Year 6 Newsletter | Term 4 Week 4

Already, we find ourselves at the end of Week four with only six weeks to go not only before the end of term, the end of Year 6 and the end of Primary School. What an amazing start to the term we have had, with such a fabulous experience in Beijing! We’re sure that you have heard the tales of all our adventures and how much fun we had whilst exploring the magnificent capital.

Important Dates: 

Thursday 7 November Swimming trials

Monday 11 November  Blazers, ties are to be worn starting today (black stockings are optional)

Thursday 21 November Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 27 November Transition Day

Tuesday 3 December  Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and Graduation Disco. 

Thursday 5 December Jingle & Mingle’ Carols & BBQ

Tuesday 10 December Speech Day

Wednesday 11 December Last day of School (Mufti Day)

Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and Disco

It is hard to believe that we are drawing nigh to the moment when we farewell our Year 6 students.  As noted in our Year 6 Newsletters and through the Dhanara article by Mr Hemphill in Term 3, this year marks the exciting launch of the exclusive Year 6 Graduation Ceremony. 

Marked on the school planner, on Tuesday the 3rd of December, 5:30-6:30 pm, the parents of our Year 6 students are invited to a formal Year 6 Graduation Ceremony in the AISHK Auditorium. The celebration will include the ‘The Now and Then video’ and the Final Roll Call. Students will then receive their graduation bag and perform their end of year song. 

The ceremony is to then be followed by the Year 6 Disco, themed ‘Hollywood’, on the rooftop from 6:30-8:00 pm. If the Year 6 students wish to change for the disco, they may do so in the change rooms and then make their way to the rooftop. The evening includes a BBQ dinner for our Year 6 students and they can dress up for the disco in theme or in mufti clothes.

All Year 6 parents will be invited to a ‘Potluck’ party in the Level 9 staff room from 6:30-8:00 pm. If you have younger children who are coming to the Graduation Ceremony, please note that there are no childcare facilities at the school for that evening and other arrangements will need to be made for them. 

More information with further details will be sent out soon. It will be a wonderful evening and a very special way to congratulate and farewell our Year 6 students. 

The AISHK Speech Presentation will be on the following Tuesday 10th December 10:00-12:00 at Hong Kong Baptist University with one presentation for Years 3 – 12. Early Childhood will have their Speech Day awards at a special school assembly.

Photos

Thank you to all of those families who have already sent in the baby/toddler photo of their child for the ‘Now and Then’ slideshow to be unveiled at our Year 6 Graduation. We are kindly asking parents for a photograph of their child in JPEG form. Please email these photos to Lynda Lemmon at your earliest convenience so that we can commence the process. We will need these photos by Friday the 8th of November. Thank you in advance for your assistance with making this special keepsake for our students. 

Transition days/ Notices for Secondary 2020

This week, Mr McCorkell (Dean of Secondary Studies), Mr Peter Phillips (Head of English), Mrs Nadine Vanderhoek (French Teacher) and Miss Joanne Craig (Head of Year 7) came to introduce themselves to our Year 6 students. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to put names to faces as the reality draws closer that in four months, they will be in secondary school. Mrs Vanderhoek also spoke to them about Languages other than English (LOTE) and that French was also an option for them in Year 7. Of course our eager (and very excited) Year 6 students were full of questions. More opportunities will come for those to be answered in the coming weeks. We encourage you to initiate those conversations about entering Secondary School. What are they looking forward to? What do they know already? What do they expect? 

On Wednesday, 27 November, all Year 6 will have the opportunity to experience life in the secondary division. They will have the chance to meet their future homeroom teachers and check out new and exciting subjects in Year 7 and gain a greater understanding of how different the daily routine is only one level up from their classroom now. Even if your child is not attending secondary school at AISHK, this day will give them a chance to gain an understanding of the next step in their schooling could entail.

Notifications were sent out earlier this week but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

Midas Uniform Shop Notice

Change of Uniform: Year 6 (Primary to Secondary Uniform)

Year 6 students moving into Year 7 in 2020 will need to purchase their new uniform items before the end of this term, ready for the start of the new school year.

