Last week we held a farewell lunch for some of our students who are returning home to Japan and Korea. These students have been on short term visits this term. It’s been great having them at Lincoln. Our Korean students, and one of our Japanese girls, prepared and delivered fantastic speeches about South Korea and Japan to both senior ESOL classes, and the Japanese boys have worked well in the elementary classes. We hope they are able to return to New Zealand in the future. Everyone enjoyed the yummy lunch of pizza, chips and delicious cake.
Last week, many students travelled around New Zealand to take part in the Winter Sports Tournament. The results were very good: Boys’ football: 6th, girls’ football: 2nd, boys’ hockey: 5th, girls’ hockey: 3rd, netball: 30th, under 15 rugby: winners of the second division. Teams from all over New Zealand compete in this tournament. Lincoln has also received many emails congratulating our students on their excellent behaviour and great attitude. Well done everyone. We hope that more international students join sports teams while they are at Lincoln. There are many great opportunities!
Here are some photos of our students: learning about New Zealand geography and attending a dance class. Thanks to Mrs Wylie for taking these photos!
In class on Friday morning: collaboration
What’s happening in classes at the moment? The elementary classes are doing a unit on animals, and also studying the book Frankenstein. They are also enjoying a reading unit where they can choose from many small books and spend time silent reading.
The Intermediate class is studying the movie ‘Bend it LIke Beckham’ for their visual text external assessment. Everyone is enjoying this funny, high energy movie. It has some important ideas, such as ‘follow your dreams, culture clash and parent teenage relationships. ‘If you love football, you’ll love this movie! The students will write an essay about it in their exams. Next week they will be preparing and presenting their speeches for their speech assessment. Many will talk about their countries or an issue they think is important.
The upper intermediate class has been studying another short story: The Red Sari. This story is by the New Zealand author ApiranaTaylor and is set in India. Next week they will also be presenting their speeches. They have also recently completed their conversation assessment. Everyone had to take part in 2 conversations about a place that is important to them and also a piece of literature they know well. Everyone did really well!
Our elementary level classes are quite big now, so we are lucky to have 2 new teachers assisting in these classes. Mrs Wylie and Mrs Simpson come to ESOL 4 hours each week. They take small groups of students and help them with their work and also help in the main classroom. Mrs Wylie is also a Dance and Maths teacher, and Mrs Simpson is a French teacher, so they have many talents! They have been teachers at Lincoln for many years so know the school very well, which is helpful for the new students. We’re really fortunate to have them in ESOL class. Welcome!
It’s week 4 of the term already! Last week was languages week. Every lunchtime there were special events for everyone to attend. Many involved food from different countries: rice ball making, yummy noodles and pain au chocolate. Mrs Austen also made badges saying ‘ I can speak……….’ with many different languages. Lots of the teachers wore them as well. Languages week is held every year. The International Council recently held another snack chat lunchtime to welcome our new Term Three students. It was very successful.