Message from the School Director
What an action-packed and memorable year it’s been! Well done to all Mills students for studying, working, and playing so well together, and congratulations to our graduating K2 and K3 students. We are very proud of your achievements, and wish you success and joy as you progress to primary school and Year 1 next year.
Dear parents and children,
There was so much fun and learning during our recent International Day as we celebrated together and shared engaging show and tell presentations on countries including Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Russia, South Korea, and Vietnam. What a whirlwind exploration of our wonderfully multicultural world!
We also joined together to congratulate our K2 and K3 students when they presented a delightful graduating ceremony on 15 June. It is a major step for the children when they progress to primary school or to K3/Year 1 at Mills, and we wish them success and joy in their new adventures. We hope they will fondly remember their journey with us at Mills. We will miss them!
All Pre-Nursery to K3 children have celebrated achievements recorded in their recent academic Progress Reports and they will soon take home their portfolios, which are brimming with vitality, creativity, and newly discovered skills and knowledge that they can extend into the future.
Many Mills and also external students have taken advantage of our popular and highly successful co-curricular programme this year, which has supported their learning in varied areas including phonics, reading, writing, science, technology, mathematics, and much more. They have achieved first-class results in the London College of Music (LCM) exams, performed on a professional theatre stage, and exhibited their artworks during the wonderful Kids’ Gallery Festival Week this year too!
Throughout the year we’ve ensured all of our students have had abundant time to play and explore together, whilst also allowing sufficient time for them to focus on academic activities that provide the foundation skills needed as they advance to higher classes, higher expectations, and higher levels of achievement next year. I remain confident that we have prepared them well, and they are motivated and ready for the challenges ahead.
It’s time now to reflect on all that we have achieved together this year and take some well deserved rest. We’re already planning for 2018 – 2019 and it looks set to be another successful year as we continue to aim for excellence in all that we do at Mills!
I’d like to thank our dedicated teachers, efficient administration team, and hard working auxiliary staff, for upholding the spirit and philosophy of Mills and trying their very best to aim for excellence in all that we do for the children. Good teamwork and collaboration is central to the success of the school and I wish also to thank our parents for kindly giving their time, resources, skills, and valuable feedback to me this year. I look forward to continuing to work closely with you to ensure the very best for each and every one of our students. As the school continues to grow we are delighted to be welcoming several new teachers to Mills in August. Please click here to find information about our new teaching team. We would also like to thank the following teachers who are leaving Mills at the end of this academic year: Ms Franziska, Ms Jean, Ms Michelle, Ms Tracy and Ms Yan, and wish them the very best for the future.
Please note that for those of you returning to Mills for the new school year, the start dates are:
- 14 August for Pre-Nursery classes
- 24 August for K1, K2, K3 classes
Please note that we will have a Welcome Meeting for parents on:
- 13 August (PN): 1.30 – 2.30pm
- 13 August (K1 – K3): 3.00 – 4.00pm
Students joining K1, K2, and K3 may be interested in our Extended Learning Programme from 9.00am – 12 noon each day from 14 – 23 August, which will provide preparation for the coming year. Please ask if you would like further information.
Thank you for entrusting your children’s education to our care this year. Enjoy your summer break, and we look forward to seeing many of you again at Mills for more hard work and play in the new academic year!
Dear Playgroup Junior and Playgroup parents,
June was full of activity for Playgroup students as they participated in their first dragon boat race in the classroom. Following instructions and working on balance, coordination, teamwork and self-control was the focus of the activity, along with a whole lot of fun!
Our active and playful Playgroup children also continued to explore the theme Fabulous Food this month. They learnt to identify their favourite foods, role played grocery shopping, and then played as chef in the toy kitchen. This was a valuable exercise for enhancing vocabulary, as they named each item of food before putting it in the shopping trolley or basket.
We explored lots of sorting and counting activities during circle time – matching fruits and counting apples, sausages, and scoops of ice cream! The children also developed their hand-eye coordination and balancing skills as they walked around the room carrying plates of toy food.
They enjoyed making ice cream artworks and exploring oatmeal and pasta in the sensory play bins.
We hope to see you over the summer period, and back in full swing come the new school year!
Dear Pre-Nursery parents,
Crash! Bang! Boom! Exploring different musical instruments; drum, tambourine, shaker, triangle, castanet, xylophone, hand bell, piano and guitar, kept hands busy and entertained the children learnt to identify the sound each instrument makes.
Playing the musical instruments to different tempos was introduced and this activity helped train the children to listen and concentrate while tapping to the beat. We even had our own mini-orchestra whilst singing along to our favourite songs.
We extended the music experience into the art room, as the children bounced and danced to the beat of music whilst they created expressive artworks!
Pre-Nursery students have had a fabulous year of self-development, bonding and friendships, budding imaginations, curiosity and love for learning. It has been very rewarding seeing each and every child grow, learn, develop, and conquer challenges this year. Many memories are made at school and we hope to have captured some of those moments in the children’s portfolios. We hope you enjoy sharing the portfolio with your family and friends.
Ms Celia, Ms Jasmine, Ms Rhawnie, Ms Wanna, and Ms Wendy
Dear K1 parents,
It has been a wonderful year as we’ve witnessed the children become more mature and independent, and achieve a number of milestones. We have created a lot of memories together with all the amazing school events and fun activities that have happened in class, and it has been a pleasure to teach them.
