The Scoop Weekly Newsletter
St Andrew's College Junior School 06/11/20
Introducing the Bee Code
A Message from the Principal
Welcome back! It has been a wonderful week of learning across the school and life is simply a joy in the Autumn sunshine.
At this time, it is really nice to 'take a break' from all the news. Supporting children to love learning, grow and expand their interests has always been our goal and we certainly have not lost sight of our mission! On Tuesday, our Choir started up again and it what a lovely treat this was to hear from the covered area first thing. Ms Dee Dee Wheaton started as our new American Studies teacher and I was delighted to pop in on a K1 lesson all about elections and to learn all about the 2020 candidates 'Mr Bear ' and 'Mrs Owl' - I await to hear the final results! Additionally, we made some great changes to our French and Spanish program and we have managed to timetable an additional lesson for P5 & P6.
'Team work makes dream work' and what a brilliant community of learners we are. We are so looking forward to the term ahead: with International Week next week; Friendship Week the one after; and some wonderful magic in the making for a Christmas time. As always, do watch this space for all the news and love from the Junior school!
Extra Layers Required!
This is a really interesting webinar by Professor Luke O'Neill on managing Covid-19 in schools and the classroom:
Next Week is International Week!
Always a highlight in our calendar - International Week! Although we won't be able to have our usual International Evening, here are just a few of the things that will be happening across the school:
1. Next Friday, the children are invited to come dressed in the colours of their national Flag or a traditional costume from their home country. This is a dress down day and no uniform required.
2. We are hosting a new family House competition: to prepare a favourite dish from home and record the cooking (or tasting!) on FlipGrid! We know this won't be quite the same as our usual international shared lunch but wonderful all the same! Extra points for families being involved - https://flipgrid.com/9529b0b8
3. Pupils will be preparing and show-casing a special class project and sharing with a buddy class virtually. We really miss our class collaborations and can't wait for this!
4. We will be starting our whole school read with 'How to Bee' by Australian writer Bren McDibble in P4 - P6 and 'The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela: A Tale from Africa' by Cristina Kessler for K1 - P2. Each year, we pick a whole school read which explores our values and this year we focus on courage with two pioneering girl protagonists!
5. We were disappointed that we didn't get any overseas messages from our international readers and families yet. It's not too late and please find a FlipGrid topic here https://flipgrid.com/41624e24 which will enable you to easily record a video message for our pupils. We would love to hear from you.
Instilling a Growth Mindset
Update from P3C
It has been a busy first term & start to Term 2 for P3C. We are in our new pods, and everyone is enjoying getting to know and interact with new students in the class. We are having great fun following the 3 Bee’s and earning marbles for our pods by working as a team!
This week we have been focusing on report writing in English, earlier in the week we wrote some book reports based on our favourite books. This allowed us to think back on why we love these books, what our favourite part of it was and a picture we imagined in our head while we were reading it!
We have also been spending some time talking about SPHE – feeling safe & unsafe. We clarified some areas that make us feel safe, where we feel safe and who makes us feel safe. We listened to some stories and had a lovely class circle time sharing stories of our families and our homes. The class drew & coloured some beautiful butterflies in Art with Mr Cousins, and there are proudly hanging on the wall in the corridor for everyone to see!
On Friday’s we have story time where the class picks a book, and we go outside (if it is nice!) and Ms Collis reads a story. This is a nice, quiet, relaxing time at the end of our very busy week in P3C.
Congratulations too to Ms. Collis and last year's Amber Flag pupils who's hard work won us the prestigious Amber Flag for supporting mental health! Here is Ms. Collis with the certificate which came through this week.
Student Council & Green Team Nominations
SACJS Team Bake-Off
Monday 30 November 2020 - School Closed
Tuesday 22 December 2020 - Term Ends
Wednesday 6 January 2021 - Classes Resume
Friday 12 February 2021 - Half-Term commences
Monday 22 February 2021 - Classes Resume
Wednesday 17 March 2021 - School Closed
Friday 26 March 2021 - Term Ends
Monday 12 April 2021 - Classes Resume
Friday 30 April 2021 - School Closed
Monday 3 May 2021 - School Closed
Friday 4 June 2021 - Term Ends
Please note, as we get back to normal more dates will be added to this section - with two week's notice on all big events. Please do check the Scoop weekly, as it is our main communication between school and home!