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All the latest news from the International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands - March 2015 
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International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands
WOW!  What an exciting month March has been!
 
We began by celebrating the end of Code Breakers.  Code Breakers is our annual reading programme, where we identify a group of children who need a ‘boost’ with their reading.  Over a 6 week period, we read with them at school twice a day and their parents commit to reading with them at least daily at home.  We measure their progress using a test which generates a reading age.  All of this year’s Code Breakers made huge strides forward with their reading.  This spanned from 5 months to 30 months … in just 6 weeks!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!  
 
We could not run this scheme without the help of our volunteers; they are parents past and present and grandparents.  Many thanks to: Wendy Ayer, Carmen Telniceanu, Myles & Diane McDowell, Cindy Flanagan, Kelcey Grandsire, Gabrielle Connolly and Louise Scott.
Education Week TCI 2015 ran from 2nd – 6th March, under the theme of ‘Unite for Quality Education: Better Education for a Better World".  This was the first time, for many years, that children from our school have been involved in Education Week and what fun we all had!  Our children were involved in a great number of exciting events which brought guests into our school as well as involved our children venturing out to take place in events within the community. 

These were exciting and varied and covered many different educational themes:  Living History Day, Science Quiz, Science Fair, Dramatic Performances in a visit from students from BWIC, Practical Maths afternoon, World Book Day and Teacher Appreciation Day.  Thank you so much to everyone who was involved in making these events the huge success that they were.
 
Many thanks to our partners at Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd. who have enabled our Tree House to be finished.  There is now a stunning Pirate Ship in the corner of the playground which the children have been enjoying tremendously.  The next job is to think of a name for it: the children have been invited to offer suggestions.
 
Tom Phillips and Brooke Rivers were winners in the Poster Competition run by the TCI Shark Conservation team.  They have won entrance to the community event, where their poster will be displayed and they will be invited to meet the famous shark conservationist, Rob Stewart.  Congratulations!
 
Finally, the highlight of the month must be the performances of Oliver French, Michael Saunders and Evadne Gardiner in the National Science Quiz and Science Fair.  Oliver and Evadne won 3rd place in the Science Quiz and Oliver and Michael won first prize in the Science Fair.  Your excellent knowledge and application, the understanding and creativity you showed and your outstanding communication of these things impressed the judges, our school and the entire
community.  We are so very proud of you – Well done!!

I hope you enjoy the newsletter and keep checking our weekly blogs.

Best wishes, Katie Hinks, Principal

What's coming up?

April

Moms 'n' Tots Club every Wednesday starting 15th
 
Monday 13th
Teacher Training Day 

 
Tuesday 14th
Term 3 commences for pupils

Tuesday 14th
PTA Meeting

View School Calendar for all key dates, plus the NEW provisional calendar for 2015 - 2016
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Congratulations Evadne, Michael and Oliver  
BIG NEWS - The International School was proud to enter and thrilled with the great results at the annual TCI Science Fair 2015. This was the first time entering the competition and they achieved 1st place with their Science Project and 3rd place in the Science Quiz. Read the Full Quiz Story and The 'Reinforced Ice' project.
 
Reading Program

The results are in!   This term we have successfully ran another ‘Codebreakers’ reading program aiming specifically at improving children’s reading ability. We have used this approach of focused reading intervention at the school in the past few years and have seen significant progress in children’s reading skills.
Check out impressive the results

Programmers of the future?

Did you know the UK Computing Curriculum, which we use at our school, has been updated recently? The new changes are vast, desirable and hugely transferable! We have seen more problem solving, logical thinking, working systematically, creative thinking and reasoning. What is happening?Computing at International School
Education Week TCI

Extraordinary Education Week TCI
 

We had a jam-packed week for Education Week TCI at the International School. The school was a hub of activity with many special visitors. There was just too much activity to fit in this newsletter, so you can read all about the mural, guests, crafts, pirates and see the photos in our Education Week blog.

World Book Day

World Book Day!
 

We started our World Book Day with DEAR time (Drop Everything And Read), then 'meet the authors', awards assembly and finally we ended with a fabulous character parade - where there were children dressed up in all manner of wonderful costumes.
Did you see the parade?

Check out their beautiful work!
 

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Do you love a maths challenge?

 

Our Practical Maths Day was a fantastic day of fun and interactive maths activities. The children got stuck into all sorts of fun activities that the teachers and Mr. Chung had created in and around the school grounds. Chess, games, competitions, puzzles, guessing games and conundrums galore!

See the photo gallery, plus Maths Homework Helper!

A few moments of your time...

OUR LIBRARY - We always need volunteers to help in the library by adding new books to the system and covering them in plastic.

Another way you can help the children is to read to the children or listen to them read once a week. 

Just an hour a week would be a great help!

Please contact Ms. Jessica to volunteer a little time.
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We are Living History

The International School created a 'Living History' workshop in order to educate and celebrate our islands as part of Education Week TCI.  The Hon. Akierra Missick enthusiastically participated in the many educational activities and David Bowen presented. You should see what they did! Take me to the blog 

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Ballet Cuteness Overload

The fun term of Ballet Classes with Miss Sandy for our little ones ended on a high note with a beautiful presented Ballet Class open house.

The open house drew in a big crowd of friends, siblings and family to watch the 10 plus children show off what they had learnt. Dressed in satin slippers and tutus the children not only looked cute but they looked calm, happy and very ready to perform.  Why is Ballet so important? 

Ballet Classes

SHARK ART ATTACK

With up to an incredible 73 million sharks killed every year, predominantly for their fins, it’s no wonder that one-third of all open ocean shark species are threatened with extinction.

Our children have enjoyed learning about shark conservation and participated in an inter-school poster competition! We have
competition winners!   Their posters will be on display at the community screening of Sharkwater on Saturday 28th March. Get the latest     

 

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