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Mid-Year Student Starters get the NAIS Manila Personal Approach

Chris Pooley
Chris Pooley (9 posts) Head of Primary View Profile

Often at this time of year, one hot topic of discussion is that of children starting school mid-year.

Whether it is a planned career move, something that couldn’t be avoided or the search for a better education. This is something we have considerable experience with, both personally and professionally. 

As a parent myself I have experienced the mid-year move and believe it or not, I had the same questions in my head that most new parents have when I talk with them…

How will my child handle the social transition?
How will my child manage with the academic transition? Often this includes changing curriculum or expectations.

What will you be doing to help my child settle in?

At NAIS Manila  we pride ourself on being a school with a personal touch. Providing a calm yet purposeful learning environment that allows all children to thrive socially, emotionally and academically is at the heart of our Primary School. When joining our school in January, we have developed the following steps over recent years,  to ensure a transition that works for everyone

1. First Day PTC - This is a 15 minute  individual meeting with parents, child and the new class teacher. During this meeting (which is on  7th January 2019 for our new January starters) you will go through the class timetable, curriculum overview, expectations from the school and most importantly the teacher will get to know your child as an individual. You will also get a chance to ask any questions you may have.

 

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2. Day One Buddy - Your child will be met at school and assigned a ‘buddy’. This will be another child from the class who has been selected by the teacher following the previous meeting or information shared. Often this is a child that speaks the same language or has similar interests. Our children at NAIS Manila are fantastic at welcoming new children to our school.

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3. Day One Email - At the end of your child’s first day, you will receive an email from your child’s class teacher with an overview of their day and how they have settled into their new environment. This is an important step and establishes communication, but also provides an important talking point for dinner table conversation, following that first day.

 

4. Initial Settling in Report - Within 6 weeks of joining you will receive your child’s first report. This is a settling in report that includes a pastoral comment as well as a report for English and Maths. Whilst our preferred communication is always face to face (your teacher will take time to catch up informally when you are in school, for Sports Day, Coffee Mornings or NAIS Manila has Talent!)  the report is a slightly more formal approach.

 

Often we find that relocating to a new country, starting a new job and moving schools is more daunting for the parents than it is for the child. Whilst no two transitions are the same, we clearly see benefits from the personal approach we offer families joining mid-year.

 

I hope you have enjoyed our monthly blog, we wish you the best of the holidays and look forward to seeing you all (both old and new) in January!


Chris Pooley

Head of Primary

 

If you are in the process of moving your child mid-year and would like to find out more about NAIS Manila, you can get in touch with our Admissions Team,

via mail: admissions@naismanila.edu.ph" target="_blank">admissions@naismanila.edu.ph

call landline: +63 2 519 - 57 - 99

online enquiry form: Admissions Enquiry Form

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