Early & Primary Years Update

Mike Gilmour, Early & Primary Years Deputy Principal January 24, 2020
Early & Primary Years Update

Xin Nian Kuai Le!

I would like to begin by wishing all our families a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year. It is during festivals and celebrations like these that I am reminded of how fortunate we are to live and work in such a multicultural society. While we all view the world through the lens of our individual cultural upbringing, as we interact with different cultures we learn to view the world through multiple perspectives. Without a doubt, the opportunity we have to be regularly exposed to different cultures and perspectives leads us to gain a richer and deeper understanding of our world. Embracing this fundamental understanding causes us to become truly global citizens who have an awareness and sensitivity to the world around us. As a learning community, we strive to model global citizenship each day for our students as we know that they will follow the example we set.

It has been a busy start to the second semester within the Early and Primary Years classrooms. Students have continued to work on expanding their knowledge and understanding of relevant information and concepts through our various units of inquiry. The emphasis we place on teaching students trans-disciplinary skills, as well as firm education foundations, is yielding pleasing results and we look forward to seeing students thrive in their learning as we proceed in semester two.

As a division, we are excited about our upcoming musical which our students and teachers have been working tirelessly on. I have no doubt it will be a resounding success and yet another example of our students demonstrating their passion, skills and confidence on stage. In addition to this production, we have several field trips, camps and student action initiatives lined up for February and March with the goal of exposing our students to a wide range of learning experiences.

In addition to all these events, we would like to let you know of two upcoming parent engagement workshops that we will be running in February. Please do RSVP should you be interested in either of these topics.

Boost Your Child’s Brain Power

The fact is that your baby's brain contains 100 billion neurons that need to be wired for optimal learning! But here’s the thing: the rule for brain wiring - use it or lose it! Synapses that are not "wired together" through stimulation are lost during a child’s school years.  Join our expert, Dr Inderbir Sandhu (author of ‘The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child’) for an interactive session to uncover a few proven and effective ways to give your child’s brain an early head start and put them ahead of the game!

Date: Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: Auditorium Lobby (Level 4)
RSVP: Click here

Growing and Changing

As part of our Physical Social Health Education (PSHE) curriculum, Grade 4 and 5 students inquire into ‘Growing and Changing’ as part of our Transdisciplinary Theme: Who We Are.  This includes a basic introduction to human development and reproduction. As parents and educators, it is our responsibility to ensure our students develop accurate and age-appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills that contribute to safe, healthy, positive relationships, particularly in a context where they have greater exposure to material through the Internet and other media. Please join us to find out more about the content and resources of these units.

Date: Wednesday, 12 February
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: Auditorium Lobby (Level 4)
RSVP: Click here 

Impacts of Cross-Cultural Living 
Please join our Secondary Years Counsellor, Hazel McClure, for a session on the impacts of cross-cultural living. This presentation will be particularly useful for new international parents to help see the experience in a wider context. This workshop will be similar in content with the previous session but with a few small updates.  
Date: Wednesday,19 February
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 am
Location: Auditorium Lobby (Level 4)
No RSVP needed

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries.

Gong Xi Fat Cai!


Mike Gilmour
Deputy Principal
Early & Primary Years


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