Message from the School Director
Kung hei fat choi! We hope you all had a great holiday and enjoyed our recent Chinese New Year celebrations at school.
Dear parents and children,
How upsetting for everyone when schooling was cut short 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 week 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. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
February has been filled with love, family events, special visitors to school, and lots of learning during regular class activities.
Although the month has whizzed by, students have been maintaining 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 at the beginning of April 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 continue to be as proud of their efforts and achievements as we are!
Huge congratulations are also in order for our K2 and K3 students who have been offered places in many prestigious primary schools recently!
At Mills, we are passionate about sharing our skills and experience with others, and I was delighted to meet with many parents at the Jewish Woman’s Association on 25 February to explain the special MindUP curriculum we deliver each day to Mills students. The mental health, happiness, and success of our children are of paramount importance, and it is always a pleasure to reach out and share knowledge, strategies, and tools with other parents.
Our upcoming Open Day on Sunday, 3 March is set to be a busy and exciting event! We have student interviews scheduled for entry into the 2019-2020 academic year, a talk for parents on the ‘Mills Pathway to Primary’, English assessment tests for students, and lots of fun activities around school.
Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig!
Re-enrolment for 2019-2020
You will have received an important email on 31 January, regarding your child’s re-enrolment for the 2019-2020 academic year. Places are filling extremely fast, so if you have overlooked sending back your reply slip and settling the registration fee please do so immediately, in order to secure your child’s place. We thank you for entrusting your children’s care and education to us and look forward to guiding their learning during the next academic year.
Upcoming co-curricular events
Festival Week 2019 – Don’t miss your chance to participate in Pinocchio at the HK Academy for Performing Arts, HKAPA from 4 – 9 June. Join selective co-curricular courses and showcase your many talents! Contact our administration staff for more details.
In Playgroup, we sing the Who is Here Today? song to help the children associate the name and the face of each child in class. It’s also a great way to exercise memory and recall skills.
During February, the children have been exploring things Up in the Sky and Down in the Sea such as stars, balloons, birds, kites, and fish.
We’ve been having fun during gross motor and fine motor skills activities.
We watched our scarves sway gently in the air as we sing the Up and Down song together. Balloons, stars and rainbows were explored during movement sessions and also in the art room. What fun it is to learn printing, stamping, and textured painting techniques!
Our next theme is Spring Time and students will explore flowers, bugs, baby animals, and more!
Let’s continue to encourage the children to participate in activities and build on their confidence to do things independently. They just love doing things by themselves and also learning to play well together!
Ms Rhawnie, Ms Dipika, and Mr Roy
We’ve had a wonderfully action-packed month of celebrations, as we dressed up like cupid and told our friends and teachers we loved them with our Valentine’s crafts!
The Chinese New Year party and parents’ assembly also provided lots of fun and learning about this special holiday.
Our current theme Up in the Sky has taken us to new heights as we learn about different animals and modes of transport that can fly, as well as explore the concept of day and night. We discussed the different things we do during daytime and nighttime.
We even observed the dark night sky as planets and stars were projected in our classroom! What a wonderful sensory experience.
Role play is a fantastic way to discover and understand the world we live in, and as our Pre-Nursery students’ concept of pretend play grows stronger, we’ve been taking part in more complicated role play activities. Students got the chance to be a pilot and fly their friends to different parts of the world on holiday, telling their teachers we were flying to Japan for the day! We even rode in a hot air balloon and pretended to see lots of things through our binoculars from way up high in the sky!
Up in the Sky introduced opportunities for a lot of music and movement at school too, where not only did we learn about the concept of up and down with our parachute, but also with our whole bodies as we moved like a bird soaring in the sky and flapped our wings like a butterfly.
Ms Claire, Ms Felicity, Ms Jasmine and Ms Wanna
We had a fabulously fun February in K1, as we continued to explore the theme Jobs People Do. Thank you, to Pavie’s mummy and Matthew’s daddy for helping us to gain insight into the roles of a nurse, a banker, and a military officer.
The children throughly enjoyed the theme and happily engaged in all of the class activities such as sorting tools for different occupations, role playing, and completing an obstacle course!
The children loved their excursion at the Museum of Climate Change and are still talking about it in class!
