Community Fair and Parent Tea Reminder

Dear Parents,

We hope that you will be able to join us for the Community Fair next Wednesday, beginning at 9:45. We are also looking forward to sharing our learning with you during tomorrow’s Parent Tea. Please come to the Grade 2 classrooms for a 1:30 start. After we have shared our learning we will share some food and play some games. Grade 2 students have been told that they may bring a board game to share with friends.

Parent Tea and End of Year Party

All Grade 2 parents are invited to join us for our final parent tea/end of year party this Friday 1st June. The students will share some learning with you, and then we will enjoy an end of year celebration together. Please bring a small plate of food to share. We will begin at 1:30pm and it will run until the end of the school day.

Reminders and Medal Winners

This year’s Spring Show will be held next Wednesday 30th May at 6:30pm. We kindly ask that Grade 2 wears black trousers/shorts/leggings on the night and any pair of shoes. When they arrive into school, they will be given their green t-shirt to wear. We will collect the t-shirts back from the students before they go home that evening.

Sport’s Day

Sport’s Day will be on the afternoon of Tuesday 5th June. Parents are welcome to attend and cheer on their superstars! Grade 2 are asked to wear their team colour which is blue. Please also bring a hat and sunscreen as it is expected to be hot and some of the games will be outside.

Medal Winners

This week, the following students received Learner Profile Awards:

Will for being a COMMUNICATOR

Sung Bin for being PRINCIPLED

Jun Seo for being a COMMUNICATOR

Gavin for being KNOWLEDGEABLE

Ondrej for being OPEN MINDED


Ancient Culture Street Photos

Grade 2 had a wonderful time on their field trip last Friday. We reflected on our trip back in the classroom and we had a few new wonderings. We wondered about why red features so heavily in China and why people pray outside the temples. These are questions that we hope to explore further!

Field Trip and Parent Tea

Tomorrow, Grade 2 will be taking a trip to Ancient Culture Street. Parents who are attending, please be ready at the Grade 2 classrooms at 10:00am. Parents will also need to bring 10RMB as an entrance fee to the temple, all student fees are covered.

A reminder, this is not a shopping trip, the students are there to learn and observe the Ancient Chinese culture. We have asked children not to bring money, phones or cameras, we will take photos and post to the blog afterwards.

Also, on Friday 1st June, we are having a Parent Tea/End of year party starting at 1:30pm where students will share some learning from our current unit, and enjoy an end of year celebration with their classmates. We look forward to seeing you all there. Please co-ordinate with our Homeroom Mum, Anastasia (Alexander’s mum) about what to bring.


New Unit, Spring Show Info and Medal Winners!

This week, we began tuning in to our new unit, Where We Are in Place and Time.

Central Idea:

Characteristics of cultures endure or change over time.

Lines Of Inquiry:

  • Traditional stories of Ancient China
  • Characteristics and symbols of Ancient China that have endured
  • Evidence of Ancient China in modern day Tianjin

We did a brainstorm to see what Grade 2 already knows about China and discussed any wonderings they had.

To further explore our lines of inquiry, we have organised a trip to Ancient Cultural Street on Friday 18th May. If you give permission for your child to attend, please fill out the permission form and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher by Tuesday 15th May. Parents are welcome to attend the trip to help supervise small groups.

Spring Show

The Spring Show is on Wednesday 30 May, starting at 6:30pm and will run for Approx. one hour. The title of this year’s show is ‘Glow’. Each grade will be wearing a fluorescent coloured t-shirt which will be provided by the school. We kindly ask that children wear their own BLACK leggings/tights/trousers and any shoes are fine. Grade 2 have been practicing really hard for their performance!

Medal Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received learner profile medals this week:

Allen for being KNOWLEDEABLE

Umay for being a COMMUNICATOR

Min Jun for being KNOWLEDEABLE

Chae Yun for being PRINCIPLED


Earth Week in Grade 2

This week in Grade 2 we have been recognizing Earth Week through different activities each day. On Wednesday, an action group of Grade 11 students came over from the secondary school to teach the students about different types of waste, and how to recycle effectively. They presented their information, and played a game with the Grade 2 students to test their knowledge!

On Thursday we had “Earth Hour” in the morning for the first 2 periods where we turned out all the lights and switched everything off. There are no photos because we were not allowed to use any electronics or power!

On Friday, we had a whole school assembly and a drone photo to celebrate our learning from the week.

Solar Panels at IST

In conjunction with Earth Week, we have launched the IST Solar Panel Initiative. Please consider donating to our Solar Panel Drive, contributions can start at 50 RMB, with an entire panel costing 2000RMB. All information you will need is below.

Enjoy the May holiday and we will see you back at school on Wednesday May 2nd!


Update and Medal Winners

Grade 2 have been continuing to write their imaginative stories in literacy. This week, we focused on how to incorporate dialogue to our stories and how to write a satisfying ending. We have thought about how we would like to publish these stories, with some children selecting to use Stop Motion, some Puppet Pals and others are creating a puppet show.

In Math, we are continuing our Geometry unit by looking at transformations and symmetry. We are using the language flip, slide, turn and symmetrical. Grade 2 have created their own symmetrical patterns using pattern blocks and paint.

Medal Winners

Congratulations to the following students who received Learner Profile Medals this week:

Alexander for being OPEN MINDED

Seong Yeon for being COURAGEOUS

Ryan for being an INQUIRER

Ivan for being OPEN MINDED

Emil for being REFLECTIVE

Nora for being a THINKER


Book Fair

IST will be hosting The Beijing Star Kids Book Fair next Monday and Tuesday. Grade 2 will be visiting the book fair during period 2 on Monday. Please send money to school with your child if you would like them to purchase a book. Book prices start at 30RMB. Students may also save books on Monday for pick up on Tuesday. If this is done, a slip will be sent home detailing the book they have chosen and the price. Books that aren’t picked up by Tuesday morning recess will be returned to the sales tables.