For the first time this year, we have a whole year group of children who will be leaving the Early Years and Infant Campus to move to the Junior Campus. As there will be significant changes to the children’s routines and expectations, we have placed a special focus on this element of transition this year. In order to explain more about this process, we are holding a Year 2 to 3 Transition Coffee Morning for parents on Thursday 30th May in the Gym at the Junior Campus. This will provide an opportunity for all Year 2 parents the chance to have a look at all the changes that have taken place at the Junior Campus since the days of AP1, and to hear about the transition arrangements for their children. I do hope that you will be able to join Ms Dee (Junior Headteacher), Ms Clare (Year 2 Leader), Mr Mike (Year 3 Leader) and myself to gain a practical insight into life on the Junior Campus.
Of course, it is not only the Year 2s who are transitioning at this time of year. There will be a similar coffee morning for parents of children who moving from F3 to Year 1 on June 20th (more details will follow later). Fundinotots children have been visiting F1, F2 classes are buddied with a class in F3 and next week will begin a series of exchanges to become familiar with the environment. Transition is not just for the children! Many families will be leaving Vietnam over the coming months and, if you are, I would encourage you attend the ‘Moving On Workshop’, which will be taking place in the Black Box Theatre on the Junior Campus at 8.30 on Wednesday 19th June. There will be plenty of practical advice on what you can do to help get your family ready for the move.
On Board the F2 Airlines
Role play is integral in the development of children in their early years. Through pretend play, children link objects, actions and language together, they are able to develop empathy towards one another and gain a better understanding of real world situations. The arrival of F2 Airlines has been a great example of this:
On Board with F2 Airlines
This week has seen the return of our Stay Play and Learn All Together (SPLAT) sessions in F3. It was wonderful to see so many parents attend the session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, and to see the children confidently explaining what was happening around their learning environment. Look out on Seesaw for details of the F1 and F2 SPLAT sessions next week.
More SPLAT in F3
Language in Focus – Danish
Hej! Hvordan har du det? Hvad hedder du? Do you speak any Danish? For me Denmark is most famous for being the home of Lego, one of the most loved toys in the world. Lego is certainly something to be celebrated, but there is a great deal more to the language and culture of Denmark that we will be finding out about over the coming weeks.
Language in Focus at EY&I
The hummingbird is an amazing creature. We learnt in assembly today that its wings have adapted to enable it to hover or even fly backwards. Not only that, in ancient Aztec and Native American legends, the hummingbird symbolized care, empathy and good luck. For this reason, the hummingbird has become the symbol of the British International School community service programme in primary.
Ms Samantha and Mr Luke announced a competition where children at the EY&I campus are being challenged to design a new logo which can be used to make stickers, medals and be used in school displays.
The children will be bringing home a circle template within which to design their logo, and they must return their entries by Friday 7th June. Every entry will get 3 house points, and the winner will receive 10 house points and have their design used across both primary campuses.
Roadworks Outside the Early Years and Infant Campus
As we are all aware, Thao Dien is presently undergoing some major roadworks which are now close to the main entrance of the EY&IC. As a school, we have tried very hard to communicate with the construction company to delay any work close to the school until the summer holidays. However, the work needs to be completed within a particular timescale and will carry on. I would ask for everybody’s patience and understanding whilst this work is ongoing. Hopefully, it will benefit everyone in District 2 in the future.
Managing our Traffic Together
Just prior to the holiday, I was contacted by a member of our local community asking about what was being done about the traffic situation in Thao Dien. I met with the gentleman in question and showed him the procedures we have in place and how the school has invested in measures to help ensure the traffic keeps flowing, for example, creating the car park next to the Early Years and Infant Campus.
He was impressed with all that we have done. Thank you to everyone who has worked with their drivers to ensure that the code of conduct is followed. Unfortunately, there are still some drivers who insist on double parking near school and doing U-turns close to the drop-off area. Please speak to your drivers to remind them of what is expected.
Thank you – together we can make a difference.
For more information about how we can work together to improve traffic around our campuses, please access this post.