Primary: 21/09/2018

Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying is a powerful message and one that we take very seriously at ISC.  We have therefore dedicated our first Themed Week of the year to Anti-Bullying using the theme from the Anti-Bullying Alliance.  This year’s theme is therefore:  CHOOSE RESPECT.  The key messages within this theme are:

  • The definition of respect – connected to the Learner Profile
  • That bullying is a behaviour choice
  • That we can respectfully disagree with each other i.e. we don’t have to be best friends or always agree with each other but we do have to respect each other
  • That we all need to choose to respect each other both face to face and online

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Each day, the teachers will dedicate one or two lessons to the theme of the week.  In our assembly on Monday each class will prepare a belief statement about what their class chooses to respect and how they show it and Early Years students will prepare illustrations of what they understand by the word respect.  We will also create a display in the Front Office atrium showcasing the work carried out.

I would like to encourage you to talk about the week’s events with your child.  You might also want to watch the Anti-Bullying Alliance accompanying film which can be found at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wdYttIm5S8 This is a short clip of what is meant by respect and is a wonderful starting point.

We encourage all children who feel they might be being bullied to tell a teacher so that together we can ensure ISC is a Bully Free Zone.

As part of Anti-Bullying Week PYP students will work with MYP 1-3 students in a Sport Bonding Day.  The event will begin with an opening assembly from Ms. Magri and Mr. Marco about respect in sport.  Each class will then work with an MYP group on various sports.  The theme is respect and collaboration and following the activities, the children will reflect on how they showed these very important aspects during the Sports Bonding Day.

Uniform

Over the forthcoming weeks, as a teaching staff we will pay attention to the uniform code and will be reminding the children of the correct items of clothing that may be worn to school. I would ask that parents please support us with our approach to uniform over the weeks and months ahead.  As always, I am grateful for the parent support we receive and would like to thank you all, in advance, for following our school policies with regard to uniform.  Children not attending school in the correct uniform will be given a verbal reminder followed by a written reminder.  For continued disregard of the policy, I will telephone parents to ask that a uniform be brought in for your child before they enter the class.  The uniform policy is for Early Years and Elementary Students.  I do appreciate that new students are still waiting for uniforms to arrive and of course this will be taken into account.

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Please also ensure as part of this policy that your children are dressed in PE Kit for PE and Dance lessons in order to fully participate in the lesson. I would kindly remind you of our Code of Conduct for PE regarding jewellery in that “no jewellery may be worn for PE or sport.  Children are required to remove jewellery before a lesson commences.”  This is for the safety of your children and those around them.  For children who wear knotted bracelets and necklaces that would need scissors to remove, a letter will be sent home to kindly ask to remove the piece of jewellery as these too put children’s safety at risk when playing sport.

Code of Conduct

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A huge thank you to all G3-G6 parents and students who have returned the Agreement Form for the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is the basis of all behaviour management across the PYP alongside the Learner Profile.  We take behaviour very seriously at ISC and students who continue to disregard the Code of Conduct both in the classroom spaces and the playground will spend time reflecting during playtime.  Learning is at the heart of everything we do and disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated.

Parent Workshops

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I would like to thank the parents who attended our first Parent Workshop on the PYP.  I hope you found it informative.  I have uploaded the presentation to ManageBac (login details in the PYP Curriculum Corner Section of this Newsletter) so all parents can access the information.  You can also follow the link to the presentation from here. If you have any queries about the presentation please do not hesitate to ask.  Our next parent workshops will be Wednesday 26th September at 18pm on Italian Teaching at ISC (Grade 2-6 parents) and Monday 1st October at 9am on research into Bilingualism.

Student Council

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In Assembly on Monday Ms Robinson announced the Student Council nominations.  Student agency is an important part of PYP schools and we are very excited to see what the Student Council can achieve throughout the year.  We will continue to fund-raise for the charity Alice for Children.  You can find out more about the charity during school events and their website can be viewed at:  http://www.aliceforchildren.it/en/

Lunchtime Clubs for Elementary Students

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Your children have been very busy trialing the lunchtime clubs over the past two weeks.  I will be visiting each class to ask who would like to sign up to each club so that teachers know how many students to prepare materials for.  The lunchtime clubs are optional and for some children free play is more important during the lunchtime period.  However if your child signs up to a club they should try to attend weekly in order to build a sense of being part of team and working towards a common goal.  Our clubs are:

  • Monday: G2 Football (12:40–13:00), G2 Chinese (13.00-13.25), G3-G6 Multisports/Basketball in the Gym, G2-G6 Ukuele Club
  • Tuesday:  G3-G6 Football Club on the Pitch
  • Wednesday:  G2-G6 Choir, G3-G6 Football Club on the Pitch, G3-G6 Chinese
  • Thursday:  G3-G6 Football Club on the Pitch
  • Friday:  G3-G6 Judo and Gymnastics Club in the Gym

The Library will remain open each morning break-time for children who wish to read or change their books.

Parent Helpers

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Thank you to all parents who have offered support for reading with children and attending field trips.  We would be very grateful for parent support in the following roles and if you wish to support in these activities please contact Jane Whittle who will speak to the teacher concerned.  Thank you very much for helping us build an effective learning community.  The roles are:

  • Hearing individual readers outside of the classroom (in English and Italian)
  • Accompanying the class on field-trips
  • Supporting Ms Roberta in the Library with shelving and cataloging
  • Giving a presentation based on the unit of Inquiry
  • Reading a story to the whole class in mother tongue languages
  • Supporting PTA events
  • Gardening with the Early Years students