“Foster a friendly family atmosphere that nurtures partnerships for learning and a sense of community” – BSM Vision and Mission
BSM Community and Autobiographical Approach
Mabuhay and a huge welcome to the BSM learning community to any new families who have just joined the British School Manila and huge welcome back to existing families.
It was wonderful to see all of our students again on Monday and so many families at the Curriculum Evenings on Wednesday and Thursday. As the extract from our vision and mission states, we value our family atmosphere and the sense of community that we foster.
The Curriculum Evenings began with an opportunity to informally meet you child’s teachers and PLAs and LSAs and to see a range of resources that are used to support learning in the year groups. There was also the opportunity to meet our specialist teachers for art, music, mandarin and PE. The art that was displayed in the hall were a number of self-portraits completed last year as part of an identity project. This theme, under the autobiographical approach banner will be one of our drivers to further build our community. Each child will be asked to tell their own personal narrative, the school respecting diversity and understanding the cultures of all of its students. Investing in identities offers an affirmative mirror and a sense of self worth. All of our primary class teachers have told their stories to model this and again building the supportive community familiarity that aids learning. As John Hattie says: “A positive, caring, respectful environment is a prior condition to learning.” This approach fosters that type of environment.
Communities are like families where people look after each other, and our first assembly on the first morning of the new year mirrored the hearty pinoy welcome to our BSM family this morning. We finished with all the primary teachers singing the classic Sister Sledge song- “We are Family” substituting the “I’ve got all my sisters with me” line for “I’ve got all my students with me.” Our community (and that is a key word we have carried with us from the Merville days) and our partnerships are our strength and we want everyone to feel they are very much a part of that and are on the learning journey together.
In the following weeks in this newsletter I will expand further on the content of my presentation at the curriculum Evening beginning next week with fostering the love of reading.
End of the day Dismissal
School dismissal has gone well in primary and should ease further when ASAs start, however I do have a reminder I would like to stress at this point.
For all pick ups can I ask that you please arrive on time so that children are not left waiting behind. Pick up for Key Stage 1 children is at 2.20pm from classrooms and for Key Stage 2 at 2.30pm. Key stage 2 pick up is from the covered court. If you have children in both key stages please collect the younger sibling first and then wait in the primary cafeteria where your Key Stage 2 child will find you.
Children being picked up by a driver must wait on Level 2 and need to be vigilant in looking out for their car and proceed directly to the vehicle as soon it arrives, at the top of the ramp area. Any children hanging around in this area are holding up the flow of traffic. I thank you in advance for your cooperation with this.
All children that have been dismissed to a parent or yaya should then go immediately home. There are quite a few children around on campus playing on playground equipment after school. This is not permitted and these areas are out of bounds after the school bell has gone. Can I ask parents to please follow this rule and to pass the message on to yayas if they are collecting children.
Please note that on a Thursday school opens at 7.45am with the bell going for the start of class at 8.10 am. For EYFS (Reception and Nursery) soft start begins at 8.10 am.
Enjoy your long weekend
I look forward to seeing all of your children again on Wednesday and am once again excited by the opportunities that lie ahead this year. Have a great long weekend.