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    • Mar
      29

      Principal’s Message March 29, 2017

      He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. —Matthew 28:6

      I read a devotion recently and it asked, what is the single act that defines Christianity? When you look at the Bible, it is full of teachings, miracles, important moments in history such as the reign of King David and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the central message that runs throughout the Bible since the Old Testament is that there is a Saviour who is coming. He is the key to our salvation and none can pass through to heaven except through him. It begins with Jesus’ birth at Christmas but it is at Easter that his ultimate purpose on earth is fulfilled.

      I am sure you have heard all the stories about Jesus’ death and resurrection and have watched movies about this significant event. However I encourage you to see it as more than a story or special date that comes up yearly around this time and to reflect deeply on what it means to you personally as a Christian. How is your relationship with God? Community Church Hong Kong is having Holy Week and explores how we can grow closer to God by welcoming him into our everyday lives and walking with him.

      Just prior to Good Friday from April 10-12, I invite you to visit the church because they have set up stations where you can look at Jesus’ suffering as a model of how we respond in our own lives and experiences. It is a good opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ last days prior to his sacrifice of himself for our eternal life with God.

      Below is more information from Community Church Hong Kong:

      I’m often asked, “How do I grow closer to God?” That is a great question and I often ponder that question myself. Dallas Willard said that the best opportunities to grow are the “trials of ordinary existence.” We grow by welcoming God into our everyday challenges and walking in them with God’s perspective and grace.

      The Stations of the Cross give us a wonderful opportunity to look carefully at Jesus’ suffering as a model in how to respond to the injustice and pain in our own lives. In the Stations of the Cross, we see every type of suffering that we might experience:

      Spiritual Suffering – Jesus wrestled with his will as he pleaded with the Father to avoid the impending suffering.

      Relational Suffering – Jesus was betrayed and abounded by those closest to him.

      Social Suffering – Jesus was the victim of a corrupt and unjust political system.

      Physical Suffering – Jesus was tortured and killed.

      Throughout all of this suffering, we see Jesus displaying love for those around him, a forgiving spirit and a trusting heart towards his Father. Jesus was able to view his suffering through the lens of the Kingdom of God, rather than the world’s value of control and comfort.

      How do we journey in our suffering? What is our perspective? Our trials and suffering can be a powerful way to commune with Christ and grow as his followers.

      I would like to invite you to journey through the Stations of the Cross this year – to remember what Christ has done for you and to grow in him through your own trials.

      Community Church Hong Kong
      Address: 1/F, J+ Building, 35-45B Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
      Phone Number: 2551 6161

      Mar
      15

      Principal’s Message March 15, 2017

      Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. —Matthew 7:7

      The importance of questions. We encourage the students to be enquirers and to ask questions not just to clarify when they do not understand something, but to get answers to those burning questions they have in their learning. At home, we would like to encourage parents to ask their children questions as well.
      Last week, we started explaining IPC’s 9 areas to embed learning and touched upon questions that can be asked to discover what children have been learning in class. Asking questions is easy, but getting children to answer beyond a few-words can be difficult at times when he or she does not offer much.

      Communication is an art and there are ways to ask questions that can elicit a more insightful answer from your child about how their day went and what they learnt.

      The following are tips on how to formulate questions taken from https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/understanding-childs-challenges/talking-with-your-child/how-to-say-it-questions-to-ask-your-child-about-school.

      • Try to ask open-ended questions to keep a conversation going. If you ask your child questions that can be answered with one word (yes, no, a name), then you’ll probably get a one-word response.
      • Often kids are not specific, so you have to ask for specific information when you want it.
      • Starting with factual questions is a great way to ease into conversation.
      • Avoiding emotion-packed words (happy, sad, mean) can help the conversation go on longer.
      • Asking positive questions gives your child a chance to express concerns. Negative questions tend to stop a conversation.

      You can also help students to focus their answers by asking questions that go from the general to specific to help students access their memory and recall better. If you ask students what they learnt today, some may say “electricity” (for example). You can follow-up with a question about what it is about electricity that they learnt about. To further gain an understanding of activities your child was engaged in and what they were learning, you can further ask them what they did that was related to electricity. Ask why they think they did this activity and what skill they were trying to learn or perhaps what they were trying to prove if it was an experiment.

      The whole process takes time and active listening, but with practice, children will be better at explaining themselves and sharing about their learning and school life.

      Mar
      2

      Principal’s Message March 1, 2017

      The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.—Proverbs 18:15

      Every school in the world professes itself to be learning-focused.

      While NIS is a learning-focused school as well, what’s more important is that we are constantly reflecting on how we can continuously improve learning and offer the best education to our students and families.

      Over the next few weeks in the school newsletter and also in a display in the hall, we will share with our community how NIS views learning and our shared vision of the kinds of students we want to develop. We want to begin with the end in mind when planning learning experiences and instilling character development in our students.

      The International Primary Curriculum establishes a strong culture of learning in the school and we will explain the 9 criteria we follow to embed great learning at NIS.

