Weekly newsletter for King’s School Manila
issue 3, Term 1
By Janet Brock
What a fabulous start to this week I had. During
our Monday morning assembly I announced our
very first Star Citizen. Take a look at our Key Stage
2 section of the newsletter to see who is our Star
You should have all received a letter this week
outlining ‘Family Fun Events’ that we are organising.
I am particularly looking forward to our Frisbee
session at Ayala Triangle with Mr Cove on Saturday
22nd at 10.30am.
As part of our ‘Parent Information Pack’ that went
home after the Curriculum Meeting I added a poem
that staff here continually consider when interacting
with our children. I am putting it in the newsletter
as I feel anyone who is dealing with children in any
situation should keep in mind the following.
A Life in Your Hands....
If a child lives with criticism, he learns to
If a child lives with hostility, she learns to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule, he learns to be shy.
If a child lives with shame, she learns to be
If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be
If a child lives with encouragement, she learns
If a child lives with praise, he learns to
If a child lives with fairness, she learns justice.
If a child lives with security, he learns to have
If a child lives with approval, she learns to like
If children live with acceptance and friendship,
they learn to find love in the world.
Dorothy Law Holte
The Ducklings spent a lot of time outdoors this week learning
about trees, bugs and nature – and generally having fun as always.
They ran with each other on the football pitch, and they can run
fast! It was a very enjoyable experience as they tried to cheer their
classmates as they reach the end of the run. They made a cheer
“King’s Ducklings! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo!”.
As a pre-emergent writing activity we are exploring mark making. The Ducklings had fun exploring the
playground as they looked for different textures. The children went out and about and created wax crayon
‘rubbings’ of a range textures (screws, ropes and drains), that they found in the play area.
They are developing more knowledge of how to use their toys safely and appropriately, and they had fun
exploring the properties of objects by seeing if they sink or float in the water trays. That’s the reason some of
the Ducklings went home happily soaked!
We connected their new knowledge of trees with their family tree! We made our own family trees! The
Ducklings are quite proud of their families as they enthusiastically tell each other how good they are as a sister,
daughter, son or brother. They even mentioned their pets as part of their families!
All these experiences made the Ducklings’ week quite full, and with their natural curiosity, unforgettable.
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After School Activities (ASA’s)
After School Activities
“Creative, Sporty, Brains”
It was great to see our ASA programme start this week.
Our programme of ASA’s only consists of 3 activities
spread out over two days. But from those three activities
it is already evident that children will get so much more
chance to try new and different things rather than having
one activity that goes on for a term.
The programme started this week with children in the
“Creative Club” making aborigine masks.
Children were able to work in an art environment with
children from other classes and even the teachers made
their own masks too. The artwork part of “Creative club”
continues for another two weeks before the children will
try a new creative activity, which will be “dancing”. I look
forward to seeing some of the children’s dances then.
In the Brain Boosters activity children were encouraged
to think hard about solutions to problems. Like; “How do
you get two people that are sat opposite each other at
the same desk to ensure they don’t see each other?” or
“How do you throw a ball in such way to ensure it comes
straight back to you?”
The children also became detectives at the scene of a
crime, where they had to work out, which of five friends
had stolen the cake after reading statements that they
knew continued one lie each. Children in the Brain
Boosters activity will also become mini journalists as they
take photos and write articles on the other ASA’s that are
taking place in school. This will involve some imaginative
use of writing and photography with iPads and the
MacBook Airs. We look forward to seeing their work at the
end of term in either website or magazine form.
Our Wednesday after school activities are focussed on
sports. Our programme starts with Badminton where we
can really test agility, speed, and reactions whilst having
some fun working with others and getting fit!
Please note that from next week, we will change the
Sporty programme slightly so that children will be able to
do both Badminton and Table Tennis in the same session.
This will allow for slightly smaller groups so each can
focus on developing skills appropriate for their game and
give the possibility of a few proper matches.
