2020-21 School Events


Open House: Lower Elementary – Grades 1, 2 and 3. April, 2021

This year because of Covid-19 protocols, Open House was held over three mornings. Grade One on Wednesday April 14th, Grade Two on Thursday April 15th and Grade Three on Friday April 15th.

Just over a thousand parents were invited to the school to watch English and Chinese demonstration lessons as well as take part in some other Activities.

This year Clifford’s Open House program was to give parents a glimpse into their child’s classroom life.

Thank you to all the parents who came to our Lower Elementary Open House event!


 Elementary Bilingual New Library Books

 

This semester the Elementary Library took delivery of 243 new books. The books are for the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary libraries, and will be available soon for students to browse and borrow. This semester the focus was on Non-Fiction books for UE library, where we added 162 new books. 81 books were added to the Lower Elementary Library.

Each semester the two libraries add to their shelves English books that we believe the students will enjoy, as well as books that support our program.

The library books the students borrow each week are for student enjoyment, and students borrow them based on their interests. Sometimes they cannot “read” the whole book, but they can still enjoy the book and share it with other students or members of their family. Also, the books are used during class times to support the English program.

We hope everyone enjoys the books in the library, and that students develop a strong love for reading for enjoyment.


Another very successful Literacy Month!

Congratulations Clifford Elementary Bilingual School.  This year we had another very big Reading Month! The total minutes the students’ read during Literacy Month is 1,374,113 minutes, in only 3 weeks this year! 

We also had a total of 3,147 Guest Readers come to our classes to read – this year it was all students, teachers and staff, so that’s a great number!! Well done everyone!

The final total was announced during the Book Character Dress Up day! Students and teachers dressed up as a favorite book character and we all assembled by the flagpole for the announcement.

In keeping with years past, we have reached all our goals. This year our goal was again 1 million, 200 thousand minutes, even though we shortened the number of days. We still managed to break that goal very easily!

For achieving this goal, the students celebrated by having a classroom literacy party, a buffet lunch, no homework for a weekend and time for an outdoor literacy activity.

Classrooms also receive extra books for their classroom reading libraries as rewards for the number of minutes the students read. For each 1,500 minutes they receive one extra book. Classes also receive one extra book for each four guest readers they have during the month. Most classes earned around 50 extra books

March is always a fun time at Clifford School and this March was no different.  Students participated in reading activities such as Peer Reading - with a student from a different grade and DEAR reading, which we had twice a week for silent reading time.  Each class had a number of guest readers that came to our classes to read. We had other students and many members of both the Chinese and Western staff come and read to our classes. 

We also had a fantastic Book Fair, where we sold over 140,000RMB worth of English books. That means we will be able to choose over 14,000RMB worth of books for the library and classrooms.

March into Reading was first created in the Elementary Bilingual program about 15 years ago to promote English reading.  By doing this, we have improved English comprehension, vocabulary recognition, grammar usage and the students interest in reading for pleasure!  Students were responsible for keeping a reading log that their teachers checked twice each week

The Literacy Committee would like to thank all the teachers, guest readers and especially the students in grades 1-6 that have worked so hard to improve their reading skills while exceeding our school wide goal of 1 million, two hundred thousand minutes.

Congratulations Clifford School!  Fantastic Reading!  Keep it up all year round!


Elementary Bilingual Guest Readers

 

As part of Elementary Bilingual’s March into Reading, we had students and teachers reading to classes all through the month.

Students were able to sign up to read in up to four other classes. Most students in G4, 5 and 6 signed up for all four reading sessions, reading in all grades from G1 to G6. Many students in Lower Elementary also signed up to read, some even to higher grades. Some Secondary students also came to read to Upper Elementary classes.

Many Western and Chinese staff also read to classes, including the School Director, School Principal and Administration staff.

What a great way to grow interest in reading books for fun, as well as practicing oral reading skills. The students have had a great time listening to so many stories!

We look forward to next year, when hopefully many parents will also be able to come and read to the classes too.


Book Fair Success

 

Our Oink n Oink Elementary Bilingual Book Fair was a great success. Because there were so many fantastic books, we managed to sell 141,420RMB of books, which is a Book Fair record! 

The school earned over 14,000RMB worth of free books. We will use our free books for classroom and library books supporting our Science and Social Studies curriculum.

We were very pleased with the students who did a great job choosing their own books. This was made easier due to the great books that were available.

Thank you parents for entrusting your child to buy English books for their enjoyment. Hopefully next year you will be able to come and share the joy of choosing books with your child. 

Thank you to all the students, parents and friends for supporting March into Reading Book Fair.


