Xavier’s younger brother Louis has also recently joined Y4, with Mr Osborne. Like Mr Riley, after initially reaching out to the family, Mr Osborne introduced Louis to his new friends via TEAMs and encouraged him to share work that he was proud of in their live learning sessions. Mr Osbourne and the class are continuing to get to know their new classmate through sharing their learning, and Louis continues to share highlights from his life outside of school as well as through, what Mr Osborne describes as, ‘gradual, friendly check-ins!’
Joining an English-speaking school often comes with additional challenges for many of our students who are new to learning English. This is daunting for students at the best of times but even more so if you are joining school during our NAVSE. Ms Wai in Y3 welcomed a new student recently who is very new to speaking English. After initially reaching out to both the student and his family Ms Wai introduced him to another Korean student in her class to be his ‘class buddy’. Both boys are now developing a friendship that supports both leaning and socialising, helped initially by a charming video created by the class buddy, encompassing much giggling!
As a school community, we are all looking forward to the time when we can be together again, in our school building, with each other in person. At this time, we also look forward to meeting our new friends who have joined the school over the past few weeks. Of course, I have only mentioned a few of our new students when there are, in fact, several such families that we have welcomed since Chinese New Year. Like all of us at BISS, I am looking forward greatly to the time when such ‘virtual welcomes’ can be extended to new students enjoying all of our school facilities, and to their being able to meet the full BISS Puxi family face to face.
To all of our new BISS families, a very warm welcome to you all!