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;
Native to the environment
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!
Field Trip – October 29th and 30th, 2019 - Nanhai Golden Lake
All the Elementary students were treated to a day of fun and relaxation during a trip to Nanhai Golden Lake. Grade 1, 2 and 3 went on Tuesday and Grade 4, 5 and 6 on Wednesday.
Students were able to play on the beach by the lake or take a long walk around the lake. It was a day where the students were able to discover what they’d like to do to have fun.
The students were also treated to a buffet lunch at the hotel. For some, this was the highlight of the day! It was a very relaxing 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.
Respect and Responsibility
Respect refers to having due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others. It is something that needs to be earned, and being respectful in school will help students achieve greater success. Responsibility is the state or fact of being accountable for something. When students are dealing with a teacher, they will earn respect by taking their responsibility seriously and putting in the effort needed to do the best job possible.
Throughout this school year, Upper Elementary will be emphasizing the importance of respect and responsibility to all our students. As a way to recognize students for doing a great job demonstrating these two attributes, each class, in the AM and PM, will nominate one student each month as being the most respectful student in the class, and one student each month as being the most responsible student in the class. These students will then be asked to come to the Deans office to pick out a new English book for their award.
have responded well, showing great respect and responsibility. The winners for the month of October were very proud of themselves for their
accomplishment, as were all the teachers.
Elementary Bilingual Halloween - November 1, 2019
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.
Grades 1,2 and 3
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!
Grades 4,5, and 6
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!
Halloween is Coming
This year Clifford Elementary will celebrate Halloween on Friday November 1st, 2019.
All English classes will have fun Halloween activities throughout the day.
LE classes will have a Halloween Parade, Trick or Treat and classroom activities.
UE classes will parade to other classrooms, have Trick or Treat and classroom activities.
It’s a fun day for all, so encourage your child to join in!
Get your child’s costume ready now, so they can make the most of the fun on Halloween!
2019 - 2020 Parent Orientation September 24th to September 27th
The last week of September was Parent Orientation for the Elementary Bilingual English program. We have four afternoons when parents come to school to learn about the English program from our Western teachers and the Teaching Assistants.
On Tuesday we had Grade 3 and 6, on Wednesday we had Grade 2 and 5, on Thursday we had Grades 1, 4 and Friday was the day was for the English Language Support Program.
We had an estimated 1700 parents coming to the school to hear about their child’s program. The parents heard about the Grade Level English expectations for the year, the curriculum areas that will be covered, the management plans for each teacher, classroom routines, different programs, homework and how to help their children at home.
Each Grade level met together as a group where the parents heard about items that are the same for every grade at that level. In the classrooms the parents were able to meet the teacher and TA and see the student displayed in the room. In the classroom the teacher told the parents about the class management plans, routines and expectations for their particular classroom.
All parents received a “Parent Pack” that outlines all the main points from the Orientation. This Parent Pack can be referred to by the parents at any time, and is a useful document to keep at home.
Thank you to all the parents who came along to hear about our great English program.
Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the PRC. – September, 2019
On Wednesday September 25th, 2019, Clifford Elementary and Secondary Bilingual Schools presented a spectacular show featuring all of their 3,000 students. About 3,000 guests, including School Board members, enjoyed performances by the students, and other special guests, which featured singing and dancing, as well as video and light shows. This special function was the first major event held on the school’s new multi-purpose, all weather sports field.
Congratulations to the People’s Republic of China on its 70th Anniversary!
Elementary Bilingual New Library Books
This semester the Elementary Library took delivery of 376 new books. 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.
Opening Day Ceremony - August 28th. 2019
Wednesday, August 28th was the first day of the 2019-20 school year! The day started with Clifford's Opening Day Ceremony. Over 2,025 elementary students were in attendance along with all of the Chinese and foreign professional teaching staff.
Teacher Conference - August 26th, 2019
On Monday, August 26th, all staff at Clifford School attended a Faculty conference. Dr. Clifford Pang, the Chairman of the School Board, gave the keynote speech.
Dr Pang stated “Twenty years’ sustained development has made Clifford School, a reputable Chinese & English bilingual school acclaimed both home and abroad. This means we have taken an accurate path towards international education, and have successfully performed our bilingual education.”
He continued to say that “a private school has to stand out from the rest to survive.” He mentioned that innovation is the key to doing this, and graciously acknowledge how our past innovations have produced excellent results, but that we must continue to adjust and perfect our programs to meet the societal changes around us. He touched on the importance of humanism to meet students’ personal and individual demands. The humanist philosophy places the task of making the world a better place on humans. It requires each of us to strive to be more compassionate, use reasoning, and critical thinking to solve the problems of the world around us.
Dr Pang stated “to improve educational quality, our teaching staff is the essential element. All of you are outstanding in your own right, and possess the qualities of the ideal Clifford School staff, which is “dedication, professionalism, humanism, and innovation”.
He concluded with the following statement. “Now that there is no longer physical space for more school buildings or additional students, the school has to seek development though enhanced educational quality. Looking afar, we feel fully confident; hand in hand, ready to push the bar higher and continue to stay on the leading edge of education for our school.”
The School Director, a Chinese Teacher and a Western teacher all responded to Dr. Pang’s speech and further reinforced our need to continue to create innovating programs that continue to meet the needs of all the students in our unique school.
Several teachers and other staff members were awarded “Outstanding Staff Member” awards from the 2018-2019 school year. From our department this year, the recipients were Jeffrey Lee (Grade 5 teacher) and David Yu (Grade 6 Teaching Assistant). Well done to them!