March 2013

Welcome!

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our new e-newsletter! We hope you enjoy reading it online, and click on some of the links suggested. We will continue to give paper copies to all students as not all parents have email addresses, but in time to come we hope to save paper and the environment by only sending out an email newsletter.

5 May General Election

Classes will be held as usual on 5 May.

Happy voting!

Student and parent name tags

I hope you are finding the tag system ok. If your child is 10 or below, your child should have a yellow tag and you will get a white parent tag. If you are late for some reason to collect your child, we will keep your child in the lobby.

If your child is 11 or above, they will have a blue card, which means they can leave the building alone. However, if you would like your child to stay in the premises for you to collect, please let any of our customer service team know and we will give them/you a yellow tag.

A high number of teenage students are not wearing their student tags when they attend classes at the British Council. On occasion, the guard or a staff has had to remind them but still, the students are not receptive.

It is compulsory for students, primary or secondary to wear their name tags at all times for two main reasons:

  1. Students wearing yellow tags will need their parents to collect them and as such, the guard will not let them leave the centre on their own.
  2. Some of the children/teenagers who come into the centre are not our students ( often they are siblings) and we need to be able to differentiate the students from the non-students. The student tag system is implemented to augment the safety of our students and we would like to seek your cooperation to remind your child(ren) to wear their tags at all times.

To ensure that students do care about their own safety, teachers may not allow students to enter their class unless they are wearing their tags. To prevent this, please ensure that your child wears his /her tag at all times when attending classes at the British Council.

Senior Notebook Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the notebook competition! They each won RM200 in book vouchers.

Senior notebook cover picture winner: Jane Mak Jie Ying (YA3, Age 15)

Senior notebook poem winner: Nicole Kuan Hwei Li (S2, Age 13)

I love to read
I love to write
Planting a seed,
So my brain grows right.

Reading takes me away,
To place I’ve never been
Writing can be a way
For creativity unseen

English is knowledge
English is fun
Brings us to the edge
When there is a pen.

Weekday discussions with teachers

This has been very well received and so we are continuing to offer 15 minute appointments for you to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher on Wednesday – Friday evenings (6.00 – 7.00).  This opportunity allows you to speak privately to teachers outside normal lesson time.  This has been preferable for many parents, as you can support your child’s learning during the term, rather than waiting until the last lesson.

Teacher availability:

Chris, Najat  : - Wednesdays 6.00 – 7.00
Katherine, Craig, Derek, Ian, Emma :- Thursdays 6.00 – 7.00
Keith, Kasia  :-Fridays 6.00 – 7.00
Mark :- Contact us for details of availability

Weekday discussions with teachers

This has been very well received and so we are continuing to offer 15 minute appointments for you to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher on Wednesday – Friday evenings (6.00 – 7.00).  This opportunity allows you to speak privately to teachers outside normal lesson time.  This has been preferable for many parents, as you can support your child’s learning during the term, rather than waiting until the last lesson.

Teacher availability:

Chris, Najat  : - Wednesdays 6.00 – 7.00
Katherine, Craig, Derek, Ian, Emma :- Thursdays 6.00 – 7.00
Keith, Kasia  :-Fridays 6.00 – 7.00
Mark :- Contact us for details of availability

Parent-Teacher meetings (Lesson 10)

You can also meet your child’s teacher in the last lesson of term.  We encourage all parents to speak regularly to the teacher, even if the student has been with us for several terms. If your child is not making progress as expected, we will contact you and ask you to come to meet the teacher to discuss this. 

Meetings will take place in the last hour of the classes on Sunday 9 June and Saturday 15 June. Please make an appointment with our Customer Advisors on penang@britishcouncil.org.my so that the teacher knows how many parents to expect. Unfortunately, teachers will not be able to talk to parents after the end of the class, as they have to go to their next class, so please arrive promptly for your appointment. 

Re-registration for July - September term

Re-registration for the next term is 4-21 May. 

Our courses are very popular and almost all classes are completely full, so please make sure you register within these three weeks which are reserved for existing parents to re-register. 

We will also send a reminder email, so please make sure our Customer Advisors have the correct email address for you.

Our Classroom Assistants

Andy and Faris

Andy is punctual, intelligent, extremely hardworking but most of all he's friendly and humble.

Faris is experienced in handling kids, sociable, responsible and very helpful.

Make Reading at Home FUN!

Reading aloud is fun for parents and children. Here are some ways to get the most out of reading to your young child:

  1. For small children, read with drama and excitement and use different voices! Use your child's name instead of a character's name.
  2. Re-read your child's favourite stories as many times as your child wants to hear them, and choose books and authors that your child enjoys.
  3. Point to words as you read them and encourage your children to do the same so as to make a connection between the words they hear and the words they see. 
  4. Read all kinds of material and get your children to do the same – stories, poems, information books, magazine and newspaper articles, and comics, and not just from a computer - there is still plenty of beauty in books
  5. When your child has a birthday, encourage relatives and friends to give your child books as gifts.
  6. Why not subscribe to a magazine for your child. Kids love receiving mail, and will be even happier when it's a new edition of National Geographic!

Did you know that...

  • More English words begin with the letter "s" than with any other letter
  • The word "alphabet" comes from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet: alpha, bēta.
  • The following sentence contains all 26 letters of the alphabet: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." This sentence is often used to test typewriters or keyboards.

English in the workplace – Professional Development Unit

British Council offers courses and workshops to develop English language skills useful for the workplace.  Our trainers test employees to find out their level of English, and deliver training specially tailored to your company’s specific needs, at your company’s premises. 

Please contact Jimmy Pickford, PDU Manager for more information, on james.pickford@britishcouncil.org.my .