Important term dates
The school is closed for one weekend on 2 and 3 June
Last weekend of term 2: 9 and 10 June
First weekend of term 3: 30 June and 1 July
This year’s story-writing competition on the topic of ‘Friendship’ has been a real success. We have received well over 100 entries from students from all age groups – thank you to all students who put so much effort into their amazing stories, and for parents who supported them!
The stories are currently being shortlisted, before our panel of judges choose the winners. Look out for information on our plasma screen and display to read the winning stories as soon as they have been selected.
The next workshop, on 26 and 27 May, will be on the topic of ‘Primary Plus – From the magazine to the classroom!’ In this workshop, we will demonstrate how teachers use the Primary Plus magazines to plan challenging and interesting lessons for your child. This workshop is for parents of children aged 5-11.
Workshops take place in room 17 from 1:20-2:00pm and space is limited, so we recommend parents arrive on time to get a seat. There will also be a film showing in room 18 for children to watch while parents attend the talk.
Article: How to help your child at home
Many parents would like to teach their children English at home, but don’t know how to start. It doesn’t matter if your own English isn’t perfect, the most important thing is that you are enthusiastic and give your children lots of encouragement.
- Establishing a routine: Having a routine for your English time at home will help your child to feel comfortable and confident. This could be playing an English game when they get home from school every day, or reading a short story before bedtime. 15 minute sessions are ideal for young children.
- Using everyday situations: The advantage of teaching English at home is that you can use everyday situations and real objects from around the house to practise English naturally and in context. For example, you can talk about clothes and colours when you are helping your child get dressed.
- Using games and songs: Children learn best when they are having fun, and there are many online resources with ideas for English games. The best and most effective language songs and games are often the most simple: Tic Tac Toe, Bingo, and a range of other childhood games have simple rules, which children can comprehend quickly, letting them concentrate on the language.
- Using stories: Younger children love books with bright colours and attractive illustrations. Look at the pictures together and say the words as you point to the pictures. After a while, encourage them to say the words by asking ‘What's that?’ Listening to stories is also beneficial, as it will get your child used to the sounds and rhythms of English. Reading books can also be a great way to have a conversation with older children. Ask them to describe their favourite characters, give reasons for why they enjoyed the story, and summarise the action.