September @ Mills

 

Message from the School Director 校長的話

Welcome back, everyone! What a joy to see our students recharged and ready for the fun and challenges that lie ahead for the new school year.

歡迎大家再次回到校園!很高興見到孩子們朝氣勃勃地走進課室,準備迎接新學年的新挑戰。

Dear parents and children,

親愛的家長和孩子:

The beginning of the school year marks a time of promise and potential, and 2019-20 is no exception! With skilled and devoted staff and a supportive family community at Mills, each and every student is poised to achieve academic excellence, become emotionally and physically stronger, and grow their talents.

每一個新學年都代表着承諾與潛能, 2019-20學年亦不例外!在苗士這個大家庭裏,有一班充滿熱誠和擁有資深教學經驗的老師,也有一班積極主動的後勤員工,在苗士就讀的每一位學生在學術上均獲取優異成績,在情感和體格上茁壯成長,天份亦得以充分發揮。

Our goal is to provide a nurturing environment where all children flourish and become responsible, caring people. Thank you for understanding that it can take a few weeks for a child to adjust to a new class, peer group, and teacher. Throughout September, we’ve see the children settle in, play well, work hard, and make new friends.

我們的教學宗旨就是提供一個能夠孕育孩子茁壯成長、培養孩子責任心和懂得關愛別人的環境。感謝各家長在新學年的首數星期對孩子需要重新適應新班級、朋友圈和老師的諒解。整個九月份,我們看見孩子重新投入課堂日常、在歡樂笑聲中玩耍、用功學習和結交新朋友。  

We watch as even the youngest Pre-Nursery students quickly identify their cubby, change their shoes, and place their items for class in the drop off boxes. It’s reassuring to see the children so keen to do things for themselves as this promotes important practical life skills.

能夠在苗士見證到年紀最小的學前預備班學生懂得辨認自己的玩具、自己換鞋及自律地在課堂上放好自己的東西實在令我們鼓舞。小朋友學懂獨立,同時能夠促進及培養未來生活需要的技能。

K1 children are developing their confidence and social skills as they foster new friendships and learn to work together. We also see them widening their vocabularies with pre-writing and counting activities.

K1的小朋友在苗士發展友誼及一起學習的同時能夠培養自信心及社交技巧。除此之外,小朋友也能透過練習寫作及數字練習中擴大自己的字彙。

K2 students are making firm attempts at writing both in Chinese and English. They’ve also been gently introduced to their Jolly Phonics and numeracy programmes.

而K2的學生則開始練寫中英文字, 也開始慢慢認識數字和英文拼音。

Higher up the school in K3 (Year 1) we are seeing wonderful efforts being made during spelling and numeracy exercises. Dictation, aural comprehension, and mental math tests will be introduced soon.

而K3(一年級)的學生則在努力地完成每星期定期的拼字和數學練習;稍後便會有默書、聽力閱讀理解和心算。

Our Mills community is important to us and we have lots of exciting family events planned for the upcoming year. Nothing brings people together like festivals do, and cultural celebrations are an important part of our school life. These events enhance communal harmony, appreciation of others, and an understanding of the world for young children. It was great to see so many of you join the children and teachers in school recently, to participate in varied activities based on the Mid-Autumn Festival.

苗士這個大家庭能夠有各家長的參與和支持,對我們來說是十分重要的,在本學年我們已安排多項有趣精彩的家庭活動。特別的節日最能夠把各人維繫在一起,因此文化節慶是我們校園生活重要的一環。各種不同的節日慶典能增進社會和諧,教導孩子學會欣賞別人,拓展孩子對世界認知的視野。很高興見到多位家長親臨校園,跟孩子一起參與不同活動來慶祝中秋佳節。

During the upcoming school year, I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s learning and get involved in their school life. Opportunities during October and November:

我誠意邀請您們在本學年繼續積極參與子女的校園生活, 10月和11月的親子活動如下:

  • Sign up to be a Mystery Reader
    報名參加「神秘講故事爸媽」計劃

  • Attend Parents’ Assembly
    出席家長集會

  • Join our first Family Arty Party on Saturday, 26 October
    出席10月26日(星期六)舉行的首個「藝術家庭對對碰」活動

  • Participate in the Diwali or Thanksgiving celebrations
    參與排燈節或感恩節慶祝活動


Click here to join the Family Arty Party on 26 October.

