A resource for Early Years from Jan Homden
Click on the images below to download your free PDF for Dinosaurs in the Early Years Part A & B
Part A focusses on communication, literacy and the development of language through play. Fun ideas for role play, the activity trays and the writing area to stimulate the children’s imagination and conversation. Dinosaur picture books are reviewed through Amazon and there are links to songs and stories on-line.
In Part B the focus is on exciting ideas for mathematics especially in relation to shape, space and measures, as well as links to dinosaur resources and information about Natural History or Dinosaur Museums in the UK, Australia and the US. Amusing action/counting songs to sing and rhymes to chant for a special dinosaur assembly?
Differentiation and assessment for learning, a personal view
Last year Paul Jackson was approached by a neighbour whose Grade 7 (UK year 8) daughter, was struggling in Maths and wanted him to tutor her. This is not something he usually does, but as a neighbour, he reluctantly agreed. Some serious thinking followed.
Early Years Resources
Click on the images to download Jan Homden’s free PDFs for Fun with Water Part A & Part B.
Part A – Get on your rain gear and join Peppa Pig’s Muddy Puddle Walk. Display ideas for your classroom and fiction/non-fiction books to share. Water play activities and simple experiments to encourage prediction, observation and language development.
The British School Kathmandu (TBS) has recently won three of the eleven 2017 British International School Awards – ‘Community Initiative of the Year’, ‘Senior Leadership Team of the Year’ and ‘British International School of the Year 2017’.
Ronald Stones OBE: the “can do” man
British international education in South East Asia has been grown rapidly for some time . We meet Ron Stones, one of the most influential British school leaders over the last 30 years, look back on his career and ask about his next project.
Starting school in the early years.
Jan Homden passes on expert advice for a start without tears!
If you are a KG or Early Years teacher with new children starting school this term/semester, why not download this free PDF and send it to your new parents? If you are a parent, with a little one about to start school, here are 10 things to think about that will help make the transition easier.
Changes for 2017
Amendments to Chinese Government regulations for private schools, which were announced recently, will impact all schools in China offering international education to local Chinese children, reports Anne Keeling
Lighting up the Flame
The Voices Around The World Project releases its latest audio / video single ‘Lighting Up The Flame’ featuring the voices of a record-breaking number of children in schools around the world. Laurie Lewin, the project director, reports.
Research has shown that, far from separating two separate systems of rational thinking and emotion, the human brain uses both together. Emotions give us information and emotions drive the decisions we make. If we don’t pay attention to both cognitive and emotional sources of information, we are compromising our decision-making ability, writes Sarah Whyte.
Six essential steps to take: it’s all about people
With the growing competition for students and staff, it has never been more important for a website to be noticed and read properly by the people you want to reach. Andy Homden looks at what you should be doing to give your website the edge.
Making the big leap!
Having helped numerous families settle overseas including finding good schools for their children, Elaine Stallard knows the joys and pitfalls of relocating abroad is well qualified to offer advice on how best to ensure a successful outcome.
Whilst we all recognize the opportunities the Internet offers, keeping children safe online is a constant source of concern often exacerbated by the gap in online proficiency between child and parents/teacher.
Encouragingly, Jackie Harden reports that support is available and easily accessible. If you feel able to recommend other sources of support, we would love to hear from you.
In some areas of the world there is a leadership crisis in schools; England reports an alarming lack of head teachers. Workload and stress levels have been cited as contributing to the paucity of teachers willing to take on leadership roles, but Ciaran McMahon suggests that directed leadership training will enthuse teachers and offers a positive route out of the leadership shortage predicament.
This article appears with the kind permission of the Irish Primary Principals’Network (IPPN) It originally appeared in Leadership+, the IPPN’s members’magazine.
Dear TBS Charity Contributors
On Friday 10th June, The British School Kathmandu (TBS) returned to Dhading where we officially opened new school buildings: Shree Khanigaun, Shree Gayatri Devi and Shree Rudrakanya primary schools.
Our engineers have just returned from a visit to Dhading where they have shared the progress of the rebuilding work at Gayatri Devi Primary School. As you can see from the photo, the building is now complete and they are now working on the final fittings inside and the railings and landscaping outside.
The UAE continues to be the leading country in the world for English-medium K-12 international schools. In terms of the number of international schools, the UAE is currently competing in a very tight race with China, but in terms of student enrolment, the UAE leads the world decisively. The data has been published in the new Market Intelligence Report for International Schools in the United Arab Emirates by ISC Research. Anne Keeling reports.
During the Spring break John Moore, Principal of The British School (TBS), Kathmandu, was able to visit the 3 Dhading primary schools TBS had been supporting since the 2015 Earhquake to see how the TBS charities donations are being put to use and found there had been significant developments at all 3 school sites.
