International Council snack chat fun

At Lincoln we have many student councils: Sport, Social, Academic, Environmental and International. The role of the International Council is to organise fun events at lunchtimes so that International students and Kiwi students can meet each other, make new friends and share cultures. On Monday lunchtime, the International Council held a ‘snackchat’ in J1. They bought snacks and everyone enjoyed chatting together. About 45 students attended. Many international students and Kiwi students were able to meet for the first time. It was great to see lots of laughter and smiles as they got to know each other better. The Council are planning to organise more events this term.

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ESOL class update

What’s happening in our ESOL classes at the moment? Here’s a quick update:

ESOL 001 and 002 (Elementary level) We’ve got 9 new students in these classes this term. The ‘new’ students are doing orientation work, such as learning their teachers’ names, learning about Lincoln High and learning about New Zealand geography. They’re also doing lots of conversation practice to help them build speaking confidence. The ‘old’ students have started a research project, where they are comparing aspects of N.Z. culture with their home countries. The topics are very interesting, such as fashion, sport, education, food and festivals. Of course, everyone is also studying grammar and vocabulary!

ESOL 102 (Intermediate level) This class is studying short stories. At the moment we are reading ‘The Seahorse and the Reef’ by the well known N.Z. author Witi Ihimaera. The theme of this story is that we should respect and protect our environment, especially the sea. We are also learning a lot about Maori culture through this story. Did you know that in the Maori language, Aroha means love, Whanau means extended family and kai moana means seafood? This is quite a difficult story and we are learning a lot of new vocabulary! Students are also thinking about environmental problems in their own countries.

ESOL 202 (Upper Intermediate level) Last term, this class studied three texts. All these texts were connected because they had the same theme: ‘facing challenges in life.’ Many of the people in these texts faced the challenge of living in a new culture or having learning difficulties. Our ESOL students can understand how the characters feel and can learn a lot from these texts for their own lives! They are now writing an essay about what they have learnt for their assessment. They also have to write about a text they choose themselves.

Everyone is working hard, improving their English, sharing ideas and asking questions. Well done everyone. Keep doing your best!

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Welcome back to our ESOL blog!

Hi everyone! Our ESOL blog had a ‘rest’ last year because Mrs Lancaster was not at Lincoln. But she has now returned, so we plan to continue our blog. We hope that you enjoy seeing what we’re doing in our ESOL classes and in our International Department.

It’s now autumn and the weather is getting colder. The leaves are falling and making a beautiful carpet of red, gold and orange on the ground. We have about 65 International students at Lincoln this year. Last term we also welcomed tour groups from Japan and Thailand.

Next Monday, something exciting is happening at school! We have a beautiful new building and it is being opened on Monday. This building has spaces for 5 classes. Most of the inside is one very big space so students can work together in large or small groups. This is called a ‘modern learning environment.’ There is also a kitchen and lots of wonderful technology. The colour scheme is very attractive and peaceful.

Next Thursday, from 4-6pm, is ‘Open Night.’ Children who will come to Lincoln High School next year can visit our school, meet the students and teachers and see what happens at Lincoln. We’re looking forward to meeting them

Next week will be very busy!

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Happy holidays!

The senior students have now finished school. Senior graduation was held on Friday. Congratulations to all Lincoln year 13 students who graduated and we wish you every success for the future. This week is the last week for juniors, with AKO activity days on Wed and Thurs.

Mrs Lancaster, the writer of this blog, is on leave next year so mrs Currie and Mrs Mc Kinnon will take it over! Have a great 2016 everyone.

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Exams and end of year programme

All NCEA students are now on exam leave, coming to school to sit their exams. Good luck everyone! International students who are not sitting NCEA have been doing an extra programme. First, they had 3 days of intensive ESOL with Catherine. This was a very valuable time and also fun! After that everyone had 3 days of activities with Mrs Lancaster, including cooking, making mosaics (smashing the plates was fun!) playing softball and writing articles for the end of year magazine. The ‘dance group’ also performed their energetic hip hop routine to the junior Japanese, music and dance classes. On Tuesday everyone is going on the ‘top of the South’ trip with Mrs Stone and Mrs O’Byrne.  Bush walking, kayaking, shopping in Nelson and sightseeing in the beautiful Able Tasman National Park are on the plan. Not long to go now before the end of the year.

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Last day for year 13 students

To celebrate the last day of classes for year 13, a special assembly was held. After that, year 13 students attended a beautiful morning tea in the staffroom with their teachers. Then the traditional ‘slippery slope’ was set up on the field. Students ran and slid on the slippery slope and of course got very wet! Yuan and Sara were very brave and here are photos to prove it! It was a very warm day, so everyone dried off quite quickly. All the best to everyone for their futures.

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