Non-Mills families may also join in the fun!

按此報名10月26日的「藝術家庭對對碰」活動。

歡迎非苗士家庭參與!

 

We had a very busy day at the SCMP Education International Schools Festival during September. We’re always delighted to meet new parents and share with them the wonderful things we do at Mills.

在九月份,我們參加了南華早報國際學校教育展覽。我們非常樂意和珍惜跟各家長會面的機會,藉此跟您們分享苗士精彩的校園生活。

At Mills, we believe that direct and open communication is best. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher, or our administrative staff if you have questions or wish to discuss personal academic and social goals for your child. We are always pleased to meet with you for scheduled appointments or to connect via your child’s Communication Book, by email or telephone. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me, or schedule a time to meet, if you have any questions or concerns over the course of the year. 

苗士深信直接和開放溝通是最有效改善溝通的方式。如您有任何疑問或想跟老師商討子女的個人學業和社交目標,請不要猶豫,可直接跟孩子的班主任或行政職員聯絡。我們十分歡迎家長預約時間跟我們會面,又或可透過孩子的學校手冊、電郵或電話跟我們聯絡。如您對本學年的課程有任何疑問,歡迎直接聯絡本人,並安排會面時間。

We’re committed to supporting your children’s learning and this year we’ve extended our co-curricular offerings by providing the new Step Ahead™ programme. Step Ahead allows Mills students aged 2 – 6 years to remain at school until 4.00pm each day for a personalised learning experience. At only $2,800 per month, spaces are sure to fill up fast.

我們致力於支持您孩子的學習,今年我們通過提供新的Step Ahead™計劃擴展了我們的課外活動。 Step Ahead™ 專為2至6歲的苗士學生而設,讓孩子每天留校至下午4時,以加強個人化的學習體驗;每月僅需$ 2,800 元的學費,相信家長會十分踴躍地為子女報讀。

Click here to enrol in Step Ahead.

 This programme is available to Mills students only.

按此報名下午進修課程。

此課程只供苗士學生參與。

We were proud of our co-curricular students for attaining excellent results in their recent examinations. Mills students achieved up to 15 shields – the top mark in the Cambridge examination! Our students also received first class results in the GAPSK Mandarin examination. Personalised private lessons are available for students wanting to perfect their English or Mandarin skills for everyday use, language examinations, or preparation for primary school entry interviews. Talk to our Administration staff if you would like to arrange private lessons for your child.

我們為參加課外活動課程的學生在最近的公開考試中,取得了優異成績而感到十分自豪。多位苗士學生考獲了多達15個盾–劍橋考試的最高成績!我們的學生還在GAPSK普通話考試中獲得了卓越的成績。根據孩子不同程度而設的私人課程適用於想要完善其日常英語、普通話技能、語言考試、英普朗誦節或準備參加小一入學面試的學生。歡迎向我們的行政職員查詢,為您的孩子安排私人課程。

Let’s work together to make this a year of growth and achievement for all children at Mills.

我誠意邀請您們跟我們一起努力,讓苗士的每位孩子在本學年都能夠發光發熱,一起成長和進步。

Warmest regards,
Ms Deirdre


Playgroup 遊戲班

We welcomed new students to the Playgroup Junior and Playgroup classes, and the children have bonded with their friends during lots of exciting activities and free play.

我們歡迎參加了幼兒遊戲班和遊戲班的新生,孩子們透過不同的有趣活動和自由玩耍時間互相認識新朋友 。

This month we’ve been focusing on the theme All About Me and the children have been learning about their body, facial expressions, and different things they like to do.

本月的學習主題「了不起的我」讓孩子認識身體的各部位和面部表情,還有他們喜歡做的事情。

This has of course involved lots of wonderful singing and dancing with musical instruments in our Star Room, as well explorative free play in the Wonder Room. Our Playgroup students have become much more confident as they discover what different things they like to play with by interacting with their friends!

