They took the chance to learn about Cantonese opera, the unique and beautiful movements with music, and cultural inheritance. It has lit a fire in their hearts. The project also enhances students’ beauty-appreciation, leading them to obtain self-confidence of traditional culture, and encouraging them to introduce this pearl of culture to the world.
CIS IDEA Lab…
The wait is over!! Very soon students of CIS will work on their own design thinking within our IDEA Lab Makerspace. What does this mean? Students will begin to have computational thinking embedded within their daily curriculum. We will be coding, building, tinkering, using robotics and recycled materials to problem solve real life problems. Ms. Guzzo will be working with all teachers, exploring the curriculum and as a team decide how the IDEA Lab can bring that real-life component within the classrooms.
November 9, 2018 — Integrating Chinese and Western cultures and aggregating global wisdom; we aim to highlight the Maple Leaf Spirit of Canada in an atmosphere of elegance. Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow – the theme of our international education conference – co-sponsored by CIEO and its Canadian International School (CIS), was held on the sparkling, new CIS campus as grand announcement of CIS arrival as an international school. Participants from diverse areas of Chinese and foreign educational circles attended the meeting.
CIEO’s slogan is “Education is Love” and in keeping with this message, we endeavor to educate future leaders with world influence through conceptual development of multiple intelligence and global wisdom. Our conference hosted a dialogue among global education experts and set up a high-quality platform for top international school educators from all regions to engage in meaningful communication, bringing new and cutting-edge ideas to Chinese parents.
Ms. Rachel Bedlington and Mr. Qingwen Wu both expressed their respective greetings sincerely to all attendees and shared views on education in addition to blessings on CIEO’s 18th anniversary.
The Consul General of Canada in Guangzhou, Ms. Rachael Bedlington
Mr. Wu Qingwen, Deputy Secretary of Bureau Branch Committee of CPC; Deputy Party Secretary of Offices Directly under the Bureau; Deputy Director, Education Bureau of Panyu District
Keynote Speaker:Designing Future Learning with Design Thinking
Trish Roffey – Emerging Technology Consultant for the Edmonton Public Education Bureau in Albert, Canada
In modern education circles “Design Thinking” is a global trend as we, as educators, cannot afford to stay put in our understanding of theory. Keynote speaker, Trish Roffey – Emerging Technology Consultant for the Edmonton Public Education Bureau in Albert, Canada, elaborated on the theme of “Designing Future Learning with Design Thinking.”
Building Prosthetic Hands
She emphasized that only constant innovation can adapt to the ever-changing world and, through the theory of Design Thinking, she proactively explores the forms and directions of future learning so as to cultivate well-developed students becoming positive citizens of the future. Through 18 years of practice, CIEO has been a leader in innovation and works to put ideal education concepts into practice, allowing children to grow naturally and independently. We combining this with positive elements of Chinese culture to explore the world with an open mind and vision.
Teacher’s Workshops: Creative Education Experiences
Shelly Smith-Dale, Art teacher of TIS
Teachers’ workshops, in bringing together scholars, experts and teachers dedicated to innovative science and technology education domestically and abroad, talked about a broad range of topics including the practice of STEAM, Project-Based Learning (PBL), interdisciplinary integration, youth innovation ability and critical thinking training among many others. They also discussed the essence of education, in terms of helping children embrace the future, especially one where they are potentially to be competing with artificial intelligences which could surpass the capabilities of most humans.
Justin Rankin, Elementary Teacher of CIS
The steady delivery and discussion helped display the rapid development of STEAM and PBL over the past few years, as well as the possibilities for, and appropriateness of, a non-testing evaluation standard for future education. These ideas greatly opened many eyes for teachers and participants. It also helped frame for educators that learning need not be under a certain banner or following traditional trends, but that its purpose is to make children adapt to the society they’ll live in.
Philippe Bureau, ESL Consult of CIS
Parents’ Workshops：Understanding Educational Thoughts
Standing in a new era and facing changes in international patterns we all, as educators and parents, we must have a profound understanding of the educational thoughts of the times. Not only based in certainties of grasping the characteristics of our age, but through absorbing historical nutrition for growth.
