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    • May
      26

      Principal’s Message Vol.67 – May 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, Savadee, Xinchao, Goededag, 你好!

      Next week, from Monday to Thursday, we will have two accreditation visitors at school. They will be coming to collect evidence that IslandCA is ready to be fully accredited in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The focus for this is on learning. They will spend most of their time in classrooms asking students about their learning, The majority of students are quite comfortable talking to different adults coming into the class and asking questions about their learning. I have enjoyed doing this often over the last year, as have the Deputy and Vice Principal. Learning questions include: What are you learning? Is this difficult for you, easy or just right? Is what you
      are learning a knowledge, skill or understanding? What do you know now that you didn’t know when you came to school this morning?

      The accreditation visitors may also talk to you as parents / caregivers if you bring your child(ren) to school in the morning or collect him/her/them in the afternoon. Some things that they will be interested in hearing about from you include:

      – What your child is learning and how you support this out of school,
      – IslandCA’s shared vision for its students, and how you support this and help develop this in your child(ren) outside school
      – How classroom practices help develop the personal goals (e.g. group work develops co-operation)
      – The development of knowledge, skills and understanding
      – That your child is engaged in his/her learning
      – That you come to (for example) exit points and on field trips
      – How you and the school support your child developing multiple perspectives on a theme
      – That you know that the main purpose of assessment is to improve student learning.

      Thank you for all your support in learning about, and being involved in, the IPC. A small group of parents has been selected to have a meeting with the visitors; this group has been chosen to represent (1) length of time their child has been attending IslandCA – ranging from when the school first started to having just joined this year. (2) different year groups their children are in—from year one to year six. Have a great day and weekend!

      Debbie Middleton
      Principal

      May
      19

      Principal’s Message Vol.66 – May 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      The personal goal that is the school focus over the next few weeks is ‘respect’. The child-friendly definition runs: “Respect means I consider the needs of others and the environment because they are important.” As you know, May is Helpers’ Appreciation Month. Yesterday afternoon the domestic helpers who came to the special afternoon tea held for them at school really felt appreciated! As well as eating, drinking, singing and chatting, the helpers heard about respect and the other personal goals. We gave them encouragement, along with tips on helping our students (your children) continue to develop the personal goals – especially respect!

      It was great to see so many mums at school for Mums’ date last week. There was a very varied range of activities, which included floral arranging, painting, dancing, reading, technology challenges and massage. Mums said they enjoyed it very much. In fact one mum who was receiving a massage from her child said that she wished she could have Mum’s date every day, so that she could have her child massage her shoulders every day! I suggested to her that it might become a homework activity.

      For the very first time, IslandCA had a team compete in last week ’s “Battle of the Books” competition. Our thanks and congratulations to our librarian Joy Zheng for the great job she did in organising and leading the team. I handed out certificates to our students at assembly this week, not only for participating for the first time, but also for achieving second place in their group. It was quite a feat to read and study 20 books and then answer questions on them correctly!

      God Bless You,

      Debbie Middleton,
      Principal

      Apr
      27

      Principal’s Message Vol.65 – Apr 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, Namaste, Hello, Shalom, Kia Ora,

      Last term we concentrated on the theme of LIVE and the associated personal goals of: resilience, morality and international mindedness. This term we concentrate on the theme of LOVE and the associated personal goals of communication, respect and cooperation.

      A big thank you to Simone and her PTA team (the Parent Teacher Association and Chair) for once again organizing such a fun, popular, and successful Wine and Cheese evening last week. They were obviously very good at communicating and cooperating! A big thank you also to those parents and teachers who donated so generously to the Silent Auction. Thank you to those in the community who enjoyed the evening, it was a good opportunity to catch up with each other.

      A big thank you also to our Generations Christian Education Executive Director for organizing a popular, practical and informative evening on ‘Developing Resilience from Home to School‘ this week. Gail has also organized a coffee morning on The Whole-Brain Child—12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. If you would like to come and have not yet RSVP’d please do this no later than tomorrow, Friday.

      May is almost upon us, and we remember that May is Domestic Helpers Month. This is a great opportunity to teach children respect and cooperation in a very practical way. Domestic helpers are quite a large part of the IslandCA community. They are involved so much in terms of the daily routine of students. We see many of them coming to meet the students at the end of the day; stay and watch them play and then take them home. Some supervise home learning and some bring them to school in the morning. We have observed quite a wide range of attitudes to domestic helpers as well. Some students quite clearly cooperate with them and show them respect. As we as staff and parents role model respect to helpers, then students more readily show that respect as well. We are organizing a Helpers afternoon tea and it would be helpful if you could encourage your helper(s) to come. Last year those who came had a great time of eating, socializing, praying and singing together.

      Monday is a public holiday for the day after Labour Day — so have a great day relaxing from your labour!

