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Headteacher's News - Thursday, 13th December 2018

Dear Parents,

Applause has been described as a ‘moment of shared delight’ between the actor and the audience. There has been an abundance of such delight in the Infants this week. Every single child performed for their parents in one way or another whether it was in a festive singalong, a Great Fire of London assembly or the phenomenal ‘A World of Celebrations’ production.

I thank all the class teachers, assistants and specialist teachers for their tremendous care, love, creativity and time as they rehearsed with the children to bring us these moments of pure joy. What struck me most was the atmosphere of enjoyment emanating from the young performers. This was partly due to the perfectly pitched songs, poems and dances giving the children exactly the right amount of challenge. It was also due to the teachers’ kind, consistent and calm management of the children as they honed their skills. I salute them one and all.

Nursery Festive Sing-a-long
Reception Festive Sing-a-long

A World of Celebrations

A professional video of the ‘World of Celebrations’ was made during the performance and copies will be available for purchase early in the new year.


Infant students in the ‘Exploring Instruments’ and ‘Little Stars’ also showcased their talent in an evening concert last night. Many thanks to Ms Lydia Carter for going above and beyond in preparing the children.

A World of Celebrations

Happy National Day

The Arabic department never fail to surprise me at this time of year. Their tremendous dedication and attention to detail when preparing the National Day exhibition is always exemplary. This year they drove the theme of education as they compared Bahrain today to Bahrain a hundred years ago. I hope you enjoy the videos and that the lovely gentle humour will make you smile. You can see that the creation of the exhibition was a labour of love.

We were honoured by a visit from Ms Hala Al Turk this morning and the children were over the moon to watch her performance in the National Day assembly. We thank Hala for giving us such a treat.

Bahrain National Day

It leaves for me to only wish you a Happy National Day, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you have a relaxing holiday with your families and we look forward to welcoming you back to school on Sunday 6th January.

Best Wishes,

Julie Anne Gilbert and Matt Brant

Headteacher's News - Thursday, 6th December 2018

“All the world’s a stage.”

William Shakespeare - As You Like It

Although drama has long been incorporated in the literacy curriculum in the Infants, this is the first year that we have had lessons taught by a specialist teacher. What better way to hone oral communication skills, build self confidence and practise working cooperatively! This has been a week when every single child in the Infants has had an opportunity to perform and to be part of an audience. Rehearsals seem to have been taking place in every corner of the school at every opportunity for the Nursery and Reception sing-alongs, the Year 1 production and the Year 2 Great Fire of London assemblies. We look forward to seeing many of you as possible at next week’s performances.

As for being part of an audience, Year 2 joined the Juniors to watch ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ and were, quite simply, mesmerized by an enchanting performance. Younger children were delighted by the antics of a rather bold baby bear and his friend Goldilocks – their role play since their return to school has taken on a life of its own.

I would like to thank all children, teachers and assistants for ensuring that the BSB behaviour outside school was impeccable.

Theatre
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Hour of Code

All children from Reception upwards participated in an Hour of Code this week. The younger children started by planning routes and giving directions for their friends or the robot to follow. Initially this was quite a challenge, as distinguishing left from right does not always come easily. There was then tremendous enthusiasm for putting codes into the beebots and bluebots in order for them to follow a particular route on the maze. Children in Year 1 directed robots through a maze on screen using the Lightbot website. The oldest students in the Infants had to give instructions using coding blocks for the Minecraft characters Alex and Steve to follow. Many thanks to Ms Rasha for instilling her knowledge and enthusiasm in the children.

Infants Hour of Code 2018

We are entering one of the busiest weeks of the school year and I hope you find the following schedule helpful.


Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery Champions!

Reception Champions!

Year 1 Champions!

Year 2 Champions!

Best Wishes,

Julie Anne Gilbert and Matt Brant

Headteacher's News - Thursday, 29th November 2018

Learning Without Walls

We often say that the most effective learning takes place outside the classroom. Year 2’s trip to the Fire Station was a magnificent hands on learning experience for the children. Linked to their ‘Great Fire of London’ topic, the visit really brought their learning to life.

Here is what some of the students had to say on their return.

