Latest news and updates for our Damansara Young Learner parents - July and October 2015

July 2015

Welcome to the first edition of our Damansara newsletter

Up to now, we have always shared our newsletter with our KL centre however we have grown so much in the last year that we wanted to start our own, tailored to our Damansara students and parents.

It’s been a very exciting year for Damansara; we opened our doors to students one year ago in April. Back then, we had only three teachers and a couple of hundred students. Now, one year later, we have eight teachers, a coordinator, a senior teacher, a branch manager and over eight hundred students!

We’d like to thank you for your continued support. We really hope your children enjoy studying with us and will take away the skills they need to become confident, inquisitive, proactive language learners.

We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce our members of staff. In this edition we’ll be starting with the branch manager, the senior teacher and the coordinator.

Branch manager

Hi, I’m Vivien Ng the Branch Manager of Damansara Branch. It’s been a great pleasure to join the British Council Team in Damansara.

I’ve been in the Education Industry for near to 7 years. I’ve got experience in Sales, Marketing, and Business Development and I’ve also got experience working with local and international colleges and universities. I love working in this industry as I could see the achievement when students graduate and make it onto a great pathway in life.

Don’t Hesitate to Stop and have a chat! Always here to make this centre a better place!

Senior teacher

My name’s Donya and I am the senior teacher here in Damansara. I’ve been teaching English as a foreign language for just over 7 years in the UK, Spain and Malaysia. My qualifications include a certificate and a diploma in teaching English language, as well as several courses specialising in teaching children

Please feel free to come and speak to me about your child’s classes at any time. I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

Coordinator

My name is Barbara and I am the Young Learner Coordinator in Damansara. I’ve been teaching English for the last six years and I have worked in many countries including Morocco, Senegal and the UK. I have a certificate and a diploma in teaching English from Cambridge university as well as a post graduate degree in primary education from the UK (I used to be a school teacher before I started teaching English!).

British Council Global Art Competition 2015

Every year, British Council centres from around the world compete in the global art competition. We’re very excited to announce the theme for this year as Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales.

We would like students to create a piece of art based on local myths, famous legends or fairy tales of their choice. Three winners will be chosen from each of the three age categories: 8 and under, 9-11 and 12-15 and their art work could feature on the British Council 2016 calendar as well as be printed on our young learner notebooks! Closing date: August16th 2015.

Parent workshop

Thank you to all the parents who attended our first parent workshop of the term ‘How does the British Council assess my child?’ It was a very successful workshop and I hope you found it beneficial.

Registering for next term:

Don't forget to sign your child up for next term between 25th July - 16th August. This will guarantee their place in their existing class. After the 16th August, we can't guarantee availability as we will be offering the places to new students. Green letters with more details will be given to students this week so please read them and sign up to avoid losing your place.

Wise Owl

Wise Owl is our new school mascot and he loves writing letters! In the first class, many of our LP and UP students wrote a letter to Wise Owl and posted it in the post box in the reception area. Wise Owl will write letters back to them over the next few weeks, and the children can write a letter in reply to Wise Owl. The aim of this is to encourage students to keep up a conversation with Wise Owl by letter to encourage writing for enjoyment.

If your child would like to write a letter to Wise Owl, they can collect a template letter form from next to the Wise Owl post box or from one of the Teaching Assistant floorwalkers, who can be identified by their blue British Council T-shirts.

Reading Challenge and Library

First of all, well done to all our students who completed the reading challenge! Over 400 students took on the challenge of reading 6 books over 10 weeks. A very well done! Certificates and medals will be given out after the Hari Raya break. 

We’ve also had lots of comments from parents about how glad you are that we ran this competition. We recognise the importance of providing reading books for our students and so we will continue to keep the book stand out and run it as a library. From now on, students will be able to borrow 2 books per week, every week!

October 2015

Read about our teachers, meet them face-to-face, learn about our new courses and find out who won our art competition: all in this edition of the British Council Damansara newsletter!

Welcome to the second edition of the Damansara newsletter and welcome to term four! Last term, you were introduced to Vivien, the branch manager, Donya, the senior teacher, and Barbara, the coordinator. Now we’d like to introduce our teachers. Here is some information about three of the teachers at British Council Damansara.

Latest news update:

Nathan

I’ve been at the British Council in Malaysia for over a year. Before Malaysia, I spent a few years teaching in Sichuan province, China. I love spicy Chinese food, and just enjoy food in general. I’m a very keen photographer and enjoy traditional film photography rather than digital. I like to hike a lot and have climbed Daguniangshan in Sichuan, a 5038 metre-high mountain. I also enjoy weightlifting and can be seen in the gym quite often.

Munirah

My name is Munirah and this is my second term here at the British Council Damansara.

Before this, I was teaching English to foreign students who were mostly from the Middle East, Japan, Korea and post-Soviet States. I have a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language to adults as well as to young learners.

I am excited to be teaching Malaysian young learners as I find them interesting. They are extremely quick to understand and learn new language.

Farzana

I have a certificate, diploma and a Master’s in teaching and I have been teaching English for more than 7 years. I love Malaysia - the weather, the people and the food! Before this, I worked for the British Council in Bangladesh and I taught a variety of courses there. I have experience of teaching both young learners and adults.

I like teaching children as they are fun and I can do a lot of creative things with them. The children in Malaysia are active and spontaneous, which means I can make the lessons more interactive and they can enjoy themselves while learning.

Art Competition winners

The wait is over and we are very pleased to announce that the votes have been counted and the winners of the Art Competition have been decided! Many congratulations to all the winners. And thank you to all the children who submitted entries and took part in the competition.

Dropping your children off

We’d like to say thank you for being understanding about the rule of no parents sitting inside the centre during classes.  As we are a small centre, there isn’t very much space for parents' to sit and wait.  Your child’s safety is a priority for us which is why we need to ensure that parents wait outside so we can focus on taking care of your child.  Can we also remind you not to drop your child off any earlier than 15 minutes before the start of class.

Holiday courses

Don’t forget about our exciting holiday courses that will be taking place at the end of November and throughout December. Based around the theme of ‘Around the World’, children will be inspired to explore their world through a variety of fun and motivating activities which are sure to give them a head start before the new term in January.

Get an early bird discount if you register before 31 October!

Parent – teacher meetings

We are delighted to be holding our first ever parent and teacher meetings this term. This will give you an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and discuss the progress your child has made over the year. There will be no classes on these days, but there will be a range of fun activities for the children for while you are speaking to the teacher.

These will take place from Wednesday 14 October to Sunday 18 October. We will email you an invitation this week. Look out for it in your inbox and ensure you RSVP by Friday 9 October 2015.

Primary Plus

We are excited to announce the launch of Primary Plus in January 2016. Primary Plus is a new six level course for 5-9 year olds, using materials designed by British Council experts. This material has been informed by our research and understanding of child development in East Asian countries, and continues to focus on what your child can do. The materials cover 10 different modules in the one-year course, all based on age appropriate themes and topics for your child, and their development stage.

With Primary Plus your child will;

  • continue to develop their language abilities, whilst working on tasks and projects to improve their understanding and use of language.
  • build their confidence.
  • develop important life skills, such as critical thinking and problem solving.
  • have access to learning activities online.

You are invited to one of our information sessions on the new Primary Plus courses. These will be held initially on our Parents’ day on 14, 16, 17 and 18 October 2015.

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!