Dale Cox VP of International Schools Services Asia-Pacific Region
Sonia Iong Elementary Teacher of TIS, Language Pathologist
Our parents’ workshops brought together the wisdom of Chinese and Global representatives to talk about world-class education, what it means to be a world citizen, and second language acquisition and bilingualism. Participants engaged in free exchange, discussing multicultural understandings and sharing an exploration of in-depth thinking on each topic.
Howard Stribbell, Director for International Wducation for CIEO
In one short day, the 2018 CIEO/CIS International Education Conference managed to successfully enable collaboration in education, innovation and practice. Teachers, students, parents and guests of different skin colors, countries and disciplines left us with great memories as well as many smiles. We believe that the cultural exchange platform built by CIEO will continue to support endless interaction.
International Innovative Education with Global Frontier Wisdom
Education is the lamp of life. Only when everyone carries it can the city be properly lit. At the same time, education is also a long-term cause. Patience and tenacity are required for the cultivation of culture and the preservation of spirit. CIEO looks to warm every corner with love through educators from diverse backgrounds being active in its classroom, sharing their understanding of education, interpretation of disciplines and exploration of problems. CIEO’s students also demonstrate their positive mental outlook and international style in class.
Through 18 years of elaborate cultivation in the field of international education, CIEO Currently runs over 30 branches including 25 kindergartens, 9 English training centers, 2 foreign language schools (CLS), 3 international school (CIS, CGA & Lanna), 1 international preparatory college, and 1 cultural exchange center. CIEO employs a professional education team of more than 1000 people including over 200 international educators and over 800 Chinese staff members who provide education services to nearly 20000 students between the ages of 2 and 22 from more than 30 countries and regions around the world.
Halloween was a blast at CIS! All our ghost and goblins came to school dressed in their Halloween costumes ready to have a great time! We started our day by all coming together in the school’s gym. Mrs. Thiessen hosted the school parade where each class was called up to walk around the gym to show off their costumes, we even ended with a whole school dance party!!
The afternoon was very busy with our carnival. Students traveled to different classrooms where teachers had set up different Halloween games or activities to play such as Ghost Bowling, looking at monster parts, and trying out their aiming skills with the Witches Cauldron!
Our amazing student council made 2 haunted houses for our students. Grades 4-12 were spooked in the scary hospital haunted house, student council were amazing actors, even the teachers were scared! Grades Pre-K to 3 enjoyed going through our Learning Commons where they encountered big spiders and tested their bravery sticking their hands in the mystery boxes!! Thank you student council for your hard work and lots of hours after school to make our Halloween event so special for our students!
Our junior and senior high students enjoyed a dance and Halloween movies in the afternoon.
It was a wonderful day celebrating Halloween as a whole school. Nothing is better than seeing the excitement on all our student’s faces!!
On Saturday, October 27th ten of our swimmers went to the British School of Guangzhou to compete. All the swimmers rose to the challenges of a large swim meet; long wait times, hot sun, marshalling, and lots of people. Everyone swam as fast as they could, conquering nerves and proving how fearsome they were in the water.
Jasmine swam the first and last race of the day – showing her determination and effort in each one. She dropped 3 seconds in her 50 freestyle from the meet in September! Lianna dropped 3 seconds in her 25 breast. Tiger dropped 5 seconds in his 50 breast. Good job to all the swimmers who came to such a large first meet!
It takes courage to stand up on the block next to seasoned competitors yet it did not hold anyone back in trying their absolute hardest!
Elementary Track Day @CISGZ
The rain held off and it was a beautiful morning on Saturday for the GISES League Track Day. Student-athletes from UISG/BSG and UISZ totally approx. 155 it was a very busy track at CISGZ. The faces on the determined young Grizzlies athletes who have been practicing for the past couple of weeks were ready to compete finally against other schools. There were some amazing efforts in the events that we present. From sprints/hurdles/Javelin/Standing Long Jump and finally the Vortex Football throw.
It was a full 2 hours of competing and many thank you’s need to go out to the many Volunteers who helped out. Without them we simply could not host such an amazing day of track and field for this young group of athletes. If you are interested in Volunteering your time, please contact your child’s homeroom teacher.
Athletic Department Update
Season 2 sports are about to start the week of 12th of November. Please note that Season 1 sports will be coming to an end soon, please see the dates below.
