SLIS campus was full of joy today, with a series of activities, such as making dumplings, paper cutting, writing couplets, guessing riddles, etc. It intended to warm up the atmosphere for the Chinese New Year. Students, parents and teachers gathered together to celebrate the Spring Festival through singing and dancing. All classrooms were decorated with balloons, ribbons and spring couplets. All teachers joined different classes at the invitation of their students. SLT team, including School Director Ms. Luka Liu, Vice School Director Cui Gang, Founding Principal Neil Bunting, and PYP Coordinator Elmer Reyes, also came to different grades to celebrate the Year of the Pig, offering their Chinese New Year blessings to teachers and students.
Poetry is considered as treasure contained with Chinese culture, and the ancient people used poems to express their aspiration and emotion. The 2nd SLIS Chinese Poetry Contest was hosted on January 25, which was among many other events for SLIS Chinese Culture Month. Students and teachers participated in the contest with great enthusiasm.
While the year of Dog is about deliver the blessing for the past year, the year of Pig brings the spring blossom for the New Year. In 2018, SLIS has continued to make great progress. With the joy of a harvest season, we expect to make even greater achievement in 2019. On behalf of Shenwai Longgang International School, I would like to present my greetings and warmest wishes for a bright and happy New Year, to all our teachers, students and parents.
Thanks for your support to Shenwai Longgang International School throughout the year! As we are approaching the New Year in 2019, we sincerely invite you to attend SLIS Winter Celebration, which will be held on December 21, 2018. Our students will present the audience with a variety of programmes to demonstrate their learning at school. May we wish the performance a great success in advance!
On the morning of December 7, the first Shenzhen International Schools Friendship Concert hosted by the Shenzhen Municipal Education Bureau was held at Shekou International School (SIS). Some students from the Chinese Dance Club and Cantonese Opera of SLIS ASA groups performed on stage along with students from international schools such as Shenwai International School (SWIS), Shenzhen American International School, KIS International School, Shenzhen Japanese School, and Bromsgrove School Mission Hills. The audience enjoyed their wonderful performance.
As the second unit comes to an end, I would like to share with you work from the Grade 3 Chinese class. The topic of this unit is: "How The World Works". The central idea is: "Scientific understanding helps us improve the world". In this unit, we formed our own conceptual understanding, related knowledge, and skills. We learnt about, and shared, stories from different scientists, explanatory passages, and the search for scientific principles in ancient poetry.
SLIS Hosts Chinese Curriculum Collaborative Meeting
Building global networking is among SLIS's five major philosophies. Its students actively participate in domestic and international contests, and the teachers keep abreast with the happenings beyond the campus. On the morning of November 21, teachers from International School of Nanshan in Shenzhen, Shekou International School and Dongguan Hanlin Experimental School formed a curriculum collaborative group with Ms. Ye Ping from SLIS to discuss and exchange their experience and thoughts in teaching Chinese during the PYP stage. Ms. Ye said that she had benefited a lot from the meeting, and that she would find more opportunities to learn from her peers in other international schools, and would strive to bring more high-quality education to students, contributing to China's international education.
Parent workshops and Learning Celebration #2: WeChat article
On Friday, November 23rd, 2018, SLIS held a parent workshop on the following topics:
- SLIS Assessment policy.
- SLIS Language policy.
- Preparation for the Three-Way Conference and Semester 1 reports at SLIS.
- Advice for helping students to choose age appropriate books for reading.
- Updates on forthcoming events such as the IB Consultant visit and the Winter celebration.
I hope you had wonderful time with your children these past 4-days and some opportunities to enjoy time with them on a weekday.
Snow White, Little Red, Iron Man, Little Dinosaur, Alice... Many cute characters and books were marching on the SLIS campus to give our Literacy Month so much fun! Bring your favorite book, read it in depth to fully understand the features of the character you want to play, and dress yourself up as your favorite book character. Then you can stop fantasizing about being a character in the book, because you are really the leading role in the book this day. The first Book Character Parade was successfully held on November 8. We look forward to developing this event into a campus tradition of SLIS in the future.
A special performance of opera highlights was staged at SLIS on the afternoon of November 6. It was hosted by the Shenzhen Municipal Bureau of Culture and Sports, undertaken by the Shenzhen Theatre, and co-organized by the Zhuo Peili Cantonese Opera Studio. In order to give the children a diverse cultural experience and to inherit the classics, the school added Cantonese Opera to its ASA Club courses this year. On November 6, a student of the Cantonese Opera club had the chance to share the stage with Ms. Zhuo Peili, the winner of Plum Blossom Prize, the highest theatrical award in China, as well as other leading performing artists, Mr. Chen Wending, Mr. Qin Yigong, Ms. Zhou Yiying and Ms. Bai Shanshan, bring us a wonderful feast of sight and sound.
