Issue 3, Term 3
Weekly Newsletter for King’s School Manila
One of the single best parts of my job is being able to walk into a busy class and observe the children and
staff engaged in purposeful learning. The teachers and TA’s at the King’s School, Manila are very good. At
any other school they would be the best on campus. There is no doubt that the British Schools Foundation
has the resources to attract talented and dedicated staff.
I was looking at Science this week. I saw best practice teaching and children, though given tasks that
were challenging, who persevered to achieve. In all classes I watched knowledgeable teachers guiding their
children on ways to improve their work.
It’s no coincidence that King’s School children are both absorbed in their class activities and busy during
their break times. They are being taught to question and to have confidence in their judgements. They are
encouraged to work both cooperatively and independently, and to respect the differences in their peers.
Can I remind you that on Election Day the school will be closed for instruction? Monday, 13 May 2013,
has been declared a non-working holiday. It will be an unusual week because then our mid-term break falls
on the Thursday, Friday and following Monday!
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This week Dorothy spent some time with the Munchkins and encountered the Wicked Witch
from the West. We have talked about ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ and how other people’s actions can
sometimes make us feel. We discussed what to do if we ever get lost (not necessarily by being
swept away by a tornado) and we have tried to imagine what Dorothy felt like being separated
from Aunty Em and Uncle Henry.
News‘Goodies’ & ‘Baddies’!
Dorothy has met a new character called ‘Scarecrow.’ We got very sore arms holding them up to
see what it would feel like to be him. We were able to work out that a brain is a very important
thing to have. Funnily enough, we had sweetcorn for lunch that very day - so Scarecrow must
have been doing a good job!
The Big Ducklings have been listening to me reading the story each day and this means they have
to listen very carefully, as they don’t have the pictures, initially, to support their understanding.
When we all watch the movie together we have to remember to listen carefully to what the
characters say, as well as watch the pictures, as there is much more to the story than what we see.
Another way to develop our listening skills has been to listen carefully to be able to follow
instructions. We have been reminding the children that a good listener makes eye contact with
the speaker and listens carefully until someone has finished speaking. It is helpful, too, for some
children to repeat back the instructions before they begin to follow them. Practising these skills
at home too will benefit everybody.
Just a reminder to you all that we are a NUT FREE ZONE! here at The King’s School and we
ask that you pay particular attention when sending in snacks for your child’s ASAs.
In PE we have begun working on some
basic gymnastics skills and an important
part of successful gymnastics is flexibility.
Flexibility itself is one component of total
fitness along with muscular strength
and endurance and cardiovascular
fitness. Some elite athletes have “super”
flexibility, which allows them to perform
at an advanced level, but “good” flexibility
should be the goal for the rest of us. If
a student is participating in a team or
individual sport then flexibility training
should already be a part of their regimen. A good coach knows the importance of flexibility
in developing well-rounded, healthy athletes.
NewsStretching is for everyone!
However, even a person who does not participate in regular cardiovascular or strength
exercises (jogging, swimming, bicycling, weight lifting, etc.) can still benefit from stretching.
Some of the benefits of a regular stretching regimen, besides increased flexibility (range of
motion of the joints and limbs), including:
Improved posture, Improved circulation and nutrient supply to the muscles, decreased
soreness post-exercise, and possible decreased injury occurrence.
Those are pretty good benefits considering you wouldn’t need to break a sweat or get out of
My personal background with stretching comes from participating in gymnastics and that
involved a lot of time spent holding static stretches after warming up the muscles. But
dynamic stretching has benefits also and athletes and non-athletes alike can do both. The
key is to follow a few dos and don’ts to reap the benefits safely and successfully:
• Don’t bounce in a static stretch (your muscles may respond by getting a tear or sprain);
• Don’t be in pain during the stretch. Just be at the point where the stretch is noticeable
and you’re not in agony;
• Do relax your breathing during a stretch;
• Do hold a stretch for 30 seconds or more; and
• Do stretch regularly (3-7 times per week) if you want to obtain noticeable benefits.
There are plenty of resources online for static and dynamic stretches.
