Upper Primary

September 2016

Welcome back to both students and parents in Upper Primary.  The year has started off with a fresh coat of paint and a new spring in our steps.  The maintenance people have been busy fixing and updating the campus.  If you take a walk in the Primary playground, you will see the Primary Jungle Gym has been renovated and both staff and students were really impressed with all the changes.

It is always great to hear the buzz of children rekindling old friendships and making new ones at the beginning of the year.  I would like to make a new friendship with Mrs Agnes Ngkwakum who joins me in Year Three and a warm welcome back to Mrs Pauline Lungu as she joins Upper Primary in Year Six.

The students have been eager to learn and the Year Three students have already been real inquirers.  They have been inquiring into ‘Who We Are’ and had a very interesting lesson looking at different animal organs and trying to figure out what part of the body system they belong to.  There were lots of screams of disgust and nose pinching during this lesson. As your child takes part in the inquiry process, one of the essential elements is demonstrating action.  I would like to take this opportunity to remind you as parents to fill in the action letter that your child brings home.  Please record any action they take throughout the unit that is related to the central idea and send the letter back to school at the end of the unit.  It is very valuable for the teachers to see the connections your child is making in their learning.

In Primary school we offer afternoon activities for Y2-Y6.  Please encourage your child to sign up for a balance of sports and creative activities.  The afternoon activity sign up can be found on Edadmin. As discussed in the Open House meetings, homework in Y3-Y6 will also be set on Education City.  Your child will have their own username and password.  This is a very exciting and innovative way to learn which your child will really benefit from.  Please come and see your child’s class teacher or myself if you have any problems using Education City.

Please do help out your class teacher by volunteering to be a class parent representative.  Last year this worked extremely well and parents were also very grateful for having a CPR. Finally, I would like to wish you and your child all the best for the new academic year.

Tasneem Mohmad, Upper Primary Coordinator