Pre Reception News 24-3-2017

Dear Parents,

As we continue to inquire into ‘our responsibility to our world and who we share it with’, we took a trip to the green roof and went on treasure hunt.

The weather was so glorious we had a picnic. We found there was not a rubbish bin, we are action takers and decided we needed to speak to Nasi and make the sign very quickly.

As we continued to make the world we live in, we researched things we “share the world with” in magazines and cut them out.  Jonas would like to sing the song we have been enjoying at school with his family.

We’ve Got The Whole World in Our Hands

Thank you to those of you that sent in items for the interest table, please continue to send in! Read more

A Message From Admin

Dear Lower School Parents,

We would like to share a few gentle reminders to parents for when they visit our school. While we strongly encourage and value parent involvement in our classrooms and at the school, there area few things we’d like parents to keep in mind in order to facilitate an optimal learning environment for students during the school day.

  • The 9/F playground is a huge hit with students, and it is becoming an increasingly popular place for parents to watch their kids. We ask that parents please observe their children from the 9/F foyer and not from the playground itself. The 11/F playground is also not a place to observe your children.

  • Students are not allowed to use the lift/elevator. Please remind your children the lifts are for adults only (parents and helpers welcome), unless the student has a lift pass or is being accompanied to the nurse. This “adults only in the lifts” rule also applies when children are late, not feeling well and when with their parents/helper.

  • In line with our school’s policies and procedures, please refrain from disciplining other people’s children. If parents witness a disagreement or misunderstanding between children at school, please inform a teacher, EA or Vice Principal. Also in accordance with our Parent Code of Conduct, please respect confidentiality by not speaking or messaging about other children, and instead reporting any concerns to a teacher or administrator.

  • The 8/F, 9/F and 10/F hallways are learning spaces; please wait for your children in the 9/F foyer and not in these other hallways or elevator areas.

  • All parents love taking pictures/videos of their children and capturing the special moments at school. Be it during a Spotlight performance, weekly assembly, on the sports pitch, our parents love to catch their child in action and sometimes share the pictures/videos they have taken on social media or with various WhatsApp groups. But please be mindful when snapping pictures of your child that other parents may not wish to have their child photographed/videotaped and their image shared around the world. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Thank you for your consideration and respect of the learning environment in these matters. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to touch base with a Lower School Vice Principal.


Lower School Admin Team

Pre Reception News 17-3-2017

Dear Parents,

We began the week celebrating the TimberWolves fabulous achievement as champions of the Jiny Ying football tournament.

As we introduced the STP UOI this week, we discussed ways in which People have a responsibility to the world we live in.

We were very impressed with their ideas.  To provoke interest we took a trip to the park across the road and posed the question “What do we share the world with?” 

We now have many ideas to inquire into.  After we finished exploring we needed some play time. Unfortunately there wasn’t any toys so we had to think of  ways to play without toys. We thought of running races, tag, and hide and seek. Thank you to Tihana, Amanda, Vivian and Winnie for joining us.

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Pre Reception News 10-3-2017

Dear Parents,

We have had lots of fun exploring, creating and  learning this week.

Thank you to all parents/helpers for joining us on Thursday for the double celebration of Alan Dick and the school’s 25th anniversary.

On Tuesday, 2 Grade 1 classes buddied with us for Centre time.  Pre reception students proudly led their buddy around the different centres. The water tunnels were very popular so your child may have arrived home wet!! Read more

Reading Workshop organized by CISPA

CISPA has a Literacy guest speaker who will be coming to the school to talk about children and reading. The date is on the 13th of March at 8:30 AM in the Library pit. Please make mention of this in your blog. Description below:
Diane Frankenstein, US based author of Reading Together:  Everything You Need to Know to Raise a Child Who Loves to Read, will be talking to parents about how to have meaningful conversations with children, helping them develop their capacity for empathy, compassion, and perspective.  The workshop is on Monday, March 13th at 8:30am in the library pit.
More information can be found at:

Pre Reception News 3-3-2017

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Ryan, Amanda and Vivian for cooking yummy healthy treats with us.

As we have a 2 week break before we start the final UOI, we have taken the opportunity to have complete student agency and allowed the students total freedom of choice in the classroom. We built cities, birthday parties, baking cupcakes with kinetic sand, and explored water.

We have had cars stuck in the snowstorm which lead us to draw tracks, patterns, letters and numbers.

In the writing centre we have made use of the remaining recycled materials to create treasure boxes, musical instruments and structures.

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Pre Reception News 24-2-2017

Dear Parents,

To close up the UOI ‘People express themselves though music and movement’, on Tuesday 2 Grade 1 classes joined us and helped the students make musical instruments, using recycled materials. On Wednesday, the Early Years classes joined together for a Grand Finale Sing Along in the Alan Dick forum.
Sing A Long A.M.
Sing A Long P.M.

We listened to fast and slow music and graphed how this made us feel?  We introduced the vocabulary unhappy and bored.

To answer the prediction that was raised as we read the rhyme Humpty Dumpty, “We can put him together with glue and tape,”  we conducted an experiment using raw and boiled eggs.

Emma and Camryn went to Ms. Tupling’s class to borrow the blocks to build a wall.

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Pre Reception A News 17-2-2017

Dear Parents,

We revisited the Celebrations unit by celebrating Valentines Day.  Thank you to all the parents that came to celebrate with us and made the day special.  The children made lots of  crafts and cards for family and friends. We read Clifford’s Valentine and discussed ways we can express how much we care for people. Making our own Valentines treats for snack was the most popular activity.

We continued to explore patterns using various art materials. We also made patterns in the classroom – lining up boy, girl and action patterns clap, stamp etc.

We went on a picnic and counted the cheerios in our basket!

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Pre Reception A News 10-2-2017


Happy New Year of the Rooster.

It’s great to be back!!! (Gill)

We enjoyed hearing all about your holidays, the children enjoyed sharing photographs of their adventures we then scribed their stories.

We explored patterns using different manipulatives.

Cam and Emma T extended their play by taking themselves to Uncle William and asking for boxes to make a tunnel for the cars.

Eva, Siwoo, Emma T and Piper drew a house, a garden and a pathway for the Fat Controller by the train station.

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Pre Reception News 26-1-2017

Dear Parents,

Gong Xi Fa Cai

A very short post this week!!!

It has been a very busy week with Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Flower Fair and the Chinese New Year Assembly were both a great success. All the children looked amazing in their Chinese costumes.

In literacy we learned letter Oo and met Ollie the Octopus. We will not learn a letter after the break and review all letters learned so so far.

A little homework, please send a photograph of something you did over the holiday. This will help us with a literacy activity the first week we are back.

Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful New Year of the Rooster,

Kind Regards,

Gill, Val and Karen