Uniform requirements can be found in our Parent Handbook, located here. To assist with the volume of students needing new uniforms, there will also be extra sales days. The following days have been designated to students in Year 6:

Time:  8:00am-3:30pm

Monday 25 November
Tuesday 26 November
Thursday 28 November
Monday 2 December
Tuesday 3 December
Thursday 5 December

You may choose to place your order via one of the following methods:

  1. Visit the Uniform Shop with your child for a fitting and purchase what is required. No appointment is necessary. Please be mindful the start of the day and the end of the day are always busy therefore we thank you in advance for your patience.
  2. Alternatively, if you are confident you know your child’s sizing, simply fill in the appropriate order form from the School’s website and place the completed form in your child’s home diary with the exact payment (cheques should be made payable to ‘Midas Ltd’). The items will then be delivered to your child’s classroom as soon as possible.
  3. Your child may go to the Uniform Shop either before or after school or during their recess or lunch break where our staff will measure and fit them for their uniform. They will then give them a completed order form for your appropriate action to place the order, as per the steps in 2 above.

Please note that at the start of the 2020 school year, the Uniform Shop’s special opening hours are allocated to new student arrivals only, therefore please ensure you purchase your child’s new uniform prior to the end of this school year.

Should you have any further question, please email Shirley Cheng, Midas Uniform Shop Manager at midasuniform@aishk.edu.hk

Mental Health Awareness month

Over the last few weeks, we have been completing weekly classroom activities to facilitate learning in relation to the ‘Let’s Talk’ mental health focus. As the program commenced whilst we were climbing the Great Wall of China, Miss Jean, our Primary Counselor gathered all of Year 6 to discuss the highly important issue of mental health. A discussion was certainly initiated when the students were asked, ‘Who are the five people that you would speak to if you needed to talk?’ Further games and discussion have continued in class. 

Mathematics

We started the term with some investigations into volume and capacity, looking specifically at how they are connected. We have now moved onto our next Maths investigation, ‘Weird or Wonderful Weather!’ which covers the mathematical concepts of integers on a number line, data displays and the Cartesian coordinate system. We’re extending our thinking by creating side by side graphs based on the temperature of different cities around the world, playing ‘Sharks and Seagulls’ (a variation of the traditional battleship) and giving directions to find hidden treasures.  The students will be using their skills of positive and negative numbers, graphs and coordinates to help explorers on a newly discovered island, figure out the best place to settle! 

 Literacy

A publication full of memories from our highly anticipated trip to Beijing is the focus of our writing in English this term. Using all of our writing skills and our knowledge of different writing styles, we are each producing a wonderful publication to showcase our drafting, editing and publishing skills. An infographic on The Temple of Heaven, a sonnet about climbing the Great Wall, a persuasive brochure on why to visit the Forbidden City. After three terms of writing, our Year 6 students are certainly up for the challenge to create a very special ‘portfolio’ of these precious experiences within a kaleidoscope of text. Each page will provide our memories and information learnt about our experiences whilst away in a unique and aesthetically pleasing method. The students will love sharing these memories with you when they are complete. Stay tuned for sneak peeks on Seesaw!

In reading, we continue our SHARP reading program with unpacking sentences as well and summarising in our own words to explore meaning. Shortly we will begin our new novel study of Morris Gleitzman’s “Boy Overboard” through the use of Literature Circles. 

Geography

This term we switching our focus to Geography and honing in our Asian Neighbours. We have been set the challenge to produce a brochure that can be given to newly migrated families and provide information about their new homes. It involves researching the similarities and differences in economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries in Central and South-East Asia and coming to an understanding of how places, people and cultures differ across the world. Our brochures may inspire you for future holidays or new homes!

Library

This term in Library lessons, our focus is on Economics and Business. This is a new section in the Australian Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum (HASS) and we’re excited to learn more about why businesses exist and the different ways they provide goods and services.
Yesterday we kicked off this exciting unit with a number of amazing guest speakers. They discussed and answered questions ranging from the type of business they have, to the products they buy and sell, how many people they employ and what made them want to start their own business.

A special thanks must go to the different parents from our school community: Mrs Broderick (Sarah Year 6), Mr Cheng (Isaac 5P), Mr More (Daniel Year 7), Mr Tsoi (Aidan Year 7), Mrs Oxley (Cammie Year 6 ) and Mr Christmas (Tom and Charlotte Year 6)

Robotics

There is one session each fortnight when you certainly need to mind your step in each Year 6 classroom. Why? You may ask. The answer is simple, little robots! Year 6 students love them! Mr Ohlson is once again back and working with Year 6 and building Robots. We’ve worked hard to code our robots to follow a set path and are learning to work with sensors to change paths. Tune in to Seesaw to see our progress.

Have a wonderful weekend! 

The Year 6 Team 

joshua_aghion@aishk.edu.hk

emma_knight@aishk.edu.hk

lynda_lemmon@aishk.edu.hk

christopher.sheahan@aishk.edu.hk