Coping with Stress for Kids – workshop for Parents

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting a visit from Gerald Maidens a qualified paediatric Occupational Therapist from South Africa on Monday 12 March.

Gerald will be running workshops throughout the day and we have included a workshop for parents.

Coping with Stress for Kids’ – stress and anxiety, helping our kids to cope with pressure and demands. This workshop will be at 8:15-9:45 am in Room 6A and we are requesting that interested families sign up in the Primary Office or email Teresa our Primary Secretary at .


I am Gerald Maidens, a qualified paediatric Occupational Therapist with 19 years clinical experience. I work at a couple of schools as an O.T. but my main job is as a Specialist Facilitator with Sensory Intelligence.

Sensory intelligence offers practical teacher and parent workshops for schools and educational organisations. We focus on the value of the senses towards achieving focus and learning for children.

Our workshops are facilitated by dedicated and passionate professionals with extensive knowledge of child development, learning and sensory processing. Rethink the way we learn is important to us – we believe the 21st-century learning environment needs easy, simple and effective tools to optimise classrooms and get the best out of learners. What we offer is of particular benefit to schools to assist with training teachers and developing growing and continual relationships with them will go a long way to ensuring more effective and lasting education to the children in their care.

This is an excellent opportunity for families and we are sure that the workshop will offer practical and thoughtful learning about how to support your children.

***Please note – this workshop is only able to be presented in English.

Updated Lost Property Procedures at LIS

Dear Parents,

Recently the school reviewed its Lost Property Procedures to make them more efficient and to make it easier for all to find lost items. We ask that you please make yourself familiar with our new Lost Property Procedures by clicking here.

Homeroom teachers will be sharing these guidelines with the students so that they understand them too. Unfortunately, many of the items collected around the school do not have names and are never claimed. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the importance of naming all items (especially water bottles, lunch boxes/bags, clothes, aquatics kit etc). The guidelines are also permanently available on the Primary Blog on the ‘Primary Section Information/Further Information’ link.

Kind regards,

Chris Boreham
Primary Principal


Caros Pais,

A LIS procedeu recentemente à revisão dos Procedimentos de Perdidos e Achados, para tornar mais fácil e eficiente o processo de reaver artigos pessoais perdidos na escola. Convidamos todos os pais a conhecer as novas medidas de Perdidos e Achados, que se encontram disponíveis para consulta aqui.

Os professores de Homeroom vão também falar sobre estas orientações com os alunos durante o período de aulas, para que fiquem todos esclarecidos.Infelizmente, muitos dos artigos que são encontrados na escola não têm etiqueta com identificação do proprietário, e não são reclamados. Por isso, queremos relembrar a todos a importância de identificar os pertences de cada aluno (sobretudo garrafas de água, lancheiras, marmitas, roupas, equipamentos de natação, etc.). As orientações de Perdidos e Achados podem igualmente ser consultadas em qualquer altura, através do Blog da Primária, clicando no link de ‘Primary Section Information/Further Information’.

Com os melhores cumprimentos,

Chris Boreham
Diretor Primária

Global Day of Play Teacher Reflections

Yesterday we celebrated in The Global Day of Play (GDoP) in the Primary Section of the school. As mentioned in our previous post and email, the purpose of this day is to promote play as an important way we as humans, all learn through play, particularly in the areas of well-being and social development.

At LIS we highly value the development of both academic and social skills, along with a range of other competencies that prepare students for success in adulthood. Research is indicating that children have increasingly fewer opportunities for self-regulated play. On the GDoP, we hope to promote play and provide and an opportunity for students to further develop self-regulation, an understanding of boundaries, opportunities for safe risk-taking, collaboration and creativity; as well as exploring new ways to interact with others in a playful setting.

Of course the students had a great day, but what did we learn? We asked our teachers to share some of their observations from the day and wanted share these with you. Please read on…

I observed two Year 2 students playing together in the music room. They collected a large variety of instruments (“Let’s get as many instruments as we can!” I heard them say.), and they started to make a band together. They organized their music very logically in that each instrument represented a country and that whenever one of the students hit the gong the students chose a different instrument to play. After they had recorded their song on one of the Ipads one of the students said “Let’s make a dance to accompany our music!!” and they did! It was great to see two students working in such harmony and creating without any prompting or feedback from a teacher. They were creating for the pure joy of creating. 

A transcript of an observed student discussion:

“Yea, you can play with us.”
“No problem. You can use my scooter.”
“Can I show you how to use it?”

When I was supervising the indoor play in Year 5, I was amazed by how students were making connections with their buddies from another class. So witnessing how well Year 5 students played with Year 1, made me think that when we give an opportunity like that to have a play day, students make their own choices to take care of others. That was a true inspiration to me and the evidence of how our students live the Learner Profile attributes.  It took some time for some students to find the way to socialize with others, which was a good learning experience for me to see which skills need to be developed.  

Many students from Years 1 and 2 explored the Upper Primary visual arts classroom. It was exciting and inspiring to see older students showing the younger students how to use art materials and teaching them new art skills. Many of the projects that students created were collaborative.

I observed a few Prep 4 students who rarely play together, collaborate to build a race track that one of the children bought into school. The children united under a common interest and communicated their ideas on how to accomplish the task. The children seemed to make use of the uninterrupted time as they worked on various aspects of the racetrack throughout the day.

Year 4 teachers noticed the ease and confidence with which students independently transitioned to different areas/games. Our students commented on how the best part of the day was when they played with their younger siblings and friends from other year levels in different spaces around the school.

In the library yesterday I observed 2 Year one boys reading together.  Neither has English as their home language OR each other’s language as their home language.  But they were cracking each other up reading the book together, enjoying the funny characters and making their own “story” happen.  It was so cool to see.  And not an adult around them.  They were there completely wrapped up in their story for 20 minutes.

In the ELC, the day did not look very different from our normal format. However, all of the children brought toys from home, which is not usual, and I noticed that there was not one incidence of arguing, snatching toys or mistreatment of the belongings of others. The children were very respectful of their
friends’ toys and I observed lots of sharing and communication regarding the toys and their function or where they were obtained. It was a lovely day with unexpected results! 

Welcome to January 2018

On 08 January we entered into the second half of our academic year. We would like to welcome all our new families to our LIS community.
Classes have quickly resumed their routines and students are very involved with learning explorations.
A couple of reminders:
Please label all your children’s property – things do get lost or mislaid and named items help us get them back to the owners.
Swimming and P.E – if there is a health issue please send a message to the classroom teacher and P.E teacher.
Pick up at 3:00pm please unless your child has an after school activity.

The importance of sleep and the impact on development. The below article from the World Economic Forum has some very thoughtful information regarding sleep and children. utm_content=buffer1618a&utm_medium=social&

Happy holidays

We would like to wish everyone a safe holiday with lots of laughter and relaxing. As you can see from the below picture it is important to have fun at times. To all our leaving families we wish you all the best and hope your next adventure goes well. The primary leadership team would like to say thank you to everyone for the support we have seen over the past semester and we look forward to working with you all in January 2018

From Chris, Rose, Alison and Aisia

Student work being shared internationally

Recently a member of staff was at an Inquiry Learning workshop in Dubai and the presenter shared a video clip of three students who had created a clip all about the Inquiry Cycle. These students were from LIS and was work undertaken last year when they were in Year 6. The presenter (Kath Murdoch) is a well known educator and considered a leading expert in her field so it was wonderful that work done at our school was at a standard that she would use it in her presentation. We think this is something to celebrate. Here is the video clip: