Term 2 is well under way and the students and teachers are working very hard.
At CES we do have very high expectations of behaviour and spend much time teaching the children about appropriate interactions. I am pleased to report that the playground behaviour of our students is improving; the children are learning to play appropriate games and have less physical contact with one another than at the same point last year.
However, there is an increase in children using inappropriate Arabic words to insult other children or their families. This is often highly inflammatory. We have deployed more bilingual staff to key points at lunchtime and break time to counter act this. Can I please ask for your help in discussing this matter with your children as the majority of our staff do not speak Arabic and therefore don't understand the gravity of some of the statements. Thank you for your support.
I would like to take a moment to remind you of our expectations.
Bus Behaviour: Expectations are that students remain seated with their seatbelt fastened at all times, they must follow the school rules on the buses to ensure their safety.
Punctuality: For Term 2 to be as productive as we hope, we need all students to be in school ready to learn by 8am for the anthem. The teachers take the register at this point. If your child is absent for the anthem, they are then considered late and will be marked as such in the register. As soon as the children are in the classroom learning begins.
Frequent lateness can add up to significant amount of learning lost and this can seriously disadvantage your child.
From this point forward your child's late statistics will be printed on termly reports.
This week our assembly theme was Anti-Bullying. The children reflected on what bullying is, how it makes the victim feel and what they can and should do about it.
The children were able to recognise that bullying can be physical, verbal or mental and that it is a deliberate act that is repeated over time and not a one off incident.
In Year 5 and 6 we went further to explore the effects of cyber bullying and were surprised to find out that the apps used regularly by them are designed for people aged 13 and above. It is important that our students understand the responsibility they have when using these at home and that supervision from an adult is always necessary.
We finished our assembly by taking action, to show our stand against bullying by designing and making Anti-Bullying wristbands. Here are some children from 5E, Mr Macaulay's class, with some creative designs and slogans.
Out of school Achievements
Omar 3B for a silver medal in the Karate Championship
Dana Tamer Sabet 5B
Dana won Gold medal for her rhythmic gymnastic routine for the under 12 in Athens, Greece.
Youssef won a gold medal in his first Karate competition.