Happy New Year to you all!!
I hope you are keeping safe and well as we embark on yet another year of Learning From Home. Thank you for your continued support of your young learners. As we are all working from home, we are very much learning to adapt to a different way of life and for our youngest learners, how they have learnt to listen through a screen to teachers they have not met yet is incredible.
Sometimes, being at home can lead to fun discoveries, I was sitting on my balcony today, when I had a rather large, uninvited visitor, who stayed with me for a while, until it flapped its wings and I got a little scared. Perhaps you can show the image to your child and ask them what it might be.
Our team of teachers are always there for you but we do have scheduled Virtual Care Calls from 17th -28th January, be sure to sign up for a time, if you wish to discuss anything about your child in more detail.
I am not sure if most of you know but I do get to spend my time popping into classes, I am very fortunate to see our youngest learners and how they engage in remote learning. Today, I enjoyed a building session with Nursery!
Dear parents and families,
Many of you know that from Monday 22nd November all Primary teachers will be working from the school building.
On Monday, teachers will have a flexible sync schedule as we take time to configure and set up learning with your child from a different location.
During this time, teachers may face technical difficulties, as we will be relying heavily on the school wifi connection. Your child’s teacher will email you on Friday 19th November to give you exact details of what to do if we experience connection issues at school.
Your child should have access to our online school subscriptions and failing that they will have access to Seesaw, where they could continue unfinished or newly assigned tasks. Your child’s teacher will be in touch with you to let you know exactly what your child can do if a teacher is unable to connect, until the problem is resolved.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience caused,
Ms Lisa Hughes
On the 10th, 11th, and 12th of November, JVLR Primary school will have virtual parent-teacher meetings (PTM) with the single-subject teachers.
During these meetings, you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s individual learning and progress. Single-subject classes will run as normal on the 10th, with conferences running between 2-4 pm. Please note that there will be no single subject classes on the 11th and 12th of November as there will have conferences all day.
Meeting sign-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up will open on Monday 25th October at 8 am and close on Wednesday 10th November at 8am. Each meeting will be scheduled for 7 minutes. You will not be able to sign up for a PTM for the 10th - 12th of November after the system has closed. We encourage you to book your conferences before the break as the support team will not be available over the Diwali holiday.
We are using School Cloud to sign up for the meetings and to host the video calls with teachers.
On conference day, please log into your account so that you are not prompted to log in for each call. You will need to allow SchoolCloud access to your video and microphone for the video call. Please attend your scheduled meetings promptly, as meetings will automatically be disconnected after the allotted time.
If you have not yet signed up to SchoolCloud, please refer to this video Using School Cloud.
For a full parent tutorial on SchoolCloud, please click here.
If you have any problems logging in or setting up appointments then help is available from our IT team from Monday - Friday from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm at the following email address email@example.com.
Focus of discussions
This meeting is to discuss your child’s progress with the single subject teacher.
Roles in the PTM
Role of the teacher:
Role of the parent:
Role of the student:
Students may have class during the PTM. We encourage students to be partners in giving feedback, so encourage them to attend the PTM. If they do not attend class during a PTM, please send a message to the teacher.
Non-attendance/ technical issues on the day
If you are unable to attend your meeting after you have signed up, or you have a technical problem on the day, please contact the teacher(s) to let them know. If there is an issue, meetings can be rescheduled for an alternative date. All single subject teacher contact details are available on the JVLR Primary Blog on the ‘Introduction to the single subject teachers’ link.
Deputy Head of Primary (JVLR)
Dear Parents and Guardians,
In continuation of our approaches to reading at OIS article, written by Leena in our recent publication of Empower Weekly, please find shared a recording from Ms Krshma and Ms Meher, who go into a little more detail about what reading looks like in our Primary classes.
Dear Parents, Families and Guardians,
We would like to take some time to mention some authentic student achievement.
Kabir Narang, a Grade 3 student created customised art kits to send to terminally ill kids across different hospitals in Mumbai (including Tata Cancer Hospital & SRCC Hospital) during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Read more at:
We would also like to mention Tsar Adhikari from Skg, who participated in a speed skating event along with his sister Alamarah who won Bronze. It was a 4 day event organised by Shivganga Roller Skating Club, Belgaum. The skatethon will be listed in 9 Books of Records Internationally.
