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Message from our Head of Primary

  • Chris Russell

25th September 2020

We have been spending the last couple of weeks listening to children, building teams in the classrooms and helping them transition back into school. Our RESTORE plan for this was outlined in my newsletter published on 28th August. Whilst this plan continues, the teachers use many other techniques to get to know and understand your child and their unique personality. One of the techniques is the use of ‘check-in’ questions in the morning. These are used to assess a child's mood but also give an insight into their views, wishes, likes and dislikes. These have proved highly beneficial for all and are a fun way to start the day.  

This week I would like to share another activity that happens in Year 6 designed to help students share their special talents and allow them to practise their presentation skills. During ‘Talent Friday’ each week, a different student presents why they are unique and what special talents they have. The children share their talent in their classroom, give a background to the development of their talent and why they are passionate about this skill. There has been a range of talents shared so far, from students working on their freestyle football skills to sharing regional and national successes in sporting competitions. The students look forward to these sessions and cannot wait to see what talents will be revealed! 

Activities such as ‘Talent Friday’ are a way in which we support students in their speaking and listening development. These skills are important as children must be able to express themselves verbally before they extend this into the written word. This is the basis of our Talk for Writing activities. Talk for Writing is a methodology where children use images and actions to retell familiar stories before using this framework to develop their own written pieces. This week Ms Viranyi- Fontan shared how this Talk for Writing methodology has transferred into her French lessons. Under her guidance, the Year 3 students have been retelling traditional French tales accompanied by actions. Not only am I impressed with their ability to verbally retell a French story, but it is also wonderful to see their speaking and listening skills being transferred into other areas of the curriculum.  

Parent representatives  

This week I met with our parent Class Representatives online. I’m delighted that we have such a dedicated set of individuals that are willing to help the community with their time and energy. I will now be forming the Core Parent Group. I will continue meeting all Class Representatives from time to time. A big thank you to all those who have already agreed to support the school in this key role. If you would like to become involved in school as a Class Representative, we still have opportunities in the following classes:  

Early Years – Ms Sheppard  

1 Caterpillar - Ms George  

2 Ocean - Ms Hobbs  

2 Sky - Mr Holeczy  

3 Daffodil - Mr Hogan  

4 Lilac - Mr Guest  

4 Plum - Mr Catalinac  

Please contact renata.brown@bisb.hu if you would like to fill one of these vacant roles.  

Finally, as the colder weather approaches, please do send your child to school with the correct school uniform. We will be keeping windows open during the cooler months to aid ventilation and so now is the perfect time to purchase new school jumpers. Our school uniform can be purchased at https://unimode.hu/bisb/   

Please have a quiet and safe weekend. 

Mr Russell 

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18th September

The students and staff have had another amazing week, delving deeper into their new topics and enjoying the engaging lessons prepared for them by their dedicated teachers. Alongside curriculum delivery, we have started to complete assessments to help us develop a deeper understanding of students’ strengths and areas that may require additional attention. The teachers will be analysing these results and adapting their lessons to take account of their findings in the coming weeks.

Our new Peer Mentors begin supporting at lunchtimes

Our Peer Mentors have supporting students in the playground for the first time this week. Their enthusiasm for collaborative games and shared play opportunities has been infectious and thoroughly appreciated by the students who took part. The Peer Mentors will continue to provide activities every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the year.

Parent Representatives

This week I have contacted all our parent Primary Class Representatives to thank them for volunteering for this important role and to help them establish positive and supportive WhatsApp groups. Please refer to Mrs Brown’s previous emails which contains the details of your Class Representative and the various ways in which you can contact them.

Beginning and end of day

We are beginning to see the time taken for parents to drop off and collect their children reduce significantly. Thank you to for everyone for collectively supporting the slightly staggered start and finish to the day. I would like to remind you that the official school drop off zone is in the car park and not on Kiscelli Köz. The school drop off zone has the capacity to accommodate 8 or 9 cars at one time and its use would alleviate pressure on the surrounding neighbourhood.

Upcoming dates – Parent Evenings

Please note that Parent Evenings will be held on Monday 12th and Wednesday 14th October this term. These meetings will be held online and are an opportunity to have a focussed conversation on how your child has settled in their new class and, of course, their learning up to this point.

I wish you a safe and family orientated weekend.

Mr Russell

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11th September

Student Leadership – House Captains and Peer Mentors 

In my newsletter piece last week, I said that the Primary Student Leadership positions were being finalised. The successful candidates were chosen by other members of their year group who believe these students have the skills and attributes to rise to the challenge of these positions of responsibility. 

I am pleased to announce that these Primary Leadership roles are confirmed. 

House Captains are: 

  • Hyunseo is the House Captain for Calypso House which is the Blue House Team. 

  • Jayden is the House Captain for Kontiki which is the Red House Team. 

  • Ivan is the House Captain for Discovery which is the Green House Team.  

  • Szofi is the House Captain for Endeavour which is the Yellow House Team. 

In addition to these roles we have eight Peer Mentors who completed their after-school training with our PSHE co-ordinator Mrs Russell on the use of Restorative Approaches to support student conflicts.  
 

Our Peer mentors for 2020-21 will be: 

  • Ada 

  • Samuel 

  • Kwinten 

  • Evie 

  • Finn 

  • Leon 

  • Elsa 

  • Annabelle 

I would like to congratulate all these students on their new role and I thoroughly look forward to working with them throughout the coming year.