This week, we have started our interview process for new teachers for the next academic year. On Thursday and Friday, we interviewed here at Alice Smith and on Sunday, I will be flying to London with Dr Howling and Dr Osowiecki to interview primary and secondary candidates. We have some excellent applicants to interview and I look forward to sharing more information with you later in the school year. Whilst I am away on recruitment, Mrs Wellington will be Acting Principal.
Visiting Author and Illustrator
Wednesday saw local illustrator and author Dinaz Cassim visit the Key Stage 1 Library to share her book and demonstrate how to draw one of the characters with Years 1 and 2. Her book ‘Art Day For Animals’ showcases Malaysian contemporary art and invites children, through the characters that represent Line, Form, Shape Space and Colour, to look at the works of art and develop their own responses and interpretations. The children were fascinated by the contemporary art and were delighted when the monkey character appeared before their eyes and was waving to them. Miss Harrison’s class immediately went back to class and drew monkeys, honing the skills that had just been demonstrated.
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Year 1 children were fascinated by the paintings and offered a whole range of interpretations; they have really begun to take a closer look at the illustrations in other books, showing that developing an appreciation for art can start at an early age and that all forms of art can be accessible to young children. Dinaz stayed behind after her sessions with classes and parents and children alike took time to chat with her and purchase a signed copy of the book - Soyka Krupa Teacher Librarian.
We have also had two year groups on school trips this week to support their learning in class and to enthuse and inspire them for more learning this term.
On Thursday, Year 6 had a fantastic day expanding their scientific knowledge at Nottingham University. They were lucky enough to be invited into the laboratories and, after donning their lab coats and goggles, the children were taught about microorganisms. With two experiments to observe the growth of bacteria and microscope work to study the detail of fully grown fungus, the children were exposed to what life is like for a scientist. The children were left brimming with questions and eager to explore the microbial world - Miss Weller
In Year 3, their current unit of learning is to cook a Chinese meal in the lead up to Chinese New Year. This week, the children set out to TTDI wet market to buy the ingredients for the dish. At the market, the children had an authentic experience and compared prices of different stalls, utilised their speaking and listening skills, worked out what they could afford and learnt the whole process from beginning to end! The children returned to school with bags of food and created their own culinary masterpieces from the ingredients - Miss Smart
FOBISIA Primary PE JAWS
This weekend, we will be hosting this year’s FOBISIA Primary PE JAWs (Job Alike Workshops - professional development) at the Primary Campus on 19th and 20th January. There will be 27 participants for this event and they represent the following schools:
- Sri KDU International School
- St. Christopher's International Primary School
- Dover Court International School
- Bangkok Patana School
- The International School at ParkCity
- ELC International School
- International School Brunei
- The British School, New Delhi
- Tanglin Trust School
- The British School of Guangzhou
- GEMS Tropicana
- British International School Kuala Lumpur
- King Henry VIII International School
- The Alice Smith School
Our Primary P.E. staff will be sharing their expertise in a range of areas including P.E. delivery for our Early Years children, Touch Rugby, Mega Doom Ball (this sounds very exciting), assessment in P.E., Tee Ball, skills progression, Speedball, planning for sports, Cross Fit, Dance and effective warm ups. I am always impressed by Alice Smith staff with their desire to improve and, in addition, their genuine interest in sharing that with colleagues from around the region.
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