Message from the School Director
Kung hei fat choi! We hope you all had a great holiday and enjoyed the children’s recent Chinese New Year parade. What a perfect occasion for our older students to show their leadership skills as they guided the younger children along the route of the parade throughout school.
Dear parents and children,
How disappointing for everyone when schooling was cut short in February due to EDB’s call for all kindergartens to close early for the holidays due to the severe flu outbreak. Being cautious and considerate to others are values we do our best to uphold at Mills, and we request that you remain vigilant during the rest of the winter season and maintain our school’s health policy by keeping your children away from school if they are unwell.
To avoid further upset for the students, we rescheduled our Chinese New Year party to the first day back after the holidays. The children had great fun during the party, and we thank you for providing such a wonderful range of healthy and tasty snacks for the event!
We don’t like to see our parents disappointed either, so the February Parents’ Assembly was also rescheduled to the last day of the month. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Appreciation goes out for your generous support of World Vision’s Red Packet Donation 2018. How to share with others creates a positive atmosphere of social awareness for the children.
We hope you haven’t forgotten our Read to Feed incentive and are continuing to encourage the children to use their reading skills and love of exploring books to raise money for poor farming families in Sichuan. Completed sponsorship forms and money raised should be returned to school by Monday, 9 April.
With Spring fast approaching, don’t be surprised to see rainbows, flowers, caterpillars, butterflies, birds, and eggs appearing around school soon! Our annual Spring Bonnet Parade will take place on Thursday, 29 March, and we invite you to start thinking about the most colourful and decorative hat you can make at home with your child. We look forward to seeing the children wearing their artistic designs during the parade!
Join us on Saturday, 24 March for an afternoon of creativity during our Family Art Jam. It looks set to be a busy event, but at Mills we think the more the merrier! Parents get a chance to catch up, and the children learn to use assorted fabrics, card, and decorative materials to make charming chick bags to take home.
Although February whizzed by, the students maintained their avid passion for knowledge and learning whilst finalising their topics of study and completing their first Topic Assessment of Term 2. The second assessment will be completed towards the end of March and your child’s school portfolio will be sent home during the Easter holidays so that you can see both assessments and other exciting things they have done in class during Term 2. We hope you are as proud of their efforts and achievements as we are!
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous Year of the Dog!
Upcoming co-curricular events
Festival Week 2018 – Don’t miss your chance to participate in The Little Mermaid at the HK Academy for Performing Arts, HKAPA from 29 May – 3 June. Join selective co-curricular courses and showcase your many talents! Contact our administration staff for more details.
Spring Workshops – Spring is just around the corner and we have a wide range of Drama, Musical Theatre, Game Design, Interior Design, Toy Design, Food Art, EQ/IQ and Art workshops on offer from 19 to 29 March. Don’t miss out on the early bird discount when you enrol on or before 3 March!
Summer Workshops – Lots of families are already planning ahead to prevent summer learning loss, and are enrolling in our comprehensive range of workshops which run from 3 July to 10 August. Check the school website for more information.
We had a fun and festive February in Playgroup, as we explored things Up in the Sky and also learnt about the Chinese New Year celebrations!
We painted happy yellow suns and sang the Mr Sun song, used play dough to create different things that we see up in the sky, threw balloons up in the air, decorated hot-air balloons, and read the storybook How High is the Sky?
We coloured firecrackers to signal the start of the Chinese New Year celebration, made our very own Chinese lanterns, decorated lucky festive trees with mandarin oranges, and counted gold coins as we put them in lai see envelopes. Parents wrote lucky wishes for us and we hung them on the cherry blossom tree – what good fortune we will have in the future!
What a truly eventful month and we’re now looking forward to Spring!
“Up, up, up … way up in the sky” sang the Pre-Nursery children during our Up in the Sky topic in February. Day and night elements were introduced to the children, as we compared the sunlight, clouds and blue sky of daytime to the dark, black sky, stars and moon of night.
Creating a dark space in the classroom and using torches to light up the fluorescent stars and moon inside, allowed the children to experience the effects of light and dark. The children were eager to find the glowing stars and moon and became quickly mesmerized by the visual effects of these glow-in-the-dark features.
Flying machines (planes, rockets, hot-air balloons and kites) were explored through storytelling, songs, role play, art, table topic activities, games and movement. We also incorporated air-powered rockets into our learning as the children stamped on the rocket launcher and saw the rocket shoot into the air. Counting from 1 to 10, then seeing the plane move across the room was one of the highlights of the topic. We even made our very own hot-air balloon for the children to role-play in! Such activities stimulated the children’s curiosity and allowed for them to extend their imaginations.
How birds and insects use their wings to fly was highlighted to the children, and they enjoyed playing with feathers and using them in different ways during table top activities, whilst developing their fine motor skills. Discovering the quality of feathers was fun through an interactive blowing and catching feathers exercise, which also helped the children develop their hand-eye coordination.
