issue 2, Term 2
Weekly newsletter for King’s School Manila
By Janet Brock
Sharing food is always a good way to make
friends and this week the Ducklings made
biscuits for everyone at King’s School. We
looked at how a recipe works and why we
need to follow the instructions. We certainly
learned a lot of words and practised using
them as we described each step in the
process. We enjoyed baking so much we
have decided to do it again next week! We
discussed healthy eating and I was pleased
to hear one Duckling tell another that french
fries were a treat and “you shouldn’t eat them
too much you should have broccoli instead!”
Some Ducklings know that people from different countries eat different types of food.
We were delighted to go swimming again and we have been practising blowing bubbles. We
have used straws to blow paint patterns and mix colours, blow bubbles in a cup of water and
we’ve raced cotton balls across the table!
The little Ducklings have been visiting different people and places around the school and are
becoming much more confident. They can sit and enjoy a class story and can follow the routines
in the class with much less support from the adults. The older Ducklings have been writing their
names, practising letters, learning new sounds and have been enjoying our number activities so
much that they carry on the activities in their own playtime!
START AN EPIDEMIC!
Smiling is infectious;
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.
I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin,
When he smiled I realized I’d passed it on to him.
I thought about that smile then I realized it’s worth,
A single smile, just like mine could travel round the earth.
So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected.
Let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!!
KEEP THE SMILES GOING.
One of the many things I love about King’s School Manila is the many smiles I see everyday in children
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1. Hardworking Kingfishers Receives Awards
2. Speedy Swimmers
3. Elsa Joins the Dream Team
4. Star Light… Star Bright… Where Can We Find Sources of Light?
Hardworking Kingfishers Receives Awards
Four focused, determined, and hardworking Kingfishers earned a total of 25 house points by
the end of last week – which of course, entitled them to our most coveted Bronze Certificates!
Congratulations to Leah, Leon, Joni, and Saxon! We are so proud of you. You truly deserve your
hard earned award!
After meeting the coaches and trying out the pool, the children are now very excited
for swimming lessons every Tuesday. Not only do they learn so much from the coaches, they
also have so much fun! The coaches make sure that the children have access to toys, colourful
swimming aids, and use child-friendly terminology to teach the children. This is definitely a
great experience for the children.
Elsa Joins the Dream Team
We would like to welcome our new friend, Elsa! The Kingfishers were very excited to meet
her – especially the girls. We are so lucky to have her as the new addition to our class!
Star Light… Star Bright….
We did mention that the Kingfishers are doing so many activities in class right? These
days, we are into conducting Science Experiments! The most recent one that we did involved a
thorough investigation on whether or not shiny materials were a light source. We used different
materials like shiny paper, foil, boxes, mirrors, torches, cameras, and candles. We recorded our
data and made our observational drawings. Science is a lot of fun!
Stay tuned for more exciting stories from the Kingfishers Class!
Breaking NewsHere are our top stories for the
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Forward and Learning
As Eagles class has grown in numbers we
are using talk partners in class much more
frequently. The children love to have the
opportunity to talk and discuss their ideas for
learning and by using talk partners everyone
gets the chance to talk, ask questions and
practice being a good listener!
Talk partners are designed to enable children
to become skillful speakers and listeners and
helps all children be actively involved in a
learning task. It also helps children become
more competent and confident users of English as they are talking for a range of purposes.
In Eagles class talk partners are used to support
learning across all subject areas. In English it gives
the children time to process their thoughts with
someone before feeding back to the class. It is a
chance to share ideas and learn from their peers
too. Talk partners give children more confidence
when we discuss texts, characters, plot, setting,
punctuation etc. It also helps to keep good pace
in Maths and English lessons, so there are no long
pauses while children think of answers.
The children have been looking back over their work from the first term and discussing the ways that
they have improved. We then set individual and class targets for the second term. We use target cards
for Maths, English and Science, which are displayed in class so that the children can take responsibility
for trying to meet them. Every time a child meets a target they show their work and target card to Miss
Surtida or myself and earn a house point!
