30 November 2017
Dear Neil McWilliam,
Oberoi International School - JVLR Campus is a candidate school* for the PYP. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students.
* Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the
Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.
Unit 3 at JVLR has started in grades SKG-Grade 4. Inquiry time is happening. Students are investigating how the world works, how to organize themselves, and the importance of sharing our planet peacefully with everyone.
We've already had some fascinating guest speakers and some engaging field trips planned. Our goal is to encourage learning within and beyond the classroom. We also want students to inquire. We want them to ask questions, and we want to encourage curiosity. It's important for us as adults not to have all the answers. Kids are figuring things out for themselves, and their brain is growing every time they do. When we give them the quick answer, their learning has ended, so encourage kids and ask questions yourselves. There are great resources out there for help on this. The IB's ideas are in the video below. Here's something from Life Hack about encouraging kids to continue their curiosity. There are great books to encourage curiosity. Did You Ever Wonder is such a book. Why are School Buses Always Yellow is another great books for teachers and parents. A great collection from Pinterest is here. You can also ask our librarian or your child's teacher.
Please find our unit 3 inquiries happening across the school here.
Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
As you can see from the photograph our ECA's are up and running. Students are enjoying many different activities led by experts in the field. Some of the activities challenge our minds and others challenge our bodies.
Grade 2A led an assembly this week to teach us the importance of not just healthy eating but healthy living. They shared many facts and figures about the importance of maintaining a healthy mind and body.
We all know about the benefits of getting enough sleep, like building a strong immune system to improve how moods but in our busy lives we forget to make sure our children are getting enough sleep.
There are many guidelines and advice as to what is the right amount of sleep and what will work for you may be different from other families. As a guide I often refer to the image below.
The impact lack of sleep can have in a child's learning is enormous; ask yourself; is my child getting enough sleep?
On another note we are happy to introduce to you ManageBac, our Learning Management System here at Oberoi International School, JVLR. You will be receiving a welcome email shortly on the email id registered with us at school, you are expected to login to ManageBac by following the reset link provided in the email.
The advantage of having ManageBac as an integrated software with OpenApply is there will be a single sign on once you have signed into ManageBac. You will now have access to Launchpad which will enable you access to either of the software at any given point of time.
ManageBac feature overview:
Thank you for your ongoing support and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or feedback.
Head of Primary @ JVLR
memfox.com/books/Dear Parents, Friends and Families,
We would just like to say a very big thank you to all those parents who turned up for Parent-Teacher Meetings. We have had valuable feedback about how happy parents are with the school and any suggestions for improvement can be added to the Parent Survey, which you should have received as an email.
One question that was repeated by parents at different grade levels was how can parents help. These ranged from teaching students at home to supporting what was happening in school.
I would like to use my blog entries has an opportunity to pass on different perspectives and advice to parents. This information would be about school related help and not 'parenting advice.'
Let me first begin by asking you a question: How big is your child's imagination?
Think about how to respond. If your child has a wild or big imagination then this where the learning can begin. Our imagination can be nurtured through many different types of physical opportunities. A place for parents to begin is with reading.
How often do you read to your child at home? How often do you have a bed-time ritual of a calm and peaceful journey to sleep. Think about it.
Now I want you to think about how you read? (If you do read). Do you read together? Is it a teaching moment? Who reads?
Remember any other sibling or adult can read but to create that special bond between the parent and child, it is advised and research shows that both parents can play a role in reading with and to their children at night. So here are some 'read-aloud titles' that I recommend for our younger students, just before bed time: http://memfox.com/books/.
In future posts, I will be recommending some different options for parents to help at home and strengthen home school links.
Have a great weekend,
Head of Primary @ JVLR
Primary Years Programme of Inquiry: Link