CISSA Basketball starts this week

A reminder that CISSA basketball has started this week. For juniors (Gr5&6), practices are on Mondays 4.20 – 5.30pm and Wednesdays 3.15 – 4.1pm. If you missed Monday’s session, don’t worry, sign up on Veracross and go along on Wednesday. For Seniors (Gr7-8), practices are Tuesdays (today) and Thursdays 4.20 – 5.30pm.

Duties Wednesday-Friday

I will be away in the IB Asia-Pacific conference. Marina is kindly taking care of duties in my absence, so please email her any duty related mail.

G12 Mock Exams

Mock exams run from today until March 25. Please do not use the corridor in front of the MYP LGR. Thanks for your understanding, and good luck to the G12s.

Language Acquisition

CALP isn’t just the understanding of content area vocabulary. It includes skills such as comparing, classifying, synthesizing, evaluating, and inferring.


Do you like to play games? Me too! Do you want to challenge a teacher to a board/card/dice/other type of game? Of course you do! Well there is some good news: Friday Game Day is continuing this Friday during the first half of lunch in the fishbowl (the room across from IT). Bring your own game or play one of ours (Uno, Spoons, Uno Attack, Jenga, and a variety of others). Challenge your friends. Challenge your teachers. Challenge yourself. As Author Unknown once said, “The way a man plays a game shows some of his character. The way he loses shows all of it.”

Student Homework Survey

Hello MYP Pupils,

Thanks to the 184 students that dutifully completed this HW survey on Friday! Now the rest of you… don’t make Uncle Sam angry (does he look like a dude you want to mess with?). If you were out for ACAMIS, CISSA, NEAMC, some other acronym I’m not aware of, or just sick, then welcome back! Now please complete this survey in homeroom today or tomorrow. Your input is important!


Many thanks,

Mr. Bratton (Uncle Sam’s nephew)


ACAMIS Badminton

The NIS badminton team brought 24 players up to Beijing for the ACAMIS badminton tournament.

Fifteen different schools came to the tournament to compete inside the famous ISB dome.

At the end of three days of badminton, the NIS 1 team finished third in Division 1 and the NIS 2 team finished first in Division 2.  These were great results for the NIS shuttlers. All the NIS players improved over the course of the tournament but special mention should go to Jia Yue Seow, Jason Oh and Hyunuk Kang for their outstanding performances.

While not playing badminton, many of the Grade 12 students spent their free time preparing for the upcoming mock exams. These students provided a great example of what it means to be a student athlete.

MYP Tech Challenge: Friday March 20th – Block 5

The MYP inter house Tech Challenge is rapidly approaching. It will be block 5 on Friday March 20th. This is day 4.

The following teachers will miss the chance to be involved because they are teaching grades 11/12 at that time: Ruth, Rob Battye, Danny Clarke and Cheryl.

Due to the sheer volume of grade 12 artwork spread throughout the design centre there has been some changes in locations for some activities. Please see the updated version. Note: DC Courtyard is the outside area behind the cafeteria.

Task sheets will be emailed out to teachers (please keep secret from students) on Tuesday.

Teacher helper list-2015-Semester 2

Language Acquisition

This week the Language Acquisition post will look at Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).
BICS is the ability to function in everyday situations and CALP is the ability to use academic language. Research shows that children immersed in English can develop BICS in 2 years whereas CALP takes between 5 and 7 years. Non-native speakers who have attained a high degree of fluency and accuracy in everyday spoken English do not, in most cases, have the corresponding academic language proficiency.

Chaperones needed

If you would like to chaperone the Grade 8 Displaced People experience on March 31st please get in touch with Ruth or Francis. Luxury cardboard box guaranteed..!

Grade 8 teachers

This is an advance warning for Grade 8 teachers that all Grade 8 students will be off schedule on Wednesday March 31st as they will be involved in a Design and Humanities Displaced People IDU. They will be in school the following day for their Student Led Conference.

ASA Cycle 3 Signup

1.00 pm Monday – All K2 to G12 students can sign up for 1 ASA.

1.00 pm Tuesday – G3 to 12 students can sign up for a second ASA.

1.00 pm Wednesday – G6 to 12 students can sign up for a third ASA.

ASA Cycle 3 starts Monday 30th March.

Assistant coach position available

An opportunity has arisen for an assistant coach position in CISSA basketball. No experience of coaching basketball needed. If you think you might be interested please send me an email. The season runs from next week for the next 7 weeks.

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