December 2015

Welcome to the final newsletter of 2015

Get ready for 2016!

Holiday courses

Our holiday courses have been filling up fast, so if you would like to register your child, please do so soon! Based around the theme of ‘Around the World’, children will be inspired to explore their world through a variety of motivating and challenging activities.

Open Days

Damansara will be holding open days throughout December. Each weekend, we will be have special events such as storytelling, treasure hunts, arts and crafts, face painting and parent workshops as well as placement testing for new students. If you know any friends or family who might be interested in joining the British Council, let them know! We will also be giving away goody bags and prizes. 12/13, 19/20, December 11am-4pm.

Things to look forward to in 2016:

Did you know that the British Council offers a range of exciting activities for both parents and students? Look out for the following activities and special events:

Reading Challenge:

  • The Reading Challenge happens every year in the British Council. Next year the topic will be World Records. Students must read 6 books in 10 weeks! Please watch out for details as to when this will be run in 2016

Borrowing reading books:

  • Our book collection, which is situated outside classroom eight, is growing and we hope to have lots of new and exciting books for next year. Students can borrow two books per week. Ask a TA for more details.

Global Art Competition:

  • The British Council Young Learner’s Art Competition is a global event in the British Council. Students in different age categories enter the competition to display their artistic skills and win prizes. The local winners then enter the British Council’s global competition.

Wise Owl

  • Wise Owl is an owl who lives near the British Council and loves to write letters! Students can write a letter to Wise Owl and post it into the red post box in the reception area. Wise Owl usually takes about 2 weeks to reply through the student’s class teacher.

The new term begins on 6 January. Don’t forget to buy your course books:

With the introduction of Primary Plus next year, parents will only need to purchase course books for Primary Advanced, Upper Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary courses.

All of our course books are available now from MPH online. Please remember to go through the special British Council page, which can be accessed by following this link. To receive the British Council discount, you must enter the special British Council discount code of MOLBC99.

We wish you a very happy holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2016!

January 2016

Happy New Year!

A very warm welcome back to all existing students and welcome to all new learners studying with us in 2016. We hope you are as excited as we are about the year ahead. For those of you who do not know this, we send out a newsletter twice per term with important information, news and tips for parents! We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.

Save the dates!

Here are our term dates for the year. 

Term 1: Started 6 January, ends 27 March

Term 2: starts 2 April, ends 19 June

Term 3: Starts 29 June, ends 21 September

Term 4: Starts 24 September, ends 4 December


Week day classes: 15/16/17 June

Weekend classes: 25/26 June

Re-registration begins in week 5 of every term. You do not need to wait to receive the re-registration form to re-register.


Other important dates for Term 1:

23/24 Jan – Closed for Thaipussam

6-12 Feb – Closed for Chinese New Year

Meet the teachers!

We would like to invite parents of Primary Plus and Upper Primary students to meet your child’s teacher. Teachers will welcome you into their classrooms in the last 15 minutes of class in order to introduce themselves as well as give you some information about the course. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. This will be in week 3.

Days of Classes  •  Date of meeting

Wednesdays  •  20 Jan

Fridays  •  22 Jan

Saturdays  •  30 Jan

Sundays  •  31 Jan

Other things to look forward to in 2016:

Did you know that the British Council offers a range of exciting activities for both parents and students? Look out for the following activities and special events coming this term:

Borrowing reading books

  • Our book collection, which is situated outside classroom eight, is growing and we hope to have lots of new and exciting books for the coming year. Students can borrow two books per week. Ask a TA for more details.

Wise Owl

  • Wise Owl is an owl who lives near the British Council and loves to write letters! Students can write a letter to Wise Owl and post it into the red post box in the reception area. Wise Owl usually takes about 2 weeks to reply through the student’s class teacher.

Storytelling

  • Our story teller, Keats, will be here in week 4 (27/29 January) for level 1 and level 2 students. She has proved to be very popular with students who enjoy listening to her stories and then making a craft. 

Parent workshops

  • This will be in week 6 this term – 27/28 February and the topic is Introduction to Phonics: In this session we will introduce you to phonics; what they are and why they are important. We will look at how we teach phonics in class and how you can support your child’s development of phonics at home.

All new Seniors competition

On February 13th, we will be launching our first ever Travel Blog writing competition with our secondary classes. The students will have a few weeks to work on the project at home, before submitting their entries by 6th March. Exciting prizes are up for grabs for the best entries. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

LearnEnglishKids website

The British Council’s LearnEnglishKids website is designed especially for parents who want to support their children’s learning. It is full of videos, songs, games and exercises to help kids learn while having fun, and there are tips for parents too! Connect with LearnEnglishKids on Twitter and Facebook to make sure that you see the latest updates!