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Head of Primary Message Week 27/28

Selamat Hari Raya

School returns after a short break to mark the end of Ramadhan and it has been fantastic to have students back on campus. We have a busy few weeks ahead and lots to look forward to. Coming up next week, we have the Hari Raya celebration assemblies in school, with parents of those performing invited to join us in the ISB Theatre. Friday 26th is also the day for wearing national dress.

In 2024, International School Brunei celebrates its 60th anniversary, marking six decades of inclusive academic excellence.

In achieving this historic achievement, we are incredibly grateful for our community who, throughout the years, have supported ISB and played a crucial role in building our school’s supportive and inclusive environment. With over 40 nationalities in our diverse community, ISB is truly international.

To celebrate our 60th we are planting 60 trees across our campuses, look out for more updates through social media. A special thank you to the student Eco Warriors who were involved in the planting of the trees.

Building Resilience

Easy to say, but not so easy to do (without the right expertise).

One of the most important aspects of school life is to ensure we are building resilience in our young learners. But what exactly is resilience and how can this be nurtured? How do we ensure that this isn't merely a 'buzz word' or a clever soundbite? How do we ensure a bespoke and individualised approach? First, let's start with a definition. Resilience can be defined in the following way:

A dynamic process to adapt successfully to a challenge or a risk.

So how exactly can resilience be improved? At ISB, we focus on four key areas to ensure every student excels in each aspect of their education.

Competence: The skills and knowledge that enable you to manage the task.

Confidence: The belief in your own abilities and worth.

Connection: The sense of belonging and support from others.

Contribution: The feeling of making a positive difference to your community.

Ref - Henderson & Milstein 'Resiliency in Schools' (2002).

Our aim is to ensure students of all ages are supported in this process. Having a more detailed understanding of these four components enables us to target provision on an individual level. Knowing that each child is unique, as we do, ensures every students' programme of study is differentiated. Our goal is for parents to see these elements through regular Seesaw posts, building up a journal of learning over time. My hope is that parents see regular evidence of competence, confidence, connection and contribution within their child's education. Components of resilience will also be represented in how we report to parents.

Our curriculum is knowledge-rich to ensure students build up their competence, you can't problem solve with knowledge you don't have. Our focus on emotional support, wellbeing, and positive relationships build up confidence and connection. Our regular celebrations of individual achievements ensure a sense of contribution to wider school life. By integrating these strategies into our educational practices, we can contribute significantly to the development of resilient and adaptable individuals.

It's been a busy week... 🤩

Pre Kindy made local dessert using shaved ice, cendol, grass jelly and corn 🍧, Kindy have been learning about filtration and used recycled bottles, sand and cotton to create a filter system. Reception have been writing about themselves, Year 1 have been learning about features of an informational text, Year 2 have been recognising a third and working with fractions, Year 3 have had a visit from a geologist who spoke all about rocks and fossils, Year 4 dramatised the evolution of the telephone, Year 5 visited Rimba Gardens and potted some new plants and Year 6 have been publishing their poetry slam entries.

If you have any questions about any aspect of school life, please do not hesitate to message me in Seesaw.

Mr Michael Everett | Head of Primary


As we embark on another academic term, I am excited to announce that the Student Council will once again collaborate with the incredible team at SMARTER BRUNEI.

SMARTER BRUNEI, a commendable organisation dedicated to supporting children and young adults with autism in Brunei, is seeking clothing donations, whether old or new. These donations will be graciously accepted and sold by SMARTER BRUNEI to raise funds for their noble cause.

Your generous contributions will directly impact the lives of individuals with autism, providing them with the necessary support and resources they need. By donating clothes, you are not only extending a helping hand but also spreading hope and making a positive difference in our community.

We deeply appreciate your willingness to contribute to this meaningful cause. Your support is invaluable and truly makes a difference in the lives of those in need.

If you have any clothing items you would like to donate, please feel free to drop them off at the Primary Office by the 1st June. Every donation, no matter how big or small, will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and kindness. Together, we can make a significant impact and create a brighter future for individuals with autism in Brunei.

Warm regards,

Mr. Hick Head of Student Development


🗓️ Friday 26th April: Hari Raya Assemblies (parents of performers invited)

🗓️ Friday 26th April: Whole School Hari Raya celebrations (non-uniform)

🗓️ Tuesday 30th April: BJSL Swim Gala (invited students will be notified)

🗓️ Friday 3rd May: Year 1 Assembly

🗓️ Friday 10th May: Primary Music Showcase 🎶 (Yr1 to Yr6)

🗓️ Friday 17th May: Year 2 Assembly

🗓️ Friday 24th May: Celebration of Learning (open morning)

🗓️ Friday 24th May: Reception Concert

🗓️ Friday 7th June: Swim Gala Reception, Year 1 and Year 2

🗓️ Tuesday 11th June: BJSL Tag Rugby & Netball (BJSL Squad)

🗓️ Friday 14th June: Yr6 Ceremony

🗓️ Friday 21st June: Swim Gala Year 3 to Year 6

🗓️ Friday 28th June: Year 5 Young Entrepreneurs Assembly

🗓️ Friday 5th July: Last day of term


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