It was great to see so many parents in our Design Centre on Monday for the PTA meeting. The PTA has arranged some great events this year and my thanks goes out to them for being such a wonderful part of our learning community.
As a parent myself who is prone to checking his phone I was interested in the findings of research in the UK that found that an overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-39666863
It was a good reminder for me to make sure I modelled the ability to moderate my own use of screens if I wanted them to moderate their own screen use.
Something to think about as you put the phone away and enjoy a great weekend.
Elementary School News
Library End of Year Arrangements
As part of the school's ongoing commitment to ensure quality learning spaces at Paterson Road the Library will be taking a comprehensive stocktake of all resources. In order to prepare for this, the Paterson library will be closed for the last two weeks of school, May 29 - end of the school year. All student and parent books should be returned to the library by Friday 26th May.
Swimming Gala June 5th
The ISS ES Swim Gala is organized as a culmination to the swimming program at ISS and allows children to celebrate and demonstrate some of the swimming skills they have learned throughout the course of their 6 week swimming program. All parents are invited to attend.
More information to come in next week’s blog.
Tuesday, May 16th - K2 Field Trip to Playeum, Children’s Centre for Creativity
Friday, May 26th - Elementary and Middle School Art Exhibition
Middle School News
Greetings and welcome to another short week in the Middle School. It is truly a enriching society we live in, where one week we are celebrating the rise of industrialisation and the coming of summer (May Day) and the very next week we celebrate Buddha’s birthday (Vesak Day). Wonderful stuff.
Last Friday night the Student Council held the Masquerade Disco. It was a raging success with many students dancing the night away, well until 730pm anyway! Well done Ms Kalaw and the student council.
Speaking of celebrations, well done to the boys basketball team who play their semi final on Friday afternoon. Win, lose or draw you boys have done Coach Jonas and yourselves proud.
Production is in full swing and at the dress rehearsals stage. Mr Lebon, Mrs Taylor, Mr Shelly, Mrs Tan and the entire crew are working hard behind the scenes, for what is going to be spectacular.
Exam weeks starts Monday. Students and teachers have been working together toward making this week low on stress, high on productivity and efficiency. The role that parents and guardians play is ensuring the students start Monday, fresh, relaxed, healthy and confident they have prepared as well as possible.
Early notice that the ever enriching and always thought provoking Paterson Campus Art exhibition is on the Friday, 25th May. Held in the MS Hall and ES MPR, it is open for all to enjoy, so bring your family and friends along.
Have a great weekend.
Monday, 15th May- Friday 19th May Exam week
Friday, 19th May- Grade 12 Graduation at the Japanese Association
Thursday, 25th May- Grade 7 Individuals and Society excursion
Friday, 26th May- Paterson Campus Art Exhibition
Sharyn Skrtic: Elementary School Principal
Michael Taylor: Middle School Principal