Primary News

22 March 2019

From our Head of Primary

What a wonderful fortnight to end the third term of the year which showcased all four elements of our Nexus Way: Relationships, Innovation, Mindsets and Inclusion.

Do take a look at the 'Recent Events' section to view the learning highlights, including fantastic Mini Exhibitions in Phase 1 and our Year 2 playwrights enjoying their very own fables being performed by professional actors. Last Friday, We also had a group of children, led by Nursery, Kindergarten and Year 1 learners who shared an important message about Climate Change, reminding us how we can look after our world and asking us to pledge our support for taking meaningful action. All these events showed that even our youngest learners have GROWTH MINDSETS. They were open-minded and creative and showed real depth of understanding of the concepts they were exploring.

In the evenings last week, Primary and Secondary actors came together for the first time to showcase their remarkable talent in a very unique version of The Wizard of Oz. It was wonderful to see them collaborating and developing friendships with new learners throughout the school. Their commitment to the show, through the learning of lines, the mastering of dance moves, attending long rehearsals and practising of songs was commendable. They really came together as a formidable theatre crew to create an immersive and captivating experience. My thanks to Jenny Burgess and Rachael Mweti and the massive staff team for all their hard work. A few photos can be viewed in the 'Recent Events' section.

Meanwhile, this weekend a Year 6 team of learners beat hundreds of of other teams from local and international schools from the ages 9 to 16 at the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics Competition to reach the finals and the Best Newcomer Award. Congratulations to our team and their coach, Mr Nicholas. If your child would like to find out more and join our Robotics Group please contact hong.n@nexus.edu.sg.

These two experiences from two very different learning areas, highlight our INNOVATIVE transformative learning engagements that we offer so often to all our learners in all areas of the curriculum.

This week a small group of learners from Years 11 to 13, called Support 65 organised our RUOK? week - a week of activities for the school community to raise awareness of mental health. The theme was 'Surprises and Shocks' and we certainly started with a bang! Monday morning in the Bus Bay we beat the huge Chinese drums, blew whistles, popped balloons and in general created noise! We also shared a brochure, heralding the Mental Health Awareness week. Tuesday was a focus on anxiety. The activities were for our senior learners so that they had a glimpse of what it could be like for learners who have the condition of anxiety and depression. Wednesday was the United Nations Day of Happiness and we invited everyone to write their reflections on what Happiness is for them. The reflections and photos will be made into a beautiful collage to be taken to our new school. Friday was for Years 3 to 6, who took part in 'The Amazing Mental Health Awareness Journey' with lots of questions, clues and fun activities. My thanks to the Support 65 team and to all staff and learners who have lent a hand with the activities to make it the success it was. This week of events clearly show our INCLUSIVE approach and encouragement for learners to build a strong understanding of themselves as unique individuals. We aim to empower all our children to discover their passions and achieve personal excellence.

As a diverse international community, we are impacted by events around the world. Many times these are wonderful sharings: religious and cultural celebrations; global movements such as UN Global Goals and many more. Occasionlly though, awful incidents such as events in Christchurch, New Zealand last week sadly impact our community. I would encourage you to take a moment to reflect on these tragic events and how we must stand as one against such hate in our world. As part of the healing process, Ms Stephanie and a group of learners visited the New Zealand High Commission to send messages of aroha (love in Maori) to the New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore. One of the elements of Nexus (perhaps the most important) is RELATIONSHIPS. Our learning community is incredibly proud of our diversity and we stand together to mourn with those in our community with connections to New Zealand. We are one.

In our Important Notices, we are delighted to share an update from the Chora Chori refuge just outside Kathmandu, Nepal. A member of the Nexus community, Yen Chin, visited the refuge earlier this month and it is great to see photos of all the work the Nexus Community has supported at the refuge. Watch out for details of the Nepal Climbathon taking place in Term 4.

Meanwhile, all this week our staff and learners have had their class and individual photographs taken for our Nexus Yearbook 2019. In Term 4 we will share the photographs with you.

A reminder to parents that you are always welcome to attend our Friday assemblies that are held in the auditorium. Years 3 to 6 assemblies take place at 8.30am and Years 1 and 2 come together at noon. Our Nursery and Kindergarten do occasionally join this assembly too. Do note that sometimes there are other activities happening in school and there are no assemblies. Please check the school events and activities calendar each week to see if assemblies are taking place.

Our first assemblies after the holiday (Friday, 12 April) will celebrate Book Week. On that day, learners may come dressed as their favourite book character. We encourage them to bring along a copy of the book, from which their character comes, so they can share this with their class. We also ask that learners think beyond the usual Disney Princesses, Superheroes, Film Characters or Sports Stars. Characters from books in children's mother tongue are strongly encouraged. They may want to follow this year's theme of 'The Enchanted Forst - Let your imagination grow'.

We are also excited to launch Nexus' first family festival! NexFest takes place on Friday, 12 April from 3.45pm to 8pm. We will have music, dance performances, food, pool games, treasure hunts and carnival games (for children and adults). So grab your friends and join us for an amazing afternoon of fun. All tickets are free. Each child or adult will require a ticket to enter the festival and all children in Primary will require an accompanying adult. We look forward to seeing all our families there.

Wishing you all an enjoyable holiday period. We look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday, 8 April.

Best regards,

Paul Beach

Our New School

A few photos of our new school taking shape. Including ceilings and floors being completed and the training pool being tiled.

NexFest, 3.45pm on Friday, 12 April 2019

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