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Senior Dragon's Den

Senior Dragon's Den
 
Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students took part in a Dragon's Den activity to improve teamwork and help the students get to know each other.   They became budding entrepreneurs who had to design a product and pitch their business ideas to our tough teacher judges, to see if they willing to invest in their businesses idea.  
Please see a full account of the activity written by a Year 8 pupil, Daniella Serrano: 
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Los estudiantes de Year 7, 8 y 9 participaron en una actividad de "Dragon's Den" para fomentar el trabajo en equipo y ayudar a los estudiantes a conocerse mejor. Se convirtieron en empresarios y en grupos tuvieron que diseñar un producto y lanzar sus ideas de negocios a nuestros maestros jueces, para ver si estaban dispuestos a invertir en su idea de negocios.
Por favor vea una cuenta completa de la actividad escrita por Daniella Serrano de Year 8: 
 




Crafty Kids - Pelican Class

Crafty Kids-  Reception B (Pelicans)
Well the Pelicans are back in Kings College Panama and have had an exciting first two weeks at school. Their topic “People Who Help Us” has started and the children have been learning about what a Doctor is and how Doctors help us.  The children have been using their Role Play Area ‘Doctor’s Surgery’ to act out what happens when you go to the surgery and what instruments they use. They have been thinking about the key vocabulary and using it within their play environments. To top this off they have been creating X-Ray hands using their own handprints and then cutting up straws and working out how many bones in fingers and thumbs.
 
The children have really enjoyed this activity as you can see from the pictures and the fun does not stop there. They have already learnt about how families help us as well as people from school. The Chef and the School Nurse made a surprise visit to the children and they were delighted to find out who cooked their meals each day and who helps them if they fall over.  Over the coming weeks the children will be learning about the roles of Teachers, Firemen, Policemen and vets.  A fantastic start to the new academic year, well done Pelicans!
 
Niños astutos- Recepción B (Pelícanos)
Los pelícanos están de vuelta en el King’ s College y hemos tenido una excitante dos primeras semanas en el colegio. Su tema “Gente que nos ayuda” ha comenzado y los niños han estado aprendiendo sobre lo que es un doctor y cómo los doctores nos ayudan.
Han utilizado su área de juego de rol 'Cirugía de Doctor' para actuar lo que sucede cuando vas a una cirugía y qué instrumentos utilizan. Han estado pensando en el vocabulario clave y utilizándolo dentro de sus entornos de juego. También hicieron  manos de rayos X usando sus propias huellas de manos y luego cortando pajitas y calculando cuántos huesos en dedos y pulgares. Los niños han disfrutado mucho de esta actividad como se puede ver en las fotos y la diversión no se detiene allí.
 
También han aprendido acerca de cómo las familias nos ayudan, así como las personas en el colegio. El chef y el enferemero hicieron una visita sorpresa al aula y los niños encantaron saber que preparaban sus comidas cada día y que les ayuda si se caen. En las próximas semanas los niños aprenderán sobre los papeles de los Maestros, Bomberos, Policías y Veterinarios.  Realmente ha sido un comienzo fantástico para el nuevo año académico, ¡bien hecho Pelícanos!
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Year 5

Year 5
It has been a fantastic start to a new school year here in Year 5 and we have all settled in well. We have started off the year with some creative and practical projects. The introduction to our science unit of work, Life Cycles, was spectacular!
When Miss Hayward came into school with a large bunch of lilies, everybody thought that she had been given them as a present. Imagine the surprise of the students when she began cutting the flower’s heads off and started handing them out. Both classes shared the learning focus, which was to dissect a flower and name the parts. It was a great lesson and the children really enjoyed it.
First they recapped on previous learning of parts of a plant as a starting point of the afternoon. They then learnt about the parts of a flower and how plants reproduce using pollen and eggs. Finally, they were able to carefully dissect their flowers, working together in pairs.
All children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and it was wonderful to hear them using scientific language confidently. Ms Toomey and Miss Hayward were extremely impressed by how carefully each person worked and how neatly they displayed and labeled the flower parts. By the end of the lesson, they were able to name the parts of a plant and to explain how a plant reproduces.
PE Lessons
For our P.E lessons, Year 5 has been working together. This has given the children an opportunity to work with others who they may not have before and to begin to feel that they are Year 5 as a group, as well as an individual class. The game Rounders has been the focus because it is a British sport, traditionally played in primary schools. Over the past two weeks, children have been mixed up using a variety of different strategies. This has worked very well, with real progress has been made in the children’s attitude to good sportsmanship and maturity as Upper Key Stage 2 pupils.
The skills used in Rounders are fielding, rather like cricket as well as underarm bowling and overarm throwing. Because the children have worked so well together as a Year group, their progress has been amazing. We had our first mixed game this week, with promising results, which will certainly improve over the next two weeks.
 
