Message from the School Director
Well done everyone, for being great team players during Sports Day 2018! Congratulations to Sun House for winning the Sports Award and Sky House for receiving the Good Spirit Award. Everyone’s a winner when we work together!
Dear parents and children,
We recently watched with pride as the students challenged their bodies, and approached the Sports Day games with determination and focused minds. Dealing with the disappointment of trying and failing is tough for young children, but an extremely important practical life skill. It was wonderful to see them work together, applaud and cheer for each other, and share in the joy when their friends won a game or medal. This kind of healthy outlook and attitude is what will truly assist the children as they maneuver their way through the tests of life.
Our annual Sports Day and regular PE lessons throughout the year are designed to be fun and rewarding, but the most beneficial outcome of these activities is that they can increase self-esteem and positive thinking. So let’s work together and remind the children of the importance of being an effective team player and a good sport by respecting and following the rules of the game and congratulating opponents when they win!
There’s lots of fun and learning planned for June too! Please make a note in your diary of two more important events on our school calendar next month:
- International Day on Friday, 8 June
- Graduation Ceremony on Friday, 15 June
June is a month for assessment and teachers are currently recording students’ achievements to date in the Progress Records. June Reports will also be issued on Wednesday, 6 June and you will then get to meet with your child’s teachers during the parent-teacher consultations from 11 – 13 June. Please contact our administration staff if you wish to schedule a time to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss results and feedback provided in the reports.
Mills International Preschool was delighted to feature at the SCMP Kindergartens Festival on Saturday, 26 May at the Cordis Hotel, Langham Place. We are pleased at our ongoing growth and development which bring increased opportunities for diversity and learning to our school community, and thank you for your ongoing support.
Free Parent Workshop
Mills International Preschool remains at the forefront of early years education in Hong Kong as the only preschool delivering MindUP™ curriculum. The MindUP™ programme is endorsed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Research has shown that MindUP™ helps children optimize learning through better focus and concentration. It fosters a positive mindset and leads to improved academic success and emotional wellbeing. I was delighted to be invited to share MindUP™ techniques with parents of Stamford American School recently.
Join our free Parent Workshop at 2.00pm on Saturday, 2 June at Mills and learn mindfulness techniques that you can practise at home with your child.
Extended Learning Programme (ELP) – preparing for K1-K3
Our popular Extended Learning Programme (ELP) is scheduled each morning from 14 – 23 August and is a fantastic way for your child to get a head start before the new academic year begins. ELP is designed to build upon existing skills to develop a solid foundation in all areas of the English and Mandarin curriculum for students entering K1, K2, or K3. The programme covers areas including phonics, reading, writing, and speaking, and also helps prepare students for the challenges of primary school interviews. It was a very popular and successful programme in 2017, so don’t delay in enrolling your child for August 2018, and help prevent summer learning loss. The morning school bus service will run from 14 – 23 August, to assist in your child’s travel to school. Visit our website or ask our administration staff for more information about ELP.
Don’t miss out on the fun during summer too, with Summer Camps scheduled from 3 July to 10 August at Mills. Visit our website or ask our administration staff for more information about our summer programme.
Playgroup children have been thrilled with this month’s theme Colours and Shapes. They painted with yellow, blue and red, and mixed them with scrapers to create green, purple, and orange. What a great introduction to the colours of the rainbow through early science exercises!
They used colours and shapes to make Minions, kites, and suns.
There was lots of excitement finding our favourite colours on the colour chart, as well as sorting, matching, and counting colours and shapes during movement and maths activities.
The children love to dance to our Hello, Hello and Goodbye Song. Some of them are now jumping on the trampoline, playing on the slides, and running around the play area. What wonderful evidence of their gross motor skills development.
Our next theme is something we all look forward to because it’s all about food!
Hugs and kisses,
May was full of activity for Pre-Nursery students as they participated in their first Sports Day! Following instructions and working on balance, coordination, teamwork and self-control was the focus of the event, along with a whole lot of fun! The school gathered together to celebrate the event with lots of good cheer and spirit as everyone enjoyed participating in the games.
Our active Pre-Nursery children continued to explore the theme Out and About, with special focus on the beach – sand, sea, shells, sea creatures, boats. The children used their senses to explore this topic, and got a chance to see and touch different textured shells whilst learning words to describe them; smooth, bumpy, rough, sharp, pointy. They were amazed by the sounds they heard as they picked up and placed the large shell against their ear, “Oh … it’s the sea!”
A favourite activity this month was exploring with sand in the sensory bins. Learning the properties of sand as they moulded to form sandcastles, and scooped and poured in and out of containers kept little hands busy.
Water play was another popular activity. Filling the sensory bins with pebbles, shells, rubber sea creatures and fishing nets, created a wonderful imaginary pool for the children to play in. Lots of fine motor development and hand-eye coordination was needed as they controlled their fishing nets to make their catch!