Elementary Bilingual has started their “March into Reading” month.

 

Drop Everything and Read (DEAR)

 

For 20 minutes every Tuesday and Thursday in March all of the English classes and English teachers will “Drop Everything And Read” – which means all other activities will stop during the English class and everyone will “read”!

Students enjoy this quiet time just reading to themselves. It’s a time to relax and become part of the book they are reading. These days, our students rarely have a time just to sit and enjoy reading. We hope this time encourages student to try and find time every day to read a little just for their enjoyment.


March into Reading

March into Reading is the Elementary Bilingual Reading month.

During this month the staff, students and parents are involved in many reading activities to encourage a love for reading.

We have

1. Guest Readers – teachers, staff and students come to the classrooms to read stories to the students. Unfortunately parents are not able to come and read this year.

2. Book Fair – this year parents are not able to come into the school to buy books, but the students can still come and look at the books and pay for them with money they bring to school, OR parents can scan the QR code of Oink ‘n Oink book suppliers for advice on suitable books and to pay for books.
3. Peer reading – students in the lower grades and teamed up with students from higher grades and they share books during the library period each week.
4. DEAR – Drop Everything And Read – everyone in English class stops twice a week for 20 minutes to read to themselves – this includes students and teachers. DEAR  (Drop Everything And Read
5. Home reading – students keep a record of the minutes they spend reading in their spare time. We aim to read 1,100,000 minutes this year!
6. Book Character Day (April 2) – students dress up as a book character
7. Reward day (April 2) – students receive various rewards if we manage to reach out target. They include a fun outdoor activity, no English homework, a Buffet lunch and a Class party.

Reading month is the biggest event for our English program in the Elementary Bilingual program. We hope everyone joins in and the love for reading grows!


Christmas Concert

On December 20th the Elementary students who have English Music classes this semester held a “Christmas Concert”.The Grades One, Two and Three students had a joyful time celebrating the Christmas Season.Santa was there to help Miss Lin with the singing of lots of fun Christmas songs.

The students had learnt the songs during the month December in the Music classes.

In the English classes the students have been learning about Christmas during their studies of Seasons. This year we had extra cheer with the addition of bells for some of the songs!

The students sang around 20 songs they learned. Two of their favorites are “Hello Reindeer” and “S-A-N-T-A” They sang these songs to greet Santa!!

Students also sang “Rainbow Colors”. We had fun singing and doing the actions for the “Na Na Na” song. We finished with “The Dancing Christmas Tree” and “Good Bye Reindeer”. The teachers and students really enjoyed our annual Christmas concert again this year! The student looked great with their “Santa” hats on!

“Merry Christmas” everyone!


Staff Appreciation and Team Building Dinner  Friday December 18th

 

We all went out for a Japanese Buffet and to spend some time together outside of work. It was a nice chance to see people outside of work with families and significant others. As the night ended many people suggested we use the same spot again next year. We are grateful for our staff and all the work they do!


Elementary Bilingual 22nd Annual Sports Games - November 12th and 13th, 2020

 

The Elementary Bilingual Sports games were held for their 22nd time this school year. The event was held on out sports field over two days.

 

First we were treated to a spectacular opening ceremony where all 2100 students took part.  The ceremony highlighted our students playing many different sports and activities.

 

The Opening Ceremony was streamed live for all the parents to watch, as, at the moment, they cannot come onto the school campus.

The sports games themselves were held after the opening, on Thursday and Friday. The events included all sorts of running, throwing, kicking and team events. One of the highlights was the mass relay races where 16 members of a class race all the other classes at each grade level.

 

During the days, students were awarded medals for first, second and third place in their events. At the conclusion of the games, the scores were added up and the grade winners were announced.

 

It was a fun time for students and teachers, even when they weren’t participating in events they enjoyed two days with their classmates out of the classroom.

 

The parents were missed, as we are sure the students would have loved them to be cheering them on during the days. Hopefully next year they will be back!

 

Even so, everyone enjoyed some physical activities on two very clear and sunny days.

 

We all can’t wait for the 23rd Sports games next year! Start training!


Field Trip – October 28th and 29th

 

Chimelong – Zoo (G1-G3) and Amusement Part (G4-G6)

 

All the Elementary students were treated to a day of fun and relaxation during trips during the week. Grade 1, 2 and 3 went on Wednesday to the Zoo and Grade 4, 5 and 6 on Thursday to the Amusement Park.

