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IBO & CIS Joint Visit
We have received the reports from both organisations from the Joint Visit that took place earlier this year in March. There are many commendations where we exceed the international standards set by the IB and CIS as well as a lot fewer recommendations where we can continue to focus and move forward. Both reports are quite lengthy at 40 pages and more than 280 pages respectively, so a summary is a little problematic. However, I have attached a summary (only 4 pages) of the major commendations and recommendations. Very briefly, key commendations include:
- School climate and the atmosphere of mutual respect and positive interactions with the community
- Welcoming, safe and positive learning environment for students
- Support provided to teachers and especially students with additional learning needs by the Individual Needs Team.
- Teachers using effective differentiation to meet student learning needs
- Mother tongue language program and initiatives
- Commitment to student learning through the refurbishment and re-modelling of learning environments
- Digital citizenship, online safety and provision of technology to support and enhance student learning
- Provision of staff training and professional development in the field of student social and emotional learning and wellbeing
- Well qualified, trained and effective staff
- Home school communication and partnership
- Recommendations for future action include the following:
- Investigate further ways to measure progress in achieving the schools mission and core values
- Monitor and develop strategies to respond to the changing educational landscape and demographics in Hong Kong
- Continue to develop student inquiry by classroom and single subject specialist teachers
- Continue to develop collaborative planning between classroom and single subject teachers to integrate and link with the Units of Inquiry
- Continue current policy work to include the formally documenting the development and evaluation of the policy and transition programs and processe
- These reports and the commendations and recommendations are key inputs to our new school plan that is currently being developed and which sets the direction for the school over the next 3 years.
Parent Volunteer Thank You Morning Tea
As mentioned in the last newsletter we will be holding a morning tea next week on Tuesday 19th June to thank all parents who have volunteered and helped in class, on excursions, as guest speakers or in numerous other ways across the school this year. If you are ale to join us please RSVP to the front office so that we have an indication of numbers attending for catering.
End of year student reports
Teachers have spent considerable time writing end of year reports for students. Reports take a similar format to previous years with written comments provided in English, Mathematics, Inquiry as well as a general comment covering personal and social development. Student achievement of the curriculum outcomes covered in Terms 2 and 3 are also recorded on a 4 point scale, as in previous years. A hard copy of the report will go home on Wednesday 27th of June, with reports also going live on the parent Gateway at this time too!
‘Step up’ day and classes for next year
Wednesday 27th is also ‘step up’ day when students spend the afternoon in their new classes for next year. A letter will be included with the student report advising your child’s class and teacher for next year.
Please note that a great deal of teacher time and effort is taken to place students in classes for the new year. Our aim is to create 4 balanced classes across each year level with a good spread of ability, language background and additional learning support needs. Friendships are also a key consideration with students placed with at least one of the 5 friends they are asked to nominate that they would like to be with next year. Once all these factors are considered and classes are set with students meeting their classmates and their new teacher, changes are really not possible.
Marking and celebrating the end of year 6
As we come to the end of the year it is also a special time to celebrate the end of primary school for our year 6 students who are moving on to secondary school next year. A special graduation assembly will be held for Year 6 students and parents on Tuesday 26th June commencing at 8.45am in the school hall. This will be followed by the Year 6 end of year bowling trip. The following evening, on Wednesday 27th June, the Year 6 leavers party (dinner and disco) will be held at Hebe Have Yacht Club from 5.00-7.30pm. The very final culminating event for Year 6 will be our customary ‘Guard of Honour’ on the last day at 11.50am in the downstairs playground. Year 6 students are certainly very excited, and will no doubt be a little sentimental, about all these activities. A big thank you to the Year 6 parents, led by Adele Brunner, for organising the bowling trip and leavers party.
Monday 18th June Public Holiday – School closed
Tuesday 19th June Parent Volunteer thank you morning tea – 10.15-11.15am
Wednesday 20th June End of year music spectacular – 6.30 – 7.30pm
Friday 22nd June Year 1-3 Assembly – Year 1 hosting
Tuesday 26th June Year 6 Graduation Assembly 8.45-10.00am
Tuesday 26th June Year 6 – end of year bowling trip
Wednesday 27th June Student reports sent home & live on Gateway
Wednesday 27th June Year 6 leavers party @ Hebe Haven 5.00-7.30pm
Friday 29th June Year 6 Guard of Honour – 11.50am in playground
Friday 29th June Last day of Term 3 (half day) – School closes at 12.00 noon.
At the student conferences, many parents asked about purchasing devices for their children to use at home.
One of our suppliers ASL is offering a special price on the brand new Lenovo Chromebooks for students & families of CWBS. We have ordered the Lenovo 300e model for our students to use next year and the most exciting feature of this Chromebook is that the screen is designed to be written on with a regular HB pencil!
ASL are preparing an order form for CWBS families, which is available to download <<here>>
If you would like more details, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the re-development of the library, music room and IN office, we may have a number of shelves and shelving units available for CWBS families. We would like someone to reuse them, rather than them ending up in landfill.
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