Grade 1 visited the Shenzhen Safari Park to have a lesson of Learning without Wall on November 6. At the kingdom of animals, the children got to know various beasts and birds such as the South China tiger, golden monkey, tigon, panda, peacock and parrot. They had learned the classification of animals and discussed the homes of animals in class during Unit 2, a Unit of Inquiry about "Sharing the Planet", and the trip to the safari park helped them understand the knowledge in practice.
Grade 4 has gotten off to a fantastic start this year! We have been learning about "Who We Are". From the structure of the human body, our skeletons and organs, to the impact we have all made on the earth. We refreshed ourselves on what the needs and wants of ourselves as individuals, as well as of a community are.
Boys and girls, have you heard the stories from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms?"
"Yes, I know about Zhuge Liang!" "I know about Cao Cao!"
"Do you know what the Three Kingdoms were?"
Who were in such classes? It turned out that four Mystery Guest Readers went to SLIS today to share children's favorite books. At the end of last month, SLIS also established the staff's Book Salon. The 19th Shenzhen Reading Month has started last week, while colorful activities have also been arranged for the first Literacy Month of SLIS. All the students, teachers and parents will enjoy reading.
Little fairies, firefighter, panther, mummy, supermen, little princesses, and roles in the game Playerunknown's Battlegrounds... As anticipated by the children, the SLIS campus finally ushered in the first Dressed WE Day of this semester. The teachers and students made a lot of creative dressing, while the classrooms, playground and offices became show stages for them.
October 24 is the United Nations Day. SLIS held commemorative events the following day, when the SLIS parents, teachers and students gathered for a fun and inspirational day. The students of all grades gave wonderful performances and took part in a charity art auction to raise money for a school in Shanwei City. The event was held with a theme for love and peace.
There is an ancient Chinese saying, people with ambition can go anywhere regardless of the distance, while the mountains and the sea can't restrict them. This is the case of Henry Evans, because even the end of the mountains and the sea can't stop his adventures. The British scientist, explorer and environmentalist presented the students of SLIS with a fun class entitled "Exploration and Science" yesterday, sharing his expedition to the South Pole.
The teachers and students of Grade 3 and Grade 4 of SLIS had an interesting nature lesson during mountain hiking at Bijiashan Hill Park on the Double Ninth Festival last year. The traditional Chinese festival fell on October 17 this year, and became one of our International Day activities for this school year. "Having a global vision" is among the values advocated by SLIS, and we are bringing a diverse cultural experience for students. Today, we invited more than 20 grandparents to gather with us for this warm holiday, filling the small auditorium with love.
SLIS continues to make moral education as a key focus among the school philosophy. On the morning of October 11, students and teachers of Grade 4 travelled to Cuibei Primary School in Cuibei, Tanxi in the city of Lufeng for an exchange and study project with their counterparts in Grades 3 and 4.
The children concluded Unit 1 in the sixth week of this semester, resulting in the semester's first Learning Celebration on the afternoon of September 29. With everything ready, the children were excited to wait for their parents to come to their homeroom. This was not only a review of their results, but also a learning party! What did the children in each class prepare? Let's take a look.
At the beginning of the new school year, the SLIS community is also growing, with more and more excellent and passionate students and families joining us. In the past school year, we successfully held several Parent Workshops, and such home-school interactions played a positive role in guiding the children's healthy and happy growth. Recently, SLIS held a Parent Work again, which was carried out in two days.
Just a quick update on our year so far. This year has seen the class size grow to 18 students. I'm happy to say that all of the children have bonded well. Our students from last year have been very welcoming, while our newer students have taken to their new classroom environment, like a fish to water. I'm delighted with the warmth, and friendliness within the group, as I believe a happy classroom promotes a positive place of learning, where everyone benefits.
The Mid-Autumn Festival comes when the bright moon shines in the sky. It is the most poetic festival. Once upon a time, the round, bright moon hung over our hometown when the old told about how Goddess Chang'e flew to the moon, and the children carrying lanterns walked along the streets. A bite of the moon cake was the most delicious taste in the world!
