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HHIS Newsletter – May 1st 2020
Friday May 1st 2020
Innovation is all around us at the moment as we adapt life to make the best of every day. This week we held the postponed KS2 and Y7 and Y8 Parent/Teacher meetings online. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and cooperation it was very successful and gave parents an update on progress and next steps for learning.
We also gained ideas and inspiration from you.
One of these ideas has led to students now being able to reserve books online from our library and then parents can collect the books from the school security. If books are reserved online before 12:00 noon on Thursdays, they will be ready for collection on Friday morning.
You will see that the school fees for next year have been posted on our website. For parents of children not currently enrolled at the school, there will be a 3.5% increase in fees. For parents of children currently enrolled at the school, next year’s fees will be frozen at the 19/20 rate.
Parents are also being rewarded by the learning going on across the school. Our students are certainly making the most of the learning opportunities provided with the encouragement and ‘nudging’ of parents. Innovation and the joy in learning is really evident but we realise that some tasks need more encouragement than others!
Please do get in touch with class or form teachers if the there are any difficulties at all. Tasks can be adapted, further instructions given and ways found to avoid stress for students and parents.
Year 3 students have been working on the precise ancient Japanese art of writing Haiku poems. They are rightly very proud of the imaginative way they have kept to the prescribed 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.
KS1 and KS2 students have created digital art sketchbooks with Ms Sarah.
In Humanities, Year 9 students have been looking at the role of art in celebrations. We began the term examining the legend of St. George and the Dragon, and how art has influenced our impressions of the real St. George. We learned that the knight’s struggles against the tyrannical dragon were chosen by medieval Christian painters to symbolise the battle between Christ and Satan. Students were then asked to create their own symbolic representations of real-life struggles in the form of stained glass windows, with stunning results (Ping Ping – top left, Fiona – top right, Malou – bottom).Mr. Jeremy and Mr. David
Year 11 have been examining the nature of truth and knowledge in our world. Here is Bonnie’s response to the question: would you feel safer in a world based on facts or opinions:
“Living in a world based on facts would be safer in my opinion, because there are proofs to the facts we’re living under. Everything would be peaceful, since everyone would agree to the same facts. I think it would feel a bit controlling, but it’s safe. Even though it’s basically us ignoring our instincts, and opinion, it might be safer if the world were based on facts. Living under a world based on opinions is basically us living and trusting our instinct/experiences on how things are supposed to be. Of course everyone has different opinions, and that’s what makes it dangerous. If ones doesn’t agree with the other’s opinions, they could be seen as an outcast or worse: getting threatened to believe in the same thing (such as religion, laws etc.) as other people using powers and reputation. A world based on opinions could mean freedom, but it would take time to find safety and agreements with each other.”
Bonnie’s reflection will really make you think.
A final celebration of learning for this week is a beautiful poem by Aim (Y9)
We’ve been through our ups and downs;I’ve been through your laughs and your frowns.You are just like a pulchritudinous gem.If we were a tree then you would be the stem:Reassuring me until I can bloomRaising me with your benevolent gloom.
Somehow we can connect without even talking;As though I can hear your thoughts without asking.Protecting you is my priorityEven from the slightest insecurity
Promise me you’ll never leaveBecause soon I’ll return what I received.Let’s stay together until the very last day:Until both our heads turn gray.If I can ask for one more wish, Is for our ineffable love to never finish.
Monday May 4th is a public holiday to mark the Coronation of King Rama X. Wednesday May 6th is also a public holiday to mark Visaka Bucha Day. There will not be any online learning on these days.
นักเรียนชั้น KS1 และ KS2 ได้ออกแบบผลงานศิลปะผ่านสมุดภาพดิจิทัลกับ Ms Sarah.
นักเรียนชั้น Y9 กำลังมองหาบทบาทของศิลปะที่เฉลิมฉลองสำหรับวิชามนุษยศาสตร์ เราเริ่มต้นภาคการศึกษาด้วยตำนานของ St. George และมังกร และทำอย่างไรให้ศิลปะมีอิทธิพลต่อ St. George ได้อย่างแท้จริง เราเรียนรู้เกี่ยวกับการต่อสู้ของอัศวินกับมังกร ซึ่งถูกเลือกโดยจิตรกรคริสเตียนยุคกลาง เพื่อเป็นสัญลักษณ์การต่อสู้ระหว่างคริสต์และซาตาน นักเรียนจึงได้รับมอบหมายให้ออกแบบสัญลักษณ์ที่เป็นตัวแทนของการต่อสู้ของพวกเขาลงในกระจกสี โดยเราตะลึงกับผลงานของพวกเขาตามรูปภาพด้านบน (Ping Ping – บนซ้าย, Fiona – บนขวา, Malou – ล่าง) Mr. Jeremy และ Mr. David กล่าว