One way I recommend to students to make time for stretching in their day is to do stretches
while they are doing another sedentary activity. If your child watches television (which
I am not recommending…) then getting into and holding a specific stretch during the
commercial break is an excellent way to make use of that time. Also while reading (which
I do recommend…) or playing video games (don’t recommend, hehe). The same applies to
you the parent - if you are looking to improve your fitness and want to include stretching in
daily routine. The family that stretches together stays together!
We have continued exploring measurement and size and Yana uses her knowledge of ordering
to play a game on the IWB.
Physical Education Teacher
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NewsChange it up!
This week the Kingfishers have
been working hard on their
problem solving talents using
money in Maths.
Handling money is a key skill for
our children in this day and age
and something they always love.
It’s a great tool for applying lots
of mathematical skills including
counting in groups, (e.g.
counting 10 peso coins, counting
100 peso notes) adding tens and units, (e.g. 43 pesos can be made up of four 10 peso coins
and three 1 peso coins) and of course adding, subtracting and finding the difference.
Please take every opportunity you can to let you child use money themselves when you are
shopping together. You might be surprised how quickly their maths improves!
We have been working with Philippine peso to buy items and give change. Giving change is
something that young children often find a difficult concept because it involves handling a
lot of information at once. They have to think about how much something costs, think about
the coins they need to pay for it and then calculate the difference between the price and the
coins they have received to find the change.
Luckily, last week the children did lots of work on finding the difference between two
numbers by counting on. We started on the smaller number and then counted on until we
got to the bigger number to find out how much more it was. So this week when the children
were putting that skill into practice they were well equipped with the skills they needed.
For some of the second-language English learners in the Kingfishers, we set up a little ‘shop’
in The Village where they could practice the language they needed to buy items. One child
was the shopkeeper and two were customers. The children practiced asking questions politely
such as, ‘Please may I have a banana?’ or answering in a shopkeeper manner, e.g. ‘Yes, that
will be 15 pesos, please’. They then had to count the coins they needed, sometimes adding in
1’s using 1 peso coins and sometime using 5 peso or 10 peso coins.
Other members of the class had great fun using the computers to play ‘Change Exchanger’
where they got to scan items, read the price, collect the money from the customer and choose
the correct change from their online till.
We also set up and used some fun shopping board games for the children where each player
had their own till of money and moved around the board to buy items from each others’
shops, giving or receiving change where necessary.
Finally, some of the children practiced using notes and working out change from larger
numbers by counting on in tens. For example, paying for an item that cost 60 pesos with a
200 peso note.
For such young children, it was really great to see just how confident they were handling
money and applying their mathematical skills to real life situations!
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Should children have to wear school
Is TV a bad influence on children?
Should animals be kept in zoos?
These are just some of the questions that
the Scarlet Macaws have been debating
this week as we started our new non-fiction
Literacy unit, ‘Balanced Discussions.’
We began the week by examining a number
of short essays regarding the use of mobile
phones in school, school uniform, children
choosing their own bed times and such like. The class worked together to identify texts that
were persuasive and those that were balanced. Given this was the first time the children
have been exposed to this style of writing they coped very well. They quickly learned that in
order for writing to be balanced, it must share both sides of an argument (For and Against)
without bias and must not include the opinion of the author.
We used debating cards in lessons in order to
develop our talking and listening skills and
to gain experience with thinking of ideas for
and against, regardless of our own opinions.
Some of the subjects debated included:
Should TV adverts for junk food be banned?
Should children be allowed to have
televisions in their bedrooms?
Should children be allowed out on their own
Should school be voluntary?
The children were then set the challenge to think of a question that they would like to debate.
The class compiled a list and finally chose the following question:
“Should children be allowed to play video games?”
After selecting the question the children were then placed in two groups. Manny, Nico and
Michael formed the ‘For’ team, and Vito, Tricia and Ibrahim formed the ‘Against’ team.
NewsAre you ready for the ball?
On the 11th May at 3pm in the
Village, students of King’s School
Manila will stage the play of
Cinderella. Its not an ordinary play
though as this is being performed
in the style of pantomime.
