We have enjoyed meeting you all during our Parent, Teacher Conferences (PTCs) this week, having an opportunity to discuss your children’s progress and catch up on your news. Some of you have appointments next week and we look forward to seeing you at these. We really appreciate your attendance, as it gives us an opportunity to receive your feedback. Thank you all.
I missed an opportunity to report about our Year 2 ‘Our World Fair’ at the end of last week which was a huge success, thanks to the efforts of the children and staff involved. In addition to showcasing their work, the children were able to participate in a range of activities and talk about some of the projects that they had been working on in class. It was well-attended and was used as an opportunity to raise money for the community project ‘Think Playground’. A recent social focus has been about ‘Caring’ and you may have heard the children bringing home stories about our Dojo Monster, Carys. As a result of this, the children worked hard to generate ideas on how they could support the ‘Think Playground’ initiative and the fair provided an excellent resource for fundraising. Our Year 2 parents were incredibly generous with their donations which will go towards developing more play spaces for children in Hanoi, using recycled materials.
We enjoyed more Music contributions from a group of our talented students as they played to us during our lunchtime break on Friday as part of the ‘Music Live Lunch’ concert. Congratulations to them for their great performances and thanks to staff for their assistance with the organisation of this event.
As you are aware, the Term is drawing to a close and it is no surprise that the children are beginning to feel tired, ready for a break. This week, because of the PTCs, I was able to have conversations with some parents about their children’s well-being and in particular the fact that their children feel tired in the mornings. The www.sleep.org website has some guidelines about the amount of sleep children of different ages should be receiving.
- Between ages three and five:
Preschool-age children usually need 10 to 13 hours of sleep time per day. At age three, many children are still napping, at age four, some are still napping, but most give up the habit by age five.
- Between ages six and thirteen:
During the elementary and early middle school years, children typically require 9 to 11 hours of sleep per day (and all of it at night).
To help your child get the sleep that (s)he needs, develop a calming bedtime ritual that might include taking a bath, putting on PJs, brushing teeth, and reading a story. It’s also wise to stick with a consistent bedtime. This will help set the stage for a good night’s sleep, night after night.
I wish you a great weekend.