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The End of a Crazy School Year

Nyan’s primary/elementary school Year 4 was… unusual, to say the least. We started in August 2019 by going to school for a week, then missing two weeks to return to England for a wedding. So it took a little while to get back up to speed. Then, when the coronavirus took hold, we switched to home-based learning in April 2020, which continued pretty much til June.

The year was supposed to end in mid-June, followed by a two-month summer break. Except they decided to split up the break into two one-month breaks; the first break was the entire month of May, with the school year then extended. So: Home-based learning in April, summer vacation in May, back to school in June (some at home, some back in the school building), and end of the school year in early-ish July, with the new year to begin in mid August. Got all that?

Here’s our hero on that last day of school on July 10, 2020:

One of the assignments early in the year was to write a letter to his grandparents. He did it late because we were in England, but he did it. And it’s a beaut:

At the end of the year, Nyan brought home a big folder chock full of various drawings, poems, and other stuff he had done throughout the year. Let’s take a look at some of them. We won’t bother to try to explain them all; most are pretty self explanatory. (Click on any pic to enlarge!)

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Here’s some other assignments, with a more personal, who-is-Nyan kind of bent. Some great drawings too.

Finally, a bunch of random pictures from recent months. (Again, click any pic to enlarge). His attention to detail remains astounding! 

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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A Night at the Aquarium and Other Fun  

 

In early December, Nyan’s school class had a sleepover at the local aquarium! Here’s Nyan on his way to the event, with his overnight bag:

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And some shots from the aquarium itself. There was lots of fun and lots of learning, and not very much sleep:

Here he is getting off the bus the next morning (with his pal Slothie!) and posing with his pal Arav.

Speaking of Arav: he had a birthday party in December as well. Some pictures of the two boys at the party:

Also in late December, Phwa Phwa came to visit! We’ll see much more of her in coming months, but here’s a sampling from December. With Mommy too.

And finally, we had a school performance in December. Nyan dressed up and joined his classmate for a performance playing the “melodica.” Here’s a picture and a video — you can sorta make out Nyan in the second row, just to the right of the middle, behind Arav on the guitar.

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Posted by on January 5, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Nyan’s Schoolmate Helena

Nyan’s a sociable creature, and he has good male friends and good female friends. Let’s take another look at one of the latter, Helena.

Helena, or Ellie, is a couple years younger and lives in the same apartment tower as us. (You’ve seen her in these pages before.) She also goes to the same school and rides the same bus to and fro as Nyan. So they spend a fair amount of time together, and are always goofing around and playing. 

Here they are one afternoon, walking back toward the apartment after getting off the bus home:

Helena has a younger sister, Isabella or Izzy, who’s about 18 months. She’s a sweet kid, and Nyan treats her well, like an older brother. The goal is usually to get Izzy to give him a high five, which she usually does. Though sometimes, as you can see, he’ll do something like help her get her shoes back on or whatnot.

Finally, some more pics from various mornings while waiting for the bus. Both Nyan and Helena are into Pokemon cards, so they are often showing each other their collections.

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Summer Camp: A Star is Born?

Nyan spent a few weeks at various day camps in July 2019. Probably the best was Drama Camp, where they did a sort of modernized telling of Romeo and Juliet, with a performance for the parents at the end of the week. And who’s that young man who was tapped in the title role of Romeo himself? Yep, our boy. Let’s take a look at the full performance, in multiple clips. A little long, but worth it!

Not bad, eh? 

His other day camps included math, cooking, and aviation. Aviation was especially fun as he got to bring home various flying objects each day.

 

 
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Posted by on August 7, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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End of the School Year

June 2019 saw the end of Nyan’s Year 3 — that;’s the equivalent of 2nd grade to the US; not sure what it would be in the UK, sorry! Here he is on the first day of school (August 2018) and the last (June 2019)

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Some pics from the waning days of the year. Here he is around the apartment complex, waiting for the bus or happy to be home at the end of the day:

Some shots of his classmates:

And various moments around the school:

On one of the last days, Nyan’s teacher tipped us off that he was to receive a “certificate” of merit, for making excellent progress in his Mandarin class, during a full-school assembly. Nyan didn’t know about it. So Daddy went to the assembly, hid in the back, and took a shaky video of the award.

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Well done, Nyan!

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Winding Down the School Year

May 2019 was a busy month at Nyan’s school, which wrapped up for the year in early June.  Let’s take a look.

He enjoyed his time in music class, learning to play — or at least get familiar with — a wide range of instruments.

Waiting for the bus to school one morning:

A class field trip to the zoo!