We believe that our ASA programme really gives
children a chance to try lots of new things and really enjoy
after school life at King’s. The looks of smiling faces this
week in our clubs has been a great joy and I look forward
to seeing what else is to come from our exciting ASA’s.
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Key Stage one
A Dash of Ginger, a Cup of Learning, and a Whole Lot of Fun!
Run, run as fast as you can! You can’t catch me! I’m the gingerbread man!
The Kingfishers’ week began with a recount of a timeless tale that most people across the ages have heard, and have
come to love. After eagerly listening to the story about The Gingerbread Man, the children were treated to several
exciting and enriching activities. They had a blast pretending to be characters from the story, thinking of words to
describe the Gingerbread Man and the Fox, picking out their favorites from the book, retelling the story to their Reading
Buddy, making up their own gingerbread characters, baking their own gingerbread animal cookies, and of course eating
and sharing what they’ve made with their friends!
Whew! What an extensive list! It was such a busy week for the Kingfishers Class! Luckily, we were able to come up with
a great summary!
Here are some of the things that the children came up with:
• Some words that describe the gingerbread man and the fox:
• Some of the gingerbread characters that the children thought of for their own stories:
Ginger bread unicorn
Ginger bread snake
Gingerbread Ms King
• The Gingerbread Animals that the Kingfishers baked:
Dolphin giraffe Tiger crocodile cheetah Butterfly
Rabbit Snake cat elephant
Reading and writing stories can open up new worlds and enrich children’s lives. This is whether or not the stories
are read by the teachers, parents, caregivers, or by the children themselves. Through the story about The Gingerbread
Man, the children were provided with an opportunity to try out new experiences and test out new ideas. They were
presented with a chance to be acquainted with a classic story, meet new characters, exercise their critical thinking skills,
reflect upon what they have absorbed, and develop their own creativity.
As the week comes to an end, we can proudly say that we’ve discovered so many things about the children in our
class. The Kingfishers are hungry for knowledge, enthusiastic about learning, have a remarkable memory and a passion
for discovering new things. We are so amazed with their ability to absorb quickly the concepts and lessons learned in
school, as well as their growing vocabulary. We are all looking forward to our next Literacy Adventure in the classroom.
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Key Stage Two
There are different reward systems in place throughout the school that are designed to motivate
the children to succeed. In KS2 we have been reaping the rewards of our hard work.
Our marble reward system ensures that children are praised for: having good manners, being
helpful and friendly towards others, being patient, listening well, trying their best, joining in
with others, being independent and having a smart uniform. Marbles are then coloured in on
a class displays and the children decide what they would like their class reward to be. Both
the Scarlet Macaws and Eagles recently enjoyed their 100 marble reward treats. The Scarlet
Macaws opted for an extra ICT session where they had great fun on the iPads. The Eagles were
more focused on the food options and so enjoyed a delicious ice-cream treat!
House Points provide a reward for the hard work in class. All the children are set clear goals
for their work and earn house points for meeting their targets or for completing an excellent
piece of work. Congratulations to Mickey, Daniel, Francesca and Thomas for earning 25 house
points so far. They were proud to receive their house point certificate from Mrs. Brock in
Friday’s whole school assembly.
King’s School WANTS you?
Do you display exquisite manners at all times?
Show kindness to other children and adults in school?
Are you helpful and considerate of others?
Do you display a positive attitude towards your learning?
Are you a good team player?
Do you encourage and support your friends?
Do you come to school every day with an enormous smile on your face and greet your friends
Then YOU could be the next STAR CITIZEN!
Congratulations to Vito Feliciano in the Scarlet Macaws for being the first Start Citizen at
King’s School. Vito was entered into the Golden Book by his teacher and was read out in our
Vito is a TRUE Star Citizen. His manners are impeccable: he always says please and thank you,
says good morning to his teacher every day (and other members of staff), thanks his teachers
for lessons, asks to be excused from lunch, the list could go on forever. He is also very kind and
considerate and always has a massive smile on his face. What an incredible example to set for
everyone else in school!
