Morning Notes

Monday 01 February, 2016

Wishing Antonia a very happy birthday!

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NEW! Digital Leaders Club

Monday 1245 - 1320 in T02

Open to all Grades and levels of 'techiness'!

As you are aware, Halcyon is at the forefront of digital learning and innovative ideas. Students have the opportunity for coding clubs and trying out new apps, with visits from companies such as Kahoots, Google, RefMe - companies all wanting to be involved in the learning we do here. Some of our teachers are Google Certified Teachers or Apple Distinguished Educators and we also host industry conferences such as EdTech and BETT. Just a few weeks ago, students presented on the Google stand at the BETT Conference and in the past, students were involved in digital filmmaking for the 2015 COBIS Conference.

We are now striving to go even further!

Ms Rose and Ms Cranell would like to set up a FUN, "Digital Leaders" Club on Monday lunchtimes.

The aim of this club is to work on ideas for developing Digital Learning at Halcyon, as well as get involved in other projects. We have some exciting projects and opportunities coming up but most importantly, we want YOUR ideas!

So, if you want to be involved in the digital innovation happening at Halcyon - come to our club!

Quiz of the Week Answers and Results

Dear Students,

This week I have a quiz of the week apology. I did not collect click to collect the respondents email address on the form and sadly I do not know who's answers belong to who! All groups scored between 4 and 5 points. Please see the answers below.

Best wishes,

Mr Jones

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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.

Please take the time to complete this form.

Best wishes,


PSHE Tuesday

Grade 6: Typing Sessions, T01

Grade 7: Safe Online Talk, S01

Grade 8: The Reality of Digital Drama, F04

Grade 9: Copyrights and Wrongs, B01

Grade 10: Building Community Online, F02

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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Student Council Message

This is the form the Student Council mentioned in assembly. If you want anything to be looked at by the student council, please fill it in!

Thank you!

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 Club in S02

Yearbook Club in F03

Digital Leaders Club S01

Sustainability Club in T01

Mother Tongue


Isla, Swedish in F02

Fra, Italian in M01

Period 7

Alex, Swedish in F03

Off Campus

Monday: Grades 9 and 11

Tuesday: Grades 8 and 11

Wednesday: Grades 10 and 11

Thursday: Grades 7 and 11

Friday: Grade 11

After School Activities

Ensemble in M01

Table Tennis Club in the Stern Hall

Piano Lessons


Anne Marie with Amy in F04

Guitar Lessons


Ethan Tran with Renny in M01

Today's Lunch Menu

Main Dish Option One

Spaghetti with bolognese sauce and parmesan (GF)

Main Dish Option Three

Vegetable paella


Mushroom soup

Salad Bar

Mixed salad

Cucumber and feta salad

Tomato, onion and avocado string bean salad

Chef salad

Hard boiled eggs


Hot plums

Vanilla ice-cream

Seasonal fruits

How was your lunch this week?

Please take a moment to complete this survey on what you like and sharing with us your ideas on how we can improve.

We highly value your feedback and suggestions.

Thank you!