The Green Club field trip to the East Coast Park looking at waves and erosion was a great success. It was also a great way to welcome Ms. Keeley, our new primary English teacher, to our environmental club! We calculated long shore drift, wave height and made all kinds of observations about the sand looking at a pebble index.
Last week, HWA Middle and High School students had an opportunity to celebrate the school’s international and bilingual character during Language Week. Students took part in spelling bee competitions, debates, Chinese calligraphy workshops, tongue twister challenges and creative writing sessions in English, Mandarin and other mother tongues.
The Earth shook at Hillside World Academy today as the Green Club finished making volcanos and managed to get them to erupt! The students made the volcanoes all by themselves. We have talked about shield, composite, and cinder volcanoes and discussed why volcanoes erupt, where most of them are located and the difference between magma and lava.
Hillside World Academy enjoyed a festive and joyous last day of term. All primary classes contributed with performances full of Christmas cheer. Middle and High School students also joined in and parents, students and staff enjoyed both class and individual performances including piano, guitar, singing and beat boxing. After the festivities, students held classroom parties.
Our Grade 5 and 6 students went to visit Bright Hill Evergreen Home with Mr Max, Ms Lakshmi and Ms Natasha this week. The students brought food and cakes and celebrated the December birthdays of the elderly who live at the Home. The students also performed songs and conducted a bingo session, and enjoyed bonding time with the elderly.
Grade 10 and HWA teachers were invited to Chatsworth International School to have a look at the MYP Personal Project Exhibition. Our students had the opportunity to talk to other students about their projects which looked at sustainable housing, producing music, coding, building robots, cake making, cultural expressions of identity, etc.
The Green Club was in for a treat when the National Environment Agency came to the school to raise awareness about Dengue. The students learned that only the Aedes mosquito spreads Dengue, that only the females feed on blood and that they only do so when they are carrying eggs. We were all surprised to hear that the Aedes mosquito mostly bites during the day.
The Science Diploma students took part in the SingYouth Heart Challenge organised by the National Heart Centre of Singapore this week, where they also attended a series of lectures conducted by NHC cardiologists. To participate in the challenge, students researched cardiovascular health and produced abstracts and posters on their findings.
Grade 5 hosted the PYP Community Development session this week, starting with morning exercises and a talk on positive thoughts. They also interviewed our school counsellor Ms. Andrea. In addition, K2, Grade 2, Grade 5 and 6 used the opportunity to present their projects linked to their units of inquiry, including topics on transport and ancient Chinese civilisations.
Last Friday, the Primary School hosted its first ever campus sleepover involving students, the Scouts and teachers. The kids enjoyed a scrumptious dinner, fun games, bonding group activities, and a campfire hosted by the Scouts. The evening ended with popcorn and a bilingual movie screening of Zootopia. The following morning students reflected on the many activities they enjoyed.