1. Indian Young Achievers Book Of Records.
2. Best of India Records.
3. Global Records.
4. Asia Pacific Records.
5. National Records.
6. Childrens Records.
7. Asia Book of Records.
8. Best of Asia Records.
9. Extreme Records.
We would also like to mention Saachi Mehra, who as Editor-in-Chief of the OIS Times has successfully worked with a group of writers to create an informative newsletter shared with all OIS students.
If your child has done something amazing, either as a result of learning in school or with the support of their family, please reach out to us so we can celebrate their achievements.
On Friday 24th September, JVLR Primary school will have virtual goal-setting conferences. These conferences will involve parents and homeroom teachers in Nursery and JKG. In SKG-Grade 5, the conferences will involve students, parents and teachers. During these meetings, you will have the opportunity to understand student strengths and learning goals connected to the learner profile and approaches to learning.
Please note that there will be no classes on the 24th of September. There are some additional sign up slots on the 23rd of September from 2-4 pm to ensure all parents can attend a conference.
Meeting sign up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The signup sheet will open on September 13th at 8 am and close on September 20th at 4 pm. During this time, you can sign-up to meet your child’s homeroom teachers. Please note that in SKG-Grade 5, students will also need to attend the conference.
SchoolCloud - Parentseveningsystems.co.uk
We are using School Cloud to sign up for the meetings and to host the video calls with teachers. School Cloud runs through your internet browser. On School Cloud, you will only be able to use one device, if you need to add another person to the call, you will need to do this in advance with the homeroom teacher.
On conference day, please log into your account with the same details that you use to book the meeting. You will need to allow SchoolCloud access to your video and microphone for the video call. Please attend your scheduled meetings promptly, as meetings will automatically be disconnected after the allotted time.
If you have already set up an account for SchoolCloud, you do not need to do this. If you have not already got a School Cloud account, you will need to follow this link to log into your account https://oisjvlr.schoolcloud.co.uk
Please do this before the sign up opens to check your login information.
You need to have the following details, as registered with OIS:
If you are unsure of your registered details, you can go to the OIS Mobile App and check Parents information under the Students Information page. You can then view your registered details.
Inviting Additional Parents
Parents may not be in a single location on conference day. If parents want to join from multiple locations, you can add an invite to one additional parent or guardian. See the parent tutorial below.
Appointment Booking Window
The window for setting up appointments will open on September 13th at 8 am and close on September 20th at 4 pm. During this time, log in and choose the conference time you would like to attend. Please make a note of your time.
If you need help setting up your parent account, please watch this video.
For a full parent tutorial on SchoolCloud, please click here.
Support email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any problems logging in or setting up appointments then help is available from our IT team from Monday - Friday from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Nursery - JKG
Homeroom teachers will facilitate a conversation around individual learner strengths and identify next steps for learning.
The role of the student in the goal-setting conference:
The role of the parent in the goal-setting conference:
The role of the teacher in the goal-setting conference:
Non-attendance/ technical issues on the day
If you are unable to attend your meeting after you have signed up, or you have a technical problem on the day, please contact the teacher(s) to let them know.
Nicola Holloway - Deputy Head of Primary (JVLR)
29 July, 2021
Wherever you may have found yourself over the summer break I hope that you have managed to find some time to relax, have spent time with your families and that you are ready for your child’s return to school next week on Tuesday (August 03, 2020) at 8am (or 9am for Nursery).
Our world continues to be an interesting place to be right now and has required, and will continue to require us to be adaptable and flexible as we navigate this new academic year.
At JVLR, for this academic year, we welcome 10 new teachers and 6 new assistant teachers. We have a total of 434 Primary students. We have a total of 76 Early Years students joining us this year and we have a total of 58 new Primary students joining us this year.
Over the last few days the full faculty and staff have joined for an orientation and professional learning programme.
On Friday 30th July, all parents will receive letters, via email, from your child’s teacher for this coming year.
