ICAS Mathematics: Tuesday, 14 August
Primary Assembly: Friday, 17 August (Leadership Assembly)
Primary Recital: Thursday, 23 August
Primary Assembly: Friday, 24 August
Beijing Cultural Tour Meeting: Tuesday, 28 August – 8:15am, Auditorium
Jacaranda Mufti Day: Wednesday, 29 August
Book Week: Week 6, Book Week Parade, Friday 31 August, Field
Sports Photos: Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 September
School Mufti Day: Assembly at 11am and Classes end at 12pm
Moving on UP,UP,UP!
In Semester 2, one of the main areas of focus for Year 6 students is getting ready for the impending transition into Secondary School. For some, what lies ahead next year can be a daunting thought, so this semester we will look closely at ways that can help to alleviate any fears.
One of the key areas is organisation. This relates to students’ school work, homework and belongings. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for packing their own bags, getting their own breakfast and having their homework completed to the expected standard. We have been impressed on the whole with the maturity this cohort displays in so many areas.
One of the most obvious changes in Year 7 is the way the homework/assignments are laid out. This semester, you may begin to see homework sheets that are slightly more challenging or more detailed. They may even require students to complete work over a longer time period. All of this is to prepare them for what they may see next year.
Please ensure that you are communicating with your child over the next two terms. You will still need to ensure that they can handle what is being given to them and you may need to let the teacher know if they are facing some ongoing challenges. We are here to support you and your child to develop new routines as they learn and grow into young adults.
Making Mathematics Real and the Challenges Fun!
During Mathematics lessons this term, the students will be asked to plan a family holiday. They will be given a very generous 80,000 HKD to spend for a 10-night trip which will have to cover items such as airfares, accommodation, transfers, taxes, travel insurance, food as well as detailed daily plans of all our activities. The students will need to plan to travel to at least 2 countries and be able to convert currencies, view a variety of websites and compare to find the best “value for their buck!” We will keep you posted in the next Newsletter about our 100 budding travel consultants. They are sure they will enjoy the challenges faced when organising such an event at this.
On 6 September we will be hosting our annual Problem-Solving Challenge from 8:30am-10:05am in the Auditorium. For this to be a roaring success we will require 20 parents to come along and be scorers for this noisy and crazy number frenzy. No experience required! The students will come to the parents to check their answers. Parents will be given the answer sheets in advance which contain all possibilities and processes. Once the students have mastered a problem, they will then be able to move onto the next. The students work together in House Teams and points will be awarded. It is fast, furious and a fabulous morning. Please email Jo Reed email@example.com if you can help out.
Beijing Cultural Tour
The students are very excited about our up and coming annual Year 6 Cultural Tour to Beijing in Term 4. In the weeks ahead, we will need your support to fill in a number of forms. At present, you have received via email the following:
- Permission Form and Expression of Parental Interest and
- The Hoodie Sizing Form
Can you please fill these in and return them by no later than Friday 10, August. We are pressed for time to have the Hoodies made to our specific requirements. On Wednesday this week, the students were very excited to have a sneak preview of the design.
This week we have asked the students have put forward 2 names of other students whom they would like to share a room and buddy with in Beijing. The Year 6 classroom was abuzz with excitement for this process. We will endeavour to place every child with a special buddy in for this exciting trip. We have also started to discuss all the cultural experiences they will have the opportunity to enjoy. On Tuesday 28 August at 8:15am in the Auditorium we will share a coffee and have a Beijing Information Session for parents. We look forward to seeing you there.
Calling for Recycled Items
In Science, we are learning about Natural Disasters. We require glass jars for an experiment. If you have any, can you please send in clean glass jar/s with your sons and daughters.
The Environment Committee is also calling for glass jars with lids, egg cartons and any seeds or packets of seeds you may have at home to begin the enormous task of starting an AISHK “Seed Bank.” Your support is, as always, greatly appreciated.
Year 6 Yoga isn’t just for posers!
Every Wednesday morning a certain kind of calmness embraces the Year 6 students as they enjoy the benefits of a morning Yoga session with Mrs Barbara Dudman, an expert Yoga Teacher. In yoga, the physical practice is called ‘Asana.’ By practicing Asana, the students learn how to quieten their busy minds and how to become more reflective rather than reactive. Asana creates strength, balance and flexibility in the body. The students iron out their creaky bits, stretch out the tricky muscles and use their focus to breathe and balance. Each week they are required to bring along a yoga mat to gain the full benefit of the different poses. The students leave the Yoga sessions feeling mindful, full of energy with a renewed sense of wellbeing.
Our program is in full ‘stroke’ and the girls and boys are learning many new water skills and refining their stroke skills. Below, you will find a reminder of the Year 6 Timetable for Swimming. Students are reminded to pack their swimmers, towels, goggles and swim cap.
|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 Friday mornings from 7:55am – 8:20am the whole school will join in with Jump Jam on the field. The funky movements to music will begin when the bell rings at 7:55am and students are asked to leave their bags to their classroom and then head straight to the field to join in with the session. What a great way to celebrate a fabulous week of learning.
The Year 6 Team
Chris Bird firstname.lastname@example.org
Cath Devitt email@example.com
Lynda Lemmon firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Reed email@example.com