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Uplands School Weekly Newsletter - Term 1 Issue 12 - 7 November 2014

The weekly newsletter of The International School of Penang.
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  1 To all in the Uplands Community, This week ’ s newsletter has been a major work of online collaboration! Entries have been submitted from staff currently in Phuket, Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Bangkok. The newsletter was compiled in Batu Ferringhi and edited in Tanjung Bungah! Thank you to all for contributing and keeping the newsletter “ live ”  and enabling it to still be published at the usual time. Thank you also to all the members of the Uplands Community for completing the Uplands Review School Survey. Over 1000 surveys have been completed. The survey data collection will be closed at midnight on Sunday 9 th  November. If you have not already done so please do complete a survey. Your opinions are very important to us. We look forward to sharing the news of this weekend ’ s activities in next week ’ s newsletter with all the contributors being in the same location. Your sincerely, Matthew Bristow Principal Follow us on Twitter: @ispuplands   Contents Page No Message from The Principal 1 Secondary News 2 Uplands Roar 3 & 5 Primary News 6 & 7 Operations 8 UPTA 8 & 9 School Calendar 10 & 11  2 I write this week ’ s newsletter from Phuket, where I will be coaching the U13 Boys Football Team at the BIS Phuket 7s Football Tournament. This is a wonderful experience for all of the Uplands students, giving them the opportunity to compete against students from over thirty other international schools located in Asia, from as far as India to Korea to Jakarta. As per last year, we have again brought six teams (three boys and three girls) and have an entourage of sixty-seven people. Best of luck to all of our students involved and I do hope this is a memorable experience for all of them. It is encouraging to see many of the IB students taking advantage of the numerous university visits we have here at Uplands. On Wednesday we had 12 students attend the presentation by Exeter University and another 14 students attend the “Medicine / Medical Sciences in the UK” talk. I strongly encourage all students from Year 11 and above to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities, to learn more about and to speak with the visiting universities. For more information please refer to the School Calendar, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Uplands School Calendar.  Last week I wrote about the IB Diploma Programme and how I believe it is the best course to prepare students for entry into the top universities throughout the world. Unfortunately there is a misconception amongst many students and families, as it is often believed that sitting A-Levels instead of the IB Diploma is easier and more beneficial. As mentioned last week, the IB Diploma is now more widely recognised with more and more universities preferring IB students, due to the holistic approach of the course. It was quite ironic that on Wednesday an article was published in The Telegraph,  A Level reforms: a new level of confusion , which states that A-Level students over the next few years are going to experience a particularly challenging time due to fundamental changes to the course taking place. With this all happening over the next three years it means students will need to juggle two entirely different programmes, causing quite a lot of confusion. To find out more about the IB Diploma Programme please attend the Information Evening we are hosting here at Uplands on Tuesday 9 th  December at 7:30pm. It is extremely important that all secondary students get sufficient sleep each night. It is during this time that teenage bodies release hormones which play significant roles in brain development and body growth, which in turn, helps with puberty and also maturity levels. Sleep also has a significant impact on the way the brain functions on a day-to-day basis, making it harder for us to concentrate if we do not have enough of it. There has been direct links between the lack of sleep and problems at school with behavior, concentration and achievement. As a result, a domino effect occurs; we become forgetful, we become irritable and we are prone to making mistakes. Recent scientific evidence has shown that the correct amount of sleep for teenagers is just as important for development as healthy eating and exercise. It is recommended that secondary aged students should be getting between 8.5  –  10 hours of sleep per night. Please encourage your child to get as much sleep as they can each night, so they are fully prepared for the following day. Have a great weekend. Craig Skinner Head of Secondary School   Follow us on Twitter: @UplandsSecSch  3 Last weekend saw our O15 Footballers, Boys and Girls, conclude their local PSAC Seasons with their end of season Tournaments. The Boys were hosted here at Uplands, with the Girls travelling over to POWIIS . Both ‘A’ Boys and ‘A’ Girls were victorious and extended their local unbeaten runs, the ‘A’ Girls are unbeaten in well over a year! For detailed results please go to:  Phuket Football Good luck to our Secondary Football teams travelling to Phuket this weekend for the 13 th  Annual Phuket Soccer 7s. This is a highlight of our Football Calendar, and if you want to stay up to date with proceedings please use our Roar Twitter account: @UplandsSport Or the event Webpage: National Honours! We are delighted to report back on the success of Matthew Poon at last weekends FINA World Cup Swim Meet in Singapore. Swimming in the 50m Breaststroke, and lining up alongside current 50m Freestyle World Record Holder, Roland Shoeman, he clocked an impressive 30.44 to knock a whole second off his current P.B. and finish 13 th  of the 25 entrants. This is some achievement and I hope it acts as an inspiration to the rest of our Swim Squads. With hard work and dedication to training great things can be achieved! As always, for all fixture/event write ups, photos, calendar and training information please go to: For more immediate Roar Sport updates you can follow us via Twitter at: @UplandsSport   4 Austswim Professional Development Over the break, Uplands hosted 3 days of Swim PD for Swim Teachers from across Penang, including all Uplands PE Staff. With Dick Orbell (1984 Los Angeles Olympian & Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist) leading the training, this was a fantastic opportunity for us to develop our understanding and skills from a current High Performance Coach. Day 1 saw us focus on the teaching of Water Safety. Day 2 & 3 the focus shifted to Stroke Development and Competitive Swim Training. This also provided a chance for a small group of our swimmers to act as Guinea Pigs for the day, as we observed Mr Orbell coach a range of drills he uses with his swimmers on a daily basis. Thank you to those swimmers that helped us out. Monday Night Football We have been running some ‘Slow Motion Football’ on Mondays evening’s, 8pm to 9pm, for the past month or so. This is very much intended as a social kick-about, and any parents are more than welcome to come along and join in. If interested please bring along a blue and a white top. Dean Metcalf Head of PE Faculty Follow us on Twitter: @UplandsSport
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