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EAL - Mr Tim Hudson


SECONDARY
Dates to Remember

Monday, 28 April – Wednesday, 30 April

Tabitha Mother’s Day Stall

8am – 4pm
Monday - Corridor outside AISPA Senior School
Tuesday – Wednesday  - Level 2 Junior School

Monday, 28 April – Friday, 2 May

Year 11 DP Bio/ESS, Preliminary HSC Biology/Geo Camp

Chang Mai  - Year 11 Students

Monday, 28 April

Yr 10 IGCSE Exam Stimulus Workshop

Year 10 Drama Students

Wednesday, 30 April

ACSIS Athletics Meet
12U & 14U Girls and Boys

4.30pm – 6.15pm
(Students to leave AIS at  3.10pm)
Singapore American School
Years 6-9 Selected Students

Friday, 2 May

IGCSE Yr 10 Art Exam

Year 10 Art Students

Sunday, 4 May

Senior Musical Rehearsal

10am – 4pm
Coral Dixon Theatre – All cast and Musicians

Information subject to change, correct at date of circulation. 

Parents are urged to check their child’s Assessment Calendar on the Student Portal.  This will provide details of forthcoming assessments.

Dear Parents,

It was wonderful to meet with so many parents and students at the Parent/Teacher Interviews this week.  An open dialogue about learning is important for academic success.  I would urge all students to listen to the suggestions offered by their teachers during these interviews, and make a plan that will support their preparations as they head toward their examinations at the end of this term. 

The AIS Football Team (soccer) is currently competing in a Cognita run tournament in Madrid.  The ability to access events with schools throughout the world is one of the many positive aspects of belonging to an organisation that governs so many schools. 
AIS has a budding Ski Champion in our school – not a bad effort for someone living in Singapore.  Year 8 student, Madi Hoffman, has been a member of the Australian under-age ski team for the last few years.  Membership in this elite program sees Madi out of AIS for the entire Term 1 each year.  During this time she trains and competes in Australia, Europe and the North America.  2014 proved to be a break out year for Madi at the Whistler Cup in Canada.  She competed in three events securing a gold, silver and bronze medal.  The gold was in her pet event the Slalom.  The Whistler Cup is a very important event in the ski season with over 400 competitors taking part.  For Madi to secure a medal in each event as well as winning gold for Australia is a remarkable feat.  I am sure you join me in congratulating Madi for her exceptional efforts.

This afternoon the Year 12 students farewelled their friend Victoria McLeod.  The Memorial Service was a student initiative with the assistance of the staff.  The students celebrated Victoria’s life, in particular her life at AIS.  The tributes were heart felt and meaningful.  I am immensely proud of the way that the students have conducted themselves at this extremely difficult time. 

Yours Faithfully,

Andre Casson
Head of Secondary School


ELEMENTARY
Dates to Remember

Tuesday, 6 May

Year 2 Swimming Carnival

AIS Pool.  8:40am – 11am

8.40am - 9.40am
2FO, 2DA, 2MI, 2DU, 2HB, 2FD

9:50am-10.50am
2BU, 2SI, 2TY, 2KE, 2WR,2PA​

Tuesday, 27 May

Year 1 Swimming Carnival

AIS Pool.

Thursday, 29 May

Upper Elementary House
Swimming Carnival

9:00am – 2:45pm
Yio Chu Kang Swimming Comple
Ang Mo Kio Ave 9

Wednesday, 11 June

Prep Swimming Carnival

AIS Pool

**Elementary EAL Parent-Teacher Interviews are happening as per appointments booked this coming week.
There were some great examples in last week’s Newsletter of how our new students are settling into life at AIS.  Developing in our students a ‘caring’ attitude for others is an important attribute of the IB Learner Profile and certainly something, which contributes to the development of internationally minded people.

Parenting: A new approach to discipline with David Vinegrad
Parenting and a new approach to discipline from leading expert David Vinegrad on behaviour management was presented to a large group of interested Parents on Thursday night.  Using his expertise in behaviour management in schools and the latest research David led a discussion on problem solving and how a restorative approach to discipline can work at home as well as at school.

Within the Elementary School these approaches fit well with our Learner Profile Attributes that are encouraged at all times in the Preschool in particular.  You may like to discuss some of the areas pertaining to your individual child with the class teachers to ensure consistency of approaches in dealing with your children. Modeling and encouraging appropriate behavior, redirecting children to more acceptable activities and setting clear limits helps children develop trusting relationships with their teachers.  This model can flow through to positive Parenting, as many of you heard at the AIS parenting event on Thursday evening.

Single Subject Spotlight: PE and Sport
The new term has begun with many of our year groups involved in a variety of fundamental movement and game skills.  Our youngest year group has been investigating how to strike a ball using different implements, such as cricket bats, badminton racquets and croquet mallets. Students have been focusing on correct grip and body position whilst always maintaining eye contact with the ball. 

Upper Elementary Sport
This term students will participate in two sports, Cricket and Netball during UE Sport. The Cricket program will be run by our head AIS Cricket, Coach Narender Reddy, and professional cricketers from the Singapore National team.  Sports Ready Netball and their highly skilled coaches will run the Netball program.

The Cricket program will be held outside on the oval each week and will continue to go ahead even in the case of unfavourable weather, except for lightning. Therefore it is advised when students are participating in the cricket program they are prepared for wet weather and bring a change of school uniform.