      Debbie Middleton,
      Principal

    • May
      26

      Principal’s Message Vol.67 – May 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, Savadee, Xinchao, Goededag, 你好!

      Next week, from Monday to Thursday, we will have two accreditation visitors at school. They will be coming to collect evidence that IslandCA is ready to be fully accredited in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The focus for this is on learning. They will spend most of their time in classrooms asking students about their learning, The majority of students are quite comfortable talking to different adults coming into the class and asking questions about their learning. I have enjoyed doing this often over the last year, as have the Deputy and Vice Principal. Learning questions include: What are you learning? Is this difficult for you, easy or just right? Is what you
      are learning a knowledge, skill or understanding? What do you know now that you didn’t know when you came to school this morning?

      The accreditation visitors may also talk to you as parents / caregivers if you bring your child(ren) to school in the morning or collect him/her/them in the afternoon. Some things that they will be interested in hearing about from you include:

      – What your child is learning and how you support this out of school,
      – IslandCA’s shared vision for its students, and how you support this and help develop this in your child(ren) outside school
      – How classroom practices help develop the personal goals (e.g. group work develops co-operation)
      – The development of knowledge, skills and understanding
      – That your child is engaged in his/her learning
      – That you come to (for example) exit points and on field trips
      – How you and the school support your child developing multiple perspectives on a theme
      – That you know that the main purpose of assessment is to improve student learning.

      Thank you for all your support in learning about, and being involved in, the IPC. A small group of parents has been selected to have a meeting with the visitors; this group has been chosen to represent (1) length of time their child has been attending IslandCA – ranging from when the school first started to having just joined this year. (2) different year groups their children are in—from year one to year six. Have a great day and weekend!

      Debbie Middleton
      Principal

      May
      19

      Principal’s Message Vol.66 – May 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      The personal goal that is the school focus over the next few weeks is ‘respect’. The child-friendly definition runs: “Respect means I consider the needs of others and the environment because they are important.” As you know, May is Helpers’ Appreciation Month. Yesterday afternoon the domestic helpers who came to the special afternoon tea held for them at school really felt appreciated! As well as eating, drinking, singing and chatting, the helpers heard about respect and the other personal goals. We gave them encouragement, along with tips on helping our students (your children) continue to develop the personal goals – especially respect!

      It was great to see so many mums at school for Mums’ date last week. There was a very varied range of activities, which included floral arranging, painting, dancing, reading, technology challenges and massage. Mums said they enjoyed it very much. In fact one mum who was receiving a massage from her child said that she wished she could have Mum’s date every day, so that she could have her child massage her shoulders every day! I suggested to her that it might become a homework activity.

      For the very first time, IslandCA had a team compete in last week ’s “Battle of the Books” competition. Our thanks and congratulations to our librarian Joy Zheng for the great job she did in organising and leading the team. I handed out certificates to our students at assembly this week, not only for participating for the first time, but also for achieving second place in their group. It was quite a feat to read and study 20 books and then answer questions on them correctly!

      God Bless You,

      Debbie Middleton,
      Principal

      Apr
      27

      Principal’s Message Vol.65 – Apr 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, Namaste, Hello, Shalom, Kia Ora,

      Last term we concentrated on the theme of LIVE and the associated personal goals of: resilience, morality and international mindedness. This term we concentrate on the theme of LOVE and the associated personal goals of communication, respect and cooperation.

      A big thank you to Simone and her PTA team (the Parent Teacher Association and Chair) for once again organizing such a fun, popular, and successful Wine and Cheese evening last week. They were obviously very good at communicating and cooperating! A big thank you also to those parents and teachers who donated so generously to the Silent Auction. Thank you to those in the community who enjoyed the evening, it was a good opportunity to catch up with each other.

      A big thank you also to our Generations Christian Education Executive Director for organizing a popular, practical and informative evening on ‘Developing Resilience from Home to School‘ this week. Gail has also organized a coffee morning on The Whole-Brain Child—12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. If you would like to come and have not yet RSVP’d please do this no later than tomorrow, Friday.

      May is almost upon us, and we remember that May is Domestic Helpers Month. This is a great opportunity to teach children respect and cooperation in a very practical way. Domestic helpers are quite a large part of the IslandCA community. They are involved so much in terms of the daily routine of students. We see many of them coming to meet the students at the end of the day; stay and watch them play and then take them home. Some supervise home learning and some bring them to school in the morning. We have observed quite a wide range of attitudes to domestic helpers as well. Some students quite clearly cooperate with them and show them respect. As we as staff and parents role model respect to helpers, then students more readily show that respect as well. We are organizing a Helpers afternoon tea and it would be helpful if you could encourage your helper(s) to come. Last year those who came had a great time of eating, socializing, praying and singing together.

      Monday is a public holiday for the day after Labour Day — so have a great day relaxing from your labour!

      Debbie Middleton,
      Principal