KSM Newsletter March 22nd 2013 - The King's International School ...


KSM Newsletter March 22nd 2013 - The King's International School ...


Issue 10, Term 2

Weekly Newsletter for King’s School Manila


Dear Parents,





Experiencing a change of pace

On Tuesdays the Ducklings had their 9th Aqualogic swimming lesson. The Ducklings have

all made excellent progress in their swimming confidence and skills since swimming lessons

began this year. Those who were initially apprehensive of even getting in the pool were,

this week, splashing and laughing and playing and, all importantly, eagerly listening to and

following the instructions of the coaches. Next week at our ‘Demonstration Day’ the coaches

and children will happily share these successes with you all. Please check the Ducklings

‘Week In the Life’ newsletter for details.

With Mr Cove away at the moment the Ducklings are having a change of pace and using their

skills with the teachers to learn to play new team games. The idea of competing against their

friends hasn’t made any difference to their manners. In a game called ‘Rob The Nest’ where

they are predators stealing an egg from another’s nest, the main sounds are laughter dotted

with “excuse me” and “sorry” and the occasional “whoops-a-daisy” as they work towards a

Physical Development learning goal to “negotiate space successfully when playing racing and

chasing games with other children, adjusting speed or changing direction to avoid obstacles”.

It has been a busy term at the King’s School, Manila. I’m pleased our community is happy with their

children’s education. All the staff have worked solidly since Christmas, worked harder than you’d find in

other schools because we’re a start-up school and we have an ethos we believe in – that children come to

school to work hard and learn.

It’s a simple but direct belief: come to school to work hard and learn. But at the King’s School working

hard means the children are motivated to explore the extent of their abilities. We insist everyone, adults

and children, uphold the values of integrity and respect for others.

Visitors to the King’s School are immediately aware of a vibrant,

happy and secure environment.

In this newsletter the staff reinforce our values. Miss King talks

about guiding the children to using higher level thinking skills. Miss

Tame and Ms Spinks describe the residentials and how the children are

developing independence and an awareness and tolerance of others

while learning to appreciate their own families and circumstances.

We provide an enhanced curriculum at the King’s School. Mr

Stapleton explains our commitment to providing musical education

beyond the stipulations of the English National Curriculum. Our

Chinese teachers, Miss Zhang and Mrs Wootton, continue to offer our

children the opportunity to achieve proficiency in Mandarin.

The parent committee have organised a potluck luncheon for the first Saturday of next term, Saturday,

13th April. Bring some food and we’ll have a feast and talk while the children play. It will be a relaxed,

family affair, and a great opportunity for parents and teachers to gather together.

Lastly, welcome to Rory and Esme Butler. Enjoy being at the King’s School.

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Level Thinking Skills For Short

Level People.

How? Why? and What If? These are the kind

of questions we want to hear our children ask

during any area of the curriculum because

these are the questions that stretch and expand

their minds. These questions require analysis

NewsHigh and reflective thought and inspire our children dripped through.

to find out more. As teachers we seek not to give

the children the answers but to empower them

to find out for themselves. The greatest minds

of the future generations will be the ones with

the ability to ask questions and know which

skills they’ll need to work collaboratively or

independently to find their own answers and

solve problems.

The little scientists and philosophers in the

Kingfisher class have been hard at work doing

just that!

We have been exploring cultural differences

and similarities in our Literacy lessons,

discussing our thoughts on the importance of

wealth through our PSHE lessons and testing

the properties of materials and their suitability

to different uses in Science.

The children have been particularly enthusiastic

when conducting scientific investigations.

We adapted our test (making sure it was fair,

by adding the same amount of extra water

to each material) and then discovered that

when a larger amount of water was added, the

sponge could no longer hold the water and it

“ So the plastic is waterproof because it holds

the water on top.”

The sponge can only hold a bit of water

before it gets too weak’”

The children had not only made their own

definition of waterproof but had begun to

explore the properties of absorbent materials

and formed their own conclusions.

Following this we decided to test which

materials could float and which would sink.

Which materials would be most suitable for

building rowing boats?

As well as having a lot of fun playing with the

water, the children also made some serious

predictions, tested their ideas and came to

conclusions through discussion with each

other and group work.

We firstly thought about waterproof materials

and what this meant. We thought about what

different materials looked like and made

predictions about which ones would make good

umbrellas for the rainy season. Interestingly,

some children thought that sponges would be

the most waterproof and upon testing, many

children saw the water being absorbed in to

the sponge and took this to mean that the

sponge was indeed waterproof.