Students in G1- G3 spent the day walking around checking out the wide array of animals at the Chimelong Zoo. They were able to take a cable car ride for a bird’s eye view, as well as a train ride through the Safari Park. G4 – G6 students enjoyed their day on the various rides, including roller coasters, and amusements at the Amusement Park. There was nothing but smiles!

It was a very relaxing and fun day for all the students – a day to recharge their batteries and prepare for classes and other school events.

Everyone looks forward to the next whole school field trip in Spring.


G1-3 Elementary Bilingual Halloween

 

Halloween is one of the most enjoyable holidays we celebrate all year, especially for children. Having a day that is filled with spooky ghosts, creepy gremlins and all sorts of make believe creatures only intensifies the magic that surrounds the day. Halloween is a time for kids to collect as much candy as they can and sit with their friends comparing and sharing their candies.

 

The students at Clifford had the chance to be any imaginary person or creature that they could think of. The students in Grades 1 – 3 started the day by presenting their costumes to the rest of the school in the Parade in the Recreation Center. They were also entertained with a presentation of photos from past Halloween celebrations and they sang the “spooky” songs they have been learning in Music class. Students were judged by a panel of teachers to see who had the best costumes and those who won were awarded with a certificate and Halloween themed book. The teachers then took their students to another classroom and to the English and Chinese Administration for “Trick or Treat”, where they collected candy. After all the candy was collected the students returned to their main classroom where they spent the remaining class time playing Halloween games or making a Halloween craft. For this special day the students were treated to a Buffet Lunch by the school. It was a delightful day and all the students looked amazing in their Halloween costumes!

G4-6 Elementary Bilingual Halloween

 

Students in the upper elementary building (G4, 5 & 6) had a great time at Halloween this year. More than 80% of the students dressed up for this special event! There were princesses, ghosts, cartoon characters, and scary faces, to name a few of the many interesting and creative costumes. The students celebrated by receiving some candy by trick-or-treating. First they went to receive candy from the English and Chinese administrative staff and then they visited various classrooms in the building. This year, students also voted on their favorite costume in each classroom, and those students received a certificate and Halloween themed book prize each. After the trick-or-treating activity, students were engaged in Halloween activities in the classroom making scary bookmarks, crafts and artwork! Some classes had a scary movie to watch too! For this special day the students were treated to a Buffet Lunch by the school. Everyone had a great time and we look forward to another successful event next year too!


G4, 5 and 6 Grade Level Assessments - September 2020

 

On the 18th, 21st and 23rd September, Grades Four, Five and Six student took an English assessment to help us determine the students’ English language skills.  This assessment is called the Grade Level Assessment (GLA).

This assessment is used in helping us determine the appropriate English class placement for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Normally, the GLA is held in May each year, but we were unable to schedule the assessment at that time last year. So, we had to hold the GLA now to determine the students’ English skills and place them in a class appropriate for them to be successful and continue to show progress.

Over three days students undertook assessments in Oral Speaking and Listening, Reading Fluency, Reading Comprehension, Writing and Listening Comprehension.

We also ask teachers to complete various surveys about each student’s classroom learning to help us decide on the best leveled class for everyone.

It’s a big process to assess over 1000 students over three days, so thanks goes to all our teachers for the hard work. But most of all thanks to the students who all did their best, and I am sure they are relieved it’s over…… until next May!


Elementary Bilingual New Library Books - September, 2020

 

This month the Elementary Bilingual Library took delivery of 332 new books. This added to the 316 new books we received in July last year, means there are 648 new books in the library since students last used the library in January 2020.

The books are for the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary libraries, and will soon be available for students to browse and borrow. Each semester the two libraries add to their shelves English books that we believe the students will enjoy, as well as books that support our program.

Every week all students have a 40 minute English library time, where they can read, enjoy and borrow library books. The Grade 1 and 2 students have a lesson with the Library teacher where they learn about how to use the library as well as how to look after library books. The Library teacher also teaches the students a “love of reading” through reading and sharing stories together.

The library books the students borrow each week are for student enjoyment, and students borrow them based on their interests. Sometimes they cannot “read” the whole book, but they can still enjoy the book and share it with other students or members of their family.

We hope everyone enjoys the books in the library, and that students develop a strong love for reading for enjoyment.


Faculty Conference – September 9th, 2020

 

This year’s annual faculty Conference was held in conjunction with Teacher Appreciation Day on September 9th at 4:30pm.

Dr Zhang, the School Director, welcomed all the new and old teachers to the meeting, and expresses his sincere thanks to everyone for their hard work in the past year.

The chairman of the Clifford School Board, Dr. Pang, gave a keynote speech. He greeted and thanked all staff, and congratulated all 31of the Chinese and Western Faculty who will be presented with “Outstanding Faculty Member” awards.

