Message from the School Director
All of the important foundations and accomplishments achieved by the children during Term 1 are certainly paying off and 2019 is set to be a great year for growth and progress!
Dear parents and children,
Welcome back to Term 2! Our students began the new year by celebrating Care for All Things, and learning the importance of respecting and loving our environment, school, people, and animals. We adopted an endangered tiger from World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) and enjoyed a visit from Bella the dog, who taught the children how guide dogs help visually impaired people.
The students have also been growing plants and gifting them to the elderly in our neighbourhood – what a meaningful way to demonstrate gratitude and bring joy to others!
Fostering acts of kindness and encouraging a positive mind-set is linked directly to our MindUP programme at Mills. MindUP activities give children a general sense of calm and help build their resilience – allowing them to thrive in learning and in life. It’s encouraging that more parents in Hong Kong now recognise how this links to mental health, happiness and success in our children. I look forward to providing advice to parents on teaching mindfulness at home, on 25 February at the Jewish Woman’s Association.
We pride ourselves in the high calibre of our teaching staff at Mills, and were delighted to present best practice in teaching and to share our skills at the recent Water Supplies Department workshops for kindergarten teachers.
It was also lovely to welcome Arabella Lambe from Top Schools to Mills, and she was duly impressed by the wonderful work our teachers and students do each day. We look forward to welcoming more families and students to our Mills community!
Re-enrolment for 2019-2020
You will shortly receive an important email, regarding your child’s re-enrolment for the 2019 – 2020 academic year. Please note that you must return your reply slip by the specified date 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.
Wishing you all a healthy, happy, and prosperous Year of the Pig from everyone at Mills!
During January, Playgroup children have studied the themes New Year Celebrations and I Can Sing and Dance! They loved moving to different beats and using musical instruments whilst singing. Here they are dancing with the Chinese New Year lion and drumming the Chinese drums.
Our festive games and activities have helped develop early numeracy skills – passing the candies to our friends and counting them as we put them in the bucket proved great fun!
We’ve also been busy making decorative lanterns and festive tangerines during our art sessions!
Exploring the texture of water beads and playing with dough are wonderful tactile activities that heighten sensory awareness and fine motor skills. Playgroup children had lots of fun rolling, patting, and squeezing their playdough!
It’s great to see so many of the Playgroup children progressing into Pre-Nursery recently and reassuring to see them settle smoothly into their new “big” class so quickly. Well done, children!
January has come and gone so quickly! We’ve been busy discovering animal life in our Animal Stories topic of study. We began by looking at farm animals, finding out what foods they eat, and learning about the things they give us such as milk and eggs. We then jumped straight into our jungle theme, and explored wild animals and their different habitats. The deep blue sea also provided scope for lots of learning as we watched our aquatic friends swim, and discovered which sea animals have legs (tentacles) and just how many they have!
Watch as we learn to milk a cow!
Here we are working hard at shearing the sheep so we can have wool!
Yuck! The farm animals have gotten dirty! Watch as we help them get clean!
Walking through the jungle as different animals; prowling like lions, climbing like monkeys, and even squirming around like snakes!
How many legs (tentacles) does an octopus have? Let’s count together!
Watch out for your hands as we feed this big shark!
We wish all of our Pre-Nursery students a happy Chinese New Year and we look forward to learning more exciting things together after the holidays!
Ms Claire, Ms Felicity, Ms Jasmine, and Ms Rebecca
The children have grown up so much since the Christmas holidays! They’ve become increasingly curious and imaginative about their surroundings and are actively interacting during circle time.
During the first week of January we focused on the theme Care for All Things, and learnt how to care for our environment, animals, family, and school. The children loved creating polar bears and discussing what we can do to protect them.
In literacy, they’ve been learning vocabulary that begins with letters i and j. Whilst learning about the letter i they observed ice melt and were so excited to build an ice cube igloo.
Dramatic play areas proved popular during the theme Jobs People Do, with the children exploring where people work, the tools and equipment they use, and the uniforms they wear. They loved dressing up and role playing occupations with props and toys. They had fun nursing and healing toy animals whilst role playing as vets, directed traffic as police officers, put out fires to bravely save people as firefighters, and perfected their cooking skills as chefs. We’ve also enjoyed hearing the children share what they want to be when they grow up.