Up in the Sky was an effective theme to enhance imagination and learning, and it created lots of fun and laughter along the way!
Ms Jasmine, Ms Rhawnie, Ms Wanna, and Ms Wendy
Time flies when you’re having fun!
Thank you, to Kardia’s daddy, for sharing his job as a toy designer with us – some future K1 toy designers were clearly inspired during the presentation. The children thoroughly enjoyed and have now successfully completed their topic Jobs People Do. They happily engaged in all activities in the classroom, including sorting the tools for different occupations, completing puzzles, and role playing.
During art lessons, the children have been exploring different materials and art techniques whilst creating their masterpieces. They used rollers, cookie cutters, and clay to make tasty looking cookies, and learnt how to use marble painting for their Chinese New Year lanterns. The children were so excited with their creations and kept saying “I want to eat the cookies!” and “Our lanterns are so pretty!” It’s wonderful to see them develop pride in their achievements.
The students are also becoming increasingly interested in reading activities, and they have started to create stories by looking at the pictures and ‘reading’ the book to their friends. They are always excited when Mystery Readers come to class – please let us know if you are interested in reading to the children during class time.
Ms Jean and Ms Michelle
Happy Chinese New Year – may the year be filled with good health, a lot of knowledge, and fun for everyone!
The K2 children have been learning about Children Around the World and they also focused on Chinese culture during our Chinese New Year celebrations in February.
Our next theme will be The Magic of Science and we will focus on three different topics; colour theory (exploring primary colours and what happens when they mix), magnetism (investigating the push and pull of magnets and how they move magically because of polarity), and food science (how to prevent an apple from turning brown, and much more).
In Phonics the students will learn the sounds ie – ee – or during March (catching up on the days school was closed in February) and z – w – ng. Numeracy will feature more during homework exercises, with the students focusing on shapes, opposites, size and addition.
Please remind the children to bring a personal item such as a toy or book to school at the beginning of each week for show and tell. We will place a show and tell box by the classroom door for the children to place their items in. All students will get a chance throughout the week to do their show and tell presentation.
We would love to see more parents and caregivers participate in our Mystery Reader programme. It’s always very special for the children to have someone from home visit school for this surprise activity. Stories may be read in English, Mandarin, or your home language. Please talk to our administration staff if you would like to arrange a convenient day and time to read to the children. We look forward to seeing you in class soon.
What fun we’ve had working through our current topic My Material World and investigating various materials we find in our day-to-day lives. The children experimented with different materials and tested if they were waterproof or not.
The many materials we collected and displayed on our topic table encouraged the students to use their five senses to view, touch, hear, smell, and at times even taste certain materials!
A lot of fun was had when we took turns to be blind-folded and the children tried to match the same textures together. This topic proved a wonderful opportunity for the children to develop their use of descriptive language and adjectives, as they explored the quality of different textures and described opposites such as rough/smooth, soft/hard, warm/cold, mushy/firm, fluffy/prickly, blunt/sharp, heavy/light.
During art lessons they used recycled CDs to make hanging artworks, which were decorated with different materials such as buttons, sequins, paint, glitter, rubber foam, sandpaper, fabric, etc. You can see these expressive and highly decorative artworks displayed outside the classroom.
During recent PE lessons the children have en joyed doing yoga, which helps build concentration and body awareness. They are trying really hard and I can see some improvements. Keep it up, K3!
I would like to wish all of our families a Happy Lunar New Year – Kung hei fat choi!
Playgroup Junior and Playgroup
Our current theme is Up and Down and Playgroup students have been introduced to the names of natural imagery in the sky. The children learnt how to put the sun and stars in the sky during the class activities. The children had lots of fun while singing songs.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
Our Pre-Nursery students have been learning to name different things related to the sky, such as star, moon, sun, rainbow and cloud for their current theme Up in the Sky. They enjoyed the joyful rhythm of our theme-based songs whilst singing.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
The current theme for K1 is Jobs People Do. Through storytelling and role play, the children learnt about different occupations. They also learnt how to match the role play characters to the occupations, eg teachers teach students, doctors cure sick people, nurses check patients’ temperature, police officers catch thieves, firefighters put out fires. Well done, children!
Chen Laoshi (Ms May)
K2 students have been investigating the theme Children Around the World. They have been learning about various countries such as South Africa, Australia, and China. They explored the world through various games and activities, and learned about history, different cultures, geographical locations, eating habits, transportation, and animals. Good job!
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina)
Our recent theme for K3 students was Our Material World. Children learnt to name different materials such as feather, paper, cotton, and wood. They also learnt to categorise natural materials and recyclable materials. They were able to say “This is a natural / recycled material” in Mandarin during the class activities. Well done, K3 students, for participating in all activities!
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)