    • Mar
      29

      Principal’s Message March 29, 2017

      He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. —Matthew 28:6

      I read a devotion recently and it asked, what is the single act that defines Christianity? When you look at the Bible, it is full of teachings, miracles, important moments in history such as the reign of King David and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. However, the central message that runs throughout the Bible since the Old Testament is that there is a Saviour who is coming. He is the key to our salvation and none can pass through to heaven except through him. It begins with Jesus’ birth at Christmas but it is at Easter that his ultimate purpose on earth is fulfilled.

      I am sure you have heard all the stories about Jesus’ death and resurrection and have watched movies about this significant event. However I encourage you to see it as more than a story or special date that comes up yearly around this time and to reflect deeply on what it means to you personally as a Christian. How is your relationship with God? Community Church Hong Kong is having Holy Week and explores how we can grow closer to God by welcoming him into our everyday lives and walking with him.

      Just prior to Good Friday from April 10-12, I invite you to visit the church because they have set up stations where you can look at Jesus’ suffering as a model of how we respond in our own lives and experiences. It is a good opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ last days prior to his sacrifice of himself for our eternal life with God.

      Below is more information from Community Church Hong Kong:

      I’m often asked, “How do I grow closer to God?” That is a great question and I often ponder that question myself. Dallas Willard said that the best opportunities to grow are the “trials of ordinary existence.” We grow by welcoming God into our everyday challenges and walking in them with God’s perspective and grace.

      The Stations of the Cross give us a wonderful opportunity to look carefully at Jesus’ suffering as a model in how to respond to the injustice and pain in our own lives. In the Stations of the Cross, we see every type of suffering that we might experience:

      Spiritual Suffering – Jesus wrestled with his will as he pleaded with the Father to avoid the impending suffering.

      Relational Suffering – Jesus was betrayed and abounded by those closest to him.

      Social Suffering – Jesus was the victim of a corrupt and unjust political system.

      Physical Suffering – Jesus was tortured and killed.

      Throughout all of this suffering, we see Jesus displaying love for those around him, a forgiving spirit and a trusting heart towards his Father. Jesus was able to view his suffering through the lens of the Kingdom of God, rather than the world’s value of control and comfort.

      How do we journey in our suffering? What is our perspective? Our trials and suffering can be a powerful way to commune with Christ and grow as his followers.

      I would like to invite you to journey through the Stations of the Cross this year – to remember what Christ has done for you and to grow in him through your own trials.

      Community Church Hong Kong
      Address: 1/F, J+ Building, 35-45B Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan
      Phone Number: 2551 6161

      Mar
      15

      Principal’s Message March 15, 2017

      Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. —Matthew 7:7

      The importance of questions. We encourage the students to be enquirers and to ask questions not just to clarify when they do not understand something, but to get answers to those burning questions they have in their learning. At home, we would like to encourage parents to ask their children questions as well.
      Last week, we started explaining IPC’s 9 areas to embed learning and touched upon questions that can be asked to discover what children have been learning in class. Asking questions is easy, but getting children to answer beyond a few-words can be difficult at times when he or she does not offer much.

      Communication is an art and there are ways to ask questions that can elicit a more insightful answer from your child about how their day went and what they learnt.

      The following are tips on how to formulate questions taken from https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/understanding-childs-challenges/talking-with-your-child/how-to-say-it-questions-to-ask-your-child-about-school.

      • Try to ask open-ended questions to keep a conversation going. If you ask your child questions that can be answered with one word (yes, no, a name), then you’ll probably get a one-word response.
      • Often kids are not specific, so you have to ask for specific information when you want it.
      • Starting with factual questions is a great way to ease into conversation.
      • Avoiding emotion-packed words (happy, sad, mean) can help the conversation go on longer.
      • Asking positive questions gives your child a chance to express concerns. Negative questions tend to stop a conversation.

      You can also help students to focus their answers by asking questions that go from the general to specific to help students access their memory and recall better. If you ask students what they learnt today, some may say “electricity” (for example). You can follow-up with a question about what it is about electricity that they learnt about. To further gain an understanding of activities your child was engaged in and what they were learning, you can further ask them what they did that was related to electricity. Ask why they think they did this activity and what skill they were trying to learn or perhaps what they were trying to prove if it was an experiment.

      The whole process takes time and active listening, but with practice, children will be better at explaining themselves and sharing about their learning and school life.

      Mar
      2

      Principal’s Message March 1, 2017

      The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.—Proverbs 18:15

      Every school in the world professes itself to be learning-focused.

      While NIS is a learning-focused school as well, what’s more important is that we are constantly reflecting on how we can continuously improve learning and offer the best education to our students and families.

      Over the next few weeks in the school newsletter and also in a display in the hall, we will share with our community how NIS views learning and our shared vision of the kinds of students we want to develop. We want to begin with the end in mind when planning learning experiences and instilling character development in our students.

      The International Primary Curriculum establishes a strong culture of learning in the school and we will explain the 9 criteria we follow to embed great learning at NIS.