成了所有的模拟考试,他们正在老师的指导和支持下,审视他们各科的考试结果,来确定下个阶段的复习策略。这个时期对于他们而言特别具有挑战性,考试离他们似乎很远但又近在咫尺!在过去的数月里,我们为所有即将参加大考的学生提供了最大的支持力度,甚至调整和重新安排了他们的课程,以帮助他们发挥出最大的潜力,获得他们水平内最好的成绩,目的就是为了最大可能地让学生获得耀眼的大考成绩。接下来的几个月还有一些需要做的调整,但是目前孩子们已经进入状态,做好了迎接挑战的准备。

7-8年级的学生本学年开始接触到了计算机通讯技术课程的学习。孩子们不单单了解了一门新颖的课程,还能够通过该课程的学习,培养他们的软件工程技能,这可以助力他们未来在所有其他学科的学习。我不久前刚学到的一句话是:“21世纪的孩子是数字原住民,而不单单是数字专家。”可见在21世纪成长的新生代同学们,已经与数字科技技术共生共长,成为他们与生俱来的必备技能。

对于在8月即将进入中学阶段学习的孩子们,我们近期举办了一场中学课程体验活动:六年级的学生加入了中学的科学组,研究房屋创造电路。我们计划在不久的将来举办更多这样的活动,以便让6年级的学生明年能够更容易地过渡到中学阶段的学习。

展望即将到来的第三学期,随着疫情防控政策的放松,组织学生进行游学活动已不再受到太多的限制,因此,我校开始着手规划一些游学活动。率先恢复的便是校际联赛,我校近期也与深圳其他国际学校进行了多场对决。同时,各部门的负责人也在着手安排和计划学生的游学活动,部分部门的游学申请已经在内部流程中,我们期待这些游学活动最终都能够顺利成行,也希望孩子们都能够在这些旅行中收获满满。


关键第三阶段(7-9年级)

学生的英语课堂 – 莎士比亚

7-9年级的学生近期开始学习学习和探索大文豪《莎士比亚》的世界。学生对莎士比亚的经典著作进行了深入的探索:7年级:《暴风雨》、8年级:《仲夏夜之梦》、9年级:《哈姆雷特》。莎士比亚的作品学习非常重要,学习它们将有助于学生更好地了解英国文学和文化。

学生们目前正在通过阅读、注释和理解来学习这些戏剧的方方面面,他们还制作出精彩的作品来展示他们对莎士比亚笔下作品的理解。作为英语组不断努力使英语的学习变得更加有趣和令人兴奋的一部分,学生们将参与一项有趣而富有创意的项目学习任务,通过完成该任务,学生将有机会展示自己对莎士比亚戏剧的了解。

学生将被安排设计和完成一个游戏任务,这个任务需要利用到他们在《暴风雨》、《仲夏夜之梦》和《哈姆雷特》中所学习到的知识,还需要突出游戏的关键主题、人物和事件。通过这项任务的完成,孩子们将能够展示自己对已学内容的掌握情况,加深他们对莎士比亚作品的理解,还能够鼓励和发展他们批判性思维和解决问题的技能,这些技能的加持,能够让孩子们在英语的学习道路上更加从容与自信。我已经迫不及待地想要看到孩子们将如何完成这个任务,也很期待能够与你们分享他们富有创意的创作。


8年级物理课堂

八年级的学生本周一直在练习电路知识。学生们学习了如何连接电路,用不同的电路结构点亮不同数量的灯泡。学生们还认真观察研究了灯泡的亮度、电压和电流之间的关系。在课堂实验中,我们引入了电压表和电流表作为测量仪器,方便学生看到不同电路中电压和电流的变化。无论是知识点的学习还是实验的操作,学生们全神贯注地钻研与学习,在探索物理世界奥秘的旅途中乐此不疲。


9年级地理课堂

《环境保护和自然生态可持续发展》的项目研究

在过去三周的9年级地理课上,学生们一直在努力开展一项提高人们环保意识和自然生态可持续发展的项目。该项目的学习,能够让学生去尽情探索保护地球和创造自然生态可持续发展的更多可能与方式。

作为项目研究的一部分,学生们创作了回收利用艺术品和海报,倡导绿色生活,展示了他们在寻找新的废物再利用方法方面的创造力和聪明才智。这些艺术品包括由回收材料制成的制作工艺及其复杂的雕塑,还有呼吁人们减少碳排放和回收再利用的彩色海报。

除了视觉艺术形式的创作之外,学生们还走上讲台,分享了他们理解的环境保护的重要性,讨论了污染对地球的影响,还表述了个人可以采取哪些具体措施来减少对环境的影响。

希望通过该项目的学习,能够激励学生继续以创造性的思维来思考环境保护问题,并不断探索更多可持续发展的可行性方法。未来已来,少年们加油!