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Third | Week
Singing is probably one of the most natural musical instruments that a human being can play. Many people sing
without even realising they are even doing it. We might sing subconsciously to a song on the radio as we drive to work
each day or burst into song whilst having a shower. It sounds so great in there, doesn’t it? We might even sing with
friends for a bit of Karaoke to see who gets the highest score. But have you ever considered just how important singing
actually is to us?
We are quite naturally musical creatures. Our hearts gives us a rhythm by which we live our daily lives, so many things
we do are actually quite rhythmical. Our voices and language make much use of the different pitches and sounds we
are capable of using. Just think how you change your voice to emphasize particular points, or how in some languages,
a different pitch for a particular syllable gives a whole new meaning to a word. Pitch and Rhythm are also two of the
most vital ingredients for making any musical composition.
King’s School Manila is a “singing” school. We make the most of getting children to sing at every possible opportunity.
It may be through a “tidy up song” or a “wash our hands song” as well as in our music classes. Typically children will sing
as part of every music lesson but we also have our singing assemblies on a Friday and quite often we finish with a song
on our Monday assembly too.
Children usually enjoy singing, you will often hear songs in the playground, that are essential part of children’s games
or they may even hum under their breath without even realising it. At school we encourage children to use their
voices in many different ways so they learn about that powerful instrument that is already installed in their bodies. We
encourage correct posture when singing as well as proper diaphragm support and breath control. We will also give
them a range of songs, some may be familiar and some may be not, some old, some new.
Singing is actually good for you too. There have been many studies conducted on the benefits of singing. Some are
• Singing improves your mood. It releases the same feel-good brain chemicals as chocolate!
• It is very effective as a stress reliever and improves sleep
• Singing releases pain-relieving endorphins, helping you to forget that painful tooth/knee/whatever
• Your posture improves
• Lung capacity increases
• Singing clears sinuses and respiratory tubes
• Your mental alertness improves
• Singing tones your facial and stomach muscles
• It boosts your immune system, helping to fight disease and prolonging life expectancy
• Your confidence increases
Singing is also a good way of releasing energy, or helping to channel our moods. Singing can be used as a tool to help
control our emotions and this is particularly why it is good for children who are beginning to develop language skills.
Songs can mean a lot to children and even adults have songs that remind them of other people or events in their lives.
You may even find that children use singing as a way into talking or as a way of expressing themselves. The songs we
sing also often influence our vocabulary.
Do encourage your child to sing and do sing around the house, even if you are not scoring a perfect 100 on your
karaoke system. Singing is fun, it brings us together socially and it is also very good for you.
Director of Music
The Kingfishers have read the story of the Gingerbread man in class and in Art created colorful
drawings of their version of a Gingerbread Person. They also began exploring with watercolors
and painted outdoor scenes. In keeping with their study of Geography the Eagles made maps
of their own (fictitious) island and also created a street scene of their own neighborhood. The
Scarlet Macaws, who have been reading about Robinson Crusoe’s adventures have been working
with clay to create paper-mache masks inspired by viewing a slideshow of African masks.
One of the activities some of the students have taken to during their break time is playing with
the Frisbees. I have introduced some basic throwing techniques in PE and some of them have
really enjoyed practising at break time and have actually become quite good at their throwing
and catching. At a basic level playing Frisbee is a great way to improve eye-hand coordination
while as a person’s skills progress the game can turn into quite a challenge with trick throws
and catches. The game of Ultimate Frisbee is popular worldwide and is a fast-paced game that
relies on teamwork and strategy.
Mr Cove will be showing us some throws on Saturday 22nd September at Ayala Triangle from
10.30am to 11.30am. Everyone is welcome to pop along for as little or as long as they want.
Art & FrisbeeArt
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