Here are some of the examples of the skills the children are working hard to improve:
- joined handwriting (neat and on the lines)
- using different sentence openers (Eventually… During… Although…)
- different words for said (bellowed, yelled, cried, ordered)
- using connectives other than and to join sentences (because, but, then, so)
- developing and extending their ideas in writing (not just writing short, simple sentences)
- checking answers in Maths lessons (by using the inverse operations)
- spotting patterns in number and completing number sequences
- naming 2D and 3D shapes and their properties
- comprehensions skills (answering questions on a text)
- to improve the quality of writing by using VCOP methods and examples from our reading
- mental maths skills (times tables and number bonds to 10, 20, 100)
In Maths children can discuss problems together and how they would solve it, they can also use
the whiteboards to record their ideas or to answer questions before showing the teacher. This
way a teacher can assess each child’s understanding in one area of learning. It takes a lot of the
pressure away that some children feel in a subject they may not be very confident in, as they are
answering together not as individuals.
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King’s school ASA’s have already started and children seem to be really enjoying the choices that
they have been offered. For this term, Tuesday ASA’s have included Mad Science, Basketball,
Games for early years, Jewellery making, Tennis and Word Wizards. On Wednesdays for this
half of term, we have been rehearsing the whole cast parts of Cinderella. After half term the
children will be able to do cricket, magic club, mad science for KS 1, games, singing and ICT
It is very clear that the children are getting some amazing experiences through participating
in these clubs, whether its learning spellings whilst catching a ball, making new pendants to
accessorize your favourite outfit, or playing balancing games. It is a great opportunity to mix
with children from other classes and spend some time doing something a little bit different.
It also gives the children a chance to share a favourite topic or pastime with the teachers. The
Wednesday Cinderella rehearsal has given us the opportunity to have the whole school together
to do some drama, singing and dancing. It’s been great fun so far. I think the pictures speak for
NewsGreat fun so far!
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The students have completed their clay projects which are now on display outside the Art room.
Please stop by to have a look at their fine pinch pots and animal statuettes.
Currently the Kingfishers are creating a picture book about themselves. They have folded and
cut the book and are drawing and coloring the pictures which will be shared when they are
The Scarlet Macaws are also creating books but in the graphic arts vein; they are making their
own comic books. They began by creating a storyboard with the ideas and sketches for the 8
pages they will have when they cut and fold a large sheet of paper into a booklet. They are in
the process of transferring their storyboard ideas into the colorful images of their comic books.
The Eagles are preparing for the Chinese New Year by painting some Chinese Dragons. We have
been working in a variety of mediums and the children certainly have their favorites, but it’s
always good to explore new territories when it come to Art. Soon we will be taking a look at Art
in history and be learning about some of the famous artists of the past. Please keep encouraging
your child to explore their creative side by allowing some quiet time for making art at home.
What were your hobbies when you
were 11 years old?
When I was 11 years old i liked to
bake, I liked to sell stuff and I liked
to sing dance and play different
kinds of sports.
What was your first job?
I was a preschool teacher
What was your favorite subject
when you were in primary school?
I liked Art and P.E.
What kind of subject did you not like
when you were young?
MATH!!! I didn’t like Math. Every
time I solved a problem or get the
correct answer I loved Math, but if I
got it wrong I hated it.
What kind of books did you like to
I liked to read mystery, crime scene
and scary books.
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Wow......... that’s a
lot of cavity!
In the Scarlet Macaws our new Literacy unit is
‘Journalism’. This week our job as a journalist
was to interview one of the staff in our school
to learn more about them. I chose and carried
out an interview with Miss Siyasoyco. Why
don’t you take a look at it?
