Happy New Year!

We are off to a great start to the new year with some new topics to inquire about. Our current unit looks at history through an economic lens: 

Where we are in Place and Time An inquiry into orientation in place and time; personal histories; homes and journeys; the discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind; the relationships between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives. 

Central Idea: Economic activity has developed throughout time

Lines of Inquiry


  • Circumstances that have influenced trade (causation, change)
  • The influence of trade on local and global economies (connection)


In math, we wrapped up our study of decimals and we are extending the concept of parts of a whole to fractions. We will inquire into adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions within real life problem-solving contexts.

In language, we will focus on report writing and the skills needed to read and interpret historical texts effectively. We have also begun book clubs! Each student has a book they have self-selected with teacher guidance. As a group, they have decided how many pages to read before the first book club meeting. The reading can count as their nightly reading assignment. They will do a reading response in class and prepare in advance of meeting in their book club group. The students are focusing on determining importance and summarising main ideas. 

PYPX: The students have finalised their lines of inquiry for their PYPX topic and have set up their research document. Beginning next week, home learning will include at least one PYPX assignment.

Learning Reviews: Almost everyone has signed up for a learning review time for next week. Please discuss your child’s progress with them before the conference and don’t forget to bring your child as they are an integral part of this process. I look forward to meeting with everyone.

And of course, the Young Americans are here and the students will be working with them all day today and tomorrow. I look forward to seeing all of you at tomorrow’s performance at 6:00 PM in the LLAC Theater. Students should wear their PE  kit. For the performance they will need long black sweat pants (active wear) or leggings. Each student will also receive a t-shirt to wear for the performance. Students are expected to arrive at school tomorrow by 7:30. They will need a lunch and a water bottle. Please see the previous Young Americans post for more details. If you have any questions, please feel free to email.

This email went out from Mr. MacPherson today. I have posted it below for your convenience.


Dear Grade 6 Parents, 


Your children met the Young Americans this morning and, as expected, there is tremendous energy in the LLAC!


As a gentle reminder, I share the arrangements for tomorrow with you:


  • Parents/Guardians will drop students off at school between 7am and 7:30am for day 2 of the two-day workshop. Students will drop their lunches off in the 8/F Makerspace and meet in the 6/F Cafeteria or Pitch. Staff will be on hand for supervision.
  • Please send your child to school with their own packed lunch as there will be no cafeteria service available (If you are a host family, please provide a packed lunch for your YA guests).
  • Students will be provided with a light pizza dinner and have some free time in the late afternoon, prior to the performance.
  • The show begins in the LLAC Auditorium at 6pm and will conclude at 8pm. The house will open for parents at 5:45pm. The balcony is reserved for the Grade 6 students. 


There will be buses at the following times and locations:


  • 4:45pm: Pick up at Central Pier #4 → 4:47pm Central GPO → 4:55pm Admiralty MTR → 5:15pm Wong Chuk Hang MTR → CDNIS LLAC
  • 8:15pm: Drop off to Wong Chuk Hang MTR → CWB (Golden Dragon) → Admiralty MTR → Central Pier → Central GPO



Thank You

DJ MacPherson

Lower School Vice Principal, Grades 3-6

Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Email: donaldmacpherson@cdnis.edu.hk


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