This is our first KLASS Times since we celebrated Chinese/Lunar New Year, I hope that you all enjoyed the break and had a wonderful restful time with family and friends.
I wanted to start my article this week with some fabulous news! We are delighted to announce that Alice Smith School - Primary Campus, has been approved to join the Independent Association of Prep Schools.
The website states that ‘The Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) is one of the world’s most prestigious associations. It represents world-class head teachers, who lead world-class schools and is proud to work with its members as they deliver excellent standards of education and care to their pupils’
IAPS exists to support head teachers as they strive to deliver excellent standards of education and care. IAPS’s aims are ‘to advise and support our members; promote and defend the sector and to inspire and define excellence.’
As Primary Principal, my application to join IAPS has been approved and ratified which means that Alice Smith, as my employer, has been awarded the prestigious kitemark of quality. All IAPS schools have to meet strict standards before they can be accredited into membership and must continue to pass regular inspections. Alice Smith School is therefore now acknowledged to be among the most prestigious prep schools in the world. The association has links to an international association that allows its members to share best practice, take advantage of continuing professional development courses to the benefit of both pupils and teachers alike.
Alice Smith is one of only 46 schools outside of the UK to be accepted into IAPS. We are the fifth school to meet the criteria in Asia and are the first and only school to be accepted in Malaysia. We look forward to sharing information about how membership is having an impact on the school moving forward. More information about IAPS can be found on their website at https://iaps.uk
In other news the Campus kept with the ‘Lunar’ theme with Year One’s Launch into Space event on Wednesday - the school was full of astronauts, aliens, star wars characters and other fabulous costumes as some of our youngest children ‘travelled’ to the farthest reaches of the solar system and beyond! One child was overheard asking whether he should tell his mum to come and collect him later than usual, because he wasn’t sure he would be back in time for pick up!
Friday’s are a wonderful sight here at JB as some of our very youngest visitors make their way to Pre-school for our fabulous Toddler’s playgroup. 2-3 year old prospective students are invited to sign up here to come along and experience the wonderful education available at Alice Smith Foundation Stage! Messy play, small world role play, arts, crafts, climbing, enquiring, exploring and investigating are all catered for while parents learn about the importance of play and Early Years education.
Finally, we have one final group for even younger students starting here at JB. Our support group ‘Baby Chat and Support Group’ for mums of infants from 0-3 months is starting in our community - the sessions come in blocks of three and are led by Sue Henderson, a parent in school who is a qualified midwife with additional qualifications in baby massage. Please email Sharon Wellington firstname.lastname@example.org to book your block of three sessions.
Don’t forget about Parent Workshops every Thursday at 8am - 9am! Text reminders are sent each week so that you can mark your diaries! Principal drop-in also continues, every Friday in the Parent Deli from 8am - 8.30am for informal feedback and fact finding over coffee.
We look forward to seeing you at some / all at these community events!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.
Principal Primary Campus
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