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Head of Primary Message Week 26

Wishing the ISB community Ramadhan Kareem.

As we end the second term and go into the holidays, I would like to take a look back and reflect on some of the amazing achievement this term. I would also like to take a look forward, as we never stand still.

It's been a tremendously busy term. We welcomed in the new year with a celebration of food and culture in Year 5. Families shared traditional dishes and created curiosity with tasty treats. Not to be outdone, Kindy have also been chopping fruit and Year 6 made their own delicious pizzas.

There has been plenty of creativity this term, with Year 4 designing and creating their own footwear before showcasing their shoes on the catwalk. Kindy and Pre Kindy showed their creativity during Maths week with their number parade and we launched a very special art competition looking for the most impressive floral designs. Both Year 2 and Year 4 have shared their game creations this term. Year 4 hosted students from Year 3 at their Games Convention and Year 2 welcomed Year 1 to play with their handmade arcade machines. Year 5 have also created an army of terracotta warriors out of clay.

We celebrated Book Week in style with incredible costumes and shared our favourite books and stories. We enjoyed music and literary performances by the fire and held workshops with local authors.

It was great to celebrate achievement, progress and attainment during the Parent Teacher Consultations. The feedback from parents was extremely positive and served to demonstrate how a strong home - school partnership continues to nurture the development of all students.

As well as all the learning journey on campus, we have also been out and about this term. Year 5 spent a few days on camp in Temburong, exploring the Borneo jungle and creating lifelong memories. Our FOBISIA swim team travelled to Bangkok and returned with quite the haul of medals.

The Primary House Captains have continued to show outstanding leadership this term, hosting both Penyu and Ingkat House Weeks. The Primary Student Council have also led an initiative to collect clothing donations and the Primary Eco Warriors have continued with their work to ensure our school continues to be kind to the planet. Student leadership is a very important aspect of life at ISB and we are now looking for new Lunchtime Rangers.

We have had a focus on Writing this term, with students building their learning journals in Seesaw and demonstrating progress over time. There has been a significant update to the Seesaw app this term, now enabling multiple accounts to be logged in on the same device.

This term, we have also celebrated Brunei National Day and Chinese New Year. The student-led performances in the respective assemblies were a delight and it has been great to see students of all ages performing with confidence on stage. We also officially launched the next ISB production, SHREK! Rehearsals have been going well and have been just a small part of our complrehensive Term 2 ECA programme.

Congratulations to our football superstars on their performance at the Brunei Junior Sports League (BJSL). We have shared lots of photos from the event here on the Primary Newsfeed.

There is certainly a lot to look forward to in the term ahead. We will be hosting another rock concert to celebrate the achievements of our very own TT Rock Stars, there will be more House Week competitions as well as swim galas and a Celebration of Learning morning with a focus on our Eco curriculum. We will be hosting the formal transition ceremony for Year 6, who will complete their Primary education and all students will start to get to know their new teachers for next year. We are delighted with the new staff we have recruited for the next academic year and I look forward to sharing more details with parents next term.

Towards the end of Term 3, we will be reporting to parents with a detailed overview of attainment, progress and achievement. All families will receive a personalised video report from their child's teacher and we will continue to report on important milestones such as Early Learning Goals, Key Stage 1 Phonics check and Times Tables check.

After the break, we will also be hosting a parent workshop to focus on wellbeing and self-regulation. Within the workshop, we will provide some practical ideas on how to boost your co-regulation abilities to help your child develop and maintain self-regulating skills. More information to be shared in Seesaw shortly.

We continue to nurture the progress of all students in our care, with a focus on holistic wellbeing and high expectations and academic rigour. Our priority is to ensure every child reaches their full potential and Everyone Excels.

Wishing everyone a restful end of term break. A very special thank you to all ISB staff who have worked incredibly hard this term. We are all looking forward to beginning Term 3 on Tuesday 11th April 2023.

Mr Michael Everett | Head of Primary

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