All primary school students received their mid-year
UniWorld International School report cards before the Tet holiday. Looking over
the reports before they were sent home, I noticed
@ Ciputra that many of the students had made pleasing
progress over the semester.
February Newsletter It is important to underline that when assessing our
students, teachers strive to give parents a balanced
From the Principal and objective ‘snapshot’ of student progress.
Reports should also be coupled with regular
Welcome Back! Chuc Mung Nam Moi! teacher/parent communication to ensure that a
holistic picture of a child’s progress can be shared
I hope that everyone had a peaceful and relaxing between the school and the home.
Tet holiday. Another important consideration in regard to our
The commencement of term 3 has seen the arrival reporting system is that we use Australian
of many new faces at our school. benchmarks to guide us when giving grades.
As our International 3/4/5 class had reached its Students, who are beginning to learn English as a
capacity, we were able to split the group into two second language, will in most cases be
new classes. behind the Australian benchmarks. This is, of
Mr Ryan Scott has joined us from New Zealand to course, to be expected. Often children take several
take over our newly formed 2/3 International class years to achieve a standard which is on par with
and Mr Martin Hoare has come to us from students who have learnt English as a first
Australia to teach the 4/5 International class. All language.
children have enjoyed getting to know their new In regards to academic achievement, our teachers
teachers this week. Please join me in welcoming also refer to the bell curve as a guide to the
the new staff to the school. distribution of grades in their classes. In an average
classroom, it would be expected that the middle
point of the rating scale would be awarded most
often. In our case we have a five-point rating scale,
and therefore the middle point of this scale, ‘sound
achievement’ would usually be awarded most
often. When a teacher awards a ‘sound
achievement’ as an academic result, this is
suggesting to parents that their child is achieving
satisfactorily and, although there may be room for
improvement, there is no need for alarm.
I would like to congratulate all the students, again
for their efforts over the first semester.
Kindergarten teachers also hosted parent/teacher
interviews between Christmas and Tet and these
Mr Ryan getting to know the new 2/3 International were very well attended. Thank you to all parents
Class who came along to the meetings.
I would also like to congratulate all children on After School Program
their behavior and commitment to their studies
over the first half of the year and I now look Dance Group and Vietnamese Classes will be
forward to a very productive 2nd half of the year. suspended for the first two weeks of this term.
Miss Kate will continue with choir practice after
school as normal on Wednesday afternoons. I will
send a letter as soon as Dance Group and Hats, Uniform and Water Bottle
Vietnamese classes are ready to resume.
A reminder again for everybody that uniform is
School Opening Hours compulsory at our school. Children look great when
wearing their uniforms along to school and it gives
I would like to remind all parents that our hours of each student a sense of unity with the rest of the
operation in the primary school are between 8.30 children in the student population.
a.m. and 3.00 p.m. for International students and The weather is already starting to get warmer, so
8.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. for Integrated students. please check that your child has a hat at school.
Before and after school, teachers are busy Children not wearing hats will not be able to play
preparing, planning, assessing and attending outside.
meetings, therefore students should not arrive at Finally I would like to remind all students to make
school before 8.15 a.m. or depart school more than sure that they bring along their water bottles to
10 minutes after they are dismissed. Any students school.
arriving at school before 8.15 a.m. will be asked to All personal possessions, including uniforms,
go directly to the canteen and sit quietly until it is should be clearly labeled with the student’s name
time to enter the classroom. Please support our and class.
teachers in this regard so that they are able to plan
and prepare interesting and engaging activities for Mobile Phones and Electronic Items
all of our students.
Mobile phones should not be brought into
classrooms with children. They are a distraction for
students and a potential target for theft. Please
make sure that your child registers and leaves their
mobile phones in the office for safe keeping during
the school day. Mobile phones brought into the
classroom will be confiscated.
Expensive electronic items can also ‘go missing’ at
school and children don’t need these items during
the school day when they should be focusing on
their studies and spending time with their friends.
Electronic items brought to school will be
confiscated by the classroom teacher.
Mr Marty with the newly formed 4/5 International Important Dates
22nd April: Last day of term three
Grade 2 Naps
Grade 2 integrated students will no longer nap as
group at lunch time. Many of the grade 2 children
are now mature and energetic enough to go out
and play at lunch time. Any parents, who still wish
their grade 2 students to nap, please contact Miss
Huyen, so that we may be able to make an