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Our first NAIS Manila Primary Blog

Chris Pooley
Chris Pooley (20 posts) Principal View Profile

Welcome to our first NAIS Manila Primary Blog!


The start of the academic year has gone incredibly well, mainly due to the positive strides made by staff at the end of the last academic year, along with appointment of a couple of excellent staff members, that have really added to our team. This has allowed us to ‘hit the ground running’.

One of the most important aspects of life within our Primary School is our belief in the holistic approach to learning. At NAIS Manila, we seek to develop well rounded children, striking that balance between academics, sports, music, language, STEAM and leadership opportunities.

Below are a couple of examples, of which I am sure there will be many more to come...

EYFS Genesis Garden Opens

The Genesis Garden is now up and running and it is fantastic to see our EYFS classes enjoying their new outside learning space. 

Making mud pies in the mud kitchen, following the flow of water in our bamboo pipes, acting out nursery rhymes on the stage and digging for gold in the sand pit are just some of the fantastic activities that the pupils have been engaging in. 

Of course projects like this don’t happen overnight, so a big thank you to the EYFS team for designing and liaising with developers to ensure we have an area that caters for all learners and all areas of learning have been incorporated. 

- Mr. Bogle, EYFS/Y1 Leader

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Primary Student Council 

Within our primary school, it is important to us to develop our children's personal and interpersonal skills and provide them with as many leadership opportunities as possible to do so. Our Primary Student Council allows an elected few every year to get involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management and staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.

How do students join the PSC?

At the beginning of the school year, children submit an application, outlining why they're interested in joining and what they will contribute to the school. Each class then holds an election and the two students with the most votes are elected. 

What opportunities are available to the PSC?

The PSC meet at least monthly to discuss their short- and long-term goals. These goals fall into three categories: Social, Environmental and School Development. 

Children plan and submit their ideas to the head teacher for approval. This year, the PSC look forward to organising and participating in a number of school and community projects. 

Ms. Bryce will be leading the Primary Student Council this year and we look forward to seeing the positive contribution that they make to our wider community over the coming months.

- Ms. Bryce, Year 4 Teacher

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GL Assessment

Mr. Pooley and I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference in Singapore, led by GL Education. 

We have successfully been using GL Assessments in school for a number of years now but it was great to hear tips on how to get the most from the data we collect. Mathew Savage, Principal of the International Community School in Amman, led part of the conference. He delivered an inspiring talk about digging deeper with data to enhance teaching and learning. Using CAT4 tests, PASS test results and GL progress tests, we can get a fully rounded picture of a student’s attitude, aptitude and attainment. 

This conference gave us lots of great ideas for how to use our data more effectively to benefit progress and wellbeing across the Primary School.

- Mr. Hickman, Primary Assessment Coordinator and Year 6 Form Tutor 

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I hope you have enjoyed our first monthly blog and look forward to meeting up with you, at our  next Coffee Morning on Tuesday 11th December.

Chris Pooley

Head of Primary

NAIS Manila