Over the past 5 weeks Bundang House had to revert to online learning during the Covid-19 closure period. The teachers took this time to also undertake some much needed online learning to better equip us in catering to the learning needs of the children.
Over the past 3 week the teachers have undergone professional development in mathematics, namely Numicon. This session was delivered to us from Numicon Global who are situated in the UK.
The teachers enjoyed their online sessions and are now eager to ‘try out’ their newly acquired skills when the children return.
The Interim Student Reports for the 2020-21 Academic Year have been written, checked, and signed. This report outlines your child’s academic progress for the first part of the year, and we are excited to share your child’s successes with you.
The format has changed. It is now more descriptive and will give you better insight into what your child has achieved during the first term. This report, coupled with your previous Parent and Teacher Conference should mean you are very up-to-date with your child’s academic journey.
It has been a very different and difficult start to the year, so please celebrate your child’s successes with them for their progress to date and their small achievements. They have worked very hard for this.
Our teachers will be available after the summer break, if you need to discuss any part of this report with them in detail. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to work with your child.
Thank you for welcoming me to Bundang House. I look forward to meeting everyone over the upcoming months. In the meantime, if you see me during the morning when you are dropping your child to school, please wave or say hello.
As a form of background, I received my bachelor’s degree in Teaching at Charles Sturt University in Australia, whilst also acquiring a Social Science degree in Psychology. These two degrees provided me with great insight into child development, learning processes, language acquisition and behaviour management. I then spent many years teaching in private schools in Australia, from Kindergarten to Year 6. It was here that I developed a growing interest in early literacy, and began working in Early Years settings with a focus on 3 to 6 year olds, and completed my Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
I have worked in various International Schools in a leadership position, always focusing on improving Early Years settings and childrens’ literacy in the English language. For the past 2 years I have been working as the Principal at British Lodge, as well as providing curriculum guidance and support at both Dongtan House and Bundang House. Notably, I am very excited to be working at Bundang at a more indepth role and level, and improving upon Mia’s successes.
This month at Bundang House we will have our PTCs next week, and will send out the Interim Student Reports on July 24. Please note the reports will look slightly different this year, as the format has been changed. More information will be provided in the upcoming week about the changes.
In addition to this, the staff are working on some fun and exciting activities to share with the children, during our week before summer break. More information of course, will be forwarded to you closer to the date.
I can’t believe we are already completing our first month of the school year at BPP Bundang House. In just a short amount of time, all our students have grown academically and socially while they were having fun through our inquiry-based education. Both our teachers and learners have kept themselves fully occupied and had a productive month with all the family-oriented events and learning about Spring seasonal topics like plants and butterflies. In May, teachers and staff were glad to have an opportunity to meet with parents at our Annual Coffee Meeting and discuss the academic journeys of our BPP Bundang students. We are grateful that these chaotic times have settled down, and we are able to return to our daily routines to move forward in our learning journey.
In previous years, we have invited the dads of our students to enjoy lively games of sports with their children. After the start of the global pandemic, however, our activities this year centered on showing our love for our family and rethinking the meaning of family. We had a photo exhibition showcasing side-by-side photos of students and their most look-alike member of their family. Everyone enjoyed pointing out the similarities between themselves and their family members. Students also had fun designing a special cup and a tie for their dad. Although we could not do all the activities together with students’ dads, we spent that time thinking about how we all appreciate the time and love that we can share with our family.
Annual Coffee Meeting
At the end of May, the parents and teachers had Annual Coffee Meetings at BPP Bundang House so that we could have a collaborative conversation on the future of our students. Many parents attended the meeting to share opinions on how we could provide the best educational environment for our students. Homeroom teachers presented our 2020~2021 blueprint for the year’s academic goals in literacy, numeracy and inquiry-based classes as well as educational events and activities that can reinforce student learning. I was so pleased by how well prepared our homeroom teachers were and how engaged our students’ parents are. I very much look forward to continuing this year’s journey with the BPP Bundang Community.
This June, we are excited for another very special month full of learning and fun for our BPP Bundang students!
Welcome back to school! Our children and teachers have been excited to be back in school after such an unexpectedly long break. Unfortunately, in order to protect our students from COVID-19, our usual winter break had to be extended. However, our BEK Bundang teachers promptly and diligently worked to engage with our students through remote learning. We came up with creative ways to support our BEK students at home in order to help bring positivity and encouragement during these trying times. Our teacher’s greeting video clip and “Happy” music video delivered a joyful message to the BEK Bundang Community. Moreover, while our BEK Online Program was a challenge to set up, it became an innovative education experience for both teachers and students who participated in it. We are finally able to meet in person again though, as most of our students are already back at school. Our BEK Bundang teachers are very excited to welcome our children back to class!
Teachers and students are already taking their first steps in catching up, with fun learning activities for new, unforgettable memories. Smiles and laughter will fill the school as the excitement of learning with classmates energizes our students and start us off to a great year. Especially in May, we will have exciting and fun family events to celebrate special holidays such as Children’s Day, Parents’ Day and Father’s Saturday. I look forward to seeing the students enjoying those events, especially as lovely spring and summer weather rolls in.
In addition to our family events this month, at the end of May, BEK Bundang will be hosting its annual Coffee Meeting for parents. It will be an opportunity for the parents and homeroom teachers to have a collaborative conversation on the future of our students. We look forward to parents attending the meeting and sharing opinions and ideas on how we can continue to best provide an exceptional educational environment for our students. We very much look forward to continuing this journey with our BPP Bundang Community.
Even though we have begun our school year later than planned, we are sure that our students will have another great year together with our teachers and staff. BEK Bundang educators will work hard to keep our school safe for the health of our children and ensure that they aren’t missing a single step in their educational journey. Let’s give three big cheers for the grand beginning of our children’s academic adventures of 2020!