The children have shown a lot of interest in our last theme of the year A Long Time Ago. They have been learning to name dinosaurs and to recognise their special features, such as spikes and claws that they used to protect themselves, and how to distinguish the different types of dinosaurs. They loved role playing with the dinosaur toys and drawing in the cave – which is their secret corner! During music and movement lessons, they have enjoyed listening to dinosaur sounds and pretending to be these two- or four-legged creatures, by stomping around in time to the musical rhythm.
Our Alphabet Books are now complete and we are continuing to practise singing phonics songs so that the children will remember the names and phonic sounds of the letters. They have put great effort into practising how to write the letters and made simple letter-related artworks to complete their books. It’s great to see their writing skills have improved throughout this academic year. They are also more interested in exploring the sounds of the letters and words while they are reading with their friends.
Art sessions are always a delight for the children! They have been getting so much enjoyment out of their art projects and they are certainly learning how to put effort into their work. They especially loved making their dinosaur tails.
K1 students always make us proud! They have been helping more in class and taking responsibility for their belongings. Most of them are able to put aprons on by themselves and help each other. At the moment, they enjoy using marks, lines, shapes, and recognisable letters to create their pictures, and they always have something to say about their work.
Each child has brought something unique to the classroom this year; they have such different personalities, interests, and learning styles. It has been wonderful to see them grow as individuals!
Dear K2 parents and children,
The year has come to an end and we have had so much fun learning and growing together. We were very fortunate to have such a lovely group of children and we can say without a doubt that the students have blossomed into independent young learners.
We are very proud of each and every one of them, and wish them the best of luck whether they are going to K3/Year 1 or primary school next year.
They had such a lovely graduation ceremony and we would like to thank them for working so hard during the rehearsals.
In the final two weeks we have been doing revision and completing the workbooks for K2. In preparation for K3/Year 1 the students will focus on their reading and writing skills. The Phonics Workbook 2 and Literacy Workbook will only be completed halfway, as the students will continue with these books during K3. For students who will continue at Mills, these books will be kept at school. Students who will leave Mills for primary school will receive these books to take home on 29 June.
We are looking forward to seeing some of the students again during our Summer Camps and Extended Learning Programme (ELP). We hope that the children enjoy their summer holidays, and that they will be refreshed and ready for primary school and K3.
Thank you once again, to all students and parents for contributing to this year’s academic activities.
Dear K3 parents and children,
What a fantastic year it has been! K3 have been working so hard and giving their best in the final push before the year comes to an end. This month we have been focusing on our new topic of Outer Space.
In English, they have completed various tasks that help them with their spelling and writing of sentences. They have focused on getting to know and use different pronouns and prepositions, as well as the use of capital letters and full stops. As a class they have been working on putting things in alphabetical order. This has been tricky and has taken some time, but they are getting the hang of the steps to take when doing it.
In Maths, they have been busy working on bar graphs, picture graphs, and how to use a tally system. They have enjoyed collecting data and have then presented the data in graph form.
In Art, the class papier mâchéd balloons and then painted them to create planets from the solar system. These were displayed together and admired by many visitors to our classroom.
They have also enjoyed using the Smartboard in class to play games related to the current topic. This was seen as a reward for good work or good behaviour.
During Science lessons, the children have been learning about the order of the planets in our solar system, as well as different facts and information about each planet.
For International Day, they enjoyed learning about different countries such as Vietnam, Russia, South Korea, Thailand and India. I held an oral quiz with them afterwards to see what they had learnt and remembered.
It has been my absolute pleasure teaching the K3 students this year. They have all worked so hard and always have the ability to put a huge smile on my face. I wish them all the best of luck as they progress to primary school and the exciting new chapter of their lives.
Playgroup Junior and Playgroup
During the theme of Fabulous Food, the children learnt the words apple, banana, strawberry, and orange by playing different games such as food type and colour matching, and chopping toy foods. They chose their favourite fruits, role played chopping them, putting them on the plate, and then followed the teacher by naming the fruits. In addition, the children sang I’m a Big Apple and played musical instruments.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
During the theme Noisy – Crash, Bang, Boom, Pre-Nursery children learnt about different musical instruments through games and activities. They learnt to name instruments such as the tambourine, castanets, maracas, and piano. The children were able to name the instruments by picture and by sound. They had so much fun playing the instruments too.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
During the theme A Long Time Ago, the children learnt about the of Chinese culture by participating in various games and activities. They tasted traditional snacks, such as popcorn and rice cakes, counted with marbles, used twigs to write in sand, and played traditional Chinese musical instruments such as cymbals and drums. Their cognitive abilities, emotional control and social abilities have been greatly developed.
Chen Laoshi (Ms May)
During the theme I Can Move, K2 children were introduced to the origins of the Olympic Games and the importance of sports to human beings. They learnt various sports, such as dragon boat racing, running, table tennis, badminton, tennis, basketball, football, swimming, gymnastics and yoga. They experienced the fun of sports through games, music, and artwork. They also learnt songs, vocabulary, and sentences to express the importance of a healthy lifestyle and sportsmanship.
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina)
During the theme Outer Space, the children learnt through stories and pictures that Earth is only one of many planets in the solar system. They also learnt about different planets in the solar system such as Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. The children learnt to name the planets in Mandarin. They used marbles, rulers and rope to represent the placing of planets in the solar system. Last but not least, they role played as astronauts landing on the moon and described what they saw on the moon.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)