‘So why don’t we make umbrellas from

sponges?’ was the question from an intrigued


Another, who was not convinced, suggested:

“What if we add more water?”

The most interesting part of our investigation

was when we tested the cup. Most children

thought because it was heavy it would sink.

However, to begin with the cup floated then

capsized, filled up with water and sunk. The

children decided from this that the material

was good for floating but the shape of the cup

meant that it would fill up easily and the water

made it heavier so it sunk.

Fantastic scientific learning with virtually no

adult input!

With growing, enquiring minds and the

confidence in their own investigative abilities,

the children are excited about the possibilities

of future experiments and scientific learning.

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scarlet macaws

NewsAwesome Adventure

This week the Scarlet Macaws set of on

their Banaue-Sagada-Subic residential. The

children (and teachers) have been looking

forward to this trip immensely and it was

everything and more than we expected!

The extremely excited Scarlet Macaws arrived

in school on Sunday evening at 6pm, where we

quickly dropped all our suitcases and sleeping

bags to head to Yellow Cab pizza restaurant

for our pre-residential meal. After dinner, we

all watched a movie and then TRIED to have

some sleep before leaving at 2 am…without

much success!

Shortly before 2am on Monday morning, we all boarded our minivan and met our friendly

driver (Joshua) and tour guide (Willie) from Crimson Travel. Everyone was incredibly

excited and awake but fortunately we all managed to get some sleep. We arrived at our hotel

in Banaue in the early afternoon and after a short rest we were ready to explore the rice

terraces with our amazing local guide Loi. We spent around 4 hours twisting and turning,

making our way over, across and through the impressive rice terraces. We were all blown away

by how beautiful the scenery around us was. The children really pushed themselves and Mr

Lindsay and I were very impressed with their determination and enthusiasm throughout.

What an incredible first day!

Day 2 took us further into the Mountain Province and into Sagada. On the way, we first

stopped in the city of Bantoc to take a look around their fantastic Ifugao museum. Inside

were lots of beautiful and interesting artefacts from the Ifugao tribe whilst outside was set

up as an Ifugao village that was very cool!

On arriving in Sagada we met our 2 local guides for the day, Dubal and Pals. First we took a

walk down to the ancient burial caves where we saw nearly 100 old coffins stacked and neatly

tucked into the cave before heading to Sumaging Cave for the ultimate caving adventure!

With the help of our 2 excellent guides and our driver Joshua, we all made our way down

700 METRES into the cave, climbing down ropes, waking bare foot through rock pools that

had been beautifully carved by the water once running through the cave, whilst listening to

the squeaking of the resident bats. Several of the children voted this their favourite part of

the trip!

On day 3 we boarded the minivan again, this time to bring us to Subic Bay. After quickly

dropping our suitcases of at our hotel we made our way to our ‘Tree Top Adventure’. After

a gentle canopy ride through the forest, the children took the plunge on the ‘Tree Drop’ – a

10 metre sheer drop to the ground! Then finally it was on to the zip wire ‘Superman Ride’.

On the final day of our trip we visited ‘Ocean Adventure’ and then ‘Zoobic Safari’ before

heading back to school!

Mr Lindsay and I are incredibly proud of all the Scarlet Macaws - their positive attitude and

enthusiasm shone throughout the trip with lots of fun and laughter along the way. We are all

looking forward to our next trip with school. What an amazing residential!

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to Villa Escudero

Plantations and Resort!


On Monday morning the

playground was full of anxious

parents and extremely excited

children! A sea of suitcases and

backpacks filled the playground.

After half an hour loading up

the bus we were finally ready to

wave goodbye to our parents and

set off on our very first King’s


The journey was only two hours

and the children entertained

themselves with books and card

games. Once we arrived we were

given a welcome drink of gulaman while we waited to be checked in. We gathered our things

and made our way to Gumamela, the four-bedroom hut on the river. As Gumamela was at

the other end of the resort we took a steady but very interesting journey by carabao, complete

with musical entertainment! After deciding who would share each room the children set

about settling in and organizing their things.

Because our topic in school is paintings, pictures and photos our first activity was to sketch

interesting army artefacts situated near the main entrance. The children concentrated hard

to get the main outline and shapes in place before adding in the detail and shading. As it was

very hot we played for a short while before enjoying our packed lunches in the much cooler

reception area.

