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Head of Primary Message Week 6

Student Leadership is an important aspect of life at ISB. Next week, our Primary House Captains will be hosting the very first House Week of the year. The House Captains have made a very special video to introduce the week. Look out for photos posted to the Primary Newsfeed next week.

This week, we have also introduced the Primary Student Council members. Congratulations to all new members, they did a great job with their video applications in Seesaw. All applicants made it really difficult to make the final selection. We know this group will have a positive impact on school life. Look out each Friday for them as they will be wearing specially designed Student Council t-shirts to ensure they are recognised and prominent.

A very special congratulations to students in Year 5. They have been really busy reading, reviewing and recommending books. They have been so busy in fact, they have made a special blog to share their work. This blog is open for anyone to access here and is a fantastic showcase of their hard work and love of reading.

This week has been Wellbeing Week across the whole school. There have been a number of activities posted into the Special Events folders on Seesaw and we have seen some wonderful posts from students. There have been guided visualisations, screen-free mindfulness, zone of regulation activities, breathing techniques, stories, exercises, full body stretches, doodles, a full body scan and numerous relaxations techniques shared. These activities will remain within the Special Events folders (Yr1 - Yr6) on Seesaw until the beginning of next week. Such wonderful resources for students and families to explore together.

We have also shared some wellbeing writing ideas on the Primary Newsfeed as well as a guide for parents to help their children see themselves as writers. Both are fantastic resources and I hope they help to further nurture the home - school partnership.

Each Friday, we also post a new Free Write Friday into Seesaw. For students in Year 2 and above, you will find this in the Special Events folder. This week, Mr Smith has shared a roar-some 🦖 idea and we can't wait to see the posts added to Seesaw. Remember, it's Free Write Friday, and so children are invited to write whatever they wish.

A few key dates coming up. Next week is House Week, Monday 10th October is a public holiday, Year 6 are on camp in Temburong from Tuesday 11th October, Parent-Teacher Consultations take place on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October and it is International Day on Friday 21st October. All this before the mid-term break which begins on Monday 24th October. As always, all dates for your diary are available in the What's On section of the Primary Newsfeed.

In preparation for the Parent-Teacher Consultations, we have created a special one minute guide to our assessment and reporting systems. This is available on the Primary Newsfeed under the Reporting to Parents tab. I hope this comprehensive overview helps parents in understanding how we assess, monitor and report attainment, progress and achievement. For parents of children in Early Years and Year 1, we have also posted a detailed overview of the Early Learning Goals.

The big shed meet

As part of Wellbeing week, Reception through to Year 3 staff came together to explore and share a vision for outdoor learning. In our big shed meeting we co-constructed and shared ideas to develop one of our outdoor learning spaces in school. The staff were challenged to build a den using a variety of materials to encourage shared thinking and collaboration. They did an awesome job. Watch this space to see how the learning area develops.

If you have not done so already, a reminder to complete the International Day form posted in Seesaw this week. This will enable us to plan for the Parade of Nations and other exciting events throughout the day.

As always, if you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to message within Seesaw.

Mr Michael Everett | Head of Primary

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