Guide to Learning
Last week, I shared with you the high academic standards that our children attain as they leave the Primary Campus. This week, I want to share with you our Guide to Learning. One of our aims this year is to share with parents, the wonderful learning opportunities that our children receive.
This guide not only highlights some of the incredible learning opportunities the children received last year , it also gives you the opportunity to see which areas they will cover in each subject this year and how you can support your child at home. It is also intended to improve transparency and enable you, as parents, to clearly understand the curriculum and the important milestones that we aim for at the ages of 7 and 11 years. Of course, this does not replace those important conversations you will have with your child’s class teacher, so I would encourage you to contact them if you have any questions.
The Guide to Learning can be found here.
Student Leaders at JB
On Monday, it was my pleasure to award some students their new roles and responsibilities for the forthcoming year. These roles range from House Captain, to Helper to Environmental Officer. I was very impressed with the children’s positive and enthusiastic response to their new roles. For more details and some photos, please click here.
New Members of Staff
As promised, we will be introducing our new members of staff over the next few weeks. We will be starting off with our new Head of Sports and our new Art Specialist.
John van Gaalen
I am an Australian Physical Educator who has worked internationally for the past 10 years - most recently in the Philippines, at the International School Manila.
The move to Malaysia has been a smooth one and the Alice Smith community has been incredibly welcoming. I have come to Kuala Lumpur with my wife, Virginia, and son, Kester (Year 4) and together we have been enjoying the various new and exciting cultural, sporting and recreational opportunities that Kuala Lumpur provides.
Professionally, I am excited to join the JB sports team and I am hoping that across the year, we can provide a range of developmentally appropriate opportunities that challenge all students to enjoy themselves and be involved in physical activity.
Personally, I am a keen recreational runner and I am hoping to be able to add the Kuala Lumpur marathon to my tally of completed events.
I look forward to meeting you all as the year unfolds. Please don't hesitate to introduce yourself (and your family) should the opportunity present.
Our new Art Specialist
I joined KLASS from a London prep school where I was the Head of Art for 4 years. Here at KLASS, I teach all the children from Year 3 to Year 6, so I am enjoying getting to know so many budding artists!
Face-painting at the Back to School Social was a great way to meet some of you and I apologise to parents who are still trying to remove red face paint from their children!
I am loving living in K.L. and have already made the most of the easy access to so many wonderful places in Malaysia – having popped over to Langkawi with my family for a long weekend. Great fun, despite having a rather expensive top stolen by some fashion-conscious monkeys!
I am looking forward to building on the enthusiasm the children have for Art and developing the pupils skills and creativity in all areas of this fantastic subject.
It has been so good to have a full week at school and we all feel that we are beginning to get into our everyday routines. Walking around the campus in the morning, I notice that there are a considerable number of parents on the Early Years and Key Stage 1 playground (by the Jubilee Centre), just before the bell goes. Obviously we are happy that you come into school and drop the children off, but I would like to request that you leave the children to play on the playground and you either, watch from the sidelines by the dining area, or leave the children to start their school day. This will make it easier for the children to play and much easier for the teachers to get their children safely into class. At the moment, we have many parents either standing on the school playground or where the children line up, which makes it difficult for teachers and children to start the school day in an orderly and safe manner. It also makes it difficult for teachers on duty to see any children who may have fallen over.
Similarly, once the children get to Year 3 and above, we would encourage you to say goodbye to them in the morning before the bell goes, leave them to play and help them to further develop their independence as the children move through Key Stage 2. Teaching staff will be encouraging parents to move on quickly in the morning, so we can have a safe and independent start to the school day.
Thank you for your continued co-operation in supporting us in our aim for a smooth and safe morning routine.
And finally, please remember that the public holiday (Awal Muharram) is now on Friday of next week.
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