Year 5
Ha sido un comienzo fantástico de un nuevo año escolar aquí en Year 5 y todos nos hemos asentado bien. Hemos comenzado el año con algunos proyectos creativos y prácticos. La introducción a nuestra unidad de ciencias de t Ciclos de Vida, trabajo,  fue espectacular!
Cuando Miss Hayward entró en la escuela con un gran ramo de lirios, todo el mundo pensó que se les habían dado como regalo. Imaginen la sorpresa de los estudiantes cuando empezó a cortar  la flor y comenzó a distribuirlas. Ambas clases compartían el enfoque de aprendizaje, que consistía en diseccionar una flor y nombrar las partes. Fue una gran lección y los niños realmente lo disfrutaron.
Primero recapitularon sobre el aprendizaje previo de partes de una planta como punto de partida. Luego aprendieron acerca de las partes de una flor y cómo las plantas se reproducen usando polen y huevos. Finalmente, pudieron diseccionar cuidadosamente sus flores, trabajando en parejas.
Todos los niños disfrutaron de esta actividad y fue maravilloso escucharlos utilizando el lenguaje científico con confianza. Miss Toomey y Miss Hayward estaban extremadamente impresionadas por la forma en que cada alumno trabajaba y cómo pulcramente mostraban y rotulaban las partes de la flor. Al final de la lección, pudieron nombrar las partes de una planta y explicar cómo se reproducen.
Clases de educación física
Para nuestras lecciones de P.E,  Year 5 ha estado trabajando juntos. Esto les ha dado a los estudiantes la oportunidad de trabajar con otros con quien no lo habían hecho  antes  y comenzar a sentir a Year 5 como un solo grupo, así como una clase individual. El juego de Rounders ha sido el foco porque es un deporte británico, tradicionalmente jugado en escuelas primarias. Durante las últimas dos semanas, los estudiantes de ambas clases se han mezclado usando una variedad de estrategias diferentes. Esto ha funcionado muy bien, con un verdadero progreso en la actitud de nuestros estudiantes hacia el buen espíritu deportivo y la madurez como alumnos de Key Stage 2.
Las habilidades utilizadas en Rounders son campo, parecido al cricket, así sus habilidades en el lanzamiento. Debido a que los estudiantes han trabajado tan bien juntos como un grupo, su progreso ha sido increíble. Tuvimos nuestro primer juego mixto esta semana, con resultados prometedores, que sin duda mejorarán en las próximas dos semanas.
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Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4
All of the students are really focused on their academic work and on the year ahead. The Key stage 4 theme for this year is “The Journey”. We recently had a day off timetable to introduce this to the students and this was very successful. During the course of this day, we spoke with students about the challenges that they might face over the course of the Year and how they might overcome them.The main things that the students came up with were:  
 
Being Proactive (about learning and completing homework) / End of year tests / Double periods / Individual work, Coursework / Science / Teacher expectations / Sports / IGCSE Exams / Maintaining high expectations / Responsibility / Self learning / Time management / Studying every day
 
We have already begun to address ways that we can continue to support students with some of these challenges in school but you can also help us by ensuring that you are doing the following at home;
  • Providing a quiet study environment without distractions (i.e. no TV in room)
  • Ensuring that your child is studying, completing homework, reviewing work for 2 hours a night (this should only change if they are arriving home really late due to an unforeseen event or traffic is really bad)
  • That your child is regularly reading in English
  • That at the dinner table, in the car etc that you take an interest in their studies and ask them about what they are learning and about their achievements in subjects
  • Provide time during holidays for study. This is particularly important for Year 11 students during the December holiday as they have preliminary mock examinations in January
  • Ensure that they are eating healthy, sleeping well and also have time to see their friends and exercise.




