During Daily 5, some students have been doing script writing. Today we acted out our shows.
We also sang some songs we've been working on, and read our narratives.
Then it was time for our speeches about our departing friends.
Emma: I'm going to really miss both Adam and Claire. Adam has always been really kind to me and so principled. And Claire is really a close friend.
Keita: Claire, you make me really laugh when I come in every day. And Adam you play with me. I'll miss you both.
Lucy: All I'm going to say, is I'm just really, really, really sad to say goodbye to both of you.
Griff: Claire, I've known you for two years now. We were in class together in K2 and Grade 1. And Adam you've been a really good friend to me. I'll miss you two.
Minzhe: Claire you are always kind to me. You include everyone. I really like you a lot.
Nora: Adam: You are so nice to everyone. You make sure you include everyone, not just play with your best friends. And you work really hard. You've written a lot of really good stories. And Claire, you are always caring to everyone. You used to be shy, but now you have really come out of your shell. You acted today so well. You are just beautiful. I hope you will keep doing it. And both of you keep working hard. I'll miss you when you move.
Aubrey: Adam I've known you for two years. This is my second year in the same class. And Claire you are always nice. I'll miss you guys.
To Claire and Adam we wish you all the best as you move to Austin and London. Please stay in touch! And to everyone else, have a great summer break and see you in August!
This morning we had our farewell assembly outside on the playground. It was a lovely morning with performances from the ISS choir, ukulele club and grade 4 dancers.
And then we surprised Mr Pinchbeck with a Flash Mob Dance.
This morning we celebrated the end of the semester with a lovely breakfast.
After the breakfast, Deirdre, Nadine and Eleanor had planned some house activities for us.
We did different relay activities, had a tug of war and performed a cheer for the teachers. It was great fun!
Afterwards we came inside and finished off the morning's festivities with a bit of dance.
On Monday was the ISS Swimming Gala. Grade 1 students took part by doing a variety of activities in the water.
We would like to welcome you to our community. We hope we have all the amenities you need. You will find we have the following:
A village, hospital, police station and jail, post office, bank, airport, library, recycling plant and land dump, office, school, fire station, gas station, park, nature reserve, bus stops, and a grocery store.
This week Arwyn and Nora moved from song writing to script writing. They wrote a short play, practiced it, and then performed it in front of the class.
This inspired others to write scripts as well.
We are looking forward to watching more performances next week~
This week we have been working on building our community. In class we have created our buildings using blocks and Lego, and have begun working with clay.
While we had some technical glitches on Tuesday, this morning we were also able to start building our Minecraft community in the IT lab.
Here is our screenshot from Day 1:
Ms Grace came to talk to the Grade 1's this week and answer our questions about the history of ISS and the surrounding land.
ISS was founded in 1981. We started with only 8 students and it was not here at Paterson. It was on Preston Road. It was an old school that belonged to the government. There are about 500 students at this campus now, and the majority come from the elementary school.
This block here used to be the teacher training college. The Middle School used to be the Civil Defence.
Johnny: The elementary school has 500, or the Elementary School and the Middle School has 500?
Ms Grace: The Elementary School and the Middle School have 500. The Elementary School has over 300. There are about 700 students in all with the three campuses.
The present staff lounge used to be the canteen for the staff.
In 1995, the Elementary school only moved here.
The school also had an American college and they used to use the canteen too. One of the Grade 5 classrooms used to be a lounge for the American college students.
Johnny: In 1981, where was the canteen?
Ms Grace: I don't think there was a canteen. I think people brought their lunch from home.
We started with only 1 grade.
Even the school uniforms were different.
In 2005 the sandpit was built.
The Art room used to be the library. It has also int he past been used as the staff room.
Johnny: When did the people in the photo come to the school?
Ms Grace: They've all been here for over 5 years.
Adam: When was the playground made?
Ms Grace: When we came they had hopscotch and the basketball court. The new ones will be the K1 area. That is very new. Oh and one of the slides was replaced when it was damaged by a tree last year.
The Music room is probably the same place.
Our chairman used to be a politician with Lee Kuan Yew. He encouraged the chairmen to start up an international school.
Teddy: Did you still learn Mandarin?
Ms Grace: Yes, but it used to be twice a week before. Now it's three times a week, right?
Adam: When was the bathroom made?
Ms Grace: They've always been there.
Emanie: What about the field?
Ms Grace: The field was there too.
The library has always been there too, I think.
Teddy: Did you have desks or still tables?
Ms Grace: Always tables, never individual desks. International schools do not use individual desks.
The playground changed gradually.
Griff: Where there balls and stuff?
Ms Grace: Yes, there was always some equipment, but it was not as new as now.
Griff: Which teacher has been here the longest?
Ms Grace: Ms Hazel has been here 16 years and Ms Advesh Singh left last year but she had been for about 22 years.
The nurse room was opposite Mr Pinchbeck, in Mr Walsh's room. The old nurse room was the conference room for admissions.
Griff: Why are the two principal's offices together?
Ms Grace: Dr Alvarez thinks there should be an administration hub.
Emanie: Was there assembly?
Ms Grace: Yes, every Friday. The old principal would use his guitar and sing.
There was always a main teacher and an assistant teacher.
Arwyn: Was there the same ISS song?
Ms Grace: No, it started about 5 years ago.
Claire: Who was the last principal?
Ms Grace: Julia Alden.
Griff: Where there more classrooms or offices?
Ms Grace: Classrooms definitely.
Arwyn: Were there always buses?
Ms Grace: Yes, but we outsourced to other companies.
The library has changed tremendously.
The fish tanks have always been here, not in that place, but in the school.
Immediately next to us was OFS, another international school. Before that it used to be a family court. It was very big. Now it's going to be the new MRT line. There are about 500 trees on the property that will be or have been cut down. They are building the Thompson Line. Before there was a path to lead you to the bus stop.
In Math today, we've been talking about symmetry. We learned that regular polygons have the same number of lines of symmetry as they do sides!
Afterwards we played a game. The first team rolls the dice and takes that number of popsicle sticks to make a design. The other team then must make a symmetrical picture on the other side. Then it's their turn to roll. You can keep adding to it until you have a beautiful design!