One certainty about a child’s schooling is that it does not end after school. The need to forge home-school connections is critical to support a student’s social and academic success. At Magic Years, we have come to learn that one way to build partnerships between home and school is through digital learning. Educational apps on tablets, iPads, and smartphones are a great way to extend learning to home, especially when students can make their learning visible with families.
The IBO recommends that from at least the age of 7, all students in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) have the opportunity to learn more than one language. At Magic Years International School, we nurture the development of complex language from the early years. We recognize the importance of bilingualism and strengthening our students’ home languages while at the same time learning the school’s medium of instruction in English.
Earlier this year, we were fortunate to receive a group of educators from the Raision Region Education and Training Consortium in Finland. Altogether three practicum students and their lecturer joined our teaching teams at Magic Years to learn from our educational approach and learning environments.
Primary Years students at Magic Years International School (MYIS) have taken an active role in learning about the construction of the new school campus, and following the construction updates. On November 11, 2015, they made a class visit to the new campus to view firsthand the progress.
Prior to visiting the campus, students met with members of the MYIS new campus architectural team to learn more about what skills are necessary to become an architect and how the design process unfolded in the construction of the new campus. Meeting with an Architect.
You are invited to our Positive Parenting workshop on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 8:30am to 9:30am in the Gym Room. The focus of the workshop is “Dengue Fever” prevention.
The workshop will be hosted by a parent of Magic Years and member of the World Health Organization in Thailand, Dr. Deyer, who will share his expertise on how and where the Aedes mosquitoes breed and how we can best prevent the dengue virus. The Public Health Ministry in Thailand has predicted dengue fever cases will jump more than 16% this year, prompting us to host this workshop, so that we can work together to help protect our community.
The workshop will conclude with a Q&A session. We hope that despite the late notice many of you will still be able to attend this workshop offered by one of our school parents.
Loy Krathong, a traditional Thai festival, is celebrated annually at Magic Years and allows students, parents and teachers to connect with the home country and celebrate the Thai tradition of making krathongs, decorative flower baskets, and floating the krathongs to make a wish.
Third graders at Magic Years International School were invited to participate in KPIS Inter-School Spelling Bee on Friday, November 13. As their first time participating in an inter-school exchange of this nature, all of our students performed confidently and had fun doing so. Not only was it a great opportunity to associate with students from other international schools, but also a unique experience to take risks, overcome challenges and face adversity.
The 1-to-1 iPad program was successfully launched in our Primary Grades earlier this month. An iPad was provided for each student in Grades 1-3 as a means to equip students with the necessary skills to navigate our ever-changing world. With iPads in their hands, students will learn to investigate and research, create and innovate, communicate, collaborate, organize, and become responsible digital citizens.
Last Friday, we had a fire drill to help students and teachers prepare for emergency situations. Fire drills are scheduled periodically throughout the year, and teachers are informed of fire evacuation procedures beforehand.
Primary Grade students had the opportunity to meet with the co-architects of the new school’s campus. They received the latest information on construction progress, viewed a 3D model, explored a digital 3D rendering, and asked many questions.