This is the last KLASS Times of Term 2, so I would like to take this opportunity to look back over an exciting, busy and successful few months at the primary campus.
At Alice Smith School, we aim to meet the needs of all our learners by providing a wide range of events to appeal to and challenge everyone. At the primary age range, it is crucial that we provide a broad and balanced curriculum where children have opportunities to develop and grow through a range of contexts. This has been clearly evident over the course of Term 2.
We believe that our children should be happy and healthy and, as such, sport is an important part of daily life at Alice Smith. The swimming pool is never out of use - from training early in the morning to swim classes throughout the day and, this week, in some competitive, fun and well supported Key Stage 2 Swimming Galas. Over the course of Term 2, apart from daily lessons, there have been a range of competitive matches and tournaments outside of school. These have included ISAC athletics, football and, of course, our Sports Carnivals. Children enjoying their learning is an integral part of a successful education and this was so evident in the amazing Year 2 Production - ‘Pirates and Mermaids’. The children looked incredible in their costumes, sang beautifully and demonstrated acting skills beyond their young age.
School trips are an integral feature of school life, from day trips to residentials. Year 5 had an enjoyable visit to Paradise Valley and the Flying Fox was a great hit with the children. There have been a multitude of day trips and visitors to support the learning in class. Year 6 have had a busy and memorable time with the testing and appropriately named ‘Year 6 Challenge’. It was great to see the children working together to solve problems in a range of contexts and a chance for every student to shine when they presented their new skills that they had been learning. Year 6 have also had the chance to visit the secondary campus in preparation for the transition to Year 7.
Across the school we have had a renewed focus on consistency and approaches to Maths. We held a series of very well attended maths workshops and we will continue to run these every year. In addition, the Maths team hosted and ran the FOBISIA maths competition with students from 32 schools from around the region attending our school. The feedback from the visiting schools commented on the strong sense of community at the primary campus, the challenge in the activities set and how well organised the whole event was. This event was followed up with the FOBISIA Performing Arts event held in Hong Kong over the last weekend. A huge thank you to the Music Team for all the preparation that goes into such an event. Mr Evans commented that the children rose to the occasion!
In this short article, I cannot name every event or comment on the progress that the children have made in their learning. Some further highlights include Charity Week, The Lost Food Project, Sharmini Flint visit, World Book Day, the school concert (where a wealth of musical talent was on display) and our well attended PTA Spring Fair. As you can imagine, the next term will be equally as busy. We have a staff inset day on the day before the start of term where we have two trainers visiting from the U.K. They will be leading training on ‘Learning Environments in the Early Years’ with Laura Henry and ‘Developing Writing at Alice Smith’ with Chris Whitney. There are a range of parent workshops planned for Term 3 including one from Chris Whitney on writing with more information that can be found here.
Of course, there will be many more events and interesting class based learning going on in Term 3, including the Year 4 trip to Melaka, more Sports Carnivals, another Music and Art Soiree and of course the Year 6 production to name a few! A busy term so I know we are looking forward to recharging our batteries over the Easter break - have a wonderful rest and enjoy spending time with your families. See you all again on Wednesday, 19th April.
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