31 May 2019
From our Head of Primary
Two events this week have highlighted to me how strong our empowering learning-focused community is and how the Nexus Way builds confident, articulate, extraordinary learners.
Our youngest learners in Nursery held their magnificent Mini Exhibition, exploring the concepts of life cycles and change, including night and day and the seasons. The children shared their learning on diurnal and nocturnal animals and how they adapted to the day and night. Exploring the seasons, they refected on what they observe, how the landscapes change and how they respond to the different weathers.
At the other end of the Primary School, our oldest learners have culminated their journey in the Primary Years Programme through showcasing their learning at our Year 6 Expedition. The Expedition is an in-depth, personal inquiry that each learner Year 6 undertook. This year, the learners explored a personal limit to challenge in order to grow as a person. The inquiries were as diverse as the learners themselves
- two learners took the challenge to learn how to sew and over the course of the Expedition, designed and created a very sophisticated collection of garments for the Nexus catwalk.
- learners who found speaking in front of others quite daunting, presented their highly engaging and thought-provoking Nexus TED Talks.
- a group of learners explored developing their cooking skills and catered the showcase event for over 100 guests!
- two learners explored the process of fostering stray dogs in Singapore and even went so far as to foster their own dogs - giving them the care and attention they need before being found new homes.
- a number of learners explored acquiring a new language.
- several children explored developing an academic skill where they felt their beliefs were holding back their progress.
The culminating event was learners showcasing their journey with the Nexus community and beyond. Each learner created a symbolic piece of art to provoke conversation about their learning. Over three days nearly 1,000 people visited Year 6 and were astonished by the creativity in the presentation, depth of thinking and the quality of the learners communication skills. Our primary school team wish our Year 6 well on the next step of their learning journey. We are immensely proud of the confident, creative and articulate people you have become during your time at Nexus!
There have been many other events over the last fortnight celebrating our learners wide range of achievements. These have included, the Primary School Musical Ensembles POP! Concert; our CCA Celebration Assemblies; Semester 2 Sports Assemblies; the Chora Chori Climbathon. We have two weeks to go before the end of the academic year, but still so much learning to do. Please view the Upcoming Events section for all that is happening.
Thank you to the families and staff that joined us for our first-ever potluck Iftar (breaking fast). It was a lovely informal occasion to share with our Muslim community. My thanks to our wonderful staff and parents that organised this event. Please remember that the school is closed next Wednesday (5th June) to observe Hari Raya Puasa. The week after on Tuesday, 11 June the Primary School will share in celebrations of this special Muslim festival. All learners are invited to wear traditional Muslim dress on that day.
Finally, may I take this opportunity to wish all our Muslim families selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir dan Batin.