July 2017

Child protection

  • Please remember to drop off your child less than 15 minutes before class and also to pick them up promptly when class finishes.
  • Children should wear their tags at all times whilst in the centre. Parents/Guardians of children who have blue or pink tags should also remember to wear their tags when collecting them.
  • Just to remind you that we have a strict ‘No photo’ policy so please refrain from taking photos of anyone or anything whilst on our premises.

 

Parent Workshops

This term we have three fantastic parent workshops for you to learn more about your child’s course.

29 & 30 July: Why the British Council’s Way Is Effective

This workshop will give you information about the type of syllabus we use and the rationale behind it. You will get the chance to participate in some communicative activities to experience how your child learns in class. All parents are welcome.

5 & 6 August: Phonics Parent Workshop

This workshop is for the parents of our existing Phonics students. Here you will learn about what happens in Phonics classes and what sounds your child is learning this term. By participating in this workshop, you will be better able to help your child practise at home. While you are attending the session, your children will be enjoying a story telling session.

2 & 3 September: Introduction to the British Council

This workshop will provide you with important information about the British Council, our teachers, our classes and how you can help your child get the most from their lessons. All parents are welcome.

 

Global Art Competition

The highly anticipated global art competition is back!

Prizes for the winner and runners-up in each age group are up for grabs! The winner piece from each age group will then be entered into the global young learners’ art competition held in September 2017. The three winning pictures and nine runners-ups from the global competition will be displayed in British Council promotional materials and receive a certificate.

  • Theme: Travel in my Country: Now or in the Future
  • Age groups: 8 and under, 9 – 11 and 12 – 15 

How to take part:

  • Create a piece of art based on travel in Malaysia.
  • Entries should be between A4 and A3 size
  • Use art materials that give strong colours and lines, such as paint, pastels, collage or crayons – NO coloured pencils.
  • Make up a title for your picture (the theme is not the title)
  • On the back of your entry write: the title of your picture, your name, your age, Damansara, Malaysia.
  • Hand your entry in to your by 6 August 2017.

 

August 2017

Child protection

  • Children should wear their tags at all times whilst in the building. Parents/Guardians of children who have blue or pink tags should also remember to wear their tags when collecting them.
  • Please do not give your collection tag to younger siblings, because it is difficult for our staff to check which child belongs to which parent.

 

Term 3 reports

The reports for term 3 will be given to students on the last lesson of the term.

If your child is absent, the reports will be available for collection from Customer Services. Please speak to one of them and give them your child’s name, level and teacher’s name.

 

Extra writing

The extra writing worksheets are available for students to pick up from the tray on the self by the entrance. The worksheets are labelled according to level, so make sure you take the right one for your child.

You should print off the writing task following the link provided on the worksheet and your child can drop the completed writing into the collection box in the centre. We will give them feedback in two weeks.

 

Parent Workshops

23 & 24 September: Introduction to the British Council

This workshop will provide you with important information about the British Council, our teachers, our classes and how you can help your child get the most from their lessons. All parents are welcome.

 

Global Art Competition

The winners of our art competition are:

12-15 category: Lim Jin Er (12): Malaysia Travel in Style (MRT)

9-11 category: New Zhi Xuan (9): Take a trishaw to KL

8 and under category: Tiew Zhi Sien (8): Future Flying Car

Congratulations to all our winners and everyone who entered the competition – we had some amazing entries!

 

Tips for helping your child develop their creativity

It has become clear that just being able to repeat facts and figures is not enough for success once students have left education and entered the workplace. Universities and employers are putting increased emphasis on the importance of creativity. Although we often only associate creativity with people who work in the arts, our rapidly changing culture means all areas of life now require creativity.

Luckily, you are not born with or without creativity; it is possible to teach creativity and to nurture it in children. Parents, guardians and teachers can encourage children to use their imagination and express themselves and their uniqueness in a number of ways:

  • Learning about new topics develops creativity, so encourage your child to read widely on a variety of topics.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions. It can be frustrating constantly trying to answer a child’s “why?” questions, but this questioning is developing their creativity.
  • There is a clear link between creativity and risk taking. Make sure your child knows that it is ok to make mistakes, and if they fail then they can try again.
  • Encourage your child to learn about other countries and cultures. When different cultures work together they often produce innovative ideas. Being exposed to how other cultures view the world allows a child to make more mental links and spark new ideas.
  • Embrace achievements other than academic success. Encourage creativity by recognising successes other than high test scores or competition wins. Positively acknowledge creative ideas that children have developed themselves and reward their effort when they spend time on creative pursuits.
  • The best way that parents can support their child in developing their creativity is by being creative too. Don’t just tell them to do it, show them. You could put aside a weekend afternoon for an art session with your child or create some original music together.