They are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and often ask probing what and why questions. It’s wonderful to see their confidence and understanding develop as they enquire and explore more.
Ms Urwashi and Ms Rebecca
February started with much excitement, as all the students had stories to tell about their Chinese New Year holidays. Valentines Day was also a big hit with the K2 class in February, as they made heart-shaped frames and used these in class to learn about the importance of giving and receiving love.
We’ve continued to learn about Children Around the World and I Live in Hong Kong, and the last week of February involved a topic-based assessment of these themes.
Children Around the World introduced the students to the continents on earth and they also focused on three countries; India, Australia, and South Africa. All of these countries offer rich cultural, historical, and environmental information that the children have been immersed in. They’ve learned to say basic greetings in native languages, and explored foods, sports, animals, and landmarks of these countries. The children found it particularly engaging when Mr Marc talked to them in Afrikaans or Zulu (South African languages).
Art classes have been productive with new techniques and skills developed. Students used a crêpé paper dying technique and oil pastels to created Taj Mahal artworks. A dot painting technique was used to decorate their aboriginal boomerangs, and lots of cutting, sticking, colour mixing and painting used to create impressive lion masks.
Music and movement has involved listening to music from Australia and South Africa, and learning the songs Waltzing Matilda and Shosholoza. The meanings of the lyrics where explained and the children devised original movements and actions that they felt related to each song.
All students have shown impressive progress in their reading and writing skills. A high level of concentration has also been noted during mathematics lessons with the students recently learning to write out a full addition equation.
During February, K3 continued to explore the topic Our Material World. They’ve been learning about the various states of matter, and it took some bright minds to understand what matter is, and that it is made up of atoms and molecules. Students further investigated this topic by exploring the various characteristics that are associated with different states of matter and how molecules are responsible for this. A simple balloon experiment brought to light many questions and answers, and the students have enjoyed playing the role of scientists in class.
K3 celebrated Chinese New Year in style with their wonderful traditional outfits and enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities. They worked well together and performed an engaging play during the parents’ assembly.
Design and technology has become a big focus in class this month and the students’ steady hands were tested during the construction of our STEM kits. These activities assess the students’ ability, not only to follow step-by-step instructions, but also to complete these instructions by correctly building the pieces together.
Science and construction also came together in the art room recently with the students learning how to use modroc to make plaster casts of their hands. What a fun way to witness powder, fabric and water combine together to create a solid 3D copy of a body part.
We also enjoyed a visit to the Museum of Climate Change during February and were taught valuable lessons about critical topics such as global warming and what actions we as humans may take to reduce the inevitable affects of such a harsh reality.
Pre-Nursery children have had a wonderful time exploring the concept of day and night through storytelling during their theme Up in the Sky. They loved learning about aeroplanes, kites, clouds, stars, and the sun and moon. They were excited using their hands to feel the texture of the cotton clouds.
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina) and Huang Laoshi (Ms Tracy)
K1 students have continued to investigate the theme Jobs People Do. They were excited to role play different occupations – delivering mail as a post officer, using tools to repair toys as an engineer, and selling hats whilst being a salesperson. The children learnt to say Thank you to the people who help us. During this topic, we have seen improvements in language, social skills, and mathematics!
Chen Laoshi (Ms May)
The children have been travelling a lot during the theme Children Around the World. They learnt where China, Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and India are located on the world map. They also learnt to identify the flags and characteristics of China, Australia, South Africa, and India.
They created boomerangs and had so much fun playing with them in the Star Room.
During this topic, the children learned to respect each other’s culture. They understood that even though children around the world look and speak differently, we are all the same inside.
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina)
During February, K3 students have continued to focus on the theme Our Material World. The children brought to school some objects made from metal, plastic, glass and cotton, and presented them to their classmates.
What a thrill it was for the children to visit the Museum of Climate Change. They not only saw a giant metal dinosaur there, which was made from recycled metals, but also understood that recycled glass can be mixed with other materials and transformed into bricks for construction. The children then enjoyed watching a video demonstrating the process of glass transforming into different states.
Apart from the current theme, the K3 students also performed a dramatic performance of A Monster Named Nian during our special Chinese New Year parents’ assembly. We hope you all had a great time watching the show.
Huang Laoshi (Ms Tracy)