Issue 26 - 20th March 2020
Pulling together - making a difference
Dear Parents and Guardians,
During this difficult and uncertain time, I would like to thank the tremendous support of the community to ensure that we continue to mitigate the risk associated with the spread of Covid-19. I have seen this in the proactive response in relation to the travel declaration, and the many messages from parents requesting further clarification with regards to their own personal circumstances. I would like to reassure the BPS and wider TES community that we have been in constant dialogue with CDC and MoE ensuring that we meet the ever evolving protocols in place, and in many areas, exceed these. I have said this many times, the wellbeing of students and the community is our number one priority.
Towards the end of the week, you would have heard from the CEO Office that TES will be closed for students from Friday 20th March, up until and including Wednesday 1st April. Although this is the case, to further mitigate risk, we will revert to on-line learning, which essentially enables students to access excellent learning opportunities, which have been extensively planned and prepared by all teachers to meet the individual needs of all our students. Although this is not an ideal situation, through continual dialogue and teacher team meetings during this period, we have ensured that during this period, learning continues for all students. Further information regarding this is below, and will also be communicated through the SeeSaw platform to ensure all have full understanding and are aware of expectations.
Moving away from this, I would like to mention that, I have hosted Zoom Assemblies to all KS2 classes which have been successful, and hopefully alleviated any fears our students have in relation to the world-wide Covid-19 epidemic. These concentrated on scientific fact, local and international reaction, all leading to the conclusion that it is essential to understand that this virus has no boundaries, and that we must all unite together to ensure that we eradicate this once and for all. The students provided some outstanding questions, and have responded to this extremely positively, further showing that education is key in combating intolerance and blame.
Finally, I want to again thank the TES community for the continued support, and mention that if you require further support to ensure that the digital learning in your household is a success, do not hesitate to reach out!
Digital Learning Day Provision
At 3pm today, via SeeSaw, you will receive a comprehensive overview of our Digital Learning Plan during this period. Please familiarise yourself with this, on Thursday, all children would have had time with teachers to further discuss this.
I would like to give you a quick overview:
1. Parental communication will remain and always be shared through Seesaw.
2. Early Years and Year 1 and 2 will continue to receive their learning tasks on Seesaw. Your child will receive an individual Seesaw learning code (Year 1 and 2 only).
3. All learning tasks for Year 3 to 6 will be set on Google Classroom.
As a reminder Children’s TES Gmail account details can be found in their Home-Link Diary. TESmile also has your child’s TES Gmail account details.
In response to parent and student feedback, all KS1 and KS2 teachers will hold a class Zoom session with their class from 08:00 and this will last approximately 20 minutes.
幼稚園、一年級及二年級是透過Seeaw 收到老師指派的作業。您的小孩 (限一年級及二年級)將會收到個人的Seesaw學習代碼。
溫馨小提醒：孩子們的TES Gmail 帳號資料，可以於他們的家庭聯絡簿找到。TESmile上 也會有您孩子的TESmile Gmail 帳號資料。
為了縮短與實體教學之間的差距，所有KS1和KS2的老師，將於每天早上8時透過 class Zoom進行大約20分鐘的視訊教學， 協助學生學習課程內容，並且給予回饋。
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Once Upon a Time - by Mrs Colette Armstrong
Children in Year 1 we are having a great term learning all about traditional tales in our current topic ‘Once Upon a Time’. All the Seesaw activities that they did during home learning really supported the immersion into this topic!
The children are experiencing an amazing array of integrated learning opportunities which have really set our topic alive. They have practiced re-telling the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’, created their own maps with human and physical features, programmed a “beebot’ to take a journey, tested the effects of gingerbread biscuits in water and baked (as well as eaten!) their own!
In Cinderella we have learned all about ‘good and bad characters’, we have also designed our own moving vehicle to transport Cinderella and the Prince to the ball. We are currently in the process of making the vehicles - so watch this space for the completed versions!
The story of ‘The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff’ has helped us learn about bridges, as well as solving problems when faced with a mean Troll!
All these wonderful tales have helped inspire the children to think about their own ‘Fairy Tale Story!’ We are currently working hard on our Year 1 Show - I can tell you that the singing and acting are all going really well. I look forward to sharing future news about it with you all!
Year 3 Show - by Mr Chris Bonnett
English in Year 6 - by Mr Ale Massey
Individual Learning Records (ILR Term 2) - by Mr Aidan Stallwood
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This term has been extraordinary, which has been carefully reflected in the assessments by teachers within this ILR, yet still recognising the efforts whilst online learning was active.
The ILR will be available from 9am on Tuesday 24th March 2020 through the TESmile platform. It is the second of three which focuses on your child's progress and achievement for the 2019-2020 academic year.
We have made some adjustments this year to what we report and continue to welcome feedback on this through our PTA, PTC, or alternatively, you can choose to email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org or me. To help explain some of the information you will receive you may wish to refer back to the Parent Assessment guide, which aims to outline our school approach to assessment (https://taipeieuropeanschool.com), but should there be any queries feel free to contact me.
We do hope you will celebrate with your child the progress and achievements they have made so far this year. As ever, if you have any questions regarding the report or the Individual Learning Record then please contact your child's teacher.
Deputy Head of British Primary Section
Curriculum for Life PSHE by Ms Jeni Wong, PSHE Lead Teacher
To keep our PSHE (Personal Social & Health Education) curriculum abreast of continual developments which reflects the needs of a children #Curriculum for Life, we will be making additions to our current PSHE Curriculum (available in the school's Curriculum Overview) to take effect in Term 3. These additions have been developed to support the mandatory teaching of the Relationships part of PSHE in UK schools from September 2020 and government documents: Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2019) and Teaching Online Safety in School (June 2019). In addition, consultation PSHE review workshops involving staff and parents have shown these will be welcomed and important additions. A letter will be sent out next week outlining these additions more clearly.
Cambridge Test - by Miss Anne Bagley
Important Reminder by Mr Luke Chaeter
As you are aware, the Covid-19 situation is continuing to evolve on a daily basis. Taiwan's response has been applauded throughout the world in relation to this.
To continue to support this, as a school we are asking:
1. Families continue to keep us updated of travel plans
2. All families who travel off island will require to follow self health management, which includes that children must wear a mask for 14 days
3. Any person who has travelled within the household and returned will mean that their children must wear a mask for 14 days.
These measures are irrespective of Level 1 and Level 2 countries and includes transit.
2. 所有的家庭如到至國外旅遊及出差 ，回來後需進行自主健康管理 ，孩子們也需要戴口罩14天
3. 家庭中的任何成員從國外回國 ，他們的孩子 們也需要戴口罩14天
Walk Home Procedures
BPS PTA Support - THANK YOU!
Please be reminded that Lost & Found items will be available on Monday for collection outside the EPC Glass-tube.
EPC Library Updates - by Ms Emma Crofts
On Monday 23rd, Wednesday 25th, and Friday 27th of March, the library will be providing preselected books for borrowing outside school every morning from 8-10am.
If you have special requests (EAL or SEN requirements) please email email@example.com with the subject line - EPC Book Borrowing. We will do our best to assist you.