我們一起在星星房唱歌跳舞,還用不同的樂器來伴奏;又在奇妙房間玩自由發揮的探索遊戲。遊戲班的孩子透過跟其他孩子互動,發現自己喜歡的各種不同事物和遊戲,大大增強了孩子的自信心!

Playgroup children having been learning about their senses by exploring textures and smells, and even used oranges to do some painting!

孩子們通過探索不同物料的質感和氣味來發掘他們的感官,甚至還用香橙來畫畫!

We celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival and the children loved finding mooncakes and placing them in the box. They also enjoyed mixing colours and creating moon-themed artworks.

我們一起慶祝中秋節,孩子們喜歡尋找月餅並將其放回盒子裏。他們還十分喜歡混合顏料並創作以月亮為主題的手工。

Ms Slava


Pre-Nursery 預備班

Our Pre-Nursery children have made a wonderful start to preschool! They arrive each day excited to be in class, see their teachers, and meet new friends. It’s hard to believe it’s only been six weeks since we first started to say goodbye to our parents and caregivers on the first day.

預備班的孩子朝氣勃勃地開展了一個新學年!他們每天都懷着興奮的心情回校上學,見到老師和新朋友都難掩他們愉快興奮的心情!很難想像自我們從第一天上學開始,孩子向父母和照顧者說再見以來只有六個星期。

They have quickly familiarised with daily routines such as changing to indoor shoes, and putting their folder and water bottle in the basket outside the classroom. They wave goodbye to parents and caregivers, make their way to their classroom, and engage with a wide range of fun table-top activities.

孩子們迅速地重拾上學的日常,會自己換鞋、擺放學習文件夾和水壼在課室外的籃子裏;然後跟父母或其他照顧者道別,自己步進課室,參與各種不同的桌面遊戲和活動。

For this first month of school, we have been exploring the theme Amazing Me; learning parts of the body, identifying facial features, learning about feelings and emotions, exploring the five senses, sharing family photos with friends, and making new friends.

在本學年的首個月,我們一起探索了「了不起的我」的學習專題,學習身體的不同部位、面部特徵、學習各種不同的感覺和情緒、探索五種感官、跟同學分享傳閲家庭照片和結交新朋友。 

They’ve also been learning how to participate during circle time, eat snack independently and clean up afterwards too!

孩子們一起學習如何在圍圈子時間參與互動,又能獨立吃零食以及處理吃茶點後的清理工作!

Thank you for celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with us in class and for trusting in us to make each day fruitful and fun for the children.

感謝您們在課堂上與我們一起慶祝中秋佳節,並相信我們每天都能夠讓孩子過得充實和快樂。

Ms Eloisa, Ms Felicity and Ms Jasmine


K1

K1 have settled fully into their new class and routines of school life. It is a joy to see so many happy faces filled with enthusiasm and energy each day.

K1的學生已全面投入新的學年和日常,每天見到一張張充滿熱誠和朝氣的快樂笑臉實在讓我們感到非常高興。

The students have been busy exploring the theme Animal Magic and have learnt about jungle animals, desert animals, aquatic animals, and farm animals. They loved searching for aquatic animals and jungle animals in our interactive deep blue sea and tropical forest whilst learning their names and different characteristics. They were amazed to learn that if we touch a jellyfish it can sting us.

學生們正忙碌探索「動物魔法」的學習主題,學習森林動物、海洋動物和農場動物。他們喜愛在互動的熱帶雨林中搜尋森林動物,學習不同動物的名稱和特徵。孩子們驚訝地發現,如果我們碰到水母,牠會刺痛我們。

As a part of our role play activity for aquatic animals, the children got the opportunity to go in a submarine. They had so much fun looking at different sea animals through the windows.

孩子從潛水艇的窗戶探索海洋裏的海洋動物,投入地參與扮演角色的活動,樂趣無窮。

In literacy, the children have been learning to form the letter A with play dough and also enjoyed observing ants with a magnifying glass whilst learning the sound of letter a – a, a, a.

