Message from the School Director
Springtime has truly arrived as Mills with an abundance of richly coloured blossoms adorning our corridors and butterflies fluttering around activity areas. What a splendid way to end Term 2!
Dear parents and children,
Our Easter parade was as colourful and creative as always with the children proudly showcasing the outstanding bonnets they made with you at home. Thank you for supporting the children, and bringing such joy and colour to school! Producing artworks together is a great bonding experience, whilst also encouraging the children to develop a wide range of useful skills. Folding, cutting and gluing paper requires children to use both of their hands together, thereby developing strong fine motor and bilateral coordination. This skill is important in other areas including drawing, writing, tying shoelaces, and dressing. Creative art activities often require drying time and are therefore a wonderful opportunity to develop self-regulation skills as the children learn self-control and patience. Even when we consider our designs well in advance, artworks don’t always go as planned, so these activities are also a great way to promote flexibility and an open-mind in the children as they discover that there can be more than one answer to a problem.
It was wonderful to see so many parents spend quality time with their children at school and catch up with other Mills parents at our recent Family Art Jam. The children really got into the spirit by making impressive spring chick bags. We look forward to having more of these fun events at school soon.
Our next Parents’ Assembly will take a new format on Friday, 27 April, with parents invited to join the children in our spacious art studio to create artworks together based on storybooks the students will explore during Book Week. We look forward to seeing you roll up your sleeves and have some messy fun with the children on that day.
Thanks to your generous support, we raised $1100 for World Vision’s Red Packet Donation 2018 during February. Fundraising and sharing our good fortune with others is an enriching life experience and good example for the children.
Don’t forget to send your child’s Read to Feed sponsorship form and money to school on Monday, 9 April. If you have any questions about this programme, please speak to your child’s teacher directly.
Please note that our annual School Photo Day will be on Wednesday, 25 April. It is compulsory that students wear summer uniform on this day, so please confirm your summer uniform orders, if you have not done so already. Girls must wear white socks (with no patterns). No leggings or stockings are allowed.
The end of term is upon us. Progress Records and Portfolios have been completed, recording accomplishments to date. Please remember to return these important documents to school after the April holidays, as we like to update them regularly.
Congratulations to our K2 and K3 students who continue to be successful in their applications for both international and local primary schools. We are proud of your achievements.
Wishing you all a wonderful Easter holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back on Monday, 9 April for more fun and learning in Term 3.
Summer Workshops – Plan ahead to prevent summer learning loss, and enrol in our comprehensive range of workshops which run from 3 July to 10 August. Check the school website for more information.
MindUP Parenting Workshop & Interview Day – Join our Parenting Workshop on Saturday, 2 June and discover how to cultivate your child’s wellbeing and emotional balance through the use of MindUP techniques. Register at www.millsinternational.edu.hk/open-day/
Springtime is here and Playgroup children have been thoroughly enjoying this theme. First, the children got to meet our friendly classroom cow and they role played squeezing milk from her. They also enjoyed painting some black patches on her body.
They made watering cans and decorated them before using them to role play watering the spring flowers. They developed their logic and reasoning skills too this month, whilst sorted the flowers according to their colours.
They explored colour, shape, and pattern by sticking decorations onto a large butterfly shape made from sticky contact paper.
The children also enjoyed learning about spring insects, whilst painting red and black ladybirds, and then counting the black spots on the body – what a great early numeracy activity!
There was further counting practise as the children made chick artworks and then counted their colourful eggs!
Pre-Nursery children were so proud of their achievements this term. Learning to be independent and doing things for themselves was the focus of their theme Look What I Can Do! We explored self-help skills and developed small finger muscles and physical coordination in the process.
Self-help skills such as following proper steps for hand washing during toilet breaks, role playing washing and drying baby dolls, practising taking off and putting on shoes, and buttoning and unbuttoning clothing helped to build the children’s sense of independence. Mastering these everyday tasks provides the children with the confidence to prepare themselves for school.
Lots of activities were used to work those small finger muscles and develop strength in their hands. The children learnt to squeeze, press and spray liquid from bottles, thread and lace, fasten and unfasten clothing, tear and scrunch paper, twist and turn to open containers, as well as draw and paint with different tools. Dexterity is important for Pre-Nursery children when encountering daily tasks.
We’ve been challenging the children’s physical abilities also this month. They’ve been encouraged to jump with both feet; in and out of hoops, from a height, and even on the trampoline! They also learnt to navigate through an obstacle course; balancing on a low beam, rolling, throwing and kicking a ball, crawling through a tunnel, and climbing up steps and ladders during our active PE lessons.
The phrase I can do it! has resounded in the classrooms each day this month as the children discovered new abilities and skills. They were so proud of their accomplishments as they accepted high-5s from the teachers. What a wonderful month we’ve had witnessing the Pre-Nursery children growing and becoming happy independent young learners!
