by katriellemehmet on March 26, 2017

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On Friday we had a visit from students in the Amnesty Club,  they encouraged the Reception students to make a thank you card to show gratitude for someone who may be less fortunate than themselves or someone they may not always get a chance to thank.

We had a great time visiting the Green Roof to explore living things and enjoy a picnic snack. (Please note Miss Alice will upload more photos directly on to the photo page).

Dates for your diary:

 29th March

We are looking forward to our field trip to Aberdeen Reservoir on Wednesday. Please send your child to school in their PE uniform. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to join us on the trip. Please note volunteers will be responsible for 2 students and be expected to:

  • Travel with student group on the bus both ways, ensure wearing seatbelt and riding safely-quiet voice, sitting down, no eating or drinking.
  • Walk with student group around the Reservoir, keeping them in eyesight at all times.
  • Encourage observing, talking about, recording living things and things to help us take care of the area-rubbish bins, recycling, etc.
  • Accompany student to washroom (at picnic area) if needed.
  • Be back at bus pick up spot by 9:40 am.

30th March 

The Book Swap for Pre Rec-Grade 2 will be Thursday, March 30th before school in the 12th floor cafeteria! Students can bring in books to swap one-for-one.  If they don’t have any books to exchange, they can pay $10 for a used book. You can also use leftover Flower Fair tokens at a rate of 2 tokens for 1 book. There will also be a selection of brand new books at reduced prices. So many easy, affordable ways to get “new-to-you” books! Reception students must be accompanied by a parent or helper.

 27th and 28th April

Reception students will have their Student Led Learning Reviews (SLLRs) on one of these days, where children take responsibility for sharing their school environment with their family. Please note this is not a parent teacher conference but a chance for your child to show you some of their favourite places to play at school. Each session will last up to 45 minutes, students will only come to school for their scheduled time during these two days.

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A note from the Lower School Admin Team.

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.

Sincerely,

Lower School Admin Team

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by katriellemehmet on March 19, 2017

Sharing the Planet

Reception C have been thinking about ‘What do we share the Earth with?’ We have also been thinking about what it means to be caring. Please click here for more information about this unit and what you can do to reinforce concepts at home.

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We thoroughly enjoyed the story of ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson, she weaves a lovely rhyming tale as the snail rides on the whales tail around the world. It got us thinking about the environment and friendship. Inspired by the tale together we created our own ocean with icebergs, volcanoes, sharks and penguins.

Vet Role Play ~ We have seen some fantastic role play in our animal hospital this week

10 key benefits of role play for children:

  1. Develops communication and language skills
  2. Allows children to act out and make sense of real-life situations
  3. Allows children to explore, investigate and experiment
  4. Develops social skills as children collaborate with others
  5. Encourages children to empathise: by taking on the role of character teaches children an understanding of different perspectives.
  6. Helps children learn about different cultures
  7. Encourages children to express their ideas and feelings in a relaxed environment
  8. Develops children’s awareness of themselves and others
  9. Gets children learning more as learning is disguised as play
  10. Sparks creativity and imagination

Fire Drill

Last week week had two fire drills, I was extremely proud of our Reception C students who behaved in a principled manner. Great work reception C!

Aberdeen Reservoir

We are very excited about our field trip to Aberdeen reservoir on the 29th March. Please make sure you read and sign the permission form that will come home with your child tomorrow. We will be looking for 9 parent volunteers, class parents will be in touch next week.  

 

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March 12, 2017

We had a wonderful day on Thursday celebrating the life of Alan Dick. It was fantastic to see our younger members of the school enjoying some time with our upper school students. Congratulations to Caxton and Wynne for their fantastic cake entry! UOI -Sharing the Planet Next week we will begin tuning in to our […]

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March 5, 2017

Literacy The Children are thoroughly enjoying listening to stories and contributing to group discussions. Next week we will spend some time looking at books written by Oliver Jeffers and the children will be creating their own books. We continue to encourage the children to record their thoughts in their journals, we are seeing some wonderful […]

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February 27, 2017

I have been back in the classroom for the last 2 days attending a workshop on Developing Confident Talking in Early Years.  The workshop was facilitated by Michael Jones an experienced Speech and Language Therapist teacher, and trainer. Michael has taken part in action research involving practical methods to support Language development and has written […]

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February 19, 2017

UOI Last week we had a great time creating our own musical instruments with our buddies from reusable materials. We are looking forward to trying  out the instruments at our Early Years’ sing-along next week. We also spent some time looking at different ways we could make music.   Literacy The children are enjoying the […]

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February 12, 2017

  Unit of Inquiry  We will spend the next month with a focus on Music & Movement. Our Central Idea is: People express themselves through music and movement  This week we have explored how music makes us feel and the different ways we can make music. If you have materials at home such as paper […]

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February 7, 2017

A message from the Chinese teachers  Dear Reception C parents, Thanks for your CNY gifts and your constant support to the Chinese Studies team! Wishing you all a Happy Year of the Rooster! Gong Xi Fa Cai! If you would like to volunteer for Chinese centres this week please sign up here   

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January 22, 2017

Last week we continued to explore the celebration of  Chinese New Year.  A highlight of the week was a visit from Joshua’s daddy Jeff who shared his story of the Chinese zodiac. The children continue to be inspired by the beautiful flowers that have been arriving in the classroom this week; we have some wonderful […]

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January 15, 2017

We had a fantastic week last week with our field trip to the theatre and our CNY workshop. I was so proud of Reception C,  they were a wonderful audience and a credit to our school. Thank you to Aton and Mimi for the beautiful flowers that brightened up the classroom this week. The children […]

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