在識字方面,孩子們正在學習用麵團製作英文字母A。他們也用放大鏡來觀察螞蟻爬行來學習英文字母a – a, a, a。

In order to enhance their communication and presentation skills, the students have been participating in our daily show and tell. Children love bringing in toys and pictures to share with their friends and they have been making a great effort to present in front of a keen audience. Keep it up K1! And thank you to all our wonderful parents for helping and encouraging them to share with us in class.

為了進一步加強孩子的溝通和表達技巧,學生每天都會輪流簡單介紹一樣物件,他們十分喜愛跟專注用心聆聽的同學介紹自己的玩具和相片,所有同學都十分努力地嘗試, K1的同學要繼續努力哦!同時,感謝所有父母積極地幫助和鼓勵孩子們在課堂上跟我們分享。

Ms Urwashi


K2

K2 has focused on the topic of storytelling during September, as well as a week celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival. We have covered Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, Elmer and The Gruffalo. All four stories hold strong messages, which the children can relate to their own lives. They’ve had fun recreating the stories dramatically and artistically, and also used the topics as a basis for learning proper penmanship during writing exercises. The children showed great excitement when we ate porridge just like Goldilocks did in the story.

K2班九月份的專題學習主要集中講故事,其中一個星期則用來慶祝中秋。我們以四個帶有強烈訊息及跟孩子生活息息相關的故事為學習內容,分別包括「三隻小熊與金髮女孩」、「三隻小豬」、「大象魏爾默」和「古飛樂」。 孩子從戲劇和藝術層面重新演繹上述的四個故事,大家都樂在其中。在練習書寫時以上述故事為題來學習書法。當我們像故事中的金髮女孩般吃粥時,孩子們都表現得非常興奮。

Singing has been an important part of circle time and a means of practicing numeracy and phonics as well as learning to tell a story through song. In addition, circle time has focused on understanding and controlling our emotions. With the use of colours and full body expressions we are working on identifying our own emotions as well as others. Simple breathing and listening techniques in conjunction with visual representations show the students how to calm their minds during times of over stimulation or dismay.

歌唱是「圍圈時間」重要的一環,透過唱歌學會數字概念和英文拼音,還有透過歌聲來講故事。此外,我們在「圍圈時間」講解了如何分辨和控制我們的情緒,以不同顏色和肢體表達來分辨自己和別人的情緒。教導孩子怎樣透過簡單的呼吸方法和聆聽技巧,以及視覺表徵來平復自己在受到過度刺激或沮喪時的心情。

Art has been a daily activity for the children. They have been exposed to a number of different textured materials, colour combinations, and the freedom to have a little messy fun. We have created Goldilocks bowls, Pig and Wolf puppets, Elmer elephants, and clay models of the Gruffalo.

美術是孩子日常活動的其中一環,每天都會接觸到不同質感的物料,混合顏色的概念和自由塗鴉的樂趣。我們製作了葛洛莉克小女孩的碗、小豬和狼手偶,埃爾默大象以及怪獸古飛樂的粘土模型。

Physical education (P.E.) has been a lesson which students have enjoyed every Tuesday and Thursday. The focus has been on balance and breathing control whilst stretching. We started with simple balance beam relays and then moved on to hopscotch where the children try to land on one foot and not fall over. This is initially difficult for them, but they pick up new skills relatively quickly, as long as the experience is a positive and focused one.

孩子十分喜愛每星期二和四的體育課,主要學習做伸展運動時要怎樣平衡身體和控制呼吸。我們從簡單的豆袋接力開始,再讓孩子用單腳來跳飛機而不會跌倒,起初對孩子來說會有點困難,但孩子集中精神和積極練習,很快便已掌握這個新技巧。

Phonics has been focused on reviewing the entire alphabet before diving into the Jolly Phonics programme. We have been working hard on introducing the students to lower case and building their recognition of beginning and ending sounds.