Year 2’s trip to the Fire Station

“When there is an emergency, an alarm rings all over the fire station.” – Saif 2.10

“It was my birthday so I was allowed to go in the fast car with the siren on with Ms. Kettunen.” – Hadeel 2.10

“We put the fire out ourselves.” – Adam 2.10

“We saw how rainbows were made when the sunlight hit the water from the hose.” – Selim 2.10

“There’s a big pole and they slide down it because it’s faster than stairs.” - Laith 2.10

“The hose was really heavy.” – Jake 2.2

“We saw some equipment like helmets, oxygen tanks and masks.” - Yassin 2.2

“It felt scary when the alarm went off.” – Jewel 2.2

Always Learning

I hope you enjoyed a little extra time with your child yesterday as we closed early for a twilight session of CPD for teachers and assistants. Those in Early Years opened discussion on the Inspired Reggio Emilia approach to learning – focussing first on the ‘image of the child’ that we hold at the BSB. Mr. Brant led a session on Purple Mash, an online learning tool for children and Mr. Ferriere led a session on benchmarking reading. The evening ended with a three minute carousel where teachers could showcase their top tips or new ideas for their colleagues.

Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery Champions

Reception Champions

Year 1 Champions

Year 2 Champions

Best Wishes,

Julie Anne Gilbert and Matt Brant

Headteacher's News - Thursday, 22nd November 2018

“What is a friend? I will tell you it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.”

Frank Crane

Friendship Week

This week we have been considering friendship and the essence of being a good friend.

The oldest children in the Infants surprised us with their depth of understanding of qualities such as patience, kindness, the ability to forgive, honesty, loyalty, trust and a sense of humour. I enjoyed seeing that one student was voted ‘Champion of the Week’ for being a ‘friend to everyone’. One value that we hope to instill in the children is a sense of inclusivity in their friendships. ‘Come and join us’, is a phrase we love to hear.

Friendship Week
Nursery Animal Parade

Carnival of the Animals

It has been a pleasure to see the children in Nursery’s learning about animals develop over the past few weeks. The ‘process’ and ‘celebration’ display boards have often made me smile as I have read some of the children’s observations and questions. They concluded their learning with this morning’s ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and I thank parents who took time out of their busy schedules to listen to their children singing ‘Walking in the Jungle’ and ‘Five Little Monkeys’ in their classrooms. The costumes, so many of them handmade, were fabulous-so many original ideas! The children then paraded for Year 1 and Year 2 who cheered and smiled encouragingly at some of our slightly stage struck youngest students. Children in Reception then took the opportunity to interview their counterparts in Nursery. “What kind of animal are you?” “What noise do you make?” “Where do you live?” Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the change in routine.

Showcase Celebration

In addition to the Nursery and Reception Singalongs, the Year 1 Celebration Production and the Year 2 assemblies and drama performances there will be performances by the Little Stars and Exploring Instruments after school clubs later this term. This showcase of talent is not to be missed!

Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery Champions

Reception Champions

Year 1 Champions

Year 2 Champions

I wish you all an enjoyable weekend.

Best Wishes,

Julie Anne Gilbert and Matt Brant

Headteacher's News - Thursday, 15th November 2018

“Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

Louis Pasteur

Our assembly last week was about perseverance and the importance of continuing to try, even when something is difficult. I was delighted that some students were nominated as ‘Champions of the Week’ for that very quality. All the teachers have shown great resilience and perseverance this week too. Stormy weather has led to flash floods in some classrooms and indoor playtimes – all during a week where early mornings and late afternoons have been earmarked for the all important parent teacher conferences.


Thank you to all parents who attended this week. I hope you gained valuable insight into your child’s learning and that you find the new style target sheets helpful. Please fill the following feedback form.


Little Stars

The children in the ‘Little Stars’ after school club were delighted to be included in the whole school welcome this week for our guests from The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Congratulations on a rousing performance for the ‘Gentleman in Red’.

The Power of Music

There has been an abundance of music, song and dance throughout the school as children prepare for their end of term concerts. I am pleased to share just a glimpse of a rehearsal for the Year 2 Great Fire of London class assemblies.

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Space Odyssey

Two students in Year 2 were fortunate to have the opportunity to meet a ‘real, live’ astronaut this week. Zain Hassan and Gabriel Nabeel-Gautheret along with Mr. Brant and some students from Juniors met Colonel Alfred Worden, the Command Module Pilot of Apollo 15 which flew to the moon in 1971. Many thanks to Wadi Al Sail Boys’ school for their invitation to meet such a distinguished guest.

