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Head of Primary Message Week 31

ISB hosted the Brunei Junior Sports League (BJSL) swim competition this week. A huge thank you to the staff involved and the students for a fabulous gala. The standard was incredibly high and the ISB teams one again demonstrated their abilities in the pool.

The Year 1 class concert has been a particular highlight this week. Like the entire audience, I was totally amazed by the Year 1 performance, the atmosphere was electric. Singing, dancing acting, storytelling, artwork and fabulous costumes. Congratulations to all involved, we will post photos to the ISB Primary Newsfeed shortly and share with Yr1 parents.

Year 4 also hosted parents this week, with a special Mothers Day celebration that got quite competitive. Well done to our confident hosts and entertaining dancers.

This week, the ISB team will travel to the Under 11 FOBISIA games. International travel and participation in prestigious events is part of what makes the learning journey at ISB so great. Wishing the very best of luck to the team and we know they will return with numerous winners medals next week. The whole team has bonded really well and all the hard work and training has clearly paid off. On Saturday morning, they will depart from the airport bound for Thailand for 3 full days of competition in swimming, athletics, football and tee-ball. Please join me in wishing them all a successful U11 FOBISIA Games.


This week, we shared best practices, ideas, and strategies that are being used across our Primary school to ensure our students build a love of communication and are confident and fluent writers. Self-reflection and continuous improvement using the latest evidence-based research allows our teachers ensure Everyone Excels. We have posted photos from the event here on the Primary Newsfeed. You can also read more about writing at ISB here on the Primary Newsfeed.

As we continue to extend our curriculum to include more Brunei History and Culture, additional curriculum materials are being produced in order to support classroom teachers. Recently, we have added a recorded interview with a survivor of the Japanese occupation of Brunei During World War 2. This fascinating resource is being used alongside wider curriculum content covering this period of world history and is a good demonstration of how we have diversified and enhanced our curriculum to better meet the needs of our international student cohort. What we do is bespoke, and unique to our context.

Our Primary House Captains hosted the final event of the school year this week. I would like to congratulate Athena, Ayden, Jerrick, Luci, Mahekan, Maya, Theo and Pamela for being outstanding student leaders. It's almost time to hand over to the next group of House Captains for the next academic year. We can't wait to see who is selected from the current Year 5 cohort, you have some quite impressive boots to fill....

This week Year 6 have been writing persuasive letters and calculating percentages, Year 5 have been transferring prints in Art and categorising conductors and insulators, Year 4 have been dividing two-digit numbers and exploring rhetorical questions, Year 3 have been sewing mini dinosaurs and writing about their dragons, Year 2 have been dividing and working with fractions, Year 1 have performed on stage and taken a closer look at plants, Reception have been constructing super-tall structures and planting seeds, Kindy have been out and about this week on the bus and visiting some awesome animals and Pre Kindy have been making a local shaved-ice desert as well as sliding around on their bellies.

We hope that parents enjoy the regular updates in Seesaw, students in all year groups are incredibly busy and fully engaged in wonderful learning opportunities every minute of every school day.

It's almost time for the whole school production of Shrek! Rehearsals are in full swing, lines are being perfected and songs mastered. We will be sending out booking information in the coming weeks, everyone is in for a real treat!

Have a restful weekend.

Mr Michael Everett | Head of Primary

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