New Nursery Class

This is the year for our youngest learners to shine brightly in our classroom. It will be a year of magical wonder and amazing growth of your little stars.
 
We wanted to let you know that we have had some super first weeks and all the children were superstars. As expected, the morning drop offs can be challenging, but everyone is settling down very quickly. The children are happy, engaged and participated in all the activities.
 
We have been singing,  had story time, arts and crafts, and of course, we have been laying on the playground!!!
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La nueva clase de Nursery
 
Este es el año para que nuestros alumnos más jóvenes brillen en el aula. Será un año maravilloso, lleno de mágia y de crecimiento asombroso de sus pequeñas estrellas.
 
Queríamos informarles que hemos tenido una muy buenas primeras semanas y todos los niños eran superestrellas. Como era de esperar, dejarlos en las mañanas puede ser un reto, pero todo el mundo se adaptó rapidamente. Los niños están felices, comprometidos y participan en todas las actividades.
 
Han estado cantando, tuvieron la hora de la historia, arte y como no, los juegos en el patio de recreo!
 
 




KS2 King’s Got Talent Competition

The Key Stage 2 end of year talent show provided a dazzling array of singers, dancers, pianists and magicians. The audience was kept entertained by the creativity of the acts and enthralled by the quality of the performances. Following two earlier rounds and a semi-final, six acts from across the Key Stage battled in a tense final.
 
Representing Year 3 was the pianist, Luis Sebastian, rhythmic gymnasts, Aila and Astrid, and singer, Angeles. From Year 5, Camila and Maria sang and danced while Valeria and Victoria danced. Our only finalists from Year 6 were a troupe of energetic dancers who kept in time to a fast-paced track. The judges took a long time to make the very difficult decision as to who won the whole competition, but were unanimous in their final verdict claiming the beautiful voice of Angeles the overall winner.
 
We are very proud of every entrant into the competition. It takes courage and confidence to perform in front of your peers and every single one of them was a star. Well done everyone!  




The Great Exhibition

King’s College Panama Humanities department hosted our first ever “Great Exhibition” on Tuesday the 20th June. Students in Year 7,8 and 9 had all been working on projects for two weeks and were eager to present their hard work to students and parents. The students put a tremendous amount of work both in school, and at home into ensuring that this was a successful showcase of their capabilities.
 
The Year 7 students had researched and make projects based around famous inventions from the 19th Century. The research, hard work and dedication that the students put into these projects was impressive. Some students had made models to go with their presentation and they all had an activity with prizes for students and parents to try.
 
Year 8 students created their projects around biographies of famous people and some even dressed up as the people that they were researching. This created a lot of interest and the younger students that came to visit the exhibition enjoyed learning about famous people from History.
 
Year 9 were given the task of creating historical and geographical profiles of a country of their choice. They all picked interesting countries and created interesting fact files. Some students brought in food from their chosen countries and the Italian stall was very popular due to the pizza been given out!
 
I would like to say a huge well done and congratulations to all the students that took part in the exhibition. It can be quite daunting presenting to other students and parents and our Key Stage 3 students should be commended on how they behaved all day. I would also like to thank all the parents than attended in the afternoon. They listened attentively to all of the students presentations and also energetically took part in the activities. I know that the students appreciated them coming along to support this event.  
Padraig Hogan, Humanities Teacher
 




Romeo & Juliet - A Tragic Comedy!

King's College Drama Club showcased their first production this week. It was a reduced Romeo & Juliet and proved to be a hilarious, action packed show. The cast and backstage crew worked very hard over the past few weeks and are really enjoyed entertaining their peers and teachers on Thursday 22nd June 2017!  Following this success, we hope it will be the first of many performances.
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Romeo y Julieta - una comedia trágica!
 
