Mr. Chris Pooley, Principal
Greetings from the principal: It has been great to see everyone back on campus following the Easter Break. This week we have seen children settle into routines, we have held our EYFS Coffee Morning on Monday, and we were fortunate to see a fantastic assembly of our Year 2 children on Wednesday – It's certainly good to be back!
Although you may not have noticed (yet) over the past few months we have been busy taking the school through a rebranding, which is designed to strengthen the core messages of our educational philosophy, centered around a holistic approach to every child's growth.
Our rebranding includes a refreshed color scheme, and messaging, all of which reflect our commitment to providing a nurturing environment that promotes learning and personal growth. As part of this rebranding, we have launched a new website that provides all the information our community needs at their fingertips. The website has been designed to be user-friendly and intuitive, with easy navigation and a clear layout that showcases our school's unique features and educational programs.
I’d like to invite you to navigate the new website here: www.naismanila.edu.ph.
We are thrilled to report that our first face-to-face talent show in three years was a resounding success! Held on April 26th at the school's theatre, our talented primary and secondary students had the opportunity to showcase their skills live onstage and online!
We were blown away by the range of talents on display since day one, from singing and dancing to storytelling and comedy. Our students put on a fantastic show, and it was a joy to see them express themselves on stage.
We want to express our gratitude to everyone who came out to support our students. Your presence and enthusiasm made the event even more special, and we couldn't have done it without you.
We would also like to thank our students for their hard work and dedication in preparing for the talent show. It was evident that they put in a lot of effort, and their performances were a testament to their talent and passion. And lastly, we thank Mr. Fazakerley and Ms. Formento for their hard work and commitment to bring this show to life!
Champion: Benito Concepcion
First runner-up: Natalia Conception
Second runner-up: Avyay Nair
NAIS Manila is pleased to welcome our new school nurse, Ms. Joy Marquez, to our community. With over 14 years of experience as a School Nurse and a part-time Clinical Instructor, she is committed to providing patient-centered care and promoting a healthy and safe environment for students.
If you need support, help, or advice regarding the school or any aspect of your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact the school using the information below.
Mr. Greg Wilde, Head of Primary (E: firstname.lastname@example.org)
A couple of months ago, we had a coffee morning where there were workshops for parents to attend on phonics and STEAM (as well as Juilliard). The M in STEAM stands for math. We are always looking to incorporate math in a cross-curricular manner, such as through STEAM projects, daily math lessons in class to help develop understanding of the traditional skills expected within this core subject.
In these sessions, we are always keen to evolve how we teach these skills in a 21st-century context. The below highlights some of the key aspects of how we are developing the teaching of math at NAISM.
The use of kinesthetic resources to help concretely understand tools such as Numicon, Dienes rods, and multi-link cubes helps form physical representations of numbers and math problems. Used mainly for our younger learners, these can still provide vital scaffolding for older primary children with problems involving difficult spatial reasoning, as demonstrated below for comprehending volume.
White Rose Maths is a scheme we have this year from the UK that is leading the way in modern math teaching, helping to broaden strategies in calculation and then extending into reasoning and problem-solving. The latter is critical to helping children navigate ‘out of context’ problems and how their calculation knowledge can eventually be applied. Visual strategies such as the ‘bar model’ (a steppingstone to algebra) are encouraged to help summarise and help process complex problems.
MangaHigh - We know that a variety of options for how children engage with math are important, including online platforms that help bring a ‘game’ element to their learning. We have bought into this platform, which brings a healthy sense of competition and fun. We encourage children to use this regularly (sometimes teachers may set assignments on this).
Thank you to those parents who have already made PTSC appointments, with their child’s class teacher, to help discuss the Term 2 reports. If you have not, please do so in the coming days.
For your child's safety under the sun, please remember to send them to school with a named hat. We are also seeing a number of hooped earrings. For health and safety reasons, we only allow one pair of stud earrings (no hoop or dangling parts that can get caught on things). Thank you.
Mr. Sam Gipson, Head of Secondary(E: email@example.com)
We are delighted to announce the introduction of BTECs to our upper secondary programme of study for next school year.
BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) is a suite of vocational qualifications that are designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge in upper secondary (Years 12 and 13).
The largest awarding body in the UK, Pearson, grants BTEC qualifications, which are well-known for their applicability and relevance in the workplace.
Unlike A-levels, BTECs are more practical and focus on developing students' vocational skills and knowledge. BTECs combine classroom learning with projects, portfolios, and assignments that simulate real-world scenarios.
Employers and universities widely acknowledge BTECs, and they are well-known worldwide.BTECs provide an excellent pathway for students who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning and wish to gain practical skills and experience.
NAISM will be introducing two BTEC qualifications for next year’s Year 12 cohort. The first is a Work Skills vocational qualification designed to help upper secondary students develop the skills they need to succeed in the workplace. The second is an ICT/Computer Skills programme that focuses on providing students with a broad understanding of various ICT tools and software applications, as well as computer systems generally.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake a blend of BTEC and A-Level courses.
Overall, the BTEC Work Skills and ICT programme is an excellent choice for upper secondary students who wish to develop the skills they need to succeed in the future. The programme offers a comprehensive blend of theoretical and practical learning, equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for success in the 21st century.
For more information, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's house tutors or Mr. McGuinness [who will be leading the programme] directly.
Congratulations to Lucius, Year 9. Lucius has had an excellent week this week, being awarded the Student of the Week Award. Lucius has shown an excellent attitude to learning, taking an active role in class discussions, and continuing to develop his confidence in his new setting. Well done, Lucius, keep up the good work!