LIS Celebrates Global Day of Play – Learning Through Play

Yesterday we shared with families an exciting upcoming event –  The Global Day of Play (GDoP) which will be celebrated in the LIS Primary Section on Wednesday, February 7. As mentioned in our 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 less 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.

The large proportion of time, many children now spend in front of screens, and the lack of physical activity and self- initiated play, is increasingly becoming a highlighted area of concern. As mentioned in our email, through GDoP, we are promoting physical play, that does not use screens, as we want to encourage more active opportunities for play between children with the hope that this to become a part of every child’s daily life.

There is now growing research that indicates the significance and importance of enabling childrens’ play opportunities which helps them become balanced and successful adults.  We encourage you to watch the following TEDex and TED talks which share some insightful information about the importance of play, and the ongoing and essential benefits it provides for both adults and children.

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Ontem, compartilhamos com as famílias um evento emocionante – The Global Day of Play (GDoP) que será celebrado na Seção Primária LIS na quarta-feira, 7 de fevereiro. Como mencionado em nosso e-mail, o objetivo deste dia é promover o jogo como um maneira importante como seres humanos, todos aprendemos através do jogo, particularmente nas áreas de bem-estar e desenvolvimento social.

Na LIS, valorizamos o desenvolvimento das habilidades acadêmicas e sociais, juntamente com uma série de outras competências que preparam os alunos para o sucesso na idade adulta. A pesquisa está indicando que as crianças têm cada vez menos oportunidades para o jogo auto-regulado. No GDoP, esperamos promover o jogo e proporcionar uma oportunidade para que os alunos desenvolvam a auto-regulação, compreensão das fronteiras, oportunidades para a tomada segura de riscos, colaboração e criatividade; bem como explorar novas formas de interagir com os outros em uma configuração divertida.
A grande proporção de tempo, muitas crianças agora passam na frente das telas e a falta de atividade física e jogo auto-iniciado, está cada vez mais se tornando uma área de preocupação destacada. Como mencionado em nosso e-mail, através do GDoP, estamos promovendo o jogo físico, que não usa telas, pois queremos encorajar oportunidades mais ativas para o jogo entre crianças, com a esperança de que isso se torne parte da vida diária de cada criança.
Atualmente, há pesquisas em crescimento que indicam o significado e a importância de possibilitar as oportunidades de brincar das crianças, o que os ajuda a se tornarem adultos equilibrados e bem-sucedidos. Encorajamos você a assistir as seguintes conversas TEDex e TED que compartilham algumas informações detalhadas sobre a importância do jogo e os benefícios atuais e essenciais que ele oferece para adultos e crianças.

The decline of play – Peter Gray

 

A manifesto for play, for Bulgaria and beyond – Steve Keil

 

Play is more than fun – Stuart Brown

You can learn more about the benefits play by visiting the official GSPD website: www.globalschoolplayday.com.

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.
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/12/irregular-bedtimes-could-be-damaging-childrens-health-and-development-heres-how utm_content=buffer1618a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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:

FOLSCO- Friends of Luanda’s Street Children Donations

Dear Parents,

While we are fortunate enough to end the year with our loved ones, indulging in nice food, and exchanging gifts, there are children who never get a chance to experience any of this. Children who are parentless, homeless, and vulnerable living on the streets of Luanda.

FOLSCO- Friends of Luanda’s Street Children, is a charity community with the aim to help vulnerable homeless children and orphans in Luanda. Their mission is to raise awareness about street children, connect shelters to companies for funds and financially support the existing shelters through collection of donations and fundraising events. If you would like to find more information about FOLSCO here is the website, http://folsco.org/ .

Last year, LIS students from Yr1 and Yr2 helped FOLSCO to prepare 200 parcels to give out to the homeless street children during their End of the Year Party. We would like to repeat this charitable event this year but expand the fundraiser to include year 3-6 as well. Hopefully we will be able to reach out further and include Shelters and Orphanages who have opened their doors to these children.

We are kindly asking parents and families to donate toothpastes, toothbrushes, soap bars, crayons (pack of 10), and drawing pads and bring them to school from Nov 27- Dec 8. If you are able to also bring plastic or paper ‘gift bags’ that would be very appreciated. Your child’s homeroom teacher will collect the items in the classroom.

The students will be helping to make parcels with the above donated items during the week Dec 11-15. They will use their own initiatives to decorate the parcels and perhaps make cards as well.

We appreciate your contributions and so will these well deserving children.

Kind Regards,
Primary Team

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Caros Pais,

Embora tenhamos a sorte de terminar o ano com os nossos entes queridos, com comida agradável e trocando presentes, há crianças que nunca têm a chance de experimentar nada disso. Crianças que vivem sem pais, desabrigadas e vulneráveis nas ruas de Luanda.

FOLSCO – Friends of Luanda’s Street Children, é uma comunidade de caridade com o objetivo de ajudar crianças e órfãos vulneráveis em Luanda. A sua missão é sensibilizar sobre as crianças da rua, conectar abrigos às empresas para obter fundos e apoiar financeiramente os abrigos existentes através da coleta de doações e eventos de angariação de fundos. Se você gostaria de encontrar mais informações sobre o FOLSCO aqui está o site, http://folsco.org/.

No ano passado, os alunos do LIS de Yr1 e Yr2 ajudaram a FOLSCO a preparar 200 parcelas para distribuir as crianças da rua sem residência durante a festa de fim de ano. Gostaríamos de repetir este evento benéfico neste ano, mas expandir a arrecadação de fundos para incluir o ano 3-6 também. Esperemos que possamos chegar mais longe e incluir abrigos e orfanatos que abriram suas portas a essas crianças.

Pedimos aos pais e famílias que dêem pasta de dentes, escovas de dentes, barras de sabão, lápis de cera (pacote de 10) e cadernos e os levem à escola a partir de 27 de novembro a 8 de dezembro. Se você também pode trazer sacos para presentes, de plástico ou papel, seria muito apreciada. O professor da sala de aula da criança coletará os itens na sala de aula.

Os alunos estarão ajudando a fazer parcelas com os itens doados acima durante a semana de 11 a 15 de dezembro. Eles usarão suas próprias iniciativas para decorar as parcelas e talvez também façam cartões.

Agradecemos suas contribuições e certamente as crianças que vão beneficiar também.

Atenciosamente,
Equipe primária

 

Child Protection

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the many parents who attended our child protection meeting last week.  This was the first time LIS hosted a meeting about this issue and we appreciated your input and questions.  We have shared the presentation below and HERE is a website that we recommend for you to view which has resources for parents about digital and media literacy.  We hope that this will help you continue to keep your children safe online.