CBT by Skype
Whilst an often exhilarating adventure, heading overseas to teach is not without its stressful moments and demands. Joanna Burbury provides guidance on how to cope with these to ensure one makes the most of the exciting opportunities offered by international teaching. One option for teachers working overseas needing support is through the use of Skype.
Round the world with Sarah Outen
From the comfort of our cozy lives, it is difficult to imagine what it is like to cycle, row and kayak around our planet. Sarah Outen has done just that and her experiences provide one with a sobering sense of perspective and genuine awe. Tony Richards reflects on her epic trip and makes the case for opening up outdoor education to those who are yet to experience its benefits.
Fortunately few of us will experience events as tragic as the earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, but such events do happen and, as we have witnessed, demand enormous human resourcefulness and resilience. Steve Priest, teaching in the The British School of Kathmandu at the time of the earthquake, explains the crucial role that forward thinking and planning played in enabling the school to react effectively to events and support the school and wider community.
Drawn from his experiences, Steve also provides valuable guidance on how schools can and should prepare for crises available as a downloadable PDF. (see below)
Glancing across his busy desk towards the tall and elegant windows of his office, Stephen Baird cannot fail to be inspired by what lies within view. A vibrant green swathe of lawn sweeps gently down to the clear, dancing waters of Lake Geneva, bordered by a dappled forest, fading gently into the foothills of the Swiss Alps.
Ethical or cynical?
Educational technology, “edutech”, has been defined as “… the ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance using appropriate technological processes and resources” or, more cynically, as, “A set of expensive tools sold to schools purporting to improve learning but not actually proven to do so.”
According to the IB’s website, “The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Americas supports over 3,000 IB World Schools in more than 30 countries across North, Central and South America”. There are now 1,764 IB World Schools in the USA alone. In seeking to understand the growing appeal of the IB Diploma to American schools, ITM recently spoke to J. Harry Lynch, Headmaster of the Newman School of Boston.
An update from TBS, Kathmandu
Over the weekend of 16th & 17th January, staff from The British School (TBS) of Kathmandu returned to Dhading and visited the three schools that TBS Charities are helping to rebuild. TBS is pleased to report that the building work is progressing on schedule and the expected date of completion is early May. It is not long now until students will return to permanent classrooms once again.
An interesting two years
Financial crises, ash clouds, haze, epidemics, regulatory changes, geopolitical instability – all are beyond a Headteacher’s control, and all pose a threat to a school’s health and growth. Andy Homden, who was in his first headship at the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur during 1997 recalls how a combination of existential threats lead to the development of a new and flexible approach to strategic planning which has been put to the test more than once in the last 15 years.
The featured image shows Hong Kong International School’s spectacular new campus in the Tai Tam area of Hong Kong Island: the current expansion of international education means not only more schools being started, but established schools like HKIS (founded in 1966), growing and building new, state of the art facilities. Anne Keeling explains why growth in the international sector shows no sign of slowing down.
On 18th September, The British School Kathmandu and the Education Department, Government Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding regarding the rebuilding of Gayetri Devi, Shree Rudrakanya, and Shree Khanigau Primary Schools, reports Isaac Robinson.
A vist to Taylor’s International, KL
My taxi, adorned with a myriad of good luck charms: coins, mystic knots, Dzi beads and even a laughing Buddha, battled through the tropical downpour and dropped me at the gate of the school. It was “Home time!” and scores of shrieking children danced excitedly through the torrential rain and waiting cars, seeking sanctuary from the storm.
How to cover absence (and stay on the right side of the law) in the UAE and Qatar
As principals will know, it is vital to remain within the regulations set by the host national jurisdiction. A really tricky area is the employment of substitute or “supply teachers” to cover temporary absence. You don’t want to be on the wrong side of the law, but it is imperative that classes are covered. Rebecca Ford and her colleagues from the leading Abu Dhabi legal practice, Clyde and Co. offer some advice.
In education, as in any profession, leadership styles range enormously. Reflecting first on her childhood experiences and the example of her parents, Dr Samia al Farra identifies one of the most important, but often forgotten, facets of leadership, which seems to cross cultural borders: service.
Set on a green, wooded hillside overlooking the Irish Sea in the beautiful Wicklow countryside between Bray and Greystones, the first impression SEK Dublin International makes is that of neoclassical elegance. The façade comes into sight over the brow of the hill as you proceed along the driveway: with the magnificent Powerscourt Estate just down the road, you know this is the land of the Irish country house.
Having taken the leap of faith into international education, many never look back. Such are the attractions that they become citizens of the world and part of the international teaching community bonded by a love of teaching overseas and by shared experiences. Gail Schoppert describes how one group attend a unique annual get-together to enjoy a couple of days of golf, merriment and camaraderie whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for The Children of Haiti Project.