On Friday 7 December 2018, NKCS held its first Winter Carnival Day, which was a combination of many exciting events at our school, including:
- A book fair where students and parents could buy books from local vendors and which was sponsored by our Libraries Department.
- The final games of our house basketball tournament that culminated in an exciting game between students and teachers and was sponsored by our PE Department.
- The Winter Gala where students from multiple co-curricular activities (CCAs) and clubs shared their talents on stage in front of a live audience. The gala was sponsored by our Expressive Arts Department.
Tying these events together was our first-ever house tree-lighting ceremony and community social hour that brought together over 500 students and parents to share cookies, conversation and to write letters of kindness to others on our campus that will be mailed throughout this holiday season. It is events like this that build great traditions at our school!
Students from both the bilingual and international schools were welcomed to the first Nanwai King’s Book Fair in the ICC library from 5-7 December. All classes had scheduled times to come and browse the amazing selection of books brought to our campus by Obido Book Club, Shanghai Book Traders and Xinhua Book Company. Our huge library room was full of students, teachers, books and, most of all, excitement!! It was rewarding to see the children’s love of books come alive during this week as they got to browse and share their picks with their friends.
Students were so enthusiastic many even came for a second or a third look during their break or lunch time. One teacher said that her class asked her to book a second time at the book fair because: “…there are too many books to see in just a half an hour!” The Nanwai King’s teachers were also great supporters of the book fair. One popular item was the traditional Chinese tales told in both Chinese and English that many students planned to take home with them to their families for Christmas. What a great way to spread Chinese culture around the world! On Friday afternoon the book fair was opened up to Nanwai King’s parents as well and what a great turnout we had. There was wall-to-wall people, with children showing parents the treasures they had found during their class visits. So many children left the book fair with shining eyes, hands clutching the precious gift of literature.
The book vendors contributed a portion of the total sales to the school’s three libraries allowing us to add hundreds of new books to the library collections. Thank you to everyone who purchased a book for helping us to make our school even better. What a great way to begin what I hope will be an enduring Nanwai King’s tradition.
——Lynne Nigalis, Head Librarian
We are so grateful to the many parents who baked or brought goodies to share with everyone for the Cookie Exchange; your efforts are appreciated! We raised RMB 2105.50 and this money will go towards paying for the decorations, refreshments and our community kindness mailbox. The remainder will go towards our next upcoming event, Spring Festival in January. We would like to thank the many parent volunteers who helped decorate!
——Trisha Pospisil, Junior High-English
The PE department held our inaugural house basketball finals as part of the Winter Carnival. These finals were a culmination of three weeks of intensive lunchtime and after-school matches, where students from Grade 3 to Grade 10 represented their eight houses in the following competitions: Grade 3 and 4, A and B (Mixed); Grade 4 and 5, Boys and Girls; Grade 7 to 10, Boys and Girls.
The level of competition between all age groups was fantastic, with high skill levels and outstanding commitment shown from all. Students also consistently exhibited the values that we look to promote as a school and through our active PE and house programs, whilst also building new friendships across our international, bilingual and ICC schools.
On Friday 7 December, we also had a special match between our staff and a selection of Grade 7 to 10 students. The result of this was a very pleasing 15-4 win for the staff!! The students are already hard in training for a rematch in the near future.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the students who participated so well, the parents who came to support their children, the heads of house, the staff who came to support and also Mr Wu and the PE department for their excellent organisation. We are all looking forward to seeing our house programme continue to flourish as the year progresses and Nanwai King’s grows.
——Christopher Sherring , Head of Co-Curricular
Winter Gala Concert
On Friday 7 December the Expressive Arts Department held their first Winter Gala performance event. This was an opportunity for music and drama students from different grade levels and CCAs to share some of their performing arts talent. Our solo musicians impressed the audience with their abilities on their chosen instruments; Prince Wang (Grade 10) was excellent on his cello, while Hope Xi (Grade 7) and Gaya Ge (Grade 4) amazed us with their piano pieces.
We had adorable performances from some our youngest music CCA groups. The music and glee clubs sang and danced to some festive seasonal songs while, later on, the orchestra and choral group provided a more classical feel with their traditional winter songs, Handel’s ‘Theme from Water Music’ and Karl Jenkins’ ‘Pie Jesu’.
In addition to the musical items, there were performances of some of the Shakespeare texts that students have been studying in their drama class. Grades 8 and 10 students performed scenes from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, while one of our Grade 5 classes opened the gala with a performance of Shakespeare’s most famous speeches: “All the world’s a stage”.
The audience, made up of students, parents, and staff, thoroughly enjoyed the celebration of our students’ music and drama, and ended the evening by joining in with staff who sang ‘12 Days of Nanwai Kings’. I’d like to thank everyone who came out to support the performers on a wintery snowy evening.
——Mrs Rebecca Dorrington, Head of Expressive Arts