Dr Pang highlighted some of the achievements of the School and students from the past school year. He emphasized that in the past year, these remarkable achievements are the result of the teachers and students’ work style of “seeking truth, being pragmatic and pursuing excellence” and the spirit of “dedication, professionalism, humanism and innovation”.

Dr Pang concluded with some hopes for the new school year.  He said that Chinese and foreign teachers can learn from each other, cooperate sincerely, and strive to improve teaching quality. In the case that the new Coronavirus is with us for a long time, we should also strengthen public health education and life safety education.

The large team of foreign teachers is the backbone of our school in the implementation of bilingual education, and it is also one of our school's characteristics and success factors. With the epidemic this year, foreign teachers returned to school with great difficulties and sacrifices for themselves. Jonathan Webb, the representative of foreign teachers, also made a speech on behalf of foreign teachers.

Mr Webb expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Dr Pang and the School Board for their dedicated help to all foreign teachers during the epidemic, and he was very proud of being a member of the Clifford School! He believes that teachers are responsible for protecting the future of mankind and helping students grow. So, it is our responsibility to never sit back and watch as the world and its contents moves on by. We must all be learning, all of the time, so we can impart our knowledge to the younger and even keener minds that we have been given the responsibility to educate.  He also mentioned that the new coronavirus will coexist with mankind in the foreseeable future, so we should have an optimistic attitude, a sense of foresight, bravely move forward, and embrace the inevitable with full energy and enthusiasm. We should all set an example for the students, tell them that there are difficulties and challenges everywhere in life, but we will surely overcome them.

After the speeches, the Outstanding Faculty Members for the 2019-2020school year were awarded their certificated by members of the school administration. This year, Mr Jonathan Webb (3.5 class teacher) was one of the recipients. Well done and congratulations Jon! 

Finally two staff members gave the school oath that all faculty promise to do their best for the next school year.


Grade 6 Graduating Classes (spring 2020)

 As we near the end of the year the Grade 6 students are preparing for their final Chinese and English exams. They did take a little time off to make some memories by taking class photos they will keep to look at over the years. With over 330 Grade 6 students, it was a little difficult to set up the whole class photo, but we managed. Here you can see all the classes from A to J with their Western and Chinese teachers and Teaching Assistants. We wish all our graduates great success in the future as the move onto the next stage of their education.


Elementary Bilingual New Library Books

 

This semester the Elementary Library took delivery of 316 new books. The books are for the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary libraries, and will be available next school year for students to browse and borrow.

Each semester the two libraries add to their shelves English books that we believe the students will enjoy, as well as books that support our program. Every week all students have a 40 minute English library time, where they can read, enjoy and borrow library books. The Grade 1 and 2 students have a lesson with the Library teacher where they learn about how to use the library as well as how to look after library books. The Library teacher also teaches the students a “love of reading” through reading and sharing stories together.

The library books the students borrow each week are for student enjoyment, and students borrow them based on their interests. Sometimes they cannot “read” the whole book, but they can still enjoy the book and share it with other students or members of their family.

We hope everyone enjoys the books in the library, and that students develop a strong love for reading for enjoyment.

 


Grade 3 Clifford Lake Safari!

 

As an introduction to Grade 3’s end of semester ‘Living Continents’ project, we took off on a safari to Clifford Lake! The aim of our safari was to observe and record all of the different animals and habitats both at the lake and in its surrounding areas. We discussed each type of animal we saw and identified whether they were;

          1.    Native to the environment

          2.    Predator or prey 

The safari concluded with a final discussion comparing the environment at Clifford Lake (China, Asia) with other lake ecosystems in different countries and continents. We returned to school excited to discover more about continents and what different animals and environments they are home to!


Elementary Bilingual 21st Annual Sports Games - November 8th /9th, 2019

 

The Elementary Bilingual Sports games were held for their 21st time this school year. This was the first event on our new Astro-Turf all weather sports field. To celebrate this special event we had a spectacular opening ceremony, that highlighted our students playing many different sports and activities.The sports games themselves were held after the opening, and on Saturday morning. The events included all sorts of running, throwing, kicking and team events. One of the highlights was the mass relay races where 16 members of a class race all the other classes at each grade level. During the days, students were awarded medals for first, second and third place in their events. At the conclusion of the games, the scores were added up and the grade winners were announced. It was a fun time for students, parents and teachers. Everyone enjoyed some physical activities on two clear and sunny days. We all can’t wait for the 22nd Sports games next year! Start training!