2020-21 School Events


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!


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.

The students 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!