Showing off his skills to Mommy at a year-end parent/teacher conference

And finally, sports day! Hanging out with Arav, looking cute in his floppy hat, and running a race, all while planes from the Republic of Singapore Air Force zoom overhead on final approach to a nearby airbase.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Malls, Birthdays and Cameras

Nyan’s school, Eton House, organized a big ‘Eton Mall’ one day in March. The classes all decided on stuff to sell, and the kids came up with advertisements, pricing, the whole works. Then the kids manned the tills and sold their stuff!

Here are Nyan and his good friend Arav selling their wares (cookies mostly). And eating a popsicle that Nyan bought from one of the other stalls.

On another March day, his old friend Kyra from preschool days, and her sister Chryssa, had a joint birthday party at their condo, right next door to ours. So we went! There was a magician, there was food, there was playing around on the playground equipment.

And on yet another day, Nyan had soccer practice. One of the coaches had brought her DSLR camera, and Nyan somehow convinced her to let him play around with it. The little dude loves to shoot!

 
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Posted by on April 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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More Chinese New Year Fun

Chinese New Year, a.k.a. Lunar New Year, is a Big Deal in Asia, with pretty much everything shut down — like Christmas Day in the US or UK. 2019’s CNY ended up being a four-day public holiday weekend, so we took full advantage by relaxing and doing various other things.

Like an overnight to Malaysia! Mommy’s Aunt Jessica recently moved there, so she and Nyan crossed the border to visit Jessica and cousin Grace. (Daddy stayed behind, as he had work due for clients in the US who don’t recognize CNY).

There was also an afternoon at the beach with Aiden, the 9-year-old son of Brian, one of Mommy’s old school friends who is from Singapore but living in Shanghai — like many, many people, he and his family traveled home for the holiday.

Nyan’s school got into the fun too, with performances and all the kids dressing up in CNY gear. Here’s Nyan and his good friend Arav in their new year finery:

Here are all the kids goofing around before their on-stage performance:

And here they are making their way into the auditorium:

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Believe it or not, we don’t have any video of the performance — we were too far away, and it was too shaky and whatnot. Oh well. It was still a great capstone to a great Chinese New Year!

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Dressing Up at School

We had a couple of special events at school in October. That included Halloween, when the kids were encouraged to dress in costume. Nyan decided he wanted to be a robot, so Mommy sprung into action and whipped up another home-made costume. Looks good!

Also in October, the school celebrated UN Day. It’s a pretty big deal at an international school in Singapore, where kids come from literally all over the world. Nyan has schoolmates from China, Norway, India, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Uganda, Argentina, the UK, the USA, and many more.

On UN Day, kids were asked to dress up in clothes that represent their country of origin. For Nyan, that could mean England, America, or even Myanmar. He opted for …. Iowa.

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There was an all-school assembly, with parents invited. No decent video from the assembly itself, but here’s our goofy boy on his way in:

And afterwards, on his way to a group shot of all his classmates:

And the group shot itself, complete with a photo of parents taking photos.

Finally, a few random photos of our boy at school or waiting for the school bus in the morning, in regular school uniform.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Checking In at the New School

As we’ve said before, Nyan has settled in quite well to his new school, Eton House Broadrick. Never ever a word of complaint about going to school; we think he’d probably stay there til bedtime if he could!

We got to see some of his class in action in September when his teacher, Ms Rashmi, hosted an “open lesson” where parents could come in and stand quietly at the back of the class, watching. To set the scene, here’s the lovely and tropical view out his classroom window:

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We got to see him take part in some group work:

He was very good at listening, and at raising his hand when he knew the answer.

Here are a couple examples of his writing from the start of the year. One is the start of a short story, featuring two characters named Jayden and Jonnie…the other is a bit about our boy.

We also got to attend a school assembly in September. A couple of big things happened. First off, Nyan’s class put on a skit about nouns and verbs etc. Check out this (unfortunately rather shaky) video; jump to about 1:25 if you just want to see our boy talk about the difference between common nouns and proper nouns,.

They also sang a song about it being a beautiful day.

The real treat, though, for us at least, was when they started handing out Certificates of Achievement for students who had been doing an outstanding job in school recently. And, yep, our boy got one – for being an “active and enthusiastic participant in class and making valuable contributions.”

Yeah, another shaky video. Sorry about that. But you can see him looking straight at the camera, meaning he sees Mommy and Daddy in the crowd, and he shows an almost-imperceptible flash of a proud smile. Yeah. That’s our boy!

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Posted by on October 4, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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