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Meerkat News 12th October 2018

From the Director Dear parents and AISL community, Welcome to another edition of the Meerkat News. This week, I would like to report to parents about some of the professional development in which our staff is participating. As you know, international schools and organisations are focusing on communities as safe environments for their employees, but in particular, schools are focusing safe environments for children. At the start of the year, I talked about an an online program that our faculty and staff are using to help train them and bring awareness on what issues are important. EduCare, based in the UK (Link: https:/ / www.educare.co.uk/ international-education), is the organisation we are using and is very popular with international schools around the world. There are nearly 24 different courses that our staff will work on over the year and possibly into next year. They are all certificated and allow our teachers to understand the importance of child safety as well as the issues involved. This week, I wanted to share with parents some of information that we are learning as it is important that the community is aware of what AISL is doing to protect our campus and children. All employees on the campus will be doing training; teachers as well as support staff. However the support staff will be doing courses that are particularly relevant to them. Below is a list of the different topics that we will be completing as part of our child safety training: -

Child Protection for International Schools Raising Awareness of Peer on Peer Abuse Concussion Awareness Child Protection in Sports and Active Leisure Safeguarding Young People Child Neglect for International Schools Female Genital Mutilation Awareness Online Safety for International Schools A Practical Guide to the GDPR for Education An Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation for International Schools Mental Wellbeing in Children and Young People Health and Safety for International Schools Equality and Diversity First Aid Essentials for International Schools Fire Safety for International Schools Preventing Bullying for International Schools Use of Reasonable Force in Schools

Last year I held a parent coffee morning where we looked at the different types of abuse. These can be summarised into the following categories: Physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. Our staff will be training in all of these areas and will learn to identify signs and categories of abuse. Mark Brookes


Meerkat News 12th October 2018

From the Library

This week at the Library, Pre-Kindergarten read Five Little Sharks Swimming in the Sea with our Director, Mr. Brookes. The book introduced the students to the number zero. We sang two versions of the "Five Little Ducks" song to reinforce counting back.

Second grade hosted this week's Monday morning assembly. They presented a skit on Three Billy Goat's Gruff (left). The class also presented their work on the study of prefixes and suffixes in class (right).


Meerkat News 12th October 2018

AISL can Recycle your Plastic, Paper, Glass, and Cans This is a reminder of AISL?s commitment to the recycling program. Every Wednesday morning, a truck will come to school to take away the items that we have collected for them to recycle. We are able to recycle plastic, paper (including cardboard), glass, and cans. Families are invited to contribute items from home as well. All we ask is that you rinse any dirty items with water before putting them in your child?s classroom containers. You can drop your items off at any time during the week. Thank you supporting this recycling initiative.

From Middle School 6th Grade In Social Studies this week, 6th grade continued their study of Europe by looking at the formation of Modern Europe. This included a study of how communism shaped Eastern Europe and will continue next week with an analysis of Western Europe and the European Union. After this students will start a research project on a European country to share with they classmates. We also played online quizzes to reinforce ideas we covered last week. 7th Grade 7th grade finished their whole class novel this week and chose books to read individually with Ms. Rohini in the Library. These books will be used to write a book report and share with the rest of the class. In Social Studies we wrapped out our learning about Pre-World War I, which covered Revolutions, Industrialization, Capitalism, Classes, Imperialism, and Nationalism. From here we will used what we learned to understand the situations that led to World War I, World War II, and the modern world. 8th Grade We continued to study the influences on Colonial America that led to the creation of the United States government. We not only covered important writings but the important people that assembled the ideas that are directly seen in the American Constitution. In English we started to write a extended Narrative that is set around the time of the American Revolution as we continue through our classroom novel. Once we finish the novel students will be choosing their own novels to write reports on and share with their classmates.

Meerkat News - 12 October 2018  
Meerkat News - 12 October 2018  
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