One of the most challenging aspects of writing an article for the KLASS
Times is finding an alternative starter to "it's been another busy week at
the Primary Campus", with this week being no exception.
On Monday, we were delighted to welcome back Mrs Amy Allen, Primary
Campus SENco, after her maternity leave. We also had the excitement of
welcoming Mrs Aly Coy to our teaching staff. Mrs Coy has taken on full
time responsibility for teaching class 2S and has quickly found her feet here
at Alice Smith. Mrs Coy is a highly experienced teacher who is already
proving to be a big asset to us and I am sure you will all join me in making
her feel welcome to our community.
Whilst the majority of student learning typically takes place within the
classroom, it is also very effective to give learning context and to excite
students through local visits. Throughout the week the children in
Reception have visited the Chinese Temple to fit with the forthcoming Chinese
New Year celebrations. Year 1 have been at the Planetarium during the
week as part of their space topic and, in fitting with their 'Chocolate' topic,
the Year 3 children visited the chocolate museum. The chocolate museum is a
very popular trip, especially towards the end when each child is issued a small
'goody' bag to take away with them (with one even managing to find its way to
my office, thank you Year 3).
On Thursday, we welcomed children from BISKL, Nexus, GIS and ISP to the
first ever KL Primary Maths Challenge. This event involved 12 teams of 4 students
in a series of maths based challenges. The event started with a maths
trail in KLCC Park before heading back to the Primary Campus for a series of
individual and team events that continued on Friday. The event proved to
be very popular with students and staff and will no doubt signal the start of
an annual tradition. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mrs
Grimshaw and Miss Silk for all their hard work in organising this highly
On Friday, we welcomed all our new parents to the PTA Newcomers coffee
morning. It was nice to see so many of the new parents in attendance and
to hear all their stories of settling in to life here in Kuala Lumpur.
Thank you to the PTA for organising this event and for your continued
support in assisting new families when they first arrive (and throughout their
time) here at Alice Smith.
At lunchtime today we said farewell to a group of Under 9 boys and girls
for their sports trip to Marlborough College in Johor Bahru. The children
will be there for 2 nights and will be staying in the boarding facilities
during their stay. The trip is aimed at providing sports opportunities
for a wider selection of students and I would like to thank Miss Cropper for
all her hard work in putting this together.
Finally, as we finish up yet another busy week we are in the process of
finalising arrangements for our Chinese New Year dress-up day on Monday 27th
January. One of the main highlights of this day will be the visiting lion dance
group who will be performing at 9am on the school field.
Gong Xi Fa Cai
Assistant Principal - Development