Welcome to Term 2!! Students and teachers had a grand start to the term with our wonderful Eid celebrations!
Expressing joy, sharing and giving, these are evergreen qualities, yet Eid can look and feel different in different settings. How we make time to grow understanding of significant cultural events and celebrations is an important way to acknowledge, understand and embed practices that promote and support diversity in our learning community. Family traditions around these celebrations contribute to children’s sense of self, identity and belonging. So, despite the disruptions to this year, the Year 1 teachers have wanted every child in their cohort to experience the magic of Eid, our most cherished traditional celebration.
The day started with students eagerly and excitedly exchanging their Eid presents which they had brought in for each other. The joy witnessed on their faces when they opened their gifts was priceless! After this, students participated in games such as egg and spoon races, jump ropes and hula hoops organised by teachers. No celebration is complete without delicious food and we ended the festivity with a delicious feast. Thank you to all our parents for supporting this great celebration with a plate of food, which children could share and enjoy with each other at lunch time.
As part of our STEM education and in line with our Science program, children have been engaged in exploring and experimenting with different objects that create light and sound. For those of you who are unaware, STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics which is commonly used in education. STEM education develops in an individual personal dispositions such as problem solving, collaboration, creativity and innovation, also known as 21st century skills in education.
In line with their learning, students were encouraged to plan and build their own light or sound object. They then had the opportunity to showcase their work and present their findings to their peers in class. We would like to take this opportunity to applaud all our budding Edisons and Galileos for their creativity and effort put into building their device. Once again, we would also like to thank our parents for their participation and support in helping their child with their project.
The Year 1 teachers would also like to share some parenting ideas to help your child become the best student that they can be. Regardless of how the student has previously performed, this term and year offers a chance to set a new course. While it is tempting as a parent to make the attainment of good academic results the main priority, this is a narrow view that may be incompatible with long-term success. It is wiser to broaden your view and focus on helping your child or young person become the best student they can be. Here is how: