22nd February 2019
Thank you to all our families for joining us to celebrate Chinese New Year during our family day last Thursday. It was wonderful seeing our school community come together and share the experience with one another. We were able to sample some traditional festival foods, participate in some Chinese inspired learning engagements and we even had the opportunity to watch a Lion Dance performance.
Cultural awareness and tradition play important roles in helping young children develop a positive sense of identity and build self-esteem. Studies show that cultural appreciation and awareness contribute to building a positive self image. Developing a strong foundation of belonging and acceptance through cultural celebration and education helps children to create a diverse social network while transitioning into adulthood.
The importance of holidays and traditions spans across most cultures. Participating in the celebration of holidays creates a special experience that can help bond young children with their family’s cultural traditions. K1 children have been taught about a range of holidays and traditions, and this has helped them to build an understanding that their personal traditions may be different than their friends.
PSPE: Learners talk about similarities and differences between themselves and others.
PSPE: Learners reflect on their experiences in order to build a deeper understanding of self.
Who We Are: How our experiences impact us
How We Express Ourselves: The role of Arts in celebrations
Kumquat inspired artwork
Exploring symmetry through dragon art
We loved watching the Lion Dance performance
15th February 2019
This term, the K1s will begin a new unit of inquiry - How The World Works. In this unit, the children will have the opportunity to inquire into how people use their senses to investigate, explore and document the world around us. As part of the unit, the children will participate in a number of outdoor learning experiences which will encourage them to become more aware of their surroundings and to develop a greater appreciation of nature. Please let your class teacher know if you are available to support these outings.
As the weather is getting colder many children are coming to school with several layers on. Although we acknowledge that the temperature outside has fallen, the school climate has remained the same, therefore some children are starting to overheat. Please consider this when dressing your child for school – we would recommend a warm jacket and a sweatshirt instead of numerous layers underneath the uniform. We would also like to remind parents to ensure that all clothing is clearly labelled (incl. socks, tights & shoes) with your child’s name on the tag.
We are looking forward to continuing to work with families and children this term.
Important Diary Dates to consider:
5th March: Parent Workshop - Supporting Children’s Writing Development
8th March: School closed for CPD
12th March: Hong Kong Forest Adventures Trip - Owl Class
13th March: Hong Kong Forest Adventures Trip - Pheasant Class
14th March: Hong Kong Forest Adventures Trip - Peacock Class
15th March: Hong Kong Forest Adventures Trip - Eagle Class
19th March: Parent Workshop – Learning Additional Languages
30th March: WKSK Family Fun Fair
5th April: School closed – Public Holiday
w/c 1st April: K1 Parent Conferences
11th April: WKSK Sports Day at RC
12th - 26th April: School closed
29th April: Term 3 begins