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9年级家长会

2月21日星期二,我校顺利召开了9年级的家长会。在家长会正式开始前的信息分享环节,学术副校长Mr Harbinson向家长介绍了他们的孩子即将在下学年进入IGCSE阶段的学习。虽然距离进入10年级还有一段时间,但是现阶段的思考和准备工作也非常重要,希望孩子和家长们都能够认真审视和思考自己的兴趣及实际情况,确定自己的IGCSE阶段的选课,我校也会为学生提供切实的建议和适合的课程,以助力学生实现自己的学业抱负。如果您正在阅读本篇周报且您的孩子正好是9年级的学生,请记住还是如我在家长会上提到的,如果您希望就您孩子的选课寻求更多的支持,我校升学指导老师(或者任何老师)都可以给到您建议。您可以通过邮件联系中学办公室与老师或者升学指导团队预约会议seniors.office@merchiston.cn。

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U19女子篮球队决赛

曼校25 VS 深国交23喜获胜

整个赛季所有的努力与汗水都化进了这场决赛,获胜者将摘得第三名的奖牌,而失败者将空手而归,校队的球员们都很想赢得比赛。

本次比赛是13年级Ena同学的最后一次亮相,他们的团队协作和友谊让人为之动容。

上半场的比赛局势非常紧张,两队都试图占据上风,最终曼校队由于球员们自信和富有创造力的发挥,在上半场结束时比分领先。这种领先一直持续到下半场的对决,最终,胶着的战况还是以令人欣慰的结果画上了圆满的句号,曼校队领先两分获得决赛的胜利!


U19男子篮球队决赛

本次决赛虽然最终落败万科梅沙,但是我们对男篮队球员们面对阵容更大,训练密度高出我们很多的对手毫不畏惧,永争第一的自信与毅力深感欣慰。决赛开始时,曼校队防守出色,让对方试图轻松投篮的想法化为泡影,快速进攻和精准投篮一度让比分接近,对方更换了球员上场,比分逐步加大。最终以27比55输掉了比赛。然而,这个分数并不能真实地反映出球员们在比赛前的付出和努力。本赛季,U19男篮队虽然面临诸多激烈的竞争和强大的对手,仍然一路披荆斩棘挺进了决赛,为球员们永不放弃、不轻易言输的品质点赞!总有一天,你们一定会付出终有回应,拿到属于自己的冠军奖杯!


烘焙CCA为学生提供甜点与烘焙技能


(作者:Kaman Y10)

在每周三由Ms Lisa带领的烘焙CCA中,学生们有很多机会学习烘焙艺术并制作美味的小甜点。到目前为止,我们制作了芝士蛋糕、黄油饼干和饺子,而且菜单品类还在不断丰富中。

烘焙不仅仅是简单地将食材放入烤箱。这是一项代代相传愉悦身心的活动,让当代的人们参与到我们的祖先所发明的这种共同实践中去。这是一种在人与人的灵魂之间传播积极性的方式,美味的制作过程与出炉,给我们的灵魂带来了极大的满足感,让我们的灵魂得以得到放松。烘焙还可以通过团队合作让所有的参与者感受到团结感以及分享的快乐。每一次的烘焙,对于烘焙者来说,就像开启了一场冒险,他们尽情地探索着甜蜜可口的世界,同时还需克服每一种原料准确用量、时间管理、创造力和协作能力的挑战。烘焙还为人们提供了一个难得的机会,让他们了解简单食材的不同组合如何产生出如此多样和复杂的口味与质地,对于想要体验乐趣或放松身心的人来说,这真的是一项再精彩不过的活动了。

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小学部荣誉集会


尊敬的小学部全体:

本周我们在一起度过了一场别开生面的集会!我们小学部才华横溢的五年级学生分享了他们关于旅游和旅行的IPC学习主题。学生们撰写、拍摄和编辑了关于参观中国和北美著名地标的旅游节目。

学生们专业扎实的地理和历史知识、清晰的英文口语以及他们出色的协作能力、表达力、自信和对学习负责任的态度令在场的所有人印象深刻。

5年级学生们,表现不错,再接再厉!也希望家长们也和我们一样对他们的表现感到无比的自豪! 我们将在Class Dojo 上分享5年级集会的精彩视频!