By Nico Licauco
I think she wants a
“ Does she look
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January 18, 2013
Ms. King with
THE DAILY NEWS
Interview with King’s School
Kingfishers Teacher, Ms King
By Manny Januszczak
At the King’s school
Manila, the Scarlet
Macaws have been
assigned each to learn
more about a teacher’s
childhood. They have
successfully interviewed a
teacher and submitted
them to their editor. Here
is Manny Januszczak’s
interview with Ms King,
who has been teaching the
Kingfishers class for six
Manny: What is your
Ms King: My full name
is Nicola Jane King.
Manny: Why did your
parents select this name for
Ms King: Er... I’m not
sure. I think my Dad liked
it. My mum wanted to call
me Daisy, and my dad
wanted to call me Naveed.
Nicola was the only name
they could agree on. I don’t
like the name Nicola, I
prefer to be called Nikki.
Manny: Did you have a
Ms King: Yeah, I had
some embarrassing ones,
do I have to tell you them?
Ms King: Yeah?
Well,er... dad used to call
Dumpling! (laughs) because
he knew I hated it and used
to wind me up, and
because I was quite pudgy
as well. My mum used to
call me Noodle (laughs).
Manny: What was your
Ms King: Well that is
quite a nice one actually.
My earliest memory is
being in the bath with my
mum whilst my mum was
pregnant. She had a big
tummy and told me that in
in her big tummy was my
little brother! I was going
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to have a baby brother!
That’s the very first thing I can
Manny: What was school like
for you as a child?
Ms King: Er...Early school
was good. I was going to school,
and (stutters a little) I was quite
clever when I was little. I loved
reading, I had some friends and
things, but um... but people used
to think I was a bit strange when
I was at school because I used to
be obsessed by being a horse.
Not only did I love horses, I used
to want to BE a horse. When I
was small, at playtime, I used to,
canter around the playground,
and then I would stop at the
bushes, and take the leaves off
the bushes to eat them (laughs)
so... people used to make fun of
me a bit but I tended not to
notice. So yeah, I had fun when I
was at little school. Then, when I
was at middle school, I was about
8 or 9, I was quite naughty. I got
into trouble at that time, and I
was always sent to the
Headmistress’ office, or being
made to stand outside, as I had
done things that I shouldn’t have
done. When I got to Secondary
School I was about 11, 12, or 13,
and I was a bit better again. I
wasn’t naughty, I had a nice
group of friends which was good
but I had to do more work.
Manny:Where did you attend
Ms King: What’s grade
Manny:I think it’s Primary
School or something.
Ms King: Primary
school...So, how old should I be
in “grade school?
Manny:Maybe grade 1 or
Ms King: It was called St.
John’s School, and it was in a
little village. It was a very small
Manny:Where did you attend
Ms King: I went to Weydon,
which was somewhere in
England, a bigger school, and it
Manny:Where did you attend
Ms King: That was in a
Farnham as well, just down the
road where I live.
Manny:What were your best
and worst subjects?
Ms. King: My best and worst
loved writing and reading so I
loved literacy lessons especially
the ones where we were taught
poetry. I also loved art and
history. I wasn’t very good at
science, because I didn’t have a
very logical mind.
Manny:How were holidays
celebrated in your family?
Ms King: We spent holidays
in the countryside dog walking
and horse riding. I also spent a
lot of time myself, I think, in the
woods digging holes (laughs). I
enjoyed making secret hideouts!
Manny: Did your family have
special traditions? Oh, and that’s
the last question.
(mumbling,thinking) I can think
of a daily tradition, which is
little bit strange...um...when it
was time to feed the dogs (laughs)
every day my dad used to sing:
(singing) ‘Feed the dog-gies, let
them now it’s dinner
time!’ (laughs) (sung in the tune
of ‘Feed the World, let them
know it’s Christmas Time) Also,
when we had finished dinner we
used to say: ‘What’s for pudding?
Something from the cupboard?
was a tradition for me and my
Well, it seems that this
interview with Ms King has been
interesting for all. Look out for
the other interviews from the
Scarlet Macaws children.
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