This is the final KLASS Times of this academic year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your contributions to our school this year, with particular thanks going to our leavers - staff, parents and children who have added so much to our wonderful school. Good luck to all of you and stay in touch!
What an amazing end to our year! Founder’s Day assemblies and tree planting, Presentation assemblies and of course our Year 6 production.
Please remember that classes finish at midday (12:00 noon) on Friday for all students to end our school year. The first day back in school for all students is Monday 27 August 2018. We wish everyone a safe and relaxing summer holiday.
Year 6 Production
Swings, songs and smiles! The West End of London came to Alice Smith this week. It is hard to put into words how wonderful the performances were. The children demonstrated all the attributes that we expect from our students by the end of their time at our school. They have worked incredibly hard all year and this performance was the culmination of all of their dedication and the input from their teachers. The acting, singing, dancing, music, backstage and lighting were magnificent throughout. A huge thank you to all of the Year 6 team and the countless parents who supported the show. Well done Year 6 - what a way to complete your time at Alice Smith!
Well done to all of our children who received awards during our Year 3 and 4, 5 and 6 presentation assemblies. It was a great way to celebrate the end of a great year of learning at Primary Campus.
Founder’s Day 4th July 2018
We celebrated Alice Smith’s birthday through a whole school assembly, singing our school song and through our star competition that is on display in the Muse. A huge thank you to Peter Lee and Fiona Howells for all of their contributions to the school as school governors, they will be heading back to the UK this summer. After the assembly, they joined us for the tree planting ceremony that is a traditional part of our Founder’s Day celebrations.
Year 6 Challenge
This week we said goodbye to our magnificent Year 6 students. Their end of year production was incredible and we celebrated their achievements at the end of year presentation assemblies, particularly the Year 6 Challenge. Here is some further information from Mrs Quarm:-
The Year Six Challenge Award is a voluntary scheme for Year Six students. The aim of the Award is to encourage personal growth, self-confidence, perseverance and responsibility. Yet again the Year Six Challenge has been hugely successful; this year I am very proud to say that ALL students in Year 6... a record 108 students, participated in the Award and successfully completed the tasks. Congratulations Year 6 on this phenomenal achievement! The students took part in a range of activities including environmental tasks, a comprehensive First Aid course, development of cooking skills (probably the teachers’ favourite element), current affairs journal writing, an overnight camp, new skill acquisition and (possibly the most rewarding and important element), community service. Activities really took into account our KLASS Learner Attributes, building on skills which students had acquired through school. As an independent project it was immensely rewarding to see the students taking responsibility for time management, especially the meeting of deadlines. Completion of the Year 6 Challenge Award is a real achievement and the process will stand participants in good stead for the rigors of secondary school.
Year 4 Coffee Morning
The Year 4 children held a highly successful Coffee Morning for their parents, where they showed how they researched, designed and created their fantastic cards for charity. The parents were able to experience the learning steps that the children went through to achieve their goal. This included:
- experimenting with the painting technique used by the children
- writing and editing their own quatrain poems
- learning about the children’s chosen charity
- discovering how the children had calculated the cost of the cards
- classifying a range of endangered animals
Parents were also able to buy the cards created. We raised over RM4000 for the World Wildlife Fund Malaysia. We would like to thank all the parents for attending and for their support this year.
Year 6 Helpers
A huge thank you to the Year 6 Helpers who have made such a difference to maintaining our high standards this year. They have supported break times, helped present assemblies and generally been a helping hand all year. Well done to all involved!
Swim England badges for FS2 and KLASS Swimming standards Mr Bromley
During term 3, Reception children have been working toward their swimming assessment, where they get to show us how far they can swim unaided. The award is accredited by the National Governing Body, Swim England with awards for 5m, 10m, 15m, 20m and 25m.
An amazing 39% of our Reception swimmers are already able to swim 25m. A further 16% of swimmers achieved 20m with many others very close behind them.
The required standard in the UK is 25m by the end of their time at primary (Year 6). This demonstrates the significant progress our youngest swimmers make in their time with us. Well done to all of our swimmers and swimming teachers!
"Swimming and water safety has been a statutory element of the national curriculum for physical education (PE) programme of study since 1994. However, annual research by the national governing body for swimming, Swim England shows that since 2012 only half of children aged between seven and 11-years-old have met the required swimming standard at KS2 (Y6)."
(Curriculum Swimming and Water Safety Review Group, March 2017)
Summer Building Projects at JB
There will be significant renovations taking place this summer at Primary Campus. Over the course of the holidays, the school hall is having a complete renovation with new acoustic panels added to the walls, new sound system, lighting and new air conditioning being installed. For all those alumni out there, the hall floor will remain the same!
In addition, the main school corridor outside the office, Year 2, near the school hall and down to Jalan Kerayong will be renovated. This will include new lighting, doors, displays and redecoration. There are many other projects taking place around the campus including the installation of a new firefighting system, tannoy and evacuation system. All of these projects are to ensure that we have a safe, attractive and updated learning environment for our school community. I am sure you will see a difference after the summer break!
Principal, Primary Campus
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