Ms Urwashi and Ms Wanna
We began January with our Care for All Things event, and K2 students focused on the environment and water conservation. They learnt how to make filters from recycled plastic bottles, cotton, fine sand, and small pebbles, and then watched in amazement as muddy water became clean as it moved through their filter!
We then moved on to the topic I Live in Hong Kong, and enjoyed a bus and Star Ferry ride during an excursion to the Maritime Museum. Learning about local transportation, foods, and architecture provided engaging areas of study. Each student also produced a 3D model building that was then displayed as part of a modern cityscape.
Our studies then extended to Children Around the World with focus on India and China. The students have learnt new vocabulary related to the food, animals, buildings, and life of children from these countries. They were also introduced to watercolour techniques and created beautiful paintings of the Taj Mahal.
Physical education has focused further on hand-eye coordination this month, with the children enthusiastically playing cricket and baseball.
Dragon puppets have been made, and traditional brush and ink used to practice Chinese writing, in preparation for the upcoming festive celebrations. We look forward to seeing you at the Chinese New Year parents’ assembly.
We started off the year with a caring mindset by exploring the theme of Caring for All Things. The students created artworks representing the harsh truths of plastic in our oceans and how it affects ocean animals.
They also did a tour of school to identify any leaking taps or pipes in order to help conserve water and take care of our environment.
K3 enjoyed an excursion to a local care home, where they gifted plants they had grown and played fun games with the elderly.
More recently, the students have been exploring the topic Our Material World. They’ve had fun investigating everyday objects and working out what material each object was made from, before categorising them into groups of natural or made-made objects.
The students then explored the different states of matter; liquid, solid, and gas. The ‘boiling water’ experiment helped them understand the transformation of liquid to gas, ‘melting ice’ experiment showed the transformation of solid to liquid, and ‘freezing water’ experiment demonstrated the change from liquid to solid.
There has been a big focus on mindfulness in the K3 class and how this can help us achieve our learning and behavioural goals. The students performed a series of breathing exercises, after which ‘mindful seeing’ experiments were conducted. These experiments were ways to teach students how to look at visuals with clarity in order to provide vivid descriptions of what they see.
The students are also benefiting from regular yoga practise.
A happy new year to everyone. May it be a blessed year filled with success in all facets of life.
Our Pre-Nursery students have been exploring the theme Animal Stories and have learnt about farm, forest, and sea animals through a variety of interesting activities. They now know how to recognize and name each animal in Mandarin. The children have explored animal-themed jigsaw puzzles and stories, and they enjoyed imaginative play with toy animals. They also loved singing different animal songs.
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina) and Huang Laoshi (Ms Tracy)
During the theme Jobs People Do, K1 students learnt about different occupations such as teacher, chef, police officer, firefighter, doctor, and nurse. They now have a better understanding of what each job involves and are able to match tools and equipment for each occupation with images of people dressed in associated uniform. The students loved role playing, and proudly said “I am the chef” when wearing the chef’s hat and “I am the police officer” when using the toy handcuffs.
Chen Laoshi (Ms May)
K2 students have been investigating the theme I Live in Hong Kong and have learnt about different local foods and transportation. They role played going to a Chinese restaurant and enjoyed ordering various foods to eat. They listened to the story Going Out and learnt about some of the famous buildings and modes of transportation, including riding the MTR, in Hong Kong.
We have also started the theme Children Around the World and explored various countries such as China and India. When focusing on China, the children learnt about the Four Great Inventions, the Great Wall, and other important cultural and geographical features.
The Chinese Lunar New Year is coming soon and the students have learnt how to write special spring couplets. We wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year!
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina)
K3 students have had a great time learning about Our Material World. Through observation, tactile, and listening activities they learnt to describe and identify a wide range of different materials. The students then discussed common everyday objects such as computers and what materials each object was made from.
The students have learnt how to use Chinese brush and ink to draw pink blossom flowers, signifying fortune and good luck for their family. What a pleasant way to create artworks to celebrate the festive period. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig!
Huang Laoshi (Ms Tracy)