Primary School Principal’s Message

How We Organize Ourselves

Self-management and organization are very important skills in any primary school. We want students to become independent, responsible learners, who can look after themselves, their environment and their own belongings. This is a lifelong skill, part of the IB programmes and I’m quite sure, this is something most parents would be very happy for their children to be learning.

As such we are constantly encouraging students to manage their own lives. We ask them to pack their own bags, to find their own resources in the classroom and of course to tidy up after themselves. We always encourage students to move around school safely and respectfully. We also ask children to line up sensibly and to show respect to one another and to adults. There are some wonderful photos of success in this area here:

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How Parents Can Help

As parents you can really help. Please ensure that you empower your children to look after themselves. Ask them to pack their own belongings. Ensure you have a routine that requires them to put away their own toys and tidy their own room. Lastly please label their belongings so that they can keep track of them. Sometimes students who leave T.I.S. pass on their schoolwear to friends. Please make sure you have changed the label. Also please remind your child to check the lost property box if their items go missing. Talking of which, kindly have a look at the lost property items below (these photos were taken on Monday). If they are not claimed by the October holiday we will have no choice but to give them away or to throw them out as we are running out of space.

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How We Are Helping

We are helping your child to organize him/herself through our high expectations, check lists (success criteria) which students can use to self regulate how well they are performing and modeling principled behaviours.

We also encourage teachers to label all of their classroom resources so students can access them without the need of a teacher. Recently during assemblies T.I.S. students have reminded their peers how to behave in a principled way. For example today Atharv & Amalia in Grade 1 took to the stand to do just that. If you missed our assembly you can watch their fun video here. Please watch it with your child and discuss the contents.

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Two weeks ago two other children (Panka and Yun in Grade 4) led another assembly about how we organize ourselves at TIS. Their assembly was about how to move and behave in a principled, safe way around school – especially during recess. You can watch Panka and Yun in action by clicking here. It would be wonderful if you could please ask your children about how they organize themselves at TIS and discuss some of the agreements and procedures we have. You could use Yun and Punka’s video as a stimulus for conversation with your child.

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Parents are always welcome at every PYP Assembly which happen each Friday from 8.30 am until around about 9.00 am. Next Friday we have a special Library “Sakura Medal” assembly – please do come along.


Just Some of Our Lost Property

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Upcoming PYP Events:

12 – 15 October Grade 5 Residential trip
14 October Open House (Event for parents interested in TIS ran by Chris & Lorraine)
16 October Casual Dress Friday
16 October Library Sakura Medal Assembly (whole school)

Chris Frost
Primary School Principal