Pantomime is a British traditional
play, usually staged between
the months of December and
February. It is a piece of lighthearted
entertainment for the
whole family usually based on a
fairy tale or traditional children’s
story. Adults usually perform
pantomimes and one of the main
characters is the “Panto Dame”.
This is often a female role but
played by a man to emphasise
the farcical humour that is a key
ingredient to pantomime. In
Cinderella, all the ugly sisters are
the “Panto Dames” and we have 6
of them! It should be great fun!
Pantomime is meant to be full of
humour and many of the props
may be exaggerated and over
the top - even the audience is
expected to join in. Encouraged
by another of the lead parts, the
audience may respond to the actions of characters on the stage with a “Boo” or a “Hiss” or even
to give assistance in the magic. Special effects and over acting on stage are all part of the norm
for pantos. Magical transformation scenes and musical numbers sung by the cast, soloists and
even audience is often to be expected.
The children were armed with the task of finding evidence to back up their arguments. They
used the Internet to source information
and in the process they learned how to take
efficient notes, without plagiarising. They
have worked hard to create their arguments
and are looking forward to our debate next
A very interesting week in the Scarlet
The children at King’s are very excited to be putting on this show, even if it comes at a slightly
odd time of year, but then, pantos are meant to be slightly odd and quirky. Our show is intended
to raise funds for the children at Mango Tree house as well as a give our children a first chance
look at acting on stage. You can find out more about Mango Tree house and other projects of
ASCF (Asian Students Christian Foundation) from the following website; http://www.asct.org.
uk. We are hoping that some of the children from the home will come and see the school panto.
After the panto has finished we will host a BBQ for all our performers and guests of the show.
This will be a great party finish to thank the children for their hard work whilst also continuing
with our fundraising. Tickets are available from school reception priced at 500php per ticket,
which includes admission to the show and food for one person, or 1500php for a family ticket,
which includes entrance for 2 adults and 2 children to the pantomime and for food at the BBQ.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
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In Eagles class we have been learning about life in Egypt as part of
our Topic unit on Treasure.
We looked at what ‘BC’ and ‘AD’ mean then began ordering key
events on a timeline. We discussed how the ancient Egyptian people
were grouped in a hierarchical system with the most important, rich
and powerful people at the top and the unskilled workers and slaves
at the bottom. The children identified some of the different jobs
that people did, and were surprised to learn that because so very few
people could read and write they employed a scribe.
NewsThe Treasures of Ancient Egypt
As part of the English topic on information texts the children
have been reading iBooks on Egypt and recording the interesting
facts that they have learned. We also matched Egyptian artefacts
to descriptions with our talk partners, by looking for clues. We
highlighted the key information to make it easier to talk about each artefact.
As a class we learned that Tutankhamen’s coffin was made of gold and precious stones. When
the body was mummified it was wrapped and then covered in a death mask. We looked closely
at the beautiful, intricate design and sketched then painted the design. We are enjoying our
topic in Egypt so much we are going to extend it for another week!
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King’s School ASA’s started last week and once again the children have had a range of things to
do after school. Cinderella has dominated this term of course, and the whole school has had a
chance to practise some of the big scenes, such as the ballroom scene where nearly the entire
cast is onstage at the same time. We have been going through the play scene by scene, and with
expert instruction from Mr Ham the children are beginning to assume the characters of the
people they are playing. It’s been quite hard with no props as yet so a lot of imagination has gone
into the rehearsals, even imaginary doors and an imaginary stage!
NewsASA’s in the 3rd Term
In other ASA’s, children have been learning about various apps and software packages to create
music using IT. There have been some great re-mixes and interesting beats created in Miss
Tame’s Music Technology class whilst other children are learning refined Badminton techniques
with Mr Johnson, some lovely colourful Art with Miss Pre and Miss Spinks and some great tops
for painting by Miss Surtida, and Miss King has been teaching rounders, a very exciting ball and
As ever the ASA’s are full of smiley faces and time seems to go very quickly for all the children.
The pictures below will show you the enjoyment our children are getting from their ASA’s.
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