在進入Jolly Phonics 拼音計劃之前,我們一起複習所有的拼音字母。我們向學生介紹小寫字母,並增強他們對開始和結束聲音的認識。

They have also covered reading and writing numbers 1 – 10, and identifying and ordering numbers 0 – 20. This has included counting, grouping and estimating materials such as blocks, beads, and pompoms.

他們還涵蓋了讀寫數字1 – 10,識別和將數字0 –20排序。其中包括計數、分組和估計材料如積木塊、珠子和絨球的數量。

Thank you, parents, for your dedication to the children’s school schedule, homework, and reading plans. Workload will slowly increase as the year progresses but the fact of overloading children at such a young age is something I will keep in mind.

感謝各家長對孩子投放的時間、愛心和教導,積極配合學校的時間表、功課和閱讀計劃。隨着本學年的進度,學生的功課量會漸漸增加,但我會時刻緊記不會過度操練這個年紀的小朋友。

Mr Marc


K3

They say that time flies when you are having fun; time has never gone so fast in the K3 class! The students kicked off their topic-based learning by travelling into the past and learning all about different types of dinosaurs, where they lived, and what they ate.

人們說快樂的時光過得特別快;在K3班中,時間飛逝從未如此之快!學生進入回到過去的學習主題,學習各種不同類型的恐龍、牠們的住所和飲食。

The class then shifted their focus to the ancient civilization of Egyptians. The students were introduced to several new vocabulary words and explored the mystical world of mummies, pyramids, and pharaohs. The students have been putting a great deal of effort into creating their own class pyramid made of clay, which we hope will be nothing short of a great success.

然後,我們將重點轉移到埃及人的古老文明上,向學生介紹了幾個新的詞彙,並探索了木乃伊、金字塔和法老王的神秘世界。學生們全情投入以粘土創建自己班的金字塔,我們十分期待見到他們成功的製成品。

The K3 class doesn’t let a day go by without practicing math or English, and the students have worked hard to impress in these areas of school life. They’ve been introduced to basic addition as well as solidifying their counting skills. With independent reading being a big goal for the class, the students have been focusing on developing their phonetic ability over the past few weeks.

 在每天的上課時間表裏,數學和英語課程都是不可或缺的,學生們在這兩方面均十分積極用功地學習。他們已學習了基本的加法以及鞏固他們的計數技巧。鑑於獨立閱讀已成為全班學習的主要目標,在過去的數周中,學生們一直專注於提高他們的語音能力。

In between the students’ busy schedules, we have made time to practice our mindfulness through the MindUP™ curriculum, helping students to find clarity and remain calm when encountering situations that may put them under stress.

在學生忙碌的學習時間表中,也會抽時間練習MindUPTM 課程裏如何在面對壓力下仍然能保持平靜心境的思維方式。

We’ve also enjoyed a wonderful Mid-Autumn Festival celebration with several of our parents joining in the fun! The students got off the mark with a fun moon cake race, followed by a well-deserved traditional tea and jelly sharing session. Thank you to all the parents who joined us for such a wonderful celebration.

我們一起享受了美妙的中秋節慶祝活動,我們班有幾位父母也參加了是次活動!學生們參加了有趣緊張的月餅競賽,之後一起分享和品嚐傳統茶和果凍。感謝所有參與是次活動的父母,跟我們一起慶祝這個美好的節日。

With one month past already, we cannot wait for what lies ahead. The K3 class is excited for what the rest of the year will hold.

開學至今已經過了一個多月,我們已迫不及待開展往後的不同學習主題,對於今年剩餘的時間,K3班的學生感到既興奮又期待。

Mr Jacques


Mandarin
Pre-Nursery

During the theme Amazing Me, Pre-Nursery students learnt about the five senses as well as other body parts such as head, shoulders, knees and toes through storytelling, singing and sensory games. They are also learning to identify and deal with their emotions through MindUP activities directed by the teacher. They have been doing very well at school!