The letter from the teacher will include a welcome from your child’s teacher for this year, and a tutorial from our IT team on how to use the platforms Managebac and Seesaw.
If you are a new parent to the school, you will have received an invitation from the Head of School to join him for a short orientation meeting on Monday 2nd August, 2021. This will also be an opportunity for new parents only to meet their new teachers.
Links to Meetings
On Tuesday 3rd August, we would like to invite all families (with their child) for a brief, informal meeting as a class, with your child’s teacher at 8am. For Nursery, the welcome time slot will be 9am. Your child’s teacher will let you know more information about this in their upcoming communications and how to connect to the first class call.
The first couple of weeks back to school are a settling-in time, and this year throws up similar issues to last year as we begin this academic year in an online learning environment. Please know that we understand some children are anxious at the beginning of the year, that some children don’t like change, that some will have forgotten what they have to do and that some will find it hard to concentrate after having spent the last weeks on holiday and out of their school routine! The first few weeks of school will focus on Social and Emotional well-being, getting to know our students and building relationships with families.
Pastoral care is a shared parent and school commitment; teachers will be scheduling Virtual Care Calls (VCCs) during the first two weeks of school and this will be an opportunity for teachers to meet individually with parents. A sign-up sheet for the VCC’s will be shared with you on Tuesday 3rd August.
I look forward to getting to know the new students and welcoming back our new families.
Please do reach out if you have any questions or concerns,
Head of Primary @ JVLR
Journey is the goal.
The three IB programmes are designed to culminate with an in-depth inquiry and action process conducted by the students. The Diploma programme ends with the extended essay, the Middle Years Programme with personal projects, and the PYP Exhibition marks the end of the Primary Years Programme. These culminating events not only give the students the opportunity to synthesise their learning, but also help the school evaluate the efficacy of curriculum implementation.
Grade 5 being the final year of the PYP at OIS, all students of this grade level participate in the PYP Exhibition every year. Under one of the six transdisciplinary themes, the students first choose an issue they are most passionate about. Thereafter, they are grouped with other students with similar interests and each group is assigned mentors. They then inquire into the central idea and the lines of inquiry by using primary and secondary sources of information. Students also find opportunities to showcase all the Approaches to Learning (communication, research, self-management, thinking and social skills), all the PYP key concepts (form, function, change, causation, connection, perspective and responsibility), and all the IB Learner Profile attributes (inquirers, thinkers, communicators, open-minded, reflective, caring, knowledgeable, risk-takers, balanced and principled). Students eventually take authentic action based on what they have learnt.
The transdisciplinary theme for us this year has been 'How we organise ourselves'. The central idea was: 'Entrepreneurial spirit connects our passions and interests with action'. Student groups chose these issues for their inquiry: poverty, Covid-19, animal welfare, sustainable resources, education, pollution and environment. The groups met multiple times each week to discuss their research and make conclusions. All the students recorded their journeys using a personal planner. On Monday, May 31st, the students will be sharing their entire exhibition journeys on this link. The sharing will be done using student videos, which will also cover the action they took as a result of their learning.
A huge shout out goes out to all the Grade 5 teachers and mentors, whose organisational skills and commitment to student learning made the entire process seamless for everyone involved. The mentors voluntarily spent several extra hours in order to help and guide the students in their journeys. Big THANK YOU to all these Exhibition mentors and teachers for helping the ten exhibition groups:
We look forward to you all visiting our Exhibition page on the 31st of this month. You may use this padlet to share your reflections after the visit.
In an attempt to correct the unfortunate oversight of not observing this year's Eid al-Fitr celebration on our school calendar, it has been decided that tomorrow (Friday, May 14th) will now be a holiday for all OIS students and staff.
I know that any disruption to our schedule has the potential to create inconveniences, particularly now that so many of you may be engaged with summative assessments.
On Monday 17th May, we will all be back in school and it will be Day 2.
I am sorry this information is reaching you so late.
I wish you all the best for a safe and healthy three-day weekend of festivities...
Thank you to some wonderful Grade 4 students for their presentations about Earth Day!!
Primary Years Programme of Inquiry: Link