Thursday, February 2, 2017

GP January newsletter

This month students will work on their practice paper for Cambridge. Students will practice their research, outlining and note taking skills when working on their reports. Students will use the rubric to ensure that they are meeting the needs laid out by Cambridge. This year will be a practice paper so that next year when they write their actual paper to turn in, they will be better prepared!

ICT Newsletter

Grade 9 students worked on Presentation Authoring. We have discussed the consistency as the main focus in presentation. Students have worked on slide master to organize the look and layout of the presentation, as well as inserting header and footer items. They learnt how to insert slides from outline and add presenter notes. Consistent slide transitions and animations were encouraged when preparing slide shows.
Outputting presentation in forms of audience notes, handouts and slides was taught as well.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January Chemistry Newsletter

This month students will learn about Acid and Base
This unit builds on ideas from earlier units. The concepts of this unit will be revisited in Units 6, 8 and 9.
This unit starts with the introduction to the usefulness of a word equation to summarize reactants and products (this might have been introduced in earlier units). Word equations can then be written for the reactions of acids and bases. There is a considerable range of practical work that can be carried out. Opportunity for learners to research the common products used in the home that is acidic/alkaline in nature and apply this knowledge to some everyday examples of neutralization reactions indigestion
tablets, insect bites or stings. In addition, learners can make and test their predictions in relation to salt preparation.

These are the main topics we will cover for IGCSE combined science
  • ·        Characteristic properties of acids and bases
  • ·        Preparation of salts
  • ·        Suggest a method of making a given salt from suitable starting material, given appropriate information
  • ·        Identification of ions and gasses

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Monthly Musical Update

Dear Parents,

In Grade 9 music students have started working on an Ensemble guitar project, where they are combining Finger Style technique and chord strumming to play various songs.  Students have chosen their songs and started to practice them.  We will perform in an in-class recital next month.

Students are very excited for the upcoming Talent Quest, and I’d like to share some of the details with you.  As a reminder, this Wednesday is the last day to sign up for auditions, and the audition schedule will be emailed to you shortly thereafter.  For the students’ audition, we only require them to have completed the first 60 seconds of their act.  Also, please help your children to make hard-copies of their music if they are using a backing track, as Youtube links are not allowed.  Good luck to everyone on their auditions!

Musically yours,

Ms. Shay

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Russian January Newsletter

Dear Parents of Grade 9,

We started the new year with review of all topics covered starting from September.
During January, students learned 
  • How to introduce themselves in Russian
  • Asking the basic question
    • What is this?
  • Colors
Also they had an assessment and they did a pretty good job.
In February, they are going to work on the following researches about Russian language and culture.
  1. The President of Russia 
  2. Moscow, the Capital of Russia
  3. Famous Russian actors
  4. Famous Russian singers
  5. Famous Russian soccer players
  6. Russian traditional clothes
  7. Russian food
 Thank you very much.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

ICT Newsletter

Grade 9 students have completed Document Production unit successfully. Different types of text formats such as plain text and rich text format were introduced. Students have worked in details on Microsoft Office Word 2007 to master:
  • setting page size, orientation, number of columns and line spacing
  • using page margins and gutter purposefully
  • explaining why it is necessary to use page, section and column breaks, to adjust pagination and to avoid widows and orphans
  • setting line spacing, including: single, 1.5 times, double, multiple, spacing before and after paragraphs
  • formatting text as bulleted or numbered lists to meet the needs of the audience
  • customizing headers and footers by inserting date, page number, text, image and document property fields
  • inserting and editing images and tables
Students have discussed the difference between serif and sans-serif fonts. Moreover, bookmarking and inserting hyperlink allowed students to navigate to sections of documents with multiple pages. Students can also use Google Docs for word processing and document production.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

GP - December Newsletter

This month we finished up two more units, one on independent learning skills and the other on communication skills. The students worked on activities to help them practice these skills. When we get back from winter break, students will begin their independent research paper. There are eight topics that the students can choose from when writing their individual paper: belief systems, biodiversity and ecosystem loss, changing communities, digital world, family, humans and other species, sustainable living, and trade and aid. Once students choose a topic they will then focus on a specific research question that will allow them to research and write a 1500-2000 word paper. Please check out the syllabus for the class for more specific information on the paper requirements.