學前班的孩子們在《神奇的我》這一主題活動中,通過聆聽故事和唱遊活動,認識了五官的名稱,孩子們懂得用普通話說出:「眼睛、鼻子、嘴巴、耳朵」等詞語並認識了「頭兒、肩膀、膝、腳趾」等身體的部位。孩子們還通過玩「吹泡泡」和「猜猜這是誰的(眼睛、鼻子、嘴巴、耳朵)?」等遊戲加深了對這些器官功能的認識。在情緒方面,老師通過MindUP 活動引導孩子認識自己的情緒並懂得用正確的方法舒緩自己的情緒。 學前班的小朋友能夠很快適應學校生活,你們表現真棒!

Ms Selina (Fan Lao-shi) and Ms Tracy (Huang Lao-shi) 范老師和黃老師


K1

Welcome to the K1 class! It has been a pleasure to see the growth of the students and how they settle in better day-by-day. During the theme Animal Magic, students have been learning about various animals such as rabbits, chickens, tigers, and fish through storytelling. In order to develop their sensory skills, they have used play dough to make their own favourite animal. The students have also showed great enthusiasm during mathematics activities. They can now count from one to three.

歡迎小朋友來到幼兒班!很開心看到小朋友的成長,並漸漸地投入到新學年的生活當中。在動物的主題中,小朋友通過聆聽《棕色的熊,棕色的熊,你在看甚麼》、《誰在叫》和《小企鵝釣大魚》等故事,學習了與動物有關的詞語,如:小兔、小雞、老虎和魚等等。小朋友也通過感官發展活動,製做了麵糰,再運用麵糰製成自己喜歡的動物。他們十分投入數學活動,能夠在課堂中專心聆聽,跟著老師數數,還運用麵糰完成了1-3的數學活動。真棒!

Ms Circle (Wu Lao-shi) 吳老師


K2

During the theme Tell Me a Story, K2 students have explored several stories; Goldilocks and the Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Hen, Elmer the Patchwork Elephant, and The Gruffalo, which have enriched their vocabulary range. Their understanding of the story has been deepened through fun role play activities. They showed improvement in terms of verbal communication as they used simple vocabulary and sentences in Mandarin. They are now learning to write, which is a milestone for the students.

During the week of Mid-Autumn Festival, the students learnt about the history and traditions of this celebration. They read a Chinese poem Night Thoughts to their parents during the Parent-Student Sharing Session.

歡迎小朋友來到低班!在「講一個故事」的主題單元中,孩子們通過《金髮姑娘和三隻熊》、《三隻小豬》、《小紅帽》、《大象艾瑪》、《古飛樂》等故事學習了專注聆聽的重要性並豐富了他們的詞彙;通過角色扮演的活動,孩子們加深了對故事的理解;通過進行口頭組詞和造句提升了普通話的語感;他們還開始學習握筆開始簡單的書寫;而在「中秋節」這週,孩子們聽老師講《月亮的影子》、《月亮的味道》這兩個故事,認識了中秋節的來歷、中秋節的習俗和活動等,孩子們還通過給爸爸媽媽表演唐詩《夜思》,感受了唐詩的韻律和意境,對中國傳統文化也有了一定的認識。看著孩子們享受低班生活,老師感到由衷的快樂,你們真棒!

Ms Selina (Fan Lao-shi) 范老師


K3

K3 students kicked off their first theme People and the Past by reading The Stone Soup. Not only have they understood that people in the past used to cook with branches, but also learnt about costumes and men’s hairstyles in the past. They even experienced the fun of braiding, using wool as the hair!

To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, the students have made osmanthus jelly, which is a very delicious Chinese dessert.

高班的孩子們從《石頭湯》的故事開啓了第一個主題「回到過去」的探索之路。在《石頭湯》的故事中,我們不僅明白了以前的人們普遍是用樹枝生火煮飯,還欣賞了以前人們的服飾裝扮,知道了以前的男人有著長辮子。為了讓孩子們體驗編辮子,老師用毛線做了一頭“黑髮”,讓孩子們體驗編辮子的樂趣。除此之外,我們還運用桂花、枸杞和冰糖製作了中國的傳統糕點桂花糕來慶祝中秋節的到來,大家吃著桂花糕、品著桂花茶,為中秋佳節平添了許多樂趣,真是非常開心呢!

Ms Tracy (Huang Lao-shi) 黃老師

 
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