The children also enjoyed lots of creative freedom in the art room, as they painted on tables to print underwater scenes, and created their own fish, shells, boats and sandcastle artworks.
Next time you go to the beach, the children will be showing you all they’ve learnt through our Out and About theme activities.
Ms Celia, Ms Jasmine, Ms Rhawnie, Ms Wanna, and Ms Wendy
May has been a great month for fun and learning, as Sports Day is one of the most exciting annual events for the children.
The children extended their learning for the topic Transportation by going on an excursion to the Railway Museum. They explored the history of local railways and loved hopping on the model train and pretending it was taking them to their favourite place – what wonderful imaginary play!
We have now completed the theme Transportation and the students can distinguish between air, land and water transportation, and have learned the names of common types of vehicles. They also learned about road safety rules and understand the meaning of the different coloured traffic lights.
The term is going by so quickly and the children have developed so many skills – we’ve recently been encouraging them to write their name on their work and most of them can do it! This is one of the targets for K1. Well done, everyone!
Our final theme for the year is A Long Time Ago and the children have started to explore the world of dinosaurs. Get ready for dinosaur’s stomps at home!
Lots of love,
The K2 students had such a fun time learning about history at the Museum of History recently and did a fantastic job during their topic-based assessments. They have been using their critical thinking skills and we are so proud of them for becoming more mature during Term 3. They are more outgoing and have so many stories to tell us each morning.
The students have started their final topic of the year, I Can Move, and are learning about different individual and team Olympic sports. During art lessons, they created a tennis ball and racket artwork.
In Phonics the students have completed all 42 phonic sounds and will now move on to revision and high frequency words. We will also focus more on their literacy towards the end of Term 3 in preparation for K3 and P1.
The students will be studying number patterns, counting backwards, and the two times tables during the next few weeks. They are also going to start using more math concept words in preparation for K3 and P1.
We will continue to practise for our Graduation Concert and encourage the children to practise their graduation songs at home too.
If you have any questions or concerns, please write in the Communication Book or have a chat with me or Ms Selina any time.
During May, the children continued to explore Tropical Rainforests and enjoyed completing the drawings and paintings for their rainforest artworks. They also had fun learning about rainforest weather and made their very own rainmakers.
During Mathematics they continued to learn how to measure time and have also been using rulers to measure the height, length, and width of model rainforest animals. These measurements were then marked on a chart and compared to see which animals were the tallest, longest, and widest.
Another fun activity involved the students using their hands and feet to measure the length and width of the classroom.
The students are really applying themselves well whilst practicing their high frequency words and this is improving their reading ability also.
We have now started our new topic of Outer Space. The children are learning about the unique characteristics of each planet and the order of their position from the sun. They will be making planet sculptures soon and these will be display in the classroom.
As the year draws to a close the children have been practicing for the Graduation Concert. I look forward to seeing you at this important event in June.
Playgroup Junior and Playgroup
For the theme Colours and Shapes Make My World, the Playgroup children explored through games such as matching objects to colours and learning to name colours such as red, yellow, green, blue and purple during the song Blowing Balloons. They recognised circles, triangles, and squares in objects and pictures. Look, the children are learning happily!
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
Pre-Nursery children continued to explore the theme Out and About. They learnt about shells and sand on the beach through games and counting activities. They also learnt about various modes of transportation and role played driving in their car to the beach. Such a happy theme!
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)
During the Transportation theme, the children learnt about types of transportation on water, land, and air, and explored this theme through building blocks, storytelling, and role play games. They used paper collage to created unique transportation pictures and they also made a collective theme-based artwork. They sang with their classmates and rowed their boats! The children’s vocabulary about shapes, patterns and transportation has developed, as has their art skills during this theme.
Chen Laoshi (Ms May)
K2 students began to explore Chinese history and culture during the theme People and the Past. They learnt about Tang poems such as The Silent Night, The Farmers, and The Spring Xiao, and appreciated the beauty of the rhythm of the ancient poetry. They have also learnt about the importance of Chinese culture through the stories Four Great Inventions of Ancient China, Chinese Dragon, The Great Wall, Nuwa, Double Happiness, Ma Liang, and Mulan. Their interest in reading and literacy skills are greatly improved. They also visited the Railway Museum where they learnt about the history of rail transportation in Hong Kong.
Fan Laoshi (Ms Selina)
K3 children continued to explore Tropical Rainforests. They learnt through multimedia that tropical rainforests are hot and rainy. They role played as weather reporters and shared the weather conditions of the tropical rainforest with their viewers. They learnt about rainforest animals and what they like to eat, then they picked a different animal and guessed what type of food it would eat. They then shared their opinions with their classmates. In addition, they also read the story Hello! Get Off and learnt that forestation leads to the shrinking of rainforests and animals lose their habitats. Therefore it is vital for everyone to protect the environment.
Shih Laoshi (Ms Yan)