King's College Drama Club mostró su primera producción esta semana. Fue una obra de Romeo & Juliet reducida y era todo un espectáculo hilarante, lleno de acción. El elenco y el equipo de backstage trabajaron muy duro en las últimas semanas y deseaban entrener y soprender a sus compañeros y profesores! Fue todo un exito y esperamos que sea la primera de muchas actuaciones.
 




Year 10/9th Grade Meduca Graduation

 
King´s College Panama was proud to see our current Year 10/9th Grade students achieve the Panamanian ¨basic education¨certificate.  This certificate confirms the closing of a cycle and all students who pass onto higher education must complete this process  
 
This is our first promotion and we were honoured to have a Meduca representative present to mark the occasion and the Band of San Ignacio de Loyola attended and played a rousing version of the Panamanian national anthem to all attendees.
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Graduación de Meduca Year 10
 
El King's College Panamá se enorgullece de ver a nuestros estudiantes de Year 10 / 9no Grado alcanzar el "certificado de educación básica" panameño. Este certificado confirma el cierre de un ciclo y todos los estudiantes que pasan a la educación superior deben completar este proceso.
 
Esta es nuestra primera promoción y nos sentimos honrados de contar con un representante de Meduca para marcar la ocasión y la Banda de San Ignacio de Loyola asistió y tocó una versión emocionante del himno nacional panameño para todos los asistentes.




EYFS are Under the Sea!

  For the youngest children in the school, this month has all been about the sea. From pirates to jellyfish, rock pools to tiger sharks. The children have been learning and exploring and it has been a delight to see. Reception classes have been obsessed with Sharks and Nursery are all Pirates hunting for treasure. The Reception students are ending their topic with a visit to the Smithsonian to see marine wildlife. It is hard to believe that this is the first year in school for a lot of these children. Well done to our little ones!!!
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EYFS  - Bajo el Mar
 
Para nuestros estudiantes más pequeños, sus estudios este mes ha sido todo sobre el mar. De piratas a medusas, piscinas de roca a tiburones tigre. Los niños han estado aprendiendo y explorando y ha sido una delicia verlos. Reception ha estado obsesionado con los tiburones y Nursery son todo sobre los piratas y la caza de tesoro. Reception está terminando su tema con una visita al Smithsonian para ver la fauna marina. Es difícil creer que este es el primer año en el colegio para muchos de estos niños. ¡Felicidades a nuestros pequeños por haber trabajado tan bien!!!




Music at KCP

At KCP we strive to shape lifelong learners, both academically and artistically.  This month we showcased the fantastic music learning that is taking place with our students. 
 
The piano concert at the University of Panama was an amazing event where 25 students aged from 3 to 12 years old came together to offer an incredible concert for parents and staff.  Well done to all our students and to Anita Pedrosova, our amazing and kind piano teacher!
 
This week our guitar players also held a recital for parents to see the progress made during the year and the musical talent present in KCP.  Congratulations to our guitar players and many thanks to Daniel Pons for the music and guitar lessons during this academic year.
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Música en KCP
 
En KCP nos esforzamos por formar aprendices de larga vida, tanto académica como artísticamente. Este mes presentamos el fantástico aprendizaje musical que está teniendo lugar con nuestros estudiantes.
 
El concierto de piano en la Universidad de Panamá fue un evento asombroso en el que 25 estudiantes de edades comprendidas entre los 3 y los 12 años se reunieron para ofrecer un increíble concierto para padres y personal. ¡Bien hecho a todos nuestros estudiantes y a Anita Pedrosova, nuestra increíble y amable maestra de piano!
 
Esta semana nuestros guitarristas también realizaron un recital para que los padres pudieran ver el progreso realizado durante el año y el talento musical presente en KCP. Felicidades a nuestros guitarristas y muchas gracias a Daniel Pons por las clases de música y guitarra durante este año académico.




Key Stage 1 Parent Assemblies

Both Year 1 and Year 2 have wowed parents this month with their amazing assemblies. In the Year 1 show, we were taken on a lion hunt, flash mobbed with Uptown Funk and told we are all stars! It was incredible to see the confidence and pride of the children reading their best things in Year 1.  It was a fantastic presentation of an amazing Year.
 
