Michelle Chaplin, Head of Junior School
As we reach the mid-point of the term, it is exciting to witness the growth and progress of our students. We are perhaps in a time when the measuring of progress is about more than just academics as we navigate online learning and living through a pandemic. We can see the resilience of our students, their determination and grit and at the same time empathise with their wish to be back on campus amongst their friends.
To spice things up a bit the Junior School is embracing a change in Week 6 as we take on a Learning Adventure - an opportunity to mix with students from other grades, learn with a different teacher and embark on a project that we are passionate about - or at the very least interested in! Stay tuned for the next newsletter when you can read all about it!
Last week we congratulated Foundation on 100 days of learning - and what amazing progress we can see and they can tell you all about it - watch what they can do……...
Foundation 100 days
The Olympics has given us much food for thought in terms of dreaming big and the power of positive thinking - I’m sure everyone has a favorite story - Olympian that they have either shed a tear for or screamed at the screen for - Let’s stay connected with the good things happening in the world!
Sadly as we approach the end of Term 3 we will be farewelling 2 of our much loved Junior School staff members. Stephenie Cheah (Assistant Teacher Foundation) will be leaving us to further her studies. We wish her every success and know she will be a student of distinction!
Alicia Low ( JS EAL teacher) will be joining the “Dignity For Children Foundation” as a Program Specialist and Coordinator in the SEL Team. This involves supporting staff professional development and implementing SEL learning and standards. We wish Alicia all the best in this position and thank her for all she has given to AISM.
We are recruiting for these positions and are impressed with our candidates so far!
I look forward to hearing from our students after an exciting Week 6!
What’s Been Happening In Year 5?
Where in the world is Year 5 in Term 3? Our globetrotters are busy learning all about the great big world outside, with a focus on Global Citizenship. This has really opened students' eyes to the connectedness of countries and the ability to see the similarities and differences between vastly unique cultures. Our PDH lessons are exploring the world through the eyes of eleven year olds from all walks of life and in English, our focus is persuasive writing, where students have the opportunity to discuss and debate topics that affect countries and individuals on a global scale.
For their Inquiry unit, students are comparing and contrasting two different countries. They are looking at the similarities and differences between the two countries that they have selected and completing projects based on understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating and creating. Students are busy completing projects that will be showcased on a Google Site which will be shared with the AISM community, so that parents, carers and other students can explore the world from the comfort of their own homes.
In art, students are being transported across the world through different cultural artistic practices. So far, they’ve explored internationally acclaimed street art and artists and they have created art in styles similar to those produced in Portugal and China.
The Year 5 students are highly engaged in this topic and we encourage everybody to join them on their journey and search for the amazing things that this world has to offer.
International Day - Think Tank and School Captains
The Planning Process
The Think Tank were given the exciting job to create a series of activities for International Day. First we broke into small groups to do some research on the four topics given; dance, craft, sport and cooking…all with an overarching international theme. We had to create slides explaining how to do the activities or shoot a video. Lastly we made sure that the slides had some fun to it but still were readable to the students completing the activities.
International day was really exciting! We all dressed up and did different and interesting activities! The Think Tank and Captains designed a series of activities for the Junior School! Some of the activities were:
Making a famous building from your country with things around your house,
Making pancakes from the ancient times,
International sport activities,
Dancing and crafts from all over the world!
The Think Tank members and house captains became teachers for a couple of hours and monitored Seesaw, giving feedback and encouragement to the Junior School learners.
It was a little bit different this year due to being online but it was still brilliant!
International Day activity photos
Bake off Competition - Sports Captains
by Rafael Dobson
The Bake Off Competition is a contest run by the PE Department and House Captains. Students had the opportunity to show their baking skills by making a cake or cupcakes and decorating them in their house colours. I had a lot of fun making my cupcakes and decorating them in green peppermint icing and mint leaves. Many students entered the competition and every single entry looked delicious!!!
Week 4 Gratitude Focus - Morning Meet Activities
Last week’s gratitude focus made all of us realise how many things that we should be grateful for. Everybody shared things that were all very different and had special meanings to them. Gratitude is a part of mindfulness and mindfulness brings out the best in everyone. It relaxes everyone and makes us all feel happy and peaceful. Mindfulness helps to clear our negative thoughts and just helps you feel positive and joyful. It helps you escape from all your bad thoughts and relaxes your mind and body for as long as you want. Gratitude is one of the topics that helps you appreciate all the little things that you have been given or maybe you yourself accomplished.
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