April 25 was a very memorable day at Avondale Grammar, made particularly special by the respectful assembly and the beautiful voices of the children as they joined in the singing, speeches and the laying of the wreaths in remembrance of those who have served in the forces to allow us the freedom we enjoy today. The assembly commenced with a brief introduction by Mr. Doherty followed by an address from our guest speaker Sub Lieutenant Francis Borok, of the Royal New Zealand Navy. Other special features of the ceremony included a solemn reading by school captain, Natasha and a reading of the Oath by Daniel in Year 3. Year 4 led the school in singing the New Zealand National Anthem, while all children joined in for both the Singapore and the Australian National Anthems. We were particularly proud of the children as they showed respect and honour for the occasion.
At Avondale we strive to provide a healthy selection of foods, drinks and snacks for children and staff. The school has now revised the canteen menu, and from Term 2 Parent’s will be able to place their child’s lunch, snack order online via the Avondale School’s website with a log in.
Please note:Log in details and more information will be emailed to all parents during the school holidays.
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new families to Avondale. 4 new children started in the Junior School and have all settled in very well. Great job guys!
On Monday morning as I was at the gate greeting teachers, children and parents back from the term break I had a real sense of energy and calm. An oxymoron to be sure, but as the day started the children demonstrated an excitement to be back at school with their teachers and friends while being comfortable with their classroom environments and surrounds. As the week progressed, this energy and calm created a great vibe around the school giving a sense of comfort and peace.
There were so many exciting things going on in the classrooms; it was wonderful to see the children fully engaged and immersed in learning.
Further to this Uncle Joseph found us some used tyres that were about to go onto the tip. He brought them into the playground to spark interest with the children. In no time at all the children found all sorts of creative ways to use them in their play; building them up to hide someone inside, pushing them to see how far they rolled by themselves and putting a ball inside and watching both roll along simultaneously. They have been intrigued at how the ball inside stayed at the bottom of the rolling tyre… How does that happen? Children chased the tyres down the hill and rolled them back up again.
Just before the term break we were delighted to welcome Ms Tina Swan to the Foundation A Class.
Tina is being helped to settling in with Ms Hema’s kind help. Tina tells me that so far she is enjoying her time here with us. We also welcome Ms Liven who started this week in the Year 2G class as assistant teacher and Ms Adilya joins us as the new Mandarin Teacher. We are very excited to inform you that the music teacher Mr Michael Henkel has joined us at last as has Ms Louise Loxton as Head of Senior School. Welcome one and all!
ANZAC Day ceremony: We ask children to bring a flower in on Tuesday 25 to assist their class in making a flower wreath to lay in remembrance.
To prevent distress from loss or damage encourage children to leave their own toys at home (unless it is a comfort toy).
School closure on Monday 1 May for ‘May Day – Labour Day’.
Parents remaining with children after school, please wait in the canteen area with your children until 3:30 p.m., or until the last bus has gone before using the field and front playground.
When changing transport arrangements please advise Avondale Communication and your child’s class teacher.
Thank you for your kind support.
Karen Nicholls Head of Pre-school, Junior School
This term the activities in the school front playground have been highly anticipated by the children as they come out for morning break and lunch play time. Firstly, a big ‘thank-you’ to the PA for supplying us with some fantastic resources. Children have building blocks, skipping ropes, noughts and crosses and connect four to play with. As well there has been a number of role-play scenarios from a kitchen and table, Master Chef, and a shop where children have enjoyed being social, creative and engaged in play. Quiet areas have been created too. These are places where children can escape for a while to cool down and relax from the heat outside. They have a choice of chalk drawing, paper activities such as paper folding and drawing or they may simply relax in a beanbag and read a book.
This week we have introduced the children to the game of 4 Square and of course they still enjoy playing soccer and using the climbing frame. With so much choice now we are seeing children thoroughly enjoying their play and Ms Christine has reported fewer grazed knees. A great community effort!
Avondale is delighted to welcome Mr Geoff Fouracre as its new Principal commencing 15th August. His dream is for Avondale Grammar School to not only be the school of choice for expatriate families living in Singapore, but for it to gain a reputation for developing young men and women of outstanding personal character and academic credential.
Well done to our fantastic Preschool students who entered into the Athletics Carnival with such gusto this morning. Thank you also to the parent volunteers for giving up their time to make the event so community spirited. It was a happy morning.
We conducted a Wellbeing Survey last week to track the impact of our Positive Education programme on the students. We were delighted with the results – 96% of our students are ‘happy to be at school’ and 97% of our students know ‘a teacher or another grown-up at the school cares about me’. Please click here to see the full results.
Rob Stokoe and Ms Gabrielle Zhou recently wrote a paper for the European School Heads Association magazine titled; ‘Responsive Language Acquision: A Singapore Paradigm’. This paper was printed in the May 2016 edition. See link here: ESHA article
Avondale’s lead Mandarin teacher presented to the educational sector in Dubai this week. Ms Zhou was invited by the Dubai Government to share the methodology around Gesture Responding Teaching and best practices.
Last week Foundation enjoyed ‘learning without walls’ during a trip to Singapore Zoo. There they visited the small enclosures areas and petted a baby hedgehog, watched the orangutans in the aerial walkways and even managed to see the polar bear. It was a great learning experience for everyone.