After lunch we returned to Gumamela to put on our swimming clothes ready for bamboo

rafting and swimming. Bamboo rafting was a great experience for the children, but much

trickier for the adults who had to manoeuvre the 15ft raft round in circles! Everyone had a

turn and while they waited patiently with Mr Adonis the children had a go at fishing from

the jetty. Mickey caught a fish but unfortunately it escaped. After a while in the sunshine

everyone was excited to dip in the cool pool. The children played happily together, enjoying

the waterfall and the slide. Towards the end of the swimming session Mr Johnson organized

a few swimming races and then we finished with a group photograph.

Back at the house we changed and prepared for the evening activities: bird watching, dinner

and games. Whilst bird watching was a little disappointing (as they were too far away to take

good photographs) the children still had opportunities to spot them using their binoculars

and they used their own cameras and iPads to take photographs of the waterfall, interesting

plants and flowers and the water buffalo we passed in the fields.

Dinner was eaten at the Coconut Pavilion and was a tasty buffet meal with a selection

of Filipino foods, meat and rice. We relaxed and chatted together before heading to the

Recreational Hall for a spot of videoke and table tennis! Settling down for bed at 7.45 was

no problem for the children, after such a busy day some were even asking to go to bed! By

8.00 p.m. everyone in the hut was fast asleep because we were exhausted!

The girls made an early start the next day, waking up at 5.30 a.m. whilst some of the boys had to be woken up for

breakfast at 7.00 a.m! After a delicious buffet breakfast we went back to Gumamela to pack up our things. Whilst we

were there we partnered up to create a video diary of our favourite parts of the trip. Once we checked out and loaded

up the bus we visited the Museum. Housed in a replica of a long-gone church in Intramuros were hidden treasures

from all over the world. The items of most interest to the children were the costumes, weapons, coins and bugs. There

was also a huge glass case filled with stuffed animals.

We took one final tour of the resort with our iPads to take part in a photography competition. Hidden around the

park are many interesting statues and scenes of life in the plantation and in the Philippines. Mr Lindsay will choose

the winners of the competition and the awards will be given out in assembly on Monday!

At the Waterfalls Restaurant we enjoyed an unusual dining experience. We had to take our shoes off and roll up our

trousers and wade through the water to our tables to eat. The children thought this was brilliant and wanted to play

in the waterfall (but a bus full of soggy children was not a good idea). And so the class adventure was over for a year

and we headed back to school with a slight suntan and a bus full of tired children who were eager to tell their parents

about the fun they had.

All the adults on the trip were impressed with the good manners of the children and the way they interacted. In fact,

so proud that the children earned enough marbles to fill the 500 jar, which means we can enjoy bowling together this

Friday. We felt very proud when members of the public asked which school we were from and commented on their

excellent behaviour.

It really was a brilliant trip and we look forward to doing something similar next year!

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NewsVoices Around The World

The human body is built to make sound;

whether we clap our hands, stamp our feet, pat

our knees or sing songs it cannot be denied that

music is built into our bodies. In all our classes

we explore body sounds whether it is part of a

copying game, memorisation of a sequence of

sounds or a sound effect mimicking a drum or

sound of nature. Regardless, the human voice

always comes out as the most versatile sound of

almost any instrument.

Singing is an excellent way for a community to

bond. In places like Africa singing is a way of

life, played by all members of the community.

It is something to do together, often in large

groups. We see songs bonding fans of football teams in the terraces of a stadium or whilst

travelling on a bus - singing seems to unite the travellers and help pass the time. In schools,

too, singing helps build the community. No matter what year group you are in, no matter

how big or how small you are group singing helps everyone to feel equal.

Next term I am going to be working on a project called “Voices Around The World.” It is

an idea that started last year with the British Pop star Howard Jones who got about 300

schools from around the world to send in a recording of a song he had written. The song was

professionally produced, mastered and released as a single in December 2012. The profits

from the commercial recordings sold raised money for poverty stricken schools in Africa.

This year the project is being repeated but with the hope of a 1,000+ schools participating

and I would very much like King’s School Manila to be part of this. I have included the

“Voices Around The World” project as part of our ASA’s for next term and hope that we can

get as many children and perhaps even teachers and parents involved as possible.

If you want to know more about the project, you can visit the website:


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NewsPotluck lunch on Saturday, 13 April

Bring some food to share and have a

relaxing Saturday lunch with teachers,

parents and children.

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