Year 2 treated us to a trip around the world. We were intimidated with an amazing Haka from New Zealand Warriors, dazzled by the Chinese dragon, and took part in an audience quiz with self-portraits inspired by Mexican artists. Year 2 finished with an on the spot journalistic report of the Fire of London. Receiving their certificates for the completion of Key Stage 1 was a real celebration of what has been achieved and completes their transition from Infants to Juniors.
 
Well done Key Stage 1. It has been an incredible Year!
 
Asambleas para padres en Key Stage 1
Tanto Year 1 y Year 2 han cautivado a los padres este mes con sus increíbles asambleas. En el show de Year 1, nos llevaron a una caza de leones, un baile de Uptown Funk y nos dijeron que todos somos estrellas! Fue increíble ver la confianza y el orgullo de los niños leyendo lo que más les han gustado durante su tiempo en Year 1. Fue una presentación fantástica de un año increíble.
 
Year 2 nos llevó a un viaje alrededor del mundo. Nos impresionaron con un increíble Haka de los guerreros de Nueva Zelanda, deslumbrado por el dragón chino, y participamos en un concurso de audiencias con autorretratos inspirados en artistas mexicanos.  Los estudiantes de Year 2 terminaron la tarde con un reportaje periodístico sobre el Fuego de Londres. Hubo una entrega formal de certificados por la finalización de Key Stage 1 fue una celebración real de lo que se ha logrado y la transición de Infants a Juniors.
 
Muy bien hecho Key Stage 1 - Ha sido un año increíble!




Year 4 Trip to Smithsonian at Punta Culebra

To close their study on the habitats topic, Year 4 visited the Smithsonian Nature Centre in Punta Culebra. During their trip they saw sloths, iguanas, turtles and an entire exhibit on frogs. Students walked around with their scientific notes booklet as they learned about animals native to Panama and from other habitats around the world. Students used these booklets to draw sketches of the different species of animals they found and include any notes that they learned from their knowledgeable guide.
 
In the turtle tanks, they observed two types of sea turtles (green sea turtle and hawksbill sea turtle) and practiced identifying the differences in their shells and nose structure. A fascinating exhibit was the oceans exhibit; which was filled with coral, plants and fish from different oceans surrounding Panama and around the world. They had a deep discussion on the differences between the sea life in the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans, the two seas that touch Panama. These differences included the salinity, waves, tides and the colours of the fish. Lastly, they visited the Frogs Exhibit which was about the endangered frogs of Central America due to the disease affecting their skin. Students rode home eager to share all they had seen with their families.   
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Year 4 Visita el Smithsonian Nature Center en Punta Culebra
Para cerrar su estudio sobre hábitats los estudiantes de Year 4 tuvieron la oportunidad de visitar el Smithsonian Nature Center en Punta Culebra. Durante el dia vieron osos perezosos, iguanas, tortugas y una exposición completa sobre las ranas. Los estudiantes caminaron con su folleto de notas científicas mientras aprendían sobre animales nativos de Panamá y de otros hábitats alrededor del mundo.
Los estudiantes usaron estos folletos para dibujar bocetos de las diferentes especies de animales que encontraron e incluir las notas que aprendieron de su guía bien informada.
 
En los tanques de tortugas, observaron dos tipos de tortugas marinas (tortuga marina verde y tortuga carey) y practicaron la identificación de las diferencias en sus conchas y estructura de la nariz. Una exposición fascinante fue la exposición de los océanos; Que estaba llena de coral, plantas y peces de diferentes océanos alrededor de Panamá y alrededor del mundo. Participaron en una profunda discusión sobre las diferencias entre la vida marina en los océanos Pacífico y Caribe, los dos mares que tocan Panamá. Estas diferencias incluían la salinidad, las olas, las mareas y los colores de los peces. Por último, visitaron la exposición de las ranas, que se trataba de las ranas en peligro de extinción de América Central debido a la enfermedad que afecta su piel. Los estudiantes viajaron a casa ansiosos por compartir todo lo que habían visto con sus familias.




