Dear YK Pao School Community,
The English Speech Day today was a wonderful event. The clear messages about values and citizenship were presented so imaginatively and creatively. The approach of each class was so different. Our sincere thanks go to the teachers in the English department, to the students for their efforts and to you, the parents, who were such a wonderful audience. The confidence, capability and enthusiasm of the students so clearly demonstrated a sense of teamwork and enjoyment.
Our Giving Tree Project culminated in a wonderful visit by some of our students and staff to deliver the donated items to a school for children of migrant workers. It was a truly special occasion and we would like to thank everyone for their support.
This week was extremely important for YK Pao School. We are in the process of seeking membership of an organization called the Council of International Schools. For two days we have been hosting Christine Green, the Regional Accreditation Officer. She spent Thursday with us at Changning and interacted with students, Board members, parents, teachers, Administrative Leaders and Principals. Chris will be engaging the Songjiang community in the same process today. These visits help us to establish effective quality assurance processes, but also, if membership is granted, enable us to join a vibrant and dynamic network of other high quality schools. We hope that this will be the start of a strong, important and very developmental partnership. I would particularly like to thank those parents who gave up their valuable time to meet with Christine. She came away with a real sense of how supportive and invested the parent community is in our school. We are hoping for a quick and positive outcome on our membership application.
The countdown to the Winter break has started! There are still many wonderful events to come and we look forward to the Winter Concert next week. In addition, the final football meeting takes place for our Year 1-4 students at the Shanghai American School this Sunday. Good luck to all involved and thanks to our parents, especially the coaches, for their invaluable support.
We would like to apologise for any confusion created by last week’s announcement on the school uniform policy, and particularly for the reference to the wearing of black shoes. To clarify, black shoes are required on formal uniform days and for any events at which formal uniform is required. We prefer students to wear black coloured trainers or shoes where possible on less formal days but non-marking sports shoes are good for PE days. No formal change to the policy will take place this academic year and the uniform committee, along with the Principals will share the expectations for next year. Thank you.
Wrap up warm! Have a good weekend.
Message from Character Education Committee
The 1st Annual YKPS Giving Tree Project was successfully completed on the 2nd of December; more details can be found in the attachment. Thank you very much for your support!
Thank you Giving Tree 2014
2015 desktop calendars are here! This edition features specially-selected photos contributed by the Pao School community, showing you the very best that Pao School has to offer! Calendars are available at the Uniform Rooms at Primary and Secondary Division at 15 RMB each. Be sure to pick one up today!
Message from Student Affairs Office
About Students Photo Collection
Student Affair Office has sent an e-mail to all parents about photo collection which is a notification from the ChangNing Education Bureau, and we got the feedback from Education Bureau that most families have uploaded the photo on the Education Bureau’s system. Thank you very much for your cooperation.
And this message is just a reminder to the parents who have not completed this procedure yet. According to the notice sent in October by the Channing Education Bureau, from this semester onwards, all Y1 students, Y5 students and the students in other year levels that do not have photos taken (students who haven’t been issued the electronic students ID cards) will be required to complete the photo collection procedure via the education Bureau System. These photos will be used for electronic student ID cards and graduation certificates by education Bureau.
Please complete this task before the deadline, which is Dec 29th, or students won’t get their ID cards or graduation certificates. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms Ellen Han from the Student Affairs Office at 61671999*1*8107.
Message from the School Nurse
Please kindly find the attached Monthly Health of December.
Message from General Services Department
I would appreciate if you could spend 5 minutes of your time to complete the following survey. The aim of this survey is to understand how satisfied you are with Eurest – our catering service company and how much potential improvement we could reach in the future. Please understand at least 80% participation will be advised in order for us to hear as much as possible of your voices and have the exact request from the majority. Please also understand we may not satisfy every individual suggestion, but we will try our best to make adjustments. The school, parents and Eurest, all of us have the same priority which is our children’s health and safety.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YKPaoprimaryparentsurveyforcafeteria201412
This survey will be closed on 14th Dec. The result will be shared with the school, PTA and Eurest together. A flowing presentation from Eurest will be held in primary on January.
Thanks for your cooperation.
Message from the Art Department
Quote: The creative process is just as important as the art created.
Tip: Have a variety of different size sketchbooks so children get the opportunity to create on a whim.
The art department would like to say thank you to all the parents that came to the Parent teacher conferences. They were a big success in helping share our student’s artistic journey, by giving teachers the chance to explain the process involved in making art. During the conferences we talked about other ways our students can get creative. Year two, are currently in art club and it opens up this Friday for year three with Miss Sara. Art club dates correlate with the dates that students partake in their ceramics unit. This is so we can give all students the opportunity to come to art club.
Currently with Miss Sara in ART CLUB Students have been working together to make a Mandala. A Mandala is a circular design made from different symbols and patterns. Traditionally monks use colorful sands and spend hundreds of hours making them. When they finish making their Mandala they wipe it away and put the sand in the river or ocean to send their prayer and wishes to the world. When we are done painting it, we will honor it and keep it in our school to send all of our best wishes to our community.
