Latest news and updates for our Damansara Young Learner parents - May 2017

Anti-bullying competition
Well done and thank you to all those who took part in the anti-bullying poetry writing competition the last term. We had a huge number of entries and the standard was extremely high. Please come into the centre and read the ones which have been displayed!

Reading Challenge 2017

What’s happening this term?

The popular reading challenge is back! The theme for this year’s challenge is ‘The Big Friendly Read’

Is your child an avid reader? Or would you like to inspire them to read more? This year’s Reading Challenge is open to all Primary Plus, Upper Primary and Lower Secondary students. The challenge is to read six books by the end of term. Simply choose a book from the Reading Challenge Bookshelf, sign it out from a TA, read it and complete a special record sheet. When you return your book, you can choose another one. Everyone who completes the challenge will receive a special certificate.

Extra Writing Practice
Following some feedback from parents, we’ll be trialling a new system where students can do extra writing practice and get feedback from a teacher. Your child will be given a sheet with links to some online writing activities that they may do if they wish. Students can bring their completed work into the centre and the work will be marked. Your child will get a letter in week 5 explaining how it works in more detail.

Parent Workshop
6 and 7 May 2017: Primary Plus – From the magazine to the classroom!
Do you ever look at your child’s magazine and wonder what exactly is done in class? This workshop will demonstrate how teachers use the Primary Plus magazines to plan challenging and interesting lessons for your child. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions!  

Autism awareness month
What is autism?
Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically shows during the first three years of life. It affects the functioning of the brain - approximately 9,000 children are born with autism in Malaysia each year.

How does the British Council support learners with autism?
The British Council is committed to providing inclusive learning environments for all and to making reasonable adjustments to support the learning needs of our students. We raise autism awareness with our learners through lessons, workshops and a commitment to diversity.

Where can I learn more?
Visit the National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) online http://www.nasom.org.my/about/ to find out more about autism.