Term 4 reports
The reports for term 4 will be given to students on the last lesson of the term (25/26 November).
If your child is absent, the reports will be available for collection from Customer Services from January 2018. Please approach a member of the team to assist you.
Our final workshop for this term is below. Sessions run on Saturday and Sunday in Room 17 from 1.20-2.00pm. There will be entertainment in Room 18 for your child(ren).
11/12 November - ‘How to entertain your kids over the holidays’
The holidays are coming! Join this session to find out what English learning games and apps you can introduce to your child to keep them occupied and using English until our new term starts in January.
We are proud to announce the winners of our food photography competition!
Thank you to everyone who took part in our photography competition – we had some amazing entries!
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.