Last week was the first meeting of our Community Services Parent and Teacher Group. Mr. Kev Halpin and Ms. Caroline Elliott outlined our BIS vision for Community Services in addition to our plans for this term.
At BIS, we offer a holistic education which provides a range of activities to reinforce the characteristics in our BIS Aide Memoire. Linking with organisations which aim to protect animals, help children less fortunate than ourselves and by helping to look after the environment we can teach children to care, show respect and demonstrate integrity. Perseverance is often required when a child is placed in a situation outside of their comfort zone and a period of reflection, after the visit from our community partners is highly valuable in our learning process.
Our goal is to be able to offer a community partnership for every year group in Primary, with either an animal protection organisation, a link with children less fortunate than ourselves or to partake in an environmental topic. This week, we enjoyed the first visit this year from our community partners at Nguyen Dinh Chieu, the school for the blind and partially sighted. Ms. Upton’s class, in Year 2 greeted our new friends as they arrived and led them to one of three activities.
As children introduced themselves, it was clear that there were some children who felt a little anxious about making friends with someone who looked and sounded a little different from themselves. After a while, we learned that, even though our new friends can’t see, there are so many other things they can do! They can jump on the trampoline, mold with play doh and create music: when you do these activities together, it is even more fun! The smiles said it all!
We are hoping to arrange another visit for Nguyen Dinh Chieu after the holidays. A further partnership between BIS and Hy Vong school, for deaf and mute children, is planned to start in November. This will be for our Year 6 students. If you are interested in helping out with either of these projects then please email Mr. Kev Halpin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Year 5 Celebrations
It was wonderful to see lots of parents in school yesterday for the celebration of learning in Year 5. The presentations from our Phase 3 students were entertaining and showed the results of their hard work during the Myths and Legends topic. Well done, Year 5!
Ms Sue Hill, Head of Primary
Congratulations to our fine diners this week:
- Ryan 2B
- Seong Jun 2B
- Harry 4B
- Kyle 4B
- Gia Linh 4I
- Katherine 4I