On September 11th, Mr. Daniel Berdichevky-founder and director of the "World Scholars Cup" -and Mr. Jason Hu- director of the WSC Shenzhen Regional Round host- visited our school. They had a nice meeting with our School Director Ms. Luka Liu and Librarian Ms. Sandra Ge.Daniel and Jason walked around SLIS Campus with Jerry, the mascot of WSC. They said 'Hi 'to everyone they met and sincerely invited our 3rd and 4th graders to WSC 2019.
The children of SLIS returned to school yesterday when classes resumed after the strong typhoon Mangkhut hit Shenzhen and passed away. In Chinese classes of all grades, Ms. Ye asked the children to recall their stories before and after the typhoon, giving them a vivid emergency class. The second and fourth graders also talked about the typhoon in their daily news sharing sessions, with "Typhoon Mangkhut News" as the theme of yesterday. Each child has been rethinking this natural disaster in his own way.
My name is Elmer Reyes, and I am delighted to be part of the SLIS Family as your International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Coordinator. My role as PYPC in the school involves leading, learning and collaborating with all members of our community: students, teachers and parents to ensure that we live and breathe the IB mission, vision and philosophy in our daily school life and beyond. To achieve this, our school community will have to work closely in supporting our young learners to
Yesterday, we went through Typhoon Mangkhut, a 17th-level super typhoon and the No. 22 typhoon this year. The typhoon came to Guangdong fiercely with serious impact on the whole province. It was also the strongest typhoon passing by Shenzhen in the past 35 years. Today, when our teachers and students rest safely at home for a day, I want to ask everyone to think about two issues.
New School Year Begins
Since the new semester began on August 20, the teaching and other work of SLIS have been going well. On the morning of September 3, Ms.Huang Juying, researcher of the municipal education bureau's personnel department (teacher management department), and Mr.Yin Gang, director of the municipal enrollment and examination office, inspected our school.Mr. Luo Laijin, chief principal of Shenzhen Foreign Languages School, and Ms. Luka Liu, school director of SLIS, accompanied the inspection. Luka introduced the work SLIS had prepared in the aspects of safety, fire protection and teaching to ensure a smooth start of the new semester. The new semester has started well, with everything going smoothly and the work plan of the new school year fully deployed and implemented. The work in teaching, logistics, administration, security and other fields have been fully guaranteed, with all work of the school being carried out in an orderly manner.
On September 10, 1985, the teachers of New China welcomed the first Teacher's Day. Today is the 34th Teacher's Day in New China and the second Teacher's Day for SLIS! Thank you, lovely children of SLIS! You bring extraordinary meaning to this day every year from now on!
Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop 2018 was held by IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) at Suzhou International School during June 29, 2018 and July 1, 2018. As a co-teacher committed to IB-PYP (International Baccalaureate-Primary Years Program), I attended the seminar on "PYP Teaching and Learning" with five teachers from SLIS (Shenwai Longgang International School). The seminar provided us an opportunity to carry on an intense discussion with our peers from Jiangsu, Guangdong, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Welcome back to school. I trust you had an enjoyable holiday. I spent the summer back in the UK and enjoyed immensely good weather and great times spent with family and friends.
In the first week of this new school year, we met many old friends and received new ones at SLIS!
On the first school day, all teachers, led Ms.Luka Liu, School Director and Mr. Neil Bunting, Founding Principal, welcomed all students at the main entrance. After having a happy summer vacation, all students came back in high spirits. There are many new students in Grade 1 this year. Grade 4 students now become big brothers and sisters among the peers.
I hope that everyone has had a restful and enjoyable summer vacation and is ready for the new school year with excitement. Administrative staff and faculty members started to return to school since early August, intensively preparing for the new school year and striving to present a better SLIS campus for students, parents and the entire SLIS community.
The First Art Exhibition of Shenwan Longgang International School was successfully held on the second floor of the Shenzhen Book City last weekend (June 9 - June 10). A total of 26 paintings by students from Grade 1 to Grade 3 were exhibited. There were also an exhibition booth for the Make Fashion fashion show and a face graffiti zone paying a tribute to the famous polka dot artist Yayoi Kusama.
The inaugural Youth Fashion Tech Show initiated by MakeFashion EDU was successfully held in Design Society's Sea World Arts & Culture Center on the evening of May 27. Twenty teams of children from 10 educational institutions made their debut with their tech fashion designs. Members of SLIS Maker Club mentored by art teacher Ms Barbara Grotowska participated in this wonderful fashion show. Each little designer went through a complete design process, from creating designs and prototyping to integrating electronics into their projects.
