Morning Notes

Thursday 28 January, 2016

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Photo Shoot: Student Participation

We are working on new photography for our new website and marketing materials. We would like the photography to be student-centred...inspired by and featuring our students. Our photography will play a vital role in showing who we are as a school community.

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Best wishes,


ISA Testing for MYP Students

0900-1220 Wednesday 10 February, ISA Tests Part 1 - Grades 6-10 (testing starts after advisory)

0905-1135 Thursday 11 February, ISA Tests Part 2 - Grades 6-10 (testing starts after assembly)

1135-1230 Thursday 11 February, ISA Science tests - Grades 7-10

Classes take place as normal after the testing.

The ISA tests are standardised tests in mathematics, reading, and writing and science from Grade 7. At Halcyon, teachers use the results of the tests to help plan the curriculum to meet your individual needs. A copy of your test results is sent home, but the results do not affect your MYP grades or term reports. You do not need to study for these tests.

The ISA tests are online tests that can be taken on an iPad or on a laptop. You do not need to bring any special materials but will need a fully charged device and you may like to use a keyboard with your iPad if you have one. If your first language is not English, you may use a translating dictionary and you should bring a paper dictionary to the test as you will not be able to access electronic dictionaries. You may use your TINspire iPad calculator or any other calculator on the math test. You cannot share dictionaries or calculators.

Each test lasts about 45 minutes but the tests are not time limited - you may continue working longer. Students who qualify for extra time in examinations will be encouraged to use the time they need. There are breaks between each test and healthy snacks and drinks will be provided during the breaks. You may also bring a filled water bottle to the tests.

You will have a practice trial of the tests in a math, science and English class during the week of 01 February. The purpose of the practice is to get used to the online format and the style of the questions. These practice tests are not marked and do not affect your final results.

Shortened timetable Wednesday 03 February

On Wednesday 03 February, school will end at 1315 for teacher professional development. We will follow a shortened timetable as below. Students will be dismissed at 1315 except for Grade 11 Mother Tongue classes that will take place as normal in the afternoon.
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Can students please check the lost and found box is full!

New extracurricular club starting...

Sustainability club: we are looking for Halcyonites who care about the environment and who can devise their own awareness campaigns and actions to further the goal of sustainability inside our school and beyond. We are looking for students to lead this group as well as participate and be Halcyon's green voice.

Club will be held in the first half of Monday lunchtime in T01 starting next week. Please see Ms Cooke or Ms Carman for more details.

Lunch Clubs

Learning Space in B01

Art Drop in in S02

MUN Club in T01

UKMT Grades 8-10 in F03

Mother Tongue


Thomas Rigney in F01

Linus and Jonah in M01

Period 8

Gabriel and Elliot, French in F01

Off Campus

Thursday: Grades 7 and 11

Friday: Grade 11

After School Activities

Learning Space in the Hub

Art Club in S02

MUN Club in T01

Basketball Club at the SLC

Today's Lunch Menu

Main Dish Option One

Jacket potato with beans and cheese (GF)

Main Dish Option Three

Tofu spinach and sun-dried tomato strudel with pepper sauce


Lentil soup

Salad Bar

Mixed salad

Butternut squash salad

Potato salad

Cherry tomato, mozzarella and basil

Hard boiled eggs



Seasonal fruits

How was your lunch this week?

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