Ms Celia, Ms Jasmine, Ms Rhawnie, Ms Wanna, and Ms Wendy
Thank you for all the time and effort you put in to helping the children make their Easter bonnets recently – they were stunning and truly impressive! The children were proud wearing them on parade and did a great job presenting them to everyone. We hope you enjoyed the parade as much as the children did.
The children enjoyed two excursions this month to the Science Museum and Sky100, and they’re still talking about them in class! It’s always fun learning outside the classroom!
The students have now completed their Super Seasons and Easter topics. As well as planting and playing with sand, we also introduced snow dough to the children and they were thrilled to build a snowman with their friends. There was a lot of imaginative conversation happening during these activities. The children are increasingly outspoken and eager to express themselves and share their ideas in class, which is wonderful to see.
We went outdoors for PE during March, as the children are more independent, are demonstrating good teamwork skills, and the sunny days are finally here! They had so much fun practising various obstacle courses and playing group games!
Wishing you a nice holiday!
Ms Jean and Ms Michelle
We’ve had a fun month exploring the topic The Magic of Science in K2. The students started off by studying colour theory and discovered how primary colours mix to create secondary colours during the “Walking Water” experiment.
They explored mixing colours in the art room to create colour wheels, then had so much fun spinning their wheels and watching the colours mix optically.
They investigated magnetic forces, and learned that a magnet has a north pole and a south pole. We then did a fun experiment where they had to test out different materials to check if they were magnetic or not.
Food science was also explored this month, with the children investigating apple oxidation and experimenting to see what they could use to prevent a slice of apple from turning brown. They also painted with coffee and learned that a solid/powder can turn to a liquid if you add energy in the form of warm water.
Easter and Spring are around the corner and the school is looking very colourful. In Art lessons, the K2 students made impressive artworks of spring bunnies using a polystyrene printing technique. This was a great way for them to explore linear pattern in their drawing and also learn how to use their printing tile to create multiple copies of their design. Their designs were very creative and unique. This was the first time the students have tried printmaking and they did a brilliant job.
In Phonics the students will learn the sounds v – oo – y – x – c h – sh – th – qu in April.
Our next topic will be People and the Past, and the students will travel back in time and explore the Stone Age!
We’ve been focusing on human biology for our Amazing Anatomy topic during March, with the children learning to identify and name various bones in the human skeleton. The K3 students can now tell you that there are two types of blood cells in the body, what their functions are, as well as which blood cells we have more of. They had fun removing the ‘germs’ from the blood system using tweezers.
In Art, they were each given a photo of one half of their face and they then closely observed the facial features, considered and measured their position on the face, and then produced a symmetrical drawing to complete their self-portrait. This activity enhanced their concentration and focus, whilst developing their observational and recording skills. They then used watercolour paints to colour the picture they had drawn. For the background of their self-portrait, the students learnt to weave strips of textured paper to create a criss-cross pattern. This technique was initially tricky but with practise they all managed fine.
We’ve also introduced the How do you feel today? board this month as part of our MindUP practice in class. Each student places a magnet on a colour that they think corresponds to the mood they are feeling and then they explain to their classmates how they are feeling and why. This is an effective method for the children to recognise the wide range of emotions felt by their classmates each day, and also helps them gain more understanding and a deeper sense of empathy.
The weather has been wonderful lately, so the K2 and K3 classes have been doing outdoor PE together. It’s been great to see the students work and play together during fun activities that improve their gross motor skills.
The class had a great time during their recent Sky100 excursion. They loved seeing the city from a birds-eye view and tried to spot where they lived and where Mills was on the skyline. They asked a lot of questions and enjoyed a different view of Hong Kong.
It was great seeing so many of you at the Easter bonnet parade. I would also like to wish you and your families a wonderful Easter and I look forward to seeing you all in Term 3.
Playgroup Junior and Playgroup
Playgroup children and parents thoroughly enjoyed the Spring-themed music in class this month. The children had fun singing the Three Butterflies song and role playing as butterflies, birds, frogs, and bees. What a wonderful season for them to explore.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
The current theme for Pre-Nursery is Look What I Can Do and the students have been learning to identify words such as go, run, climb, and jump during storytelling and say these words whilst playing various game activities in class. They practised jumping into and out of hula hoops and also tried moving like different animals.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
The current theme for K1 students is Super Seasons. They’ve learnt about the four seasons through singing, storytelling, art activities, and games. The students had fun imitating the sounds of spring animals, such as frogs croaking. They learnt words associated with summer such as watermelon, splash and fan. They also learnt how to differentiate the various seasons by studying and classifying different leaves.
Chen Laoshi (Ms May)
K2 students have been investigating The Magic of Science. They learned how to make colours change, explored the nature of magnets, and followed various food experiments. During this theme, they’ve learnt how to identify problems and find solutions through their experiments.
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina)
The recent theme for K3 was Amazing Anatomy. They learnt about different parts of the human body such as eyes, mouth, hands and hair. Using flash cards and other game-based tools, they demonstrated their knowledge by matching the different parts of the body and their associated words. Well done, K3 students, for participating in all the class activities.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)