The annual Children's Day has come again. It was sunny and breezy this morning, when the students of SLIS followed music teachers Ms.Dorota Siewert and Mr.Yuda Deng to the Shenzhen Grand Theatre to observe the rehearsal of its symphony orchestra as well as to celebrate a different Children's Day.
The first SLIS Music Concert was successfully staged last Friday (11 May 2018) at the auditorium. The students invited their parents to the concert. This event was very close to the upcoming Mother's Day on Sunday. School Director, Ms. Luka Liu gave an opening speech for the concert.
On the afternoon of 6 February 2018, SLIS was full of jubilant atmosphere for the upcoming Chinese New Year, with various activities such as lion-dancing, paper-cutting, couplets-writing as well as making clay figures and candied fruit.
SLIS holds a series of activities in the Month of Chinese Culture, which are scheduled between the New Year Day and the Spring Festival. It intends to use this festive season to inherit traditional Chinese culture and foster our students as ambassadors for Chinese culture. It is our objective to build an international school with Chinese elements. As such, we hosted a poetry contest, conducted a patriotism lesson and organised a field trip to Shenzhen Museum in January 2018. We also plan to host a "temple fair" for the Chinese New Year in February.
Shenwai Longgang International School (SLIS) hosted its Winter Celebration 2017 on the afternoon of 19 December 2017, which was presented in the form of storytelling. Students illustrated what they learned in the cooking class by preparing snacks and desserts for the audience. All the 26 students at school engaged in a series of performances and art exhibition. The theme of this event was "Love", which was also an opportunity to raise funds for the partner school of SLIS, Central Primary School of Gula Village, at Zayu County, Nyingchi City, Tibet Autonomous Region.
SLIS recently prepared three small vegetable fields at its campus for students to grow plants. To our joy, students are so glad to sow the seeds and harvest their happiness. They seem to have become little farmers who take care of their fields, loosening the soil, sowing, watering, and even playing music and singing to the plants regularly.
On the morning of 2 December 2017, little makers from SLIS attended the third Nanshan School Maker Faire. Their appearance attracted dozens of visitors, who scanned the QR code at the booth and heard the audio introduction to their works.
After more than two months of busy work, SLIS teachers have filled the library with new books, and informed the students from each grade about the library rules and regulations. Now the library is officially opened to all students, and teachers will take students for reading activities every week at the library. The teachers also encourage students to borrow books from the library and bring them home for reading.
The track field at SLIS was full of joy and vitality on a winter afternoon, when the energetic and passionate students, parents and teachers enjoyed running, jumping, throwing and other games.
A few days ago, a video about "making fried eggs with tomatoes" became a popular topic. A college student who just came to the United States was anxious about how to prepare this popular Chinese dish for a class party, and his parents had to teach him in early morning. The video raised a lot of discussion about children's survival skills for their daily life, which is not a problem at SLIS.
The students have begun their study of Unit 2, with the theme of "How the world works". Teachers have planned their lessons with a core focus on "nature". On the morning of October 27, a day before the Double Ninth Festival, a traditional Chinese festival for hiking, the students and teachers of Grades 2 and 3 went to the Bijiashan Hill Park for hiking, as part of their experience for "Learning without Walls". Children are always good at observation with their curiosity in mind, and they found plenty of plants and insects along the way, such as caterpillars, spiders, ants, earthworms, kapok trees, etc. They even tried to talk to those insects and plants. Throughout the journey, teachers organized them to discuss the habits of various insects. A vivid nature lesson was thus delivered with fun and laughter.
Harry Potter, Princess Elsa, Hermione Granger, Iron Man, Superman, Little Fairy, Little Frog, Minnie Mouse ... The SLIS held a fancy costume parade yesterday afternoon, and the teachers and students dressed up creatively for it. The playground became their show stage, where they confidently walked around one by one.
The first session of Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of Shenwai Longgang International School (SLIS) was established on 30 October 2017. Four parents were appointed as the PTA members. Mr. Tang Jiahong, Chairman of the Board delivered the letter of appointment for those members.
All students in Grade 1 through 3 completed the learning of Unit 1, and the children had a "big exam" that was beyond imagination on 26th October. The children played musical instruments, conducted theater performance, decorated classrooms with posters and tried some other stuffs to celebrate the completion of Unit 1, by demonstrating to their parents what they had learned in a month and a half. It was just like a joyful big party.