Issue 7 - 4th October 2019
The Four Day Week
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Firstly, I would like to say how happy I was to hear that the whole BPS community was safe during the Typhoon Closure Day on Monday and to welcome you all back on Tuesday. We sustained only very light damage, which has now been rectified to ensure that your children's learning and enjoyment at school will not be affected.
Although the week has been shortened, plenty has still been happening at the British Primary Section. I have heard great feedback from Y.4 regarding the visit to the Taipei Zoo. This has been a great way for them to continue their learning outside the confines of the classroom, something which we pride ourselves on. It is important that children make real-life links to learning!
As you can see, preparations are underway for International Day next week, and it is wonderful to see all the the flags displayed in the school. This further reminds me of the fantastic experience that the children have within Taipei European School, as the children can engage with people all around the world, to further develop the understanding that diversity needs to be cherished!
Finally, I would like to remind you all that all teaching staff will be in school on Saturday, further developing awareness of the most up-to-date information regarding safeguarding. We want to ensure that children within our school are looked after to the highest of standards, the most important aspect of any successful school.
'My Taipei’ - by Mrs Jennie Bonnalie
We asked each child to send in one image which represented their three and four year old's view of ‘My Taipei’. The images were wonderful, and very different. Thank you to our parent community for supporting us with this project. Perhaps we can even think about getting it published!
Year 2 Rock Climbers! - by Ms Tina Chang
To start the term off with some adventure, excitement and being ‘Fit and Fabulous’, Year 2 classes went to Beitou Sports Centre to experience becoming little rock climbers.
It was great to see children meeting challenges, overcoming fears (stepping a little bit outside their comfort zone), experiencing something new and in doing so, building their self-esteem with the “I can do it” attitude. Climbing also provided children with opportunities to support others, cooperate and demonstrate leadership skills.
When climbing, children were reaching for various hand and foot holds, requiring balance, coordination, flexibility and motor planning. It was not only fun but it was also a full body workout.
Year 2s definitely participated in a positive risk-taking activity that required courage, self-confidence, self-reliance, patience, perseverance and self-control. They have also learned how to set and achieve realistic goals, and how to map out their own strategies. Well done, Year 2s!
Year 4 Taipei Zoo - By Mr Peter Groom
On Wednesday the children from Year 4 went on a field trip to Taipei Zoo to continue their learning about deadly animals. As they walked around they searched for a range of animals from different habitats that are deadly to both humans and other creatures. Back at school they will be using what they found out to help them write a persuasive text and create a video about the animal that they think is the deadliest.
Talents all around BPS - Let's enjoy their music!
Important Reminder by Mr Luke Chaeter
We are looking for parents with organisation talent! - By Mrs Marlies Wouters
We all lose things once in a while, like our car keys, our wallet or other things. Fortunately we can go back to the shop where we lost something, or we have a police to help us find things, even the MRT has a collection point for all the lost and found items.
Our kids are the same. They lose their extra clothes, water bottles, lunchboxes, books, glasses and even complete backpacks at school! You will be surprised what they lose in school…
We have a good place in school now, were all the lost items will be collected. It is in the junior building, at the end of the atrium, in the stairwell to the right of the amphitheater. The wall facing the staircase is now lined with shelves for lost and found items.
But sometimes this gets a bit messy, sometimes it begins to look like “The Room of Lost Things” from Harry Potter. We don’t have a magic wand to clear it out at once…even though we wish we did!
Where are the parents who can help us out with this?
We need parents organisational talents to help out a bit. It does not take hours and it would help our kids a lot! Organise the water bottles with the water bottles, lunch boxes all on one shelf, glasses and other things safely put together, clothes decently presented to find their way back to their owners.
If our kids find their belongings we don’t need to buy new products. Happy parents, happy kids and a happy environment. We all want our kids to be responsible and to take care for their own belongings.
Please come and join our “Lost & Found” team. Contact PTA chair Nadia Thul Line ID hurgada6574.