All students have settled back very well in the schooling routine after their Chinese New Year holiday. Our reception students have settled in incredibly well, even after their extra week off due to kindergartens being closed in Hong Kong. We had our first 2019 assembly today with Year 2 leading the way as the Year Level host. Their focus on wellbeing and kindness emphasises what has been the focus for the couple of weeks in the primary division. This is a great message for our Preparatory and Year 1 students to hear.
Next Friday (22 February) is the Leadership Assembly for Years 3-6 at 8:30am in the Auditorium. Parents will be been contacted by their respective class teacher if their child has received a leadership role for House Captain, Student Representative Council or Environmental Manager. We look forward to seeing these students in action this year to make AISHK a better place for everyone. After discussion with teachers and students with leadership roles from last year, feedback was given that the duration of the leadership position (6 months) was not adequate for students to develop their leadership skills and achieve the goals they were working towards. As a result, the duration of all of these positions will be year-long to ensure students are given the opportunity to take on a range of responsibilities and the role is more than just a ‘title’. We understand that this may be personally disappointing, however, throughout the school year, there will be other opportunities for students of all ages to display and learn leadership skills, both within and beyond the classroom.
After last year’s Mathematics Workshop on problem solving, we asked for feedback regarding which topics parents were interested in learning more about, across the primary division. Using that feedback, we aim to run parent workshops each term this year. Our next workshop will be on Wednesday 20 March (morning session) and repeated on Thursday 21 March (evening session). The focus of these two workshops be on how we teach reading in Early Childhood and how you can support this at home. We have planned for a Year 3-6 workshop on reading in early Term 2. An email will be sent out soon with further information.
Parent – teacher interviews
The Parent Teacher Interviews booking system on Parent Lounge will open on Monday 18 February at 10:00am. These meetings will give parents an opportunity to share any important information about their child and for teachers to provide some feedback about how students have settled into the new school year. Please refer to the primary email sent on Thursday 14 February with regards to how to log in and choose your preferred time.
Cultural Story Day
Please take the time to sit with your child/ren to talk about your family’s cultural story. Students brought home a sheet on Thursday with some questions which you can use to engage in a conversation with your child/ren. It is up to students how they wish to share their story, so please feel free to be creative in sharing. The students are excited about sharing with and learning about each other. We trust this will be a great way to build positive relationships amongst the school community. Students will be sharing their stories with each other on Friday 22 February.
I would like to take this opportunity to farewell Meg Jones, Primary Psychologist who had her last day at AISHK today. Ms Jones is leaving us due to family reasons and we are sad to see her leave. Ms Jones has worked closely with students one-on-one and implemented a range of mindfulness strategies in all primary classrooms. We wish her all the very best in the future. We will announce the new Primary Psychologist once the successful applicant has been confirmed.
Brendan Kean | Head of Primary