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Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery Champions

Reception Champions

Year 1 Champions

Year 2 Champions

We wish you a happy and relaxed weekend.

Julie Anne Gilbert & Matt Brant

Headteacher's News - Thursday, 8th November 2018

The Gathering of the Clans

It is always a pleasure to see children gathering for year group assemblies. There are moments, such as the starts of recognition, spontaneous smiles and discreet waves as children recognise friends from other classes, that are a joy to watch. It is in assemblies that children realise that their class is a meaningful part of a larger whole – a life lesson in itself. Each week assemblies have a particular theme, sometimes linked to the curriculum and sometimes linked to a particular value that we are trying to reinforce in the school community.

The theme of this week’s assemblies was perseverance as we encouraged the children to ‘keep going’ and not to give up even if something is difficult to start with. Teachers and children shared examples of times when they had struggled with learning something new but had not given up. I hope the rendition of “If I fail 500 times, then I will try 500 more”, makes you smile.

♫“If I fail 500 times.

Then I will try 500 more,

I will be the one who won’t give up,

‘Til I succeed and reach my goal!”♫


We look forward to inviting parents to join us at year group assemblies in Term 2 and Term 3.

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“I hope you never lose your sense of wonder…”

-Leanne Womack

Diwali

Children in Year 1 have been comparing and contrasting different celebrations around the world in their topic lessons. Discussions began with family celebrations such as birthdays and anniversaries and leading onto more global traditions of celebration. This week children explored rangoli patterns, lanterns and traditional dances from India. The beautiful diya lamps, created by children in Year 2, drew gasps of wonder as the colours glowed in the darkness. Happy Diwali to BSB families who are celebrating the festival of light.


Curriculum Information Sessions

Many thanks to parents of children in Reception who attended the ‘Learning to Read’ presentation by Ms Robson and Ms Fearon this week. We were delighted with the positive feedback from parents who attended the practical, no nonsense and light hearted session.

Click below for the Reception Reading Talk presentation and feedback form.

Thank you to the parents who took the time to attend the Year 2 curriculum workshops. I am sure they gave you valuable insight into the way your child learns at school.

Click below for the Year Curriculum Workshop presentation and feedback form.

Parent Teacher Meetings

Thank you for signing up for an appointment with your child’s teacher next week. Please note that there will be NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS next week from 11th-15th November. The teachers will be otherwise occupied with Parent Teacher Meetings. Clubs will resume the following week on Sunday 18th November. Sibling holding rooms will continue as usual next week.

Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery Champions!

Reception Champions!

Year 1 Champions!

Year 2 Champions!

Best wishes,

Julie Anne Gilbert & Matt Brant

Headteacher's News - Thursday, 25th October 2018

“Whatever you are, be a good one!”

-Abraham Lincoln

What do you want to be when you grow up?

There is no doubt that children in Year 2 know a thing or two about creating a good first impression. They stunned us all as they arrived at the Job Fair on Wednesday dressed to impress. Their brief was to dress for an interview for their chosen profession and the students certainly didn’t disappoint with their choices of attire.

The day began with inspiring presentations and demonstrations by parents in the school who were able to give the students insight into their chosen profession – be it as a doctor, a fashion designer, an architect, a pearl diver or a hairdresser. The children surprised us all with the depth of the questions put to the visiting speakers. After that the children had the opportunity to experience life as a doctor, chef, tailor or banker by participating in carefully planned learning activities. In conclusion the children reflected upon their initial choice of profession and voted to change their selection if they so wished.

What amazed me was the eloquent manner in which so many of the children spoke about why they had chosen a particular profession – bearing their own skillset in mind. ‘Patience’, ‘ability to concentrate’, ‘strength’, ‘flexibility’, ‘good special awareness’, ‘ creativity’, ‘calmness’, ‘mathematical ability’ and ‘being good at thinking of words’ were all attributes that the students recognised in themselves.

Y2 Job Fair 2018

Reception go to the Garden

Children in Reception were learning the initial sounds ‘g’ and ‘o’ this week and their ‘tricky word’ to learn was ‘go’. Hence it seemed to be a good idea for them to picnic in the ‘secret garden’ behind the Junior School. The children were tasked with organising a picnic blanket for themselves and then enjoyed their snacks, relaxing in the fresh air. After a little time relaxing, they made sure they left the picnic spot as clean and tidy as it was when they arrived. It says something very lovely about the children that they drummed up such enthusiasm for such a simple pleasure.

