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SIA Newsletter 8 – Primary

SIA School Principal - James Batts

Dear SIA Community,

I hope this letter finds you well and looking forward to the final week before the winter break.

I will start this week by saying well done to the incredible Primary learners who joined me to celebrate the ‘I in kind.’ As you know, this weekly gathering is a personal favourite of mine, providing a wonderful opportunity to witness the growth of our empathetic culture first hand and listen to how our learners support each other from day to day. Not only is this great fun but I get to see just how proud each learner is of their contributions which always brings a big smile to my face. Please click here to watch the video.

This week was particularly special with the FS and Lower Primary concerts, which, I believe, were nothing short of amazing. The feedback pouring in from the SIA community echoes my sentiments, and I couldn’t be prouder of all the learners who took part. A massive thank you to our dedicated performing arts team, SLT, and teachers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this event a success. Ms. Heather’s last-minute costume adjustments and the collective effort put into practicing truly embody the High-Performance Learning (HPL) attributes we aim to instill in our learners. Please click here to see concert photos.

Speaking of HPL, a special mention goes out to the Secondary learners who are currently undergoing Mock Exams. I understand this is a challenging time, and their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Kudos to the learners for their dedication and to the secondary team for providing unwavering support. For our learners the winter break will I hope act as some well earned down time and provide a little space to reflect on ‘what went well’ and how they would approach their exams different next time. In HPL terms this level of being able to plan, monitor and understand next steps is part of the ‘Meta-thinking’ steps we aim to explicitly support our learners with. Please click here for weekly HPL facts.

However, in the midst of our celebrations, I must raise a matter of importance concerning the health and safety of our learners. Over the past few months, we’ve observed that learners across the Primary have frequently been bringing in wheeled bags and backpacks filled with unnecessary books and materials. Carrying such heavy bags daily poses a significant risk to the physical health of our learners, and it is crucial that we address this concern promptly. I kindly request parents to consider opting for smaller bags for their children—bags that are just large enough to accommodate the essentials. This measure will not only contribute to the well-being of our learners but also align with our commitment to providing a safe and conducive learning environment.

Once again, thank you to everyone for contributing to the success of our recent events and for your continued support in nurturing a positive and thriving community at SIA.

#BeTheBestYouCanBe #Hardwork #Practice #IinKind #WeAreScholars

Take Care

Mr. James | Principal