Primary Newsletter 2019.02.26

Foto Mwangole

Foto Mwangole will be at school in front of the Administration Building on Tuesday (26 February) to Friday (01 March) from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. You may place your order with Foto Mwangole at this time.

More LIS Home Language Week Photos

As many of you will remember, last week was Home Languages Week at LIS. We would like to share some more photos of this amazing event where so many students, parents and teachers were able to share their Home Language and culture. Thank you very much to all who took part and to those who contributed. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Reminder to Complete our Facilities Survey
Our LIS ‘Facilities Sub-committee’ needs your input. We are looking to create a plan for the upgrade the current buildings, grounds and other physical campus facilities.

Information gathered from this survey will go toward building a long-term plan for the school’s physical facilities/learning/storage spaces.

Thank you for your input.

Chris Boreham
LIS ‘Facilities Sub-committee’

Counselors Corner

Last week was a very important week for our Year 6s who finished off their Health and Well-being unit with lessons on changes to the body, human anatomy and reproduction, preventing infections, feelings and relationships, and assertiveness. Mr. Ryan’s Year 3 to 6 classes continue with their Child Protection lessons, with a focus on pool change room behavior.

Ms. Jasmine’s Prep 4 to Year 2 children have been roleplaying situations and learned the importance of being “principled”, one of the important attributes from the learning profile.
They learn that they always need to tell the truth and think if they are doing the “right” thing.

They have been playing situations like:

– a friend rings at your door and wants you to taste the cookies.
– a grown up child invites you to come and play a video game on his phone in the playground.
– someone rings at your door and ask for you to help carrying things at his home.

Feel free to contact us via email or drop in for a visit.
Ryan Sullivan (rsullivan@lisluanda.com; office opposite the Year 6 classrooms)
Jasmine Da Silva Obaseki (jobaseki@lisluanda.com; office in the Year 1-2 area)

Language is one of the most important gifts you give your child. But how do you give it? Speak your language with your child at home every day!

Why is home language important?

The language you speak with your children is the first language they will learn. It is their first connection to you, to the rest of their family, and to their culture and community. It is the language they first use to learn about the world around them. It is the language that helps them get “set for life.”

What are the benefits of using your home language?

Using your home language connects your children to your family. It also provides a connection to your important cultural traditions, and to friends and neighbours who speak the same language. Using your home language allows you to teach your children, and to learn new things together. You can talk about new experiences and words; you can practise letters and numbers. All of these things are an important part of your children’s early learning – and it will be easier and more fun for you if you do it in your most comfortable language.

But what about English?

Fortunately, young children can easily become bilingual. A person who speaks more than one language well has more opportunities to study, travel, and work. Important: Being bilingual also helps children build stronger thinking skills, allows them to learn additional languages more easily and usually results in better academic grades in the long term.

Adapted from The Importance of Home Language: http://dnn.essex.gov.uk

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