Welcome back from the break. We hope that you all managed to spend some time with your families and gain some rest.
Halloween was celebrated in school this week. Did you know that this holiday is believed to have originated around 2000 years ago in Ireland? Back then, the Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead got a little blurry and the dead would come back to life and wreak havoc among the living. One way to scare the dead? Wear costumes and masks. Well, we certainly had a huge range of scary children in school on Wednesday afternoon as they got ready for their Halloween discos. I would like to thank all of our teachers and assistants for their support; the children had a great deal of fun.
Earlier this week, we were delighted to see many of you in attendance during our ‘Theory of Language’ workshop, presented by Miss Erin. Her presentation focused on how we learn our first language and how we then go on to learn further ones. From research, it is evident that second language acquisition is most rapid for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years of age. Miss Erin then went on to talk about bilingualism and the unique approach used by our school to develop language in our emerging bilingual students. Her PowerPoint is available through ClassDojo, but if you would like a copy, then please do write in.
It is Remembrance Day in the UK very soon, on November 11th. In recognition of all of the soldiers who have died fighting for freedom of their countries, we shall make paper poppies available for sale next week. The following link gives you some information about the significance of the poppy as a symbol for remembrance: https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/ways-to-give/fundraising-appeals/poppy-appeal/
This week, during Assembly time, the children thought about how soldiers from Vietnam are remembered for their bravery on July 27th during ‘Remembrance day for Martyrs and Wounded soldiers’. These are important moments when we can stop and reflect on events that give a depth of meaning.
Our Student Ambassadors have sent out some information about the sale of poppies through ClassDojo and we trust parents will support the activity.
I wish you all a happy weekend.