Phi Day: Discovering the Golden Ratio
Phi is arguably one of the most important mathematical constants. Phi is approximately 1.61803 and often referred to as the "golden ratio". It has been studied since at least 300 BCE, when it was defined by Greek mathematician Euclid. It is found all over in nature, from snail shells and flower seed heads to many plant patterns such as those in pineapples, ferns and pinecones.
Secondary Students Learn and Serve in Cambodia
From February 25 to March 4, students from Years 10, 11 and 12 travelled to Cambodia for their annual Service Trip. Once landed in Siem Reap, our students worked in three groups on different programmes.
Task-Based Language Learning and Enquiring Minds
Contemporary educational pedagogy emphasises the student-centred classroom over the traditional teacher-led model. The teacher ceases to become the facilitator of knowledge, instead posing problems or scenarios which the students actively participate in solving. This is the basis of enquiry-based learning. The teacher has a mandate to provide learning opportunities that are engaging, challenging and significant with transparent outcomes accessible to the entire learning community. Importantly, students are given some freedom in how they approach each learning scenario rather than following a tightly controlled, teacher-led, structure.
Roman Shield Wall
In Year 7 humanities, students have been learning about ancient Rome. As part of the course they looked at early roman campaigns against their arch rivals, Carthage. One of main the reasons why Rome became a super power was the strength and discipline of the Legions. It was due to the organisation and bravery of the Roman Legions that allowed Rome to progress from a small city state to an Empire encompassing the entire Mediterranean Sea. In order for our students to gain a better understanding of the life and organisation of the Roman Legions, the Year 7’s were given the opportunity to make their own Roman swords and shields and take part in their own shield wall.
Student Reporters Launch Chongqing Times
Recently, the YCIS Chongqing Newspaper club published the first issue of Chongqing Times. The newspaper is written by student reporters under the guidance of Secondary English teacher Helen Weir and Primary EAL teacher Matt Borengasser. Official newspaper club members are: Amy Jung, Derek Chen, Michael Chen, Sherry Zeng, Sisy Wei, Wendy Wu and Alex Jung.
From the Beginning of Semester 2, members of the Primary Teaching Team have been taking part in ongoing professional development in Mathematics. They are meeting regularly to discuss their professional learning and how it can be further implemented within the school.
Programming in Action
This year students from Years 7 and 8 have been enjoying developing their programming skills. Their analytical, algorithmic and logical skills are being challenged and learning in these areas supports students’ understanding of core subjects such as mathematics.
Year 2 SeaLife Centre Trip
As part of our topic "Oceans & Seas", the Year 2s had a classroom visit from staff of SeaLife Centre and also visited the SeaLife Centre in Chongqing.
Live Report of Cambodia Trip
After our successful Cambodia trip in the last 2 years, we are once again pleased to offer a cross-curricular international trip to our Year 10, 11 and 12 students this year from Feb 25 to Mar 4.