Growth Mindset at KCP

At King's College Panama, we believe in the Growth Mindset philosophy, first introduced by the American educationalist, Dr Carol Dweck. In September of last year, we explained to all of our students, how we all can develop a growth mindset to help us learn, to make progress and that mistakes were something we could learn from, rather than be afraid of. Our staff and students have taken this on board and now when they feel they cannot do something, they quickly add the word '"yet."  In May we felt it was time to get our parents understanding the 'power of yet', what it means to have a growth mindset and how intelligence is not fixed but malleable.  We asked parents to consider how they praise their children and how important it is to praise their efforts and hard work, not how clever they are.  The Parent meeting was a huge success and the students who talked really wowed their audience, confirming the importance of having a more positive mindset to support our children develop.
 
Finally to further, develop the Growth Mindset philosophy in Panama, our Saturday sessions with the Panamanian Meduca teachers focused them on this, leading to some great discussion and teachers leaving the day, feeling empowered and able to try things they previously thought too difficult, whether on a personal or professional level. The Power of Yet!

Mentalidad de crecimiento en KCP
 
En el King's College de Panamá, creemos en la filosofía de “Growth Mindset”, presentada por primera vez por la educadora estadounidense, la Dra. Carol Dweck. En septiembre explicamos a todos nuestros estudiantes cómo todos podemos desarrollar una mentalidad de crecimiento para ayudarnos a aprender, a progresar y que los errores son algo de lo que podríamos aprender, en lugar de tener miedo a ello. Nuestro personal y los estudiantes han aceptado esta mentalidad y ahora cuando sienten que no pueden hacer algo, rápidamente añaden la palabra "todavia". En mayo sentimos que era hora de que los padres entendieran el "poder de todavia", lo que significa tener una mentalidad de crecimiento y cómo la inteligencia no es fija sino maleable. Les pedimos a los padres que consideraran cómo alaban a sus hijos en casas y lo importante que es alabar sus esfuerzos y su arduo trabajo, no cuán inteligentes son. La reunión de padres fue un gran éxito y los estudiantes que hablaron realmente impresionaron a su audiencia, confirmando la importancia de tener una mentalidad más positiva para apoyar a nuestros hijos a desarrollarse.
 
Finalmente, para desarrollar la filosofía Growth Mindset en Panamá, nuestras sesiones del sábado con los profesores panameños de Meduca se enfocaron en esto, llevando a cabo una gran discusión y los maestros terminaron el día, sintiéndose empoderados y capaces de probar cosas que ellos consideraban demasiado difíciles, tanto a nivel personal o profesional. ¡El Poder de Todavia!




Taekwondo Champions

Once again our Taekwondo team took part in the Latin American competition in Boquete in the David region in Panama. Following a 6 hour drive from Panama City our young team stood in the arena next to over 200 competitors from Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala.  Taekwondo is a sport we have really grown in the school and we now have over 30 children training weekly.  In this competition our oldest competitor was 10yrs old and our youngest was 3! We won several heats and received 1 bronze, 5 silvers and a gold! Congratulations to our little champions!
 
Campeones en Taekwondo
 
Una vez más nuestro equipo de Taekwondo participó en la competencia internacional en la región de Boquete, David en Panamá. Después de 6 horas en automóvil desde la ciudad de Panamá, nuestro joven equipo estuvo en la arena junto a más de 200 competidores de Panamá, Costa Rica y Guatemala. Taekwondo es un deporte que realmente ha crecido en el colegio y ahora tenemos más de 30 estudiantes entrenando semanalmente. En esta competición nuestro competidor mayor tiene 10 años y el más joven solo tiene 3 años! Ganamos varias rondas y recibimos 1 medalla de bronce, 5 de plata y un oro! ¡Felicitaciones a nuestros pequeños campeones!
 




Year 2 – Mexico Day

As part of their topic “Around the World”, the Year 2 students have been studying about China, Mexico and the United Kingdom.  Student have been developing their geography skills finding countries on maps and adding famous landmarks.  They have studied stories from other cultures and have worked with clay to develop their art skills by making…

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Parent Mystery Readers

During this term we have launched our mystery reader program in the infant school.  Each week, a different parent from the class surprises the students and brings a favourite book in to read and share.  Some parents have read books from other cultures and in different languages giving the students a great opportunity to experience…

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