A message from the Purple Duck

Greetings! The Purple Duck is now beginning preparations for its 2015 edition – to be published in June. The editorial team is now collecting submissions of original writing and art work. Are you a writer or artist looking for an audience? Teacher, student or otherwise a member of the NIS community? The Purple Duck is your route to fame or notoriety – whichever you wish.

Send your written work to Mr.Hammond (standard font, size 12, Pages please) before the end of March. He will pass it to the editorial team who will make the final decisions about which work to include.

Please send (or bring for Airdropping) artwork in a digital format to Mr.Hammond, Maristella Witt or Michelle Lei.

Submissions must be in before 31st March to guarantee inclusion in this year’s magazine!

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University Visits

Manchester University Friday 6th March -TODAY!  When? Block 4 (12.00 – 1.00pm) Where? MYP LGR.
A visiting professor will give a Biology lecture to Gr10 and 11 students, followed by the Admissions representative discussing the UK admissions process and university life in general. Teachers of Grade 10 may take their classes if they wish to. Grade 11 students should all come.

MCPHS University (Massachusetts) Monday 9th March 9.15 @Cousenllors’ Office – Talks for prospective students on pharmacy, premed, nursing or other healthcare majors. Information on careers out there for students who chose to major in the health sciences. You must email me if you are interested in attending…

University of Sydney Friday 13th March 1.00pm – 2.00pm – MYP LGR
Meet Dean of Science, Professor Trevor Hambley as he gives a Lecture and presentation about the University

Language Acquisition

Misconception 4: Beginners must begin producing (i.e., speaking/writing) language right away.

The “silent period” is an important part of the language acquisition process and language is being acquired during this time.

Mavericks Please

Hello all,

This is a friendly reminder that Nanjing International School currently supports the Mavericks OS for Mac until the end of the 2014-15 school year.

If you have upgraded to Yosemite and need to change it back to the previous operating system, please bring your computer to Ms. Jessie in the Macquarium or you can email


Mr. Johnson

Cards for Jakarta – reminder

A couple of cards of good wishes for Neil & Ferdi (Jakarta Intercultural School teachers) will be in the staffroom until Tuesday 10th for anyone to sign (or email me – Lindy – and I will add your name/message.) Here is their background story…. Many thanks!

World Universities Fair

The Fair is in Shanghai and starts at 5.30pm for students, and concludes at 8.30pm. I will be there earlier for Counsellor sessions, and will stay to guide you through your visit. You will need to miss at least Block 5 and lunch to make it on time, but I would suggest leaving school from Block 4…

Here’s the poster that’s been up for a week!  If you are going to University, than I think this is a MUST, as there will not be another Fair accessible to you this large and diverse! Please be clear – you must inform myself and Dr Saavedra that you will be going and you MUST complete an OLF. I will be there on the day and can meet you and guide your Fair experience, but I cannot assist with any travel arrangements. Please chat to others who are going – some are going with parents – and plan to travel together.


Language Acquisition

Misconception 3: Competence in the home language is not important when learning a second language.

Non native students in international schools learn English more quickly and effectively if they maintain and develop their proficiency in the mother tongue. Research has shown that many skills acquired in the first language can be transferred to the second language. Children who have developed good reading skills in their home language, are more likely to be able to apply these skills when reading a foreign language. Similarly, the skills of being able to plan out a piece of writing or develop an argument in a persuasive essay can be applied in the second language once they have been learnt in the first.


This Thursday’s topic on #PYPCHAT is “Teachers as Researchers.” Sample questions – What is action research? How is a teacher also a researcher?  Thursday 5 March (Asia Pacific) 6:00 -7:00pm.  Info: on the pypchat wiki.

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