Message from the Music Department
YK PAO ANNUAL WINTER CONCERT
The Annual Winter Concert will take place next Friday in the School Auditorium starting at 18:30. Tickets are initially reserved for parents of students. Due to the large numbers of students taking part, there is a restriction on the number of seats available with a limit of two tickets for each family of the performers. These can be collected from the desk in reception.
The concert will include: Chinese Orchestra, Beginner Chinese Orchestra, Violin Groups, Cello Groups Orchestra, English Choir, Chinese Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Friday Choir, Wind Ensemble and Rock Band.
As usual we will have professional videographers and photographers at this event. Please do not take videos or photos of this event. Anyone who did not collect their DVDs of either the last Spring Concert or the 2013 Winter Concert can collect one from the music department.
Please note that this Saturday (6th December) is the last Saturday for the Saturday Music Programme before the Christmas Holiday.
Peninsula Hotel Christmas Tree Lighting
Last Friday a choir made up from members of English Choir sang three sets of Christmas carols at the Peninsula Hotel for their annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The students had worked hard rehearsing the carols over a series of Saturday and lunchtime rehearsals and the event was a resounding success with many commenting on the quality of the singing. In addition to providing a great opportunity for our students to perform, the Peninsula Hotel also fed them and made sure all were all looked after. I am sure that everyone who was there would agree that this was truly a wonderful evening for everyone concerned.
Message from PE Department
Massive congratulations to our swim team at the weekend. Some excellent results came from the SSSA swim meet at Shanghai High School. YKPS Primary won 5 Gold, 5 Silver and 5 Bronze medals and was supported extremely well by our team of parents. Thank you to Coach Johnny and Ms. Lucy who took the team. Also, well done to Y5 Jacqueline Yang who performed very well in a swim meet in Singapore with our students from our Songjiang campus, we are very proud of her and all the efforts of the YKPS swim team!
Best wishes to the U11 Basketball Team who will travel to their first SSSA Tournament this weekend, on Saturday December 6th. They will face competition from other SSSA schools around Shanghai. Bus leaves Primary at 8:00 am. We wish them all the best!
Good luck to all our football teams this weekend that will have their last Sport for Life Sunday Football Tournament at Shanghai American School. The trophy presentations will happen after the last of the matches. The students will be awarded trophies and medals. We welcome all parents to come and enjoy celebrating all the hard work the students and coaches have put in this semester. Well done in advance to all our footballers and thank you to all the parents for your wonderful support!
Upcoming Sports Events:
Sat 6th – U11 Basketball at Soong Ching Ling
Sun 7th – SFL Football at SAS Puxi
Sat 13th – U11 Girls Football at Soong Ching Ling
Sat 17th – Swimming at venue (TBC)
Sat 24th – U11 Basketball at SHS (ID)
Sat 31st – U11 Volleyball at YKPS Primary
Sat 7th – U11 Football at WISS
Sat 14th – U11 Girls Football at SUIS Hongqiao
Sat 21st – U11 Basketball at YKPS Primary
Sat 28th – Track and Field at Soong Ching Ling and Tennis at venue tbc
Sat 11th – U11 Football at Soong Ching Ling
Sat 18th – U11 Volleyball at YKPS Secondary
Sat 9th – U11 Football at WISS and Cross Country Running at YKPS Secondary
Sat 16th – Swimming at at Soong Ching Ling and U11 Badminton at SHSID
Sat 23rd – Track and Field at YKPS Secondary and Table Tennis at SHSID
Sat 30th – U11 Girls football at SUIS Hongqiao
Sat 6th – Fencing at YKPS Primary
上周五， 由包校英语合唱团成员组成的一支合唱团为上海半岛酒店一年一度的圣诞树点灯仪式演唱了三组圣诞颂歌。 为了此次演出，学生们连续几周利用周六的休息时间以及平时午休的时间努力排练，因此最终我们的演出大获成功，好评如潮。这次半岛酒店除了为我们提供了一个很棒的演出机会外，还为我们的学生准备了美味的食物并确保他们得到很好的照料。相信当天每个在场的人都和我有同样的感受，大家度过了一个美好的夜晚。
本周日，我们的足球队将要在上海美国学校进行本学期Sport for Life的最后一场比赛，预祝孩子们好运。颁奖典礼将于最后一场比赛后进行，届时，组织方会颁发奖杯和奖牌。我们欢迎家长能来和我们一起见证孩子们这荣耀的一刻，并一起庆祝孩子们和教练们这一学期辛勤付出所取得的成绩。预祝我们的足球运动员们取得好成绩，也感谢家长们一直以来的支持与鼓励。
12月7日，周日：Sports for Life周日足球赛在上海美国学校浦西校区举行