March 2016

Welcome to the second parent newsletter of 2016! We’ve had a lively start to the year with lots going on!

Term 2 starts on 2 April.  Don’t forget to reserve your place if you haven’t already!

Speech and Drama Workshop – 16 and 17 March

We’ll be conducting a two day Speech and Drama workshop in Damansara this week!

In this workshop, your child will develop their confidence and clarity in speaking and pronunciation through rehearsing and performing a play. It’s not too late to sign up but spaces are limited so don’t miss out! For more information click here

Primary Plus Online Portal

Our online portal is now live and waiting for you to log in! Teachers are now sending their weekly updates via the portal as well as attaching worksheets and important information. By logging on to the portal you can also access information about what’s coming up in the term as well as track your child’s progress on the online activities. You should have all been given your individual log in details – in case you’re unsure of how to use it, follow the link below to watch a video showing you how: Click here

Last week we celebrated diversity week here in our teaching centre

The British Council is strongly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and so it was wonderful to see so many children and teachers dressed in traditional outfits from around the world.

Seniors Travel Blog Writing Competition

We’ve had a fantastic response to this competition, with new entries every day. We’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of the posts and judging the winners will be very tough indeed! Winners will be announced in week 9 of classes.

The competition has now finished but we are really looking forward to starting a photography competition next term!

Phonics

Phonics teaches the relationship between written letters and individual sounds. It is a systematic method of teaching how to read and write. Having a solid foundation and understanding of sounds through phonics will ensure your child learns to read and write confidently.

We’re delighted to announce that we will be starting a new course in April based on phonics. Our phonics course uses good practice from the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme to develop your child’s motor and cognitive skills through a multi-sensory and engaging learning experience. For more information, click here 

Developing an inclusive environment for all including students with specific needs

The British Council is an equal opportunity organisation and believes that everyone should have the same chances and opportunities to learn English. We make every effort to include all learners and work closely with both learners and parents to ensure those needs are met.

If you think your child may require extra support in class, we would encourage you to contact your child’s teacher or a member of the Damansara team as soon as possible.

April 2016

We have a really exciting term ahead of us! We have new courses, autism awareness month, storytelling and competitions for all students!

Child safety

Keeping your child safe is an absolutely priority for us. This is why all students are provided with either a green (for 11+ years) or a pink (5-10 years) tag. Please ensure your child is wearing their tag at all times. Please also ensure that you don’t bring your child any earlier than 10 minutes before their class starts and collect your child straight after their class finishes – Unfortunately, we don’t have much space for students to wait or staff members to look after them.

For all students who attend class at 12.45 on Saturdays only, please note that the new exit is via the fire exit door next to classroom 9.

Autism awareness month

The start of April marked the start of Autism Awareness month! The goal is to raise awareness and teach people about autism spectrum disorders, and the difficulties and challenges that people with autism face. The official image has come to be a puzzle piece. This puzzle piece represents the complexity of autism as well as representing the diversity of each individual who is affected by autism. In class this term, all teachers did a lesson about autism. Classes created puzzles with information about autism, ideas on how to help others and some even wrote poems! Thank you to all the parents who have contributed and been wearing a blue ribbon! Look out for our special art display of work created by autistic students next week!

Storytelling

Our resident storyteller will be joining us in week 4 for another spectacular story and art and craft session. These sessions will be at 5pm after class on Wednesday 27 and Friday 29 April 2016. There’s no need to register for this – all level 1 and level 2 students are welcome!

Reading Challenge

We’re excited to tell you about our annual reading challenge which started last weekend! This year’s challenge is to read 6 books in 8 weeks all around the topic of ‘record breakers.’ We have a thrilling range of brand new books for students to enjoy. For each book they complete, students must fill in their record sheet and show it to the TA at the library! Every student to compete the challenge will get a certificate and 30 students will win MPH vouchers!

For weekend primary and upper primary students. Closing date: 19 June 2016.

Seniors Photography competition

After the success of the senior travel blog writing competition, we’re introducing a photography competition this term. Students need to upload a photograph that they’ve taken which fits into the theme of ‘Why I love my country.’ They must then write a caption and a short explanation of why they love that place as well as how they think their photo captures its greatness. Closing date: 29 May 2016.

Phonics

This term sees the start of our newest course here in Damansara; Phonics. Phonics teaches the relationship between written letters and individual sounds. Our phonics course incorporates good practice from the ‘Jolly Phonics’ programme to create a multi-sensory learning experience and is aimed at 5-7 year olds. Children will develop their motor skills through a range of multi-sensory activities to help them remember the sounds and combine them together to make words and to build sentences! This course starts on 21 April 2016 so there’s still time to join. If you’re child has already signed up for a primary plus course, it will only cost you RM404 instead of the usual price of RM747! Find out more.

Primary Plus Online Portal

Just a reminder that the Primary Plus online portal is now live and waiting for you to log in! Teachers send their weekly updates via the portal as well as attaching worksheets and important information. By logging on to the portal you can also access information about what’s coming up in the term as well as track your child’s progress on the online activities. You should have all been given your individual log in details – in case you’re unsure of how to use it, follow the link below to watch a video showing you how: Click here. If you have any problems, click on the purple ‘Help’ button. Send your problem and someone will get back to you within one working day.