Archive | March 7, 2017

International Women’s Day Today

Join us in the library today at the start of lunch for the International Women’s Day event. There will be an open mic for anyone interested in sharing a story or poem, some videos to discuss and some food to share.

All MYP/DP students and teachers are welcome. See you at 12:50-

MENTORS for Grade 5 Exhibition

Please consider being an Exhibition Mentor for a small group of grade 5 students

Why we have Exhibition

  • For students to engage in an in-depth, collaborative inquiry
  • To provide students an opportunity to demonstrate independence and responsibility for their own learning
  • To provide students with an opportunity to explore multiple perspectives
  • For students to synthesize and apply learning of previous years and to reflect upon their journey through the PYP
  • To provide an authentic process for assessing student understanding
  • To demonstrate how students can take action as a result of their learning
  • To unite the students, teachers, parents and other members of the school community in a collaborative experience that incorporates the essential elements of the PYP
  • To celebrate the transition of learners in the primary to middle/secondary education

Your mentor role

  • The role of the mentor is chiefly to advise and keep students on track
  • There should be regular meetings. For the most part we would like mentor meetings to happen during UOI time, in the grade 5 classrooms.
  • Offer advice on locating resources and using them efficiently
  • Ask questions (i.e. to clarify thinking, to help with processing information, to extend knowledge etc.)
  • Help interpret sophisticated/difficult information
  • Facilitate interviews, telephone calls, any electronic communication
  • Goal setting and time management advice
  • Be supportive and encouraging
  • Celebrate achievements and successes with the students

Please email any of the grade 5 teachers if you are willing to be a part of this exciting journey!


Grade 5 have chosen “Fairness” as the overall theme for their 2017 Exhibition.

To spark their interest, we are looking for any adult who may like to come into class to talk to the students about their own experience of fairness through their work here in China or a personal experience or interest in any organizations that overcomes fairness that would be relevant to their overall understanding of this theme.

An example here in Nanjing would be a trailing spouse who had to give up friends, a job and social life to follow the working spouse and then found an alternative fulfilment here in China through charity work.

Some “unfairness ideas” already suggested by the students are world food/water supplies, animal rights, racism, and various types of discrimination.

Please e-mail any of the grade 5 teachers if you would be willing to help.

Grades 6 to 8 Inter House Volleyball

Wutaishan, Xuanwu or Taiping? Who will claim the title?

The Grade 6 to 8 House Volleyball competition will be held next Thursday March 16 at the start of lunch time.
· 2 separate competitions: Gr 6-8 Boys and Girls
· Teams of minimum 6, maximum 12.
· Net height – CISSA Senior height – 2.24M
· Round Robin format, each team playing the other 2 houses. Captains can toss a coin to see who plays first.
· One set up to 17 points. No clear 2 points required. Score for each game is recorded.

· For each competition points calculation based on total games won. If this is the same for 2 teams, the head to head game will decide the winner. If it is a 3 way tie, the points difference will decide the placings. If any of these are equal, the competition shall be declared a 3 way tie.
· Overall Placings for House Points – The boys and girls competitions for each age group are combined to give a result for that age group. Points are awarded based on the current points allocation system (30, 20, 15)

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