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03 July 2014 By In Blog style
All schools involve parents and some to a greater extent than others. We believe that transparency and open communication are the best policies.
Parents want the best for their children while teachers are committed to the children they teach. Recent years have seen an improvement in home-school links through the efforts of parents and teachers. Research into school effectiveness has shown that schools in which pupils do well, both in terms of academic achievement and behaviour, all have a common feature - good home-school relations.

Parents have a vital role to play in their child’s education. They hold key information about their child’s development and needs. By involving parents at an early stage in their child’s education, they can become valuable co-educators as well as a consistent support for teachers and the school as a community.

03 July 2014 By In Blog style
Schools around the world strive to create their school atmosphere and policies to reflect a more inclusive and cohesive society. This requires recognising and responding to diversity and ensuring equality for all.
When we refer to equality we are talking about how we live in a fair society. At the heart of this will be ensuring equal opportunities and equal life chances for all. Material equality, equal access, participation and representation, including the removal of barriers, is essential.
When we refer to diversity we are talking about how we value difference. It involves developing acceptance, respect and understanding of our differences. This will be facilitated through encouraging an openness, between and towards others, promoting cultural exchanges that are responsive to our multiple cultural identities.
The importance of this work has long been recognised through the new duty placed on schools to promote community cohesion. Cohesion or a common sense of belonging is about how we get along with each other. This would be characterised as a feeling amongst all of us, trying to belong to our local or global communities.
At our school, we know from our discussions and consultations with children and young people that they would welcome more opportunities to explore and discuss these issues.
 

03 July 2014 By In Blog style
Sport can be an innovative way to engage youth.  Sport can be used both as an incentive and reward for students, and as a medium through which they can develop important social and life-skills, such as discipline, team work and goal-setting.
Through student and teacher exchanges Schools are given a great deal of flexibility in how they conduct their Sport program. Every school is different, every participant is different and therefore every program should be adapted to best suit specific needs. Some schools operate as an accompaniment to their existing physical education programs, others organize activities separately, outside regular school hours or even off school grounds. Methods of monitoring student progress also vary.  

03 July 2014 By In Blog style
When teachers observe children’s talk, they learn a great deal about what children know and understand, and how they think. Teachers provide the most effective ‘scaffolding’ for children’s learning when they use what children say and do to plan activities that enable their progress. When children understand why they’re being asked to take part in a particular activity they are able to learn whilst the teacher can observe and by judging how and when to intervene, so that children can make sense of their discoveries and failures. It is quite a skill for a teacher to know when to withdraw so that children can be responsible for their own learning.

The work of writers like Lilly Wong Fillmore (1991) suggests that the length of time children need to learn a new language depends on the frequency of contact between learners and speakers of English. Children learn more quickly when they can interact with lots of English speakers then when all or most of their classmates are language learners. Classroom organization is another aspect highlighted as there are more opportunities to hear and use English in classrooms where there is much group activity. Individual difference, even when children have the same motivation and opportunities for learning, some take longer to become proficient English speakers.  
Conversational gestures, intonation and other cues help children to understand what is being said while academic language has a great deal less contextual support than conversation. Attitudes towards bilingualism have improved of course in the last twenty years and much research has been carried out.  In the past, speaking two languages was considered an intellectual and emotional handicap for children. Many people believed that, because the brain has only a finite capacity, bilinguals were not able to use either of their languages as well as monolinguals.


Researchers such as Cummins (1984) point out that bilingualism offers more advantages. Cognitive skills such as reading and writing are transferred from one language to another, not relearned. Personal benefits can be that it builds sound foundation in the first language while it can increase children’s self- esteem. Today, more than ever, it increases the range of job possibilities.

Schools are aware that bilingualism benefits the wider society by increasing awareness of cultural diversity which can help combat racism.  Bilingual children’s learning is enhanced by allowing them to demonstrate their skills.

A good multicultural, international school creates the right ethos, by introducing social and cultural school events, by clearly communicating the message of celebrating differences and similarities.  Also by ensuring that they create a visual environment, that reflects the diversity of the school population.

Some activities could include bilingual storytelling, bilingual drama, language awareness activities. The most vital importance is to be aware of the extent their school community endorses the visual environment of the school reflecting the population that it serves.  Evidence, such as signs, posters, books, newsletters, display of children’s work, toys, dressing up clothes, musical instruments, artifacts.

Thus the advantages of bilingualism are many; cognitive benefits, social and personal benefits, self- esteem, better relations, better job prospects. What we value the most at our school, is that multilingualism raises awareness of diversity, enabling our children to be global citizens.  – Dr. Maria Theochari
 
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