What an exciting week back after the holidays! It has been wonderful hearing what the children got up to during the holidays. Now we're all back into our routines and ready for lots of exciting learning. Please have a read of our newsletter to see what we have been up to this week and some tips to help you and your child at home!
Extreme Reader Competition Results
As World Book Day ended, we celebrated with a climactic competition of extreme reading wackiness.
Students, teachers, parents, families and friends voted in their thousands for their favourite extreme reader photo using the WeChat voting platform. We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support for these House competitions. Your support and contribution encourages excitement and participation from many students and brings joy to the BMH community in these uncertain COVID-19 times.
After a week of voting, we can reveal the results of the Extreme Reader Photo Competition! The champions were rewarded with special prizes consisting of books, book vouchers, pencils and House points. In addition, all students who took part in the voting competition were rewarded with a special gift, too.
Congratulations to our champions, and well done to all our nominees!
Gloria-Yellow lions 3219votes！
Abbie-Yellow lions 2171votes！
Bruce-Red Dragons 710votes！
Week 11 Flag Raising Ceremony
The theme of this week's flag-raising ceremony was "National Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day".
The National Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day was established with the approval of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. Since 2009, the 12th of May has been the National Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day every year. On the one hand, it complies with the demands of all walks of life for China’s disaster prevention and mitigation, and on the other hand, it reminds the people to remember the past and the future, to pay more attention to disaster prevention and mitigation, and strive to reduce disaster losses.
Ms Wang, Summer, Psyche, and Yomi from P3A introduced a wealth of knowledge about disaster prevention and self-help to the students.
The real world is the most important material for students to learn. In the Prep 4 Chinese Travelogue unit of study, students were guided by their teachers to understand the characteristics of creating a travelogue by interpreting examples from the text within the lesson. To create a travelogue of their own, with the help of parent volunteers, we took the students on a field trip to Mission Hills Ecological Park to explore and experience the activities. The young travellers were inspired to write and many wonderful compositions were created.
While the students continue to enrich their knowledge through practice, the Chinese teachers have not stopped moving forward either. During this week, the Chinese teachers continued their regular teaching and research activities. Through observing the classroom of three Prep 3 teachers, the Chinese teachers studied hard and improved their professionalism.
Recent topics during Art lessons
Recently during art lessons, students have been focusing on ‘World No Tobacco Day’, which advocates for people to pay attention to their health, stay away from tobacco, and maintain our ecological environment.
International Nurses’ Day
On Thursday the 12th of May, we celebrate ‘International Nurses’ Day’. International Nurses Day is observed worldwide on the 12th of May every year, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, to mark the contribution that nurses make to society, especially now during this period of COVID-19. Please look at our next newsletter to see what some students got up to here at BMH.
Dr Wall’s Maths Challenge
Maths Challenge of Week 11
Solution to Maths Challenge of Week 10
Does your child struggle to spell words in English? Here are some helpful tips:
Sound it out
If you’re not sure how to spell a word, say it out loud, very slowly. Then write down what you hear. Of course, this won’t work with every word. The word ‘friend,’ for example, doesn’t sound the way it’s written. For words that don’t sound the way they’re spelled, you will need to use a different method.
Sometimes words are difficult to spell just because they are long. In these cases, you can use the chunking method. Chunking is when you separate the word into “chunks,” or shorter parts. The word ‘embarrassed,’ for example, can be chunked like this: em bar ras sed
Remembering information can be difficult. But when you give that information more meaning, it becomes easier to memorise. Rhymes and songs make words and information easier to remember. One of the best-known spelling rhymes is ‘i before e except after c or when sounding like ‘a’ as in ‘neighbour’ and ‘weigh.’ This rhyme tells you when to write ‘ie’ and when to write ‘ei.’ Some mnemonics use sentences to explain the difficult part of spelling a word. Having trouble spelling the word ‘island’? Just remember that “an island is land surrounded by water.’ Is ‘separate’ spelled with an e or an ‘a’ in the middle? ‘There’s a rat in separate!’
Learn a few rules
Sometimes the best way to learn is to know the rules. Start by learning a few. Then, as you learn new words, you can add more and more rules. For example, why does the y in ‘friendly’ turn into an i in ‘friendliness’? Well, when you add a suffix (a word ending like ‘-ness’) to a word that ends in the letter y, that y is changed to an i. But that’s not the case if the suffix starts with an i (like ‘-ing’). So someone can be ‘trying’ but that same person ‘tries.’ You can be ‘partying’ or go to many ‘parties.’ Thanks to knowing one word, you can learn how to spell many others that follow the same rule!
Check word origins in the dictionary
Many English words have Greek and Roman roots which means they have Greek or Latin words in them. Knowing common roots can help you spell (and understand) more words. For example, have you ever wondered why ‘bicycle’ is spelled the way it is? It comes from the Greek word 'cycl', which means ‘circle.’ This is easy to remember because a wheel has the shape of a circle. The bi in ‘bicycle’ is from Latin, and means ‘two.’ So a bicycle is something that has two wheels.
Learn commonly misspelled words
Some words are so tough to spell that even native speakers get them wrong a lot. Here are 10 examples of commonly misspelled English words: believe, beginning, broccoli, calendar, scissors, restaurant, rhythm, until, usually, weird
Make a list of the words you have trouble spelling
Write down words that you have trouble spelling, even if they seem simple. Then learn their spelling rules or memorise them with mnemonics. Knowing what you need to learn is an important part of learning!
Encourage your child to follow this Route to Spelling and use all the spelling skills they have learned to help them figure out the best guess for a word:
Useful App of the Week
Learning a language with Duolingo is fun and interactive! With quick, bite-sized lessons, students will earn points and unlock new levels while gaining real-world communication skills.
Effective and efficient
Courses effectively and efficiently teach reading, listening, and speaking skills.
Combining the best of AI and language science, lessons are tailored to help students learn at just the right level and pace.
Duolingo makes it easy to form a habit of language learning, with game-like features, fun challenges, and reminders from their friendly mascot, Duo the owl.
Have fun with it!
Effective learning doesn’t have to be boring! Build your skills each day with engaging exercises and playful characters.
Duolingo can be used to learn many different languages, not just English or Chinese. Download the app on your tablet or phone to try it out.
HOLISTIC AND PASTORAL ACTION CALENDAR
Making a plan to do something every day can be a great way to keep track of your mental health and wellness. Give it a try!
Action: Building Wellbeing at home and school
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe
Monday- Focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t do.
Tuesday- Send friends a photo of a time you all enjoyed together.
Wednesday- Take a step towards one of your goals, no matter how small.
Thursday- Let someone you love know how much they mean to you.
Friday- What are your most important values? Use them today.
Saturday- Be grateful for the little things, even in difficult times.
Sunday-Today do something to care for the natural world.
Wednesday 1st June: Catch up day for Prep 1, 2 and 3. Holiday for Prep 4 – Senior 9
Friday 3rd June: Public Holiday: Dragon Boat Festival