Reception go to the Garden

Curriculum Workshops

Many thanks to the parents of children in Year 1 who attended the curriculum workshops this week. We were very pleased with the turn out and hope that you found the workshop useful. We would be very grateful if you could complete the feedback form by clicking below.

We are continuously aiming to improve links with you, the parents, so all suggestions would be very welcome. Please be reminded of two further curriculum workshops for parents that will take place after half term.

  • Reception Reading Talk – Tuesday, 6th November at 1:00pm
  • Year 2 Curriculum Workshop – Wednesday, 7th November at 1:15pm

I look forward to seeing some of you there.

Class Links

It was a pleasure to meet the class links for the Infants this week. Thank you for your time! We have revised the role of the class links and ask that all parents read this important information about the role of the class link. Click here for class link guidelines

Folk Dancing Experience

Many, many thanks to Mr. & Mrs. Brant (Senior) for sharing their extensive experience of folk dancing with children in Year 1 this week. We all had a ball!

Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery Champions

Reception Champions

Year 1 Champions

Year 2 Champions

I wish you all a relaxing and enjoyable mid term break and we look forward to welcoming children back to school on Sunday, 4th November.

Best wishes,

Julie Anne Gilbert & Matt Brant

Headteacher's News - Thursday, 18th October 2018

Dear Parents,

I am sure that when many of us reminisce about our schooldays, the sharpest memories are of learning that took place outside the classroom. At the BSB we are great believers in getting out of the classroom and bringing learning to life with any opportunities that are available in the kingdom.

Bahrain National Museum

Children in Year 2 had the opportunity to visit Bahrain National Museum this week. As they prepare for their job fair next week, they compared and contrasted many of the traditional careers undertaken in the past, with present day opportunities. The children were left in little doubt that the physical challenges for pearl divers, basket weavers, shoemakers and rug makers were not for the faint hearted! Many thanks to Ms. Heinrich and Ms. Lori for organising the trip.

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Y2 Museum Visit

Think Pink

We were delighted that so many children in the Infants participated in the whole school charity fundraiser for Think Pink, an organisation that works to raise awareness and support research into a cure for breast cancer. Children added innovative ‘touches of pink’ to their uniforms – tutus, socks, pom poms, waistcoats and veils to name but a few. There was also an amazing selection of pink items in the children’s lunchboxes. In Infants alone we managed to raise 424 BD and we look forward to announcing the total from the whole school next week.

Curriculum Workshops

Parents of children in Year 1 will have received notification of curriculum workshops for this particular year group. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Wednesday, 24th October at 1:15pm. The workshops will take place in the Year 1 classrooms that are located on the ground floor.

Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Headteacher's News Thursday 11th October 2018

“Teachers have three loves; love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”

-Scott Hayden

I was struck by the enjoyment, focus and engagement in the maths lessons that I popped in to across the Infants this week. In the early years numbers are made meaningful to the children by highlighting their relevance in the real life. Our recent emphasis on teaching the ‘language of number’ has done wonders in giving the children further up the school confidence when articulating their strategies to solve a problem – whether it is by ‘putting the big number’ in their head, ‘partitioning’ or explaining place value. Changes made to the curriculum last year are now firmly embedded and it is obvious that our increased focus on the concrete and practical, before moving onto the abstract has had a huge impact on the children’s depth of understanding.

11th Oct Maths

Think Pink

On Thursday 18th October, children in the Infants will be participating in a whole school charity fundraiser to raise money for Think Pink, a charity that raises money for research into a cure for breast cancer in Bahrain. Children are invited to add a ‘touch of pink’ to their school uniform. This could be pink socks, a pink hat, a pink hair ribbon or any other item of pink clothing. Children are invited to contribute 500 fils to Think Pink for the privilege. It would also be a nice idea to add some pink items of food in your child’s lunchbox such as a strawberry yoghurt, some watermelon or a few raspberries.

Congratulations Miss Katie!

Hearty congratulations to Miss Katie, who works with Mrs George in R2. We were delighted when she announced her engagement to Mr. Bryce Kramlich this week and wish the happy couple all the very best.

Congratulations to this week's Champions!

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2