Welcome back to what will be the last semester in Primary School for our Year 6 students. We hope that you had a relaxing break and were able to spend lots of quality time with your families. The students had plenty of stories to share of their exciting holiday adventures both abroad and in this wonderful city that we are so lucky to be a part of.
The Year 6 Teachers and students would like to extend a warm welcome to our new students and families. We hope and trust that they will enjoy a successful, exciting and fruitful Semester of learning!
Once again, we take this opportunity to thank you for coming to our Student Led Conferences last term. This really is a moment of pride for our students and this was evident as we watched every child proudly guide their parents around their learning and accomplishments. We now kindly request that portfolios, as well as the Semester 2 Goals that were created at the conference, be returned by the end of Week 2.
Important Term Dates
LEGCO Excursion: Monday, 30 July
Wattle Mufti Day: Wednesday, 1 August
Primary Assembly: Friday, 3 August (Year 6 Host)
ICAS Mathematics: Tuesday, 14 August
Primary Assembly: Friday, 17 August (Leadership Assembly)
Primary Recital: Thursday, 23 August
Primary Assembly: Friday, 24 August
Jacaranda Mufti Day: Wednesday, 29 August
Book Week: Week 6
Sports Photos: Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September
School Mufti Day: Assembly at 11:00 am and Classes end at 12:00 pm
Leadership Opportunities in Semester 2
Throughout the year, every student in Year 6 has the opportunity to build on and demonstrate their developing leadership skills. The Semester 1 House Leaders, Peer Support Leaders, Buddies, Student Representative Council and Environmental Committee Leaders all demonstrated excellent leadership qualities on a daily basis. Each Year 6 class will again be calling for students to step up into the roles of House Leaders, Student Representative Council and Environmental Committee Leaders. Our children are encouraged to be confident in their abilities and excited about their potential. We will celebrate their appointment into these roles at our Leadership Assembly, on Friday 17 August.
With a splash and a giggle, the swimming program has already begun. Each class will have swimming twice a week for the next six weeks. All students will require their school bathers, swimming cap, goggles and towel for lessons. The most important reason children should learn to swim is SAFETY. Swimming is a life skill. It’s something your child will retain for the entirety of their life. It’s an ability they will have even as an elderly person and it’s the one sport that has the potential to be a true-life saver and one we highly value here at AISHK. Students will require a note if they are to be excused from a lesson.
The swimming schedule for each Year 6 class this term is:
|Class||Odd Weeks (1,3,5)||Even Weeks (2,4,6)|
|6B||Monday, Friday||Monday, Tuesday|
|6D||Monday, Wednesday||Tuesday, Wednesday|
|6L||Monday, Thursday||Monday, Thursday|
|6R||Thursday, Friday||Tuesday, Wednesday|
On Monday 30th July the Year 6 students will visit the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China or LEGCO. This will be a great opportunity for our students to learn about how our Hong Kong System is run and about the different systems of government that run throughout the world. We will also look closely at The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, a Federal Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy. We are sure the students will begin to ask many questions about Democracy, Dictatorships, and the like and also about the many colourful characters that are Presidents, Prime Ministers or Leaders throughout the world. We will also review the Reading Between the Lines Exhibition currently on display at the Museum of Democracy in Canberra, Australia.
Please ensure that you have completed the online permission form for this trip. This was sent out in an email from the Primary Office earlier this week. Thank you.
Wattle Mufti Day
Next Wednesday is Wattle Mufti Day. The theme for the day is Wacky Races. Wattle students are encouraged to come dressed as a ‘racer’ eg: cyclist, race car driver, swimmer, runner etc…but with a WACKY twist. Sausage Sizzle notes were sent home to every child this week, so please send the return form back to your child’s class teacher by Monday 30th July with the money attached. As always, we will have a bake sale at recess, so Wattle students are asked to provide baked goods or chips and popcorn in cups to sell. These items can be dropped off in cafeteria before school on Wednesday.
Health and Wellbeing
On Wednesday mornings from 7.55am – 8.20am the Year 6 students will be involved in a year group Yoga Class, held in the 4th floor Gymnasium. The students will need to bring in a yoga/sports mat or a towel to use. Our Yoga Teacher is the very talented Mrs Barbara Dudman. She tailors the gentle movements to suit all abilities and guides our students throughout the session. We have found the students love the Yoga sessions and start the day with increased focus and a special calmness!
On a Friday morning from 7.55am – 8.20am the whole school will join in with Jump Jam on the field. The fun will begin when the bell rings at 7:55am and students are asked to leave take their bags to their classroom and then head to the field to join in with the session.
Keeping hydrated and Sun-smart
The heat and humidity of Hong Kong Summer has certainly arrived but of course that will never stop our students from making the most of their recess and lunch to run around and play sport. The children are aware of the importance of wearing a hat and keeping a water bottle at school. It has also been suggested to them that they have some roll-on deodorant in their lockers during these hotter months.
GRAPP is a Year 6 project that provides students with the opportunity to investigate the Archibald Prize – Australia’s most prestigious portraiture competition, in which professional artists create a portrait of a person famous in the Arts, Literature, Science or Politics. In connection with our work in class on Images of Greatness, students designed their portrait of their chosen person. Students applied various painting techniques to generate an acrylic canvas painting. All works will be displayed at a very exclusive exhibition in the Atrium on Monday the 24th July through to Friday 3rd August.
Reading Challenge 2018
Once again it is time to begin our annual Primary Reading Challenge. This year’s theme is “Find your Treasure.” The aim of this reading challenge is to reward students for reading and to encourage them to read books which are appropriate to their age, as well as broaden the types of books they read.
- Children read daily and record minutes they read on the Treasure Map
- Record the title of the book and state if it is a book from home, a library book or a home reader
- Parents tally up minutes read and initial the total each week
- At the end of the competition, parents sign the form and submit it to the class teacher
- Staff record minutes read each week
- Students receive a small prize from the library after different time goals have been met
- Once completed, sheets will be collated, and the library staff will issue a certificate
This challenge was an enormous success last year, please encourage your child to participate and help them to record their minutes and books daily. We thank you in advance for your support.
Year 6 Team: