Welcome to term 4!
To returning families – welcome back for term 4! To new faces, thank you very much for choosing the British Council. We look forward to working with you in the future, and hope that everything has got off to a good start. If we can help in any way – answering questions, providing more information – please contact our Customer Service team.
•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.
•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.
•Just a reminder that we have a strict ‘No photo’ policy, so please refrain from taking photos of anyone or anything whilst on our premises.
This term, our exciting competition open to all students is “A dish with a story”. We are asking students to take a picture of their favourite food/dish and write a description.
The competition closes Sunday 29 October.
Students will receive information on how to write the description, and how to submit the photos, from the class teacher. You can also find this information on posters around the school.
Good luck everyone!
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.
2017 Holiday Courses
This year, our December holidays are using game-based learning to engage students in creative and challenging uses of English, and improve students’ confidence in both writing and speaking.
5 – 6 year olds will learn and play games from around the world, develop life skills such as turn-taking and teamwork, while practising language skills such as imperatives and verbs.
7-10 year olds will create their own board game, gaining confidence through presenting their own creative ideas to their classmates.
11-13 year olds will focus on confident writing through the creation of a ‘choose your own adventure’ story book, using game elements to put their own creative spin on the task.
Lastly, the 14-17 year olds will be working on their public speaking and negotiation abilities whilst role-playing as delegates in the UN who are solving a world crisis.
If you are interested in any of our December Holiday courses, you can find more information on our webpage: www.britishcouncil.my/kids
Teacher Samira has left us since the last newsletter. She’s recently got married and now she’s moved to Cambodia to join her husband there. We wish her all the best in the future.
To finish the academic year, we are getting help from the KL centre. Two teachers are joining our team over the weekend to provide cover for Samira’s classes till the end of the term. Here’s a bit more about them:
Teacher Sashi has worked in BC Colombia before joining us in Malaysia a little over 2 years ago. She has a Certificate in Teaching English to Adults and Young Learners and she is currently taking the Diploma in English Language Teaching course. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching cartoons and eating junk food. She will be in the Damansara centre every Sunday this term and she is looking forward to working with your children.
Teacher Kathryn has recently joined us from BC Vietnam as Training and Professional Development Coordinator, but she has worked in South Korea, Spain and the UK as well. She has a lot of experience teaching young learners and has been providing training to other teachers who are interested in working with kids. She always tried to get to know her students and use that information to plan engaging lessons that are also useful for the students. She will be in the Damansara centre every Saturday this term.
Term 4 reports
The reports for term 4 will be given to students on the last lesson of the term (25 - 30 November).
If your child is absent, the reports will be available for collection from Customer Services after the end of the term. Please approach a member of the team to assist you.
We are proud to announce the winners of our food photography competition! Watch out for them on the plasma screen in the centre.
Thank you to everyone who took part in our photography competition – we had some amazing entries!
Diversity describes the similarities and differences that people have. At the British Council we are committed to working with and educating people from diverse backgrounds and to creating an environment where people are treated fairly and encouraged to develop the skills they need to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
As part of Diversity Week there will be interactive displays in the centre for students to engage with and all staff are going to wear their national colours and/or outfits during the weekend (18 and 19 November). Please encourage your child to come to class wearing their traditional outfits to help us celebrate diversity!
Please return books to the Library
The Library is closing for the holidays so students will not be allowed to borrow books for the rest of the year. Please ask your children if they have any books on lease and make sure they return them before the end of the term. Thank you for your help!
Teaching our Children to be Critical Thinkers
Throughout their time at school, learners are expected to compare, contrast, evaluate, understand, organise, and classify information – in other words, think critically. This empowers students to make decisions and deal with problems confidently, which are essential skills in school and the rest of their lives. But how can we start encouraging our children to think critically about the world around them?
- Allow your child to try things without fear of failure. When children are scared of failure, they are more likely to turn to memorisation, which feels safer, as opposed to analysis.
- Ask, and get your child to ask, the big 6 critical questions: ‘who?’, ‘what?’, ‘where?’, ‘when?’, ‘why?’, and ‘how?’. As parents we can often be scared of being questioned, but questions show that our children want to gain a deeper understanding of their world and become independent thinkers. As they get older, get them to think about things from other perspectives with questions such as: ‘How would someone else feel about this?’, ‘Is it fair?’, or ‘What can people do about this?’
- Encourage your child to study a range of topics, consume media from different platforms, and play many different games. By broadening their experience, children will start to make links and comparisons, aided by your questions and encouragement.
- Teach your child to look past test scores. The euphoria of an ‘A’ or disappointment of a ‘D’ may be all they think about after receiving their marks, rather than exploring why. The comments they receive on how to improve are always much more important than the grade itself. By praising effort and recognition of their blind spots, rather than high grades, children learn that they need to use tests as a way to improve.
Geoff Taylor, the new Head of YL, says hi:
Hello, I’m Geoff from Middlesbrough and I’m very excited to be joining the British Council in Kuala Lumpur. I worked at the British Council in Vietnam for 3 years and before that I spent 8 years as a teacher and manager at another school in Ho Chi Minh City. Prior to that, I lived in the Czech Republic. I visited Kuala Lumpur last year and loved it so I’m looking forward to learning more and exploring with my family.