Last month we held our first Parent Teacher Conferences of this academic year. These conferences provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers, parents and indeed students to come together to share information about academic, social and emotional development. They serve as a time to celebrate successes, set new goals and to discuss any necessary support strategies that may be needed. These conferences play a significant part in establishing an ongoing dialogue between home and school that will ultimately benefit every student.
A key focus for us here in the EY/PY division is to establish meaningful connections within our community and beyond. In doing this we want to encourage collaboration and to provide access to Primary and Secondary resources out with the individual classroom. These connections can be within the division, across the whole school and also with other schools. An example of a connection within our division has been some Early Years classes working together with Primary Years classes to share learning experiences related to their ongoing Units of Inquiry. Some of our older students also read to our younger students, modeling reading strategies for them and supporting them in their attempts to read pictures and text.
Our Grade 4 students have been making connections with GEMS World Academy (Chicago). The goal was to find a way to unite GEMS World Academy (Singapore) and GEMS World Academy (Chicago) in their social and emotional learning journeys. GEMS World Academy (Chicago) wanted to celebrate a ‘Unity Day’ and wanted to hear from our Grade 4 students about what unity, togetherness, and inclusion means to them here at GEMS World Academy (Singapore) as part of their cultural, social and emotional development. Our students prepared and shared a presentation on their perspective ‘Unity, Togetherness & Inclusion’ which could be then shared as part of the GEMS World Academy (Chicago) Unity Day.
Looking ahead, please note some other key upcoming events that are taking place over the remaining weeks of the semester. On Thursday 16th November, we will be holding our Early Years Sports Day and on Friday 17th November our Primary Years Sports Day. These days will involve students from Pre K to Grade 5 participating in a range of indoor and outdoor activities. All parents are welcome to attend. A schedule and more detailed information will be provided by your child’s class teacher in the coming weeks.
Finally, on December 7th, the Early and Primary Years will be presenting the Musical Play ‘The Nutcracker’ which involves all students from KG2 through to Grade 5. Please contact Ms. Tracy Tan and Ms. Daniela Rodnite if you have any questions.
Neil White, Principal, Primary Years