小学部男生代表及女生代表为以下学生颁发了曼校价值观证书:

EY: Gua gua & Phoebie

Y1: Felix

Y2: Pino

Y3: Tangguoer

Y4: Celine

Y5: Manfred

Y6: William H

Pringle: Samson & Michael


恭喜以上学生!感谢你们本周展示出有原则、负责任的学习者面貌!


我们的部落首领Cindy和Mike宣布了本周的部落积分榜:

Nevis: 363

Edinburgh: 332

Balmoral: 310

Lomond: 293

本周积分最多的部落荣归Nevis,漂亮! 但是这还不是最后的结果,每个部落都有赶超的机会!学生可以通过参加每周的数学及写作挑战、学期内的部落活动,来为自己所属的部落赢得积分!

目前,我们收到了很多新春佳节部落艺术竞赛的参赛作品,冠军得主很快将会揭晓并公布。感谢积极踊跃报名参加为自己的部落争取积分的同学们!

最后,Mr. Mikey将曼校小狮奖励给了6ABR班,因为他们本周Class Dojo得分最高!他大声朗读了我们的学生写的善言善语,让所有人都感受到当天是无比温暖的一天! .

请欣赏集会中的美图吧!

诚挚的问候

小学校长Ms. Neil

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图书馆特色活动| 袋子里的故事


本次活动的目的是希望锻炼学生的口头表达能力,反应能力,拓展阅读思维,进而提高他们的阅读能力。

活动规则:

  • 让学生从装满小物品的袋子里拿出3到5件物品。

  • 学生需当场讲述一个有关物品的故事,故事必须有开头、经过和结尾。

  • 讲完故事后,需简单填写故事地图或者告知故事的寓意与结论。对此没有标准答案的约束,孩子们可自由发挥创想力。

  • 参与活动即可获得小奖品。


聚焦曼校师资








本周,我们有幸邀请到了两位曼校新员工,第一位是新任曼校学习总监Mr Paul Joseph。他于春节假期后的第一天(1月30日)正式入职曼校。 跟着我们的采访,一起来了解下这位学术总监吧!


你还在哪些地方生活过?

我非常幸运地在多个国家生活和工作过,包括:英国(卡迪夫和伦敦)、卡塔尔(艾尔科尔)、韩国(首尔)、埃及(开罗)、泰国(曼谷),当然还有中国(宁波和现在的深圳)。


你觉得中国和你生活过的其他地方有什么不同?

我和我的妻子很高兴能在深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校工作,其中一个原因就是我们非常喜欢在中国生活和工作。我喜欢探索中国,中国拥有历史悠久的古迹、令人兴奋的新景点、便捷的交通网络(遍布全国的高铁和机场),当然,还有热情好客的中国人民对我们的热烈欢迎,这些都让中国成为了一个理想的居住地。


你在深圳过周末最喜欢的活动是什么?

我和妻子刚刚在深圳度过了第一个周末。我们预订了两晚的蛇口希尔顿酒店住宿,以便我们探索深圳市中心的魅力。我不得不说,深圳给我们留下了非常深刻的印象,尤其是这里的商店和餐馆,因此,我们非常期待继续探索这个一线大都市的神奇魅力。


你一直以来的梦想都是当老师吗?

无论是作为一名高级研究技术员教本科生如何使用气相色谱仪-质谱仪,还是作为一名陆军信号员教新兵如何使用战场无线电,或作为一名零售经理教员工如何安全使用设备,我一直都很享受教学和指导,因为听到学生或学员说 “哦,我明白了!”时,这种无法言喻的成就感给我带来了无法比拟的快乐。因此,当英国政府为高需求学科的毕业生提供助学金时,我自然而然地报名参加了教师培训。我不得不说,除了向妻子求婚,这是我做过的最好的人生决定之一。


请分享一下你不为人知的才艺或者秘密?