Middle School Soccer: (Last day Wednesday, November 8th)
Swimming: (Last day Wednesday, November 21st)
Middle School Badminton: (Last day Saturday, November 10th)
Grade 2/3 Soccer: (Last Day Thursday, November 22nd)
Middle School Volleyball: (First day Monday, November 12th)
Grade 4/5 Soccer: (First day Monday, November 12th)
Swimming: (First day Tuesday, November 13th)
BIG GAME 重要比赛
NOVEMBER 15TH, 4PM, HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL GAME vs. BSG!!!
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT IN THE GYM, COME AND CHEER ON THE BOYS IN THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL GAME IN CISGZ HISTORY!!!!
MARK THE DATE IN YOUR CALENDAR AND PLEASE SPREAD THE NEWS TO YOUR STUDENTS/FRIENDS!
Our CIS Badminton Grizzlies are a powerful team because we laugh and have fun whether we win or lose. Clifford International School won more games when we went to play them at their school this week, but they didn’t even come close to defeating our SPIRIT. Our spirit is so strong because we simply love playing. We walked away from Clifford with an even bigger smile than we came with, grateful for the learning experience, and happy to play with our friends on the team!
Inter-School Track Meets
It was a fabulous afternoon for all involved. It was a fantastic day for the Grades 2-5 Inter-School Track Meet here at CIS. This was the first Intern-School Track meet that CIS has hosted and by the looks of the students faces, they had a ton of fun. A big thank you goes out to the PE Staff for putting together a great and fun afternoon for the students. Also, thank you to the Grade 11/12 PE Class for organizing and help run the events this afternoon. This will be used to establish a portion of their class leadership mark. It was great to see both young and old CIS students out on the Track today working together.
The students have been practicing the events for the lead-up of today. All grades participated in Sprints/Hurdles/Javelin/Standing Long Jump and Relays. This also leads us to CIS hosting the GISES League Track & Field on Saturday, November 3rd. All students who participated today will get a special invitation to bring home to show their parents. The PE staff hope that we are well represented and that those families will make an effort to come and support the Grizzlies.
Caring and Learning for the WHOLE STUDENT
It is important for educational practices to be flexible and responsive to the strengths, needs and learning preferences of individual students. This helps create inclusive learning experiences that ensure all students aresuccessful.
At CIS we know all children can learn and reach their full potential when they are given opportunities, effective teaching and appropriate resources. Decisions related to the placement of students are best made on an individual basis in a way that maximizes their opportunity to participate fully in the experience of schooling.
Here are the ways we support individual student learning:
- Intensive ESL programming from grade 3-12;
- Individual Support Plans created collaboratively with teachers, parents and the student to ensure academic success;
- Differentiated instruction to ensure remediation for those requiring extra time to learn and understand key concepts and enrichment for those that are learning at a faster pace;
- Student choice seating plans. Each classroom has been designed with our students’ comfort and learning needs in mind. Students learn best if they are comfortable and in an environment that is conducive to their own needs;
- Use of technology inside and outside the classroom. CIS has subscriptions to a variety of online programs that students can access both at school and at home (Raz Kids, Solaro, NO RED INK and many others personally selected by the homeroom teacher);
- Yearly testing and evaluation to monitor student growth and progress. Fountas and Pinnell, Provincial Achievement Tests, Diploma Exams and ESL Benchmarking are a few of the tools we use to assess academic potential and success;
- Student Services support and counselling services to ensure each student is healthy, happy and ready to learn;
- Behaviour Support Plans;
- Parent and Teacher Conferences to discuss academic achievement and school progress;
- Acknowledging and understanding that each student is unique, special and deserves to receive an education that is tailored to help them achieve all of their academic goals.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a student support model that gained momentum with the educational community in the early 2000’s. After extensive research, CIS began implementing RTI this year. In order to ensure students are meeting their personal and academic goals, RTI emphasizes the importance of adult role models and content specialists. Currently, our RTI team consists of fifteen staff members: the principal, vice-principal, counselor, ESL coordinator, seven high school teachers and four EA’s with TOEFL certification. The team is designed to deliver RTI for students requiring academic or linguistic support.
