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September 2, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Kiva – an invitation for your child to join

Today Grade 5 came together to talk about the organisation Kiva. Later in the year in our Grade 5 Exhibition, Grade 5 students will do their own research into a local organisation that is helping the world in some way to find out how they organise themselves, how they work and how the student can help in any way. Working with Kiva (a global organisation), the Grade 5 students will find out how one organisation works. Each student can make a real difference with a ‘loan’ of US$25 (about 3,300) yen. There is a 97% chance that each student will get her/his money back by next summer. Amazing isn’t it. The following video will show you how Kiva works.

If your child chooses to join with us in making a loan, perhaps your family can discuss how best your child can earn or raise the money so that the money really belongs to your child. This will create a genuine connection for your child to whoever s/he lends the money to.

Thank you.

June 15, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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5W students all wrote a Grade 5 ‘Celebration’ speech

and congratulations to Joshua Noda-Hines who was voted by his peers to be our 5W class representative at the ‘Grade 5 Celebration’ event on Wednesday 17th June in the Auditorium. Thank you very much to the other students who took the challenge of reading their speech in front of the class. If you would like to read your child’s entry, or any of the 5W students’ entries, please click on one of the links in the comments section below. The criteria we used to vote was:

Speech rubric

June 2, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Free play is nature’s means of teaching children that they are not helpless. In play, away from adults, children really do have control and can practice asserting it. In free play, children learn to make their own decisions, solve their own problems, create and abide by rules, and get along with others as equals rather than as obedient or rebellious subordinates.

Source: The Atlantic

Thank you to Mr. Mural for sharing.