我和妻子在首尔的“浮岛”结婚,那里是漫威电影《复仇者联盟创世纪》的主要拍摄地之一。


你会邀请哪五个人参加一场晚宴,在世的或者已逝的?

我想一场辩论式的晚宴应该会精彩纷呈, 因此我会邀请:米尔顿·弗里德曼、卡尔·马克思、亚当·史密斯、圣雄.甘地和温斯顿·丘吉尔。


你在曼校的一天是怎样的?

我通常在早上5点左右起床,查看我今天的待办事项。7点钟我和妻子以及寄宿生们一起吃早餐。然后,我便开启了忙碌而充实的一天,与学生、教师、支持人员和管理团队密切合作,提高全校的教学水平。通常我在18:00左右下班,下班后我和妻子与寄宿生共进晚餐,然后回家阅读或观看一部好纪录片。


请分享一句你一直以来所信奉的座右铭?

我所在的威尔士皇家军团的团训是“ICH DEIN”,这是德语中“我为……服务”的意思


请你分享一个最让你难忘的教学经历?

我有很多难忘的时刻,例如:建立了第一个校际橄榄球比赛,在世界机器人奥林匹克运动会上指导卡塔尔国家机器人队,培训学生参加爱丁堡公爵国际奖探险等活动,但我必须说,在毕业典礼上遇到曾经在我课堂上的学生,看着他们成长为勇敢面对万千变幻世界的优秀青年男女,永远是最难忘的时刻。

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小学部新入了一位美丽活泼的班主任,她就是4年级的班主任Ms Fay Sayed!Ms Sayed于第二学期伊始加入了我们。一起来了解下她吧!


你还在哪些地方生活过?

毕业后,我很幸运有机会安静地四处旅行。我在意大利呆了一段时间,然后和家人在美国(纽约)住了几个月。我曾游历南亚,当时还几乎决定把土耳其作为我的第二家乡。在第三次来中国旅行后,这期间间隔了8年,我当时觉得我要在这里待的久一些,我认为我的决定是对的。


你在深圳过周末最喜欢的活动是什么?

我有三个小孩,所以一个典型的周末活动对我来说通常是在深圳众多美丽的公园里的一个户外活动。


你一直以来的梦想都是当老师吗?

当我和孩子们在一起时,我感到最舒服,亲历他们对这个世界所持有的有趣而不同寻常的看法,让我很快乐。我最爱的也是我认为最好的老师之一是我高中的历史老师。我其实原本更喜欢有创意的科目,但是,她却能够将那些空洞的历史数据变得生动起来。我因此而深受启发,并努力将同样的创新技能带到我的课堂上。


你会邀请哪五个人参加一场晚宴,在世的或者已逝的?

艺术科学史一直是我所迷恋的,所以必须是尼尔·德格拉斯·泰森(Neil Degrasse Tyson)、吉恩·米歇尔·巴斯奎特(Jean-Michel Basquiat)、文森特·梵高(Vincent Van Gogh)、莱昂纳多·达·芬奇(Leonardo da Vinci)、詹姆斯·佩恩(James Payne)(博物馆馆长)


你在曼校的一天是怎样的?

我的一天从5:30开始,然后确保家里其他人也为他们美好的一天做好了准备。我通常在早上7:30左右到达学校。早上和可爱的Ms Vivien聊会儿天,然后我们就会一起准备迎接我们的学生。早晨点名时间,我们会用来共享信息和趣事。第六节下课(3:30pm)时,我会在校园里跟其他老师或者同事做分享一天的工作,互相学习。


请分享一句你一直以来所信奉的座右铭?

我喜欢纳尔逊·曼德拉(Nelson Mandela)的一句话:“用他人能理解的语言与之交谈,入脑;用他人自己的语言与之交谈,入心。”


请你分享一个最让你难忘的教学经历?

学年结束时,我通常会让学生写下对我所教授的下个班的孩子们写一段寄语,我记得有一位学生写道:“Ms Fay一定不会让你失败。”

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