RTI places students in one of three areas of need called “Tiers”. Tier one is for students who are slightly behind or need clarification on certain curricular outcomes or concepts. Support is delivered within the classroom in small groups. Tier two is for students who have difficulty learning for a variety of reasons. Perhaps their English proficiency is low, perhaps they missed extensive time due to illness, perhaps the student struggles in Math or Chemistry. Regardless of the obstacles, Tier two students are provided with one to one classroom support with one of our team members. Tier 3 interventions are reserved for students with the highest learning needs. These students may have very little linguistic or academic capacity. Tier three students are the only ones who are removed from class and placed in a one to one environment to help improve their skills.
Students benefitting from RTI gain the benefits of targeted intervention with qualified staff. For example, if a student is having difficulty learning English, one of our TOEFL trained team members will provide support. If a student requires amath intervention, one of our high school math teachers will provide support – so on and so forth. The goal is to have students graduate from Tier to Tier. Students do not simply go from tier three interventions back into the regular classroom environment. Students who do well in tier three proceed to tier two, and then to tier one, and hopefully graduate out of the program. CIS is committed to student growth.We have allocated our resources generously to ensure each student has every opportunity to succeed. In the words of economist John Campbell, “The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” RTI builds that strength, that vitality, within our students. Our goal is to foster resilience in our learners to ensure that, years after they left us, the skills they learned at CIS serve them still.
We have allocated our resources generously to ensure each student has every opportunity to succeed. In the words of economist John Campbell, “The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” RTI builds that strength, that vitality, within our students. Our goal is to foster resilience in our learners to ensure that, years after they left us, the skills they learned at CIS serve them still.
Canadian International School of Guangzhou has always regarded students’ safety as our top priority. Taking into account the importance of food safety, the school has been strictly regulating the hygiene standards of the cafeteria and kitchen. The ingredients used in the kitchen are freshly supplied by Metro everyday, and we are committed to providing healthy and nutritious meals for all teachers and students at CIS.
- CIS cafeteria and kitchen is operated by the school itself;
- The school has an additional subsidy for the operation of the restaurant, not for profit;
- All the ingredients used are freshly supplied by Metro everyday;
- All the students, teachers and staff have the same dishes;
- There are safety working groups consisting of school leaders, school clinics, general affairs offices and restaurant chefs;
- The school’s daily food is kept for 48 hours to keep samples for future reference.
On last Wednseday, CIS specially invited parents from the PAC (Parent Advisory Council) as representatives to visit CIS kitchen and cafeteria to let them better understand the students’ dining situation.
Mrs. Ivy, School Kitchen Manager, first introduce the school kitchen management standard and working procedures to the parents representatives. As per government’s requirement and in view of students’ health, everyone enter the school kitchen area should have health certificate, so representatives from PAC cannot enter the school kitchen area. Instead, they watched the CCTV of our school kitchen and raised questions about what they observed on the screen. After that, we showed parents outside the kitchen area to have a closer look of our kitchen staff’s work through the window.
As noon approached, parents arrived at the school cafeteria and obersved how we serve food for our students. Then parents had lunch with students together to have a full dining experience at CIS, and all parents deemed highly of our kitchen service.
The visit not only solved the parents’ confusions about school food, but also allowed the school to collect more valuable opinions from parents on school diet, so that our students can eat happier and at ease.
Our Kindergarten students had an excellent time at Chimelong Bird Park on Friday!
Not only did we see with our own eyes where pumpkins and squashes grow, but we also got to interact with some very special animals! It was so cool to ride on the bus and visit the park together!
A big shout out of thank you to Eno’s Dad and Evan’s Mom for giving us a hand! And, for Miss Amy, for ensuring that we got fed and did not forget to drink water.
Thank you to KB’s Mrs Dingwall for being the lead teacher of today’s field trip! Mrs. Fawcett certainly learned a lot from watching her organize the details!
The Mid-Autumn festival, one of the traditional Chinese festivals, is the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. It is also the second traditional festival after the Spring Festival in China. Legend is to commemorate chang ‘e.
Last Thursday, CIS arranged students from PreK to Grade 6 to make their own moon cakes in our Panda cafeteria to celebrate this traditional Chinese festival. We also invite parents of our students to make the moon cake with their children together.
In addition, our teachers taught the traditional Chinese legend stories about Mid Autumn Festival and encourage our students to read the stories in English. The legend stories include Chang’e flys to the moon, Wu Kang and the cherry tree, the jade rabbit. Check out those lovely voices and beautiful pronunciation of our students!