Learning in the MYP

This Year’s Grade 8 Trip to Yakushima The trip to the beautiful island of Yakushima from the 30th May – 3rd June, is just four weeks away! Please note that the parent information session about the trip has been moved to Tuesday the 10th of May at 17.00-17.45 in the Learning Lab. Parents of Grade 8 students should have received an information packet and forms via email earlier today. Please read the information provided and submit the necessary forms to Adriaan by next week Wednesday. We hope to see you all at the information session! Yakushima is a wonderful and unique place; a World Heritage Site with beautiful beaches, enchanting forests with 1000 year old Yaku sugi trees, and the largest nesting ground for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. It is no wonder we are all starting to get really excited about going.   Next Year’s Grade 8 Trip to Beijing The Grade 8 residential trip next school year will be to the historic city of Beijing, and the planning and bookings for this exciting trip are well underway. The trip will be from the 17th – 21st October when the Grade 6 and 7 students also go on their trips. Grade 7 parents, you will find information about the recommended vaccinations in today’s Grade Level Newsletter.   Parent Volunteers We are looking for parent volunteers who are willing to help us conduct an inventory of all the books in the classroom library in the middle school. With several hundred books in the library, this is a big task that will take many days to complete, so the more parent helpers we have, the better. Please send me an email if you would like to help us check and track the books that we have in the middle school – we greatly appreciate any help we can get. We now have a Twitter account at TIS which will be used to share the great learning that is happening across the school. If you are a Twitter user, please follow us @TIS_Learns Best wishes for a great weekend! Kristine Adelsboell Middle School & MYP...

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Learning in the MYP – TIS Cambodia Interview Series

“Cambodia 2016” By Koko Suzuki and Hank Harris During our Grade 7 trip to Cambodia, we interviewed the grandmother of Narath, an ex-student of TIS Cambodia who TIS is sponsoring to go to college. Narath was our host when we were staying in Thmei Village. Her grandmother told us about her experiences and story under the relentless and gruelling Pol Pot (or Khmer Rouge) regime. The grandmother of Narath, Chin Ner told us her experiences: Chin Ner had 12 children but 4 of them died because they were ordered to be soldiers in the Pol Pot regime and fought and lost with the Vietnamese. We are deeply sorry for her loss. She was ordered by Khmer Rouge soldiers to be the one to get the food from the rice farms, get water and resources for the other soldiers and was moved away from her children- moved away to a different village in Cambodia. We asked her about her life before Pol Pot’s regime but she forgets because it made such an impact on her life – it made her think of how Cambodia’s past was Pol Pot’s regime and not much before that tragedy, so her son keeps reminding her that it was a peaceful, friendly and an amazing country that will never be forgotten by the people who were there before it all happened. Narath’s Grandmother Chin Ner When we asked Chin Ner, about her perspective of Cambodia right now, she answered that, Cambodia is still developing again after Pol Pot. Cambodia is starting to change in a good way and will have a better impact on all of us. She does not want to move from the village and want to stay in Thmei until she dies. Her husband on the other hand broke his leg during a motorcycle accident. This happened 2 years ago but he could never get hospital treatment because they could not afford it. Although before, her husband used to cut down trees and get food, but now he cannot do that anymore. We saw her husband lying down in the shade. At the end, we gave Chin Ner a pencil innovation of Aisyah’s – a pencil that can be planted later and grow into a plant, She was very pleased and thanked us. We hope you got to understand a bit about what happened in their time, and how we should be grateful about the things we have. We hope Narath and her family are doing well and hope that Cambodia will go back to being an amazing country – even if it’s amazing right now. We hope it will be a more liveable place in the future. We have learnt that we, even if we don’t know it – take things for granted, and things make us happy. But in Cambodia they have their own way of happiness without any object – just happiness in general. This made us realize that we have to appreciate what your own country is doing for you. Thanks and Have an Amazing Weekend, Koko Suzuki and Hank Harris,...

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Learning in the MYP – Into the Woods

Spring Concert 2016: Into the Woods Hello TIS Community! You may have noticed that we are producing the Middle School Musical a bit differently this year. On Wednesday afternoons, teams of middle school students can be found in different parts of the school, working on various parts of the show “Into the Woods.” Rather than having all students required to perform on stage, this year students were given a choice of how they would like to participate in the production. As a result, we have seven student teams in the areas of Sets, Props, Audio-Visual, Backstage, Communications, Costumes and Make-up, and Performers. So far, the work our students have been doing is great! They are being inquirers and problem-solvers. They are being creative and approaching each challenge with an open mind. They are expressing themselves both on stage and off. I have been very impressed with all the work I have seen so far! You will see various communications in the TIS Times from our Communication Group over the next several weeks. Read, enjoy, and take pride in knowing that our students are producing this show and learning in the process! I hope that you plan to come and see the show at the Spring Concert on May 26. We look forward to sharing with you all the great work these kids are doing! Cheers! Brandon Miller Music...

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Spring Concert – Into The Woods

Into The Woods: Update As you might know, this year the Middle School is putting on the production “Into The Woods JR.” for the Spring Concert. Into The Woods is a Broadway production which has been turned into a Disney movie. TIS is doing the Broadway production of “Into The Woods Jr.” The original book was written by James Lapine. The book was then adapted into a movie which was then adapted to the musical, which was eventually adapted to “Into The Woods Jr.” Stephen Sondheim wrote the music and lyrics for “Into The Woods Jr.” The first production was the Broadway production. There are 72 Middle School students working in this show. 43 of them are performers. 29 of them are working to help put on the production. This year there are seven groups helping to put this whole production together. Each week I will do an update on different teams and how they are going. There is the Backstage Team, the Audio Visual Team, the Costumes and Makeup Team and the Communications Team. Also there are the Performers, the Sets Team and finally there is the Props Team. We have been all been working very hard so far. We have been working during recess and staying after school. This is a very complicated production to put on, but we are pulling it off. But this whole thing wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful teachers. So thank you to all the teachers who are helping. Photo taken by Mason Wang 7B By Jasmine Robertson...

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Spring Concert – Into the Woods

Makeup and Costumes Team This week’s update is about the Costumes and Makeup Team- just one of the seven teams helping to put on this production. The Costumes and Makeup Team have been thinking about buying a couple of costumes because they can’t really make all of the costumes with the materials they have right now. They have sent out a survey to know how many people need costumes and how many people have their own costumes. This week they have been trying to find the costume for Milky White, a cow! “We thought of buying some white disposable workwear clothes,” stated Carol (6A Costumes and Makeup Team). They thought that if they bought the white costume they could make accessories for it such as ears. You can’t really buy ears so they will make them. Then they will attach them to the costume. It is sort of complicated to find a white cow outfit! I think that it is really clever of them to improvise with what they have. They also thought of trying to capture the essence of the characters. For example if they need to make costumes for villagers they would probably use old rags or something to make it look like in the past. Make sure to be on the lookout for my next article about some of the other teams. Photo taken by Jasmine 6A By Jasmine Robertson...

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Spring Concert – Into the Woods T-shirt

Into the Woods T-shirt Hello TIS! Please use this form to order your ‘Into the Woods’ t-shirt!  Please complete the form multiple times to get more than one T-shirt.  Also, don’t forget to finish this by May 4th and submit your money in a sealed envelope with YOUR NAME and “Into the Woods T-shirt money” on it to Brandon in order to reserve yours! If you have any problems ordering the shirt please email me. See you at the show! Communications Team Click here to order the T-shirt Felipe Correa Gomes Grade...

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