KISU Newsletter

Number 498 .............................30th October 2021

Director's message

The last couple of weeks have been very hectic for some of our DP2 students. There have been some deadlines for university applications in both the UK and the USA. In the UK the 15th October was the deadline for Oxbridge and the 1st November is the US deadline for early action and early decision. Students and teachers have worked hard on producing transcripts, predicted grades, recommendations and application essays. I very much hope that all of this effort produces a large number of offers. Here is a sample of some of the universities that our students have applied to:

Oxford University

Cornell University

Duke University

Purdue University

Penn State

Stanford University

University of Southern California

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Princeton University

Harvard University

If our DP2 students live up to their predicted grades then we could be looking at a record breaking set of results.

We are all concerned about the social and emotional impact of continued online learning. To help with this we have been facilitating parents in inviting primary classes to the home for "play" dates. We are continuing to look at ways in which we can get students together. DP2, as part of their CAS programme are arranging a football competition for Secondary (details are below) and teachers are working on arranging trips and meetings across the whole school.

One thing that I would suggest is for parents to get together and arrange to have an online partner for their child. They could work from one house one day and the other house the next day which will enable children to support each other.

We still have not heard the exact date for school reopening but we are continuing to lobby for us to be allowed to open as soon as possible.

Secondary Merit Awards

This week the highest number of merits went to:

Year 7 Alfa

Year 8 Ismail and Kirowa

Year 9 Bernadette

Year 10 Tinotenda

Year 11 Yolann and Anita

DP1 Herbert

DP2 Lucy and Herbert

The highest merit winner this week was Bernadette - well done!

CAS football tournament

On Friday 5th November, there will be a football tournament held at Kabira throughout the day. These games will be done according to assigned houses so ask your house captains if anything mentioned below is confusing.

Year 7s and 8s will be playing from 8:00 am - 10:35 am.

Year 9s and 10s will play from 11:00 am - 12:40 am.

Year 11s, DP1s and DP2 will play from 1:20 pm - 3:40 pm.

Once finished with your match, please return to your home in order to carry on with your classes.

Games will be 8 a side and the proper kit to come in will be a house shirt (or a shirt with your house colour) and flat shoes (no studs or shin pads). All teams will need to be mixed with 5 players of one gender and 3 of another. The tournament type will be round robin and the schedule will be shared to you by your house captain.

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Year 8 Learning Profiles

Year 8 have been reflecting on their own learning characteristics and then produced their own learning profiles.
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Being Open-minded

This week in Primary, Year 5 and Year 6 children have enjoyed participating in many outdoor activities having ventured to Red Chilli Hideaway and Lakeside Adventure Park.

Linking in very well with this week’s theme of being open-minded, it has been amazing to hear about how the elder Primary students have stepped out of their comfort zones this week and been confident to try many new activities. Even sleeping away from home and being away from parents is a first for many pupils (and is the first time that many parents will have encountered ‘empty nest syndrome’!) It is true to say that this has been an amazing learning experience for children and parents.

Being open-minded not only means trying something different or new, but includes learning from others, appreciating others valued opinions and ideas and accepting different points of view other than our own.

Let’s see who our ‘Primary Open-minded Super Learners of the Week’ are this week from each year group:

KG2 Adiwin Waru.

KG3 Ronia Luwangula

Reception: Constance Mukiza and Jolina Mynsberghe

Year 1 Roxanne Kirabo and Krishay Patel.

Year 2 Amara Damani and Sophie Segal

Year 3 Josh Bagambe and Yassin Mohamed

Year 4 Daniel (Kato) Nabagala and Terry Cradle

Year 5 Madeleine Onduu and Abhav Midha

Year 6 Hlalanathi Gangi

Communication is Key

At KISU, we recognize that the ability to communicate effectively is a key skill, and the better we are at it, the better our quality of life will be. Speaking and Listening skills are integral and built into every lesson.

Children begin communicating from the moment they are born; letting their mothers know they have arrived with their first cry. As a child develops, it is important that their communication skills are nurtured so they are capable of expressing themselves, clearly and confidently, in all aspects and areas of their life and learning.

The stages of a child's development include firstly, their communication with their parents, then with siblings and friends, and then with other adults such as us, their school teachers.

A child will learn to communicate by watching and listening to their parents, and then mimicking their words and actions; the more parents communicate with their children, the earlier and quicker children will develop these skills for themselves.

Reading is a great activity to help improve children’s communication proficiency; it develops their language acquisition and introduces them to a range of vocabulary, helping them to communicate with ease and clarity. As children get older, reading together provides an excellent opportunity for discussion, creating an environment where a child can comfortably and confidently get used to articulating and sharing their ideas. Children read every day at school and we encourage them to read for pleasure outside of school with a reading partner or individually.

Through interaction and play with siblings and friends, children develop social skills and interpersonal skills alongside their communication skills. These skills help children to feel at greater comfort in social situations, where they will find it easier to strike up conversations with peers, and make new friends. Through these relationships, they will also hone their listening skills as well as their ability to empathise and interpret non-verbal communication cues.

When a child begins KISU, speaking aloud, sharing ideas, class discussions, role play, answering questions all become regular activities and all of these call directly upon their verbal communication skills. In these situations we want children to feel confident, not only speaking in front of a crowd or meeting a new acquaintance, but also assured in their own ability to converse fluently and make a good impression.

A child who is good at communicating verbally will find it easier to produce written communications, and thus will likely perform better in their school exams and written assignments.

Looking to their future, being able to communicate is crucial. Good communication skills are listed amongst the most desirable skills on nearly every job specification, and give applicants an advantage when competing for additional responsibilities.

Being able to deliver instructions, lead debates/discussions, carry out presentations and liaise with peers etc. are just some of the communication skills needed to successfully gain opportunities.

Like any skill, communication skills can be developed and refined with practice, but by helping develop good communication skills in a child from their youth, we are equipping them straight away with the skills to build a successful future. Communication is the important quality and guiding statement that we will be practicing and celebrating next week.

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Counting in Early Years

Counting can be a fun task for young children. Children will begin by counting forward and should be provided with a lot of experience practicing this new skill. They will also begin to recognize written number symbols.

Children often see adults exchange coins and bills when they buy things. As children grow and start to make choices, they learn that people, things and money have value.

In Early years we have shared books that help bring out the concept of counting.

We all went on a Safari: a counting journey through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs and Julia Cairns.

My Granny went to market: A Round-the-World counting Rhyme by Stella Blackstone and Christopher Corr

Year 5 get out from behind their computers!

The year 5s got out of our online routines for a few days to head out to Lakeside Adventure Park for team building and challenges. We were elated to switch off our devices and tune into a more active experience outdoors for a few days. Students impressed with their risk-taking attitudes and their support of one another as they overcame all sorts of physical and mental obstacles. Some students shared their thoughts on the overnight trip:

My experience was very good because the obstacles were hard. I was brave enough to do it and I just believed in myself” -Nandi

This was really hard but I enjoyed it.” -Agasha

My experience was that it was very scary. I thought I wouldn’t go through but I did. I persevered and I got through it.” - Kevin

Awesome.” -Jack

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Do you recycle?

Do you know how much waste is dumped around the world? Do you know how many innocent animals are being affected by human pollution? Well year 2 has the answers for you if you do not know. We have been working very hard looking at reducing, reusing and recycling as part of our science unit. The class has been thinking hard about recycling. Doing research, making recycling towers, making posters and now we are designing our own 'trashion show'. We want to bring awareness of just how much plastic and waste we use each week. That is why we have designed and started making costumes out of trash to show this!