Friday, January 29, 2016

“All Around The World” fair

Pre-K and Kindergarten showed off their knowledge and communication skills when the two classes came together in January to share how different each culture is when it comes to food, dress, music, traditions, and celebrations. Pre-K had just completed their How We Express Ourselves unit titled “Let’s Celebrate” and Kindergarten had finished their Where We Are in Place and Time unit titled “It’s A Small World After All”. Students, teachers, parents, and grandparents came in for an “All Around The World” fair and shared many facts about the countries where their families come from. The Kindergartners used their research skills to find out the meaning behind their flags, famous land-forms, currency, animals, and many other interesting facts! The Pre-K students shared some of their favorite family traditions and how their families celebrate holidays. Both classes showed attitudes and attributes of the Learner Profile throughout the units especially that they are enthusiastic, open-minded, knowledgeable, communicators, tolerant, and risk-takers for trying new food!

Ms. Katie and Ms. Liz
St. John’s International School (Sidmouth – U.K.)

Shona McCallin, a outstanding hockey player

Shona McCallin, a member of the England Hockey Team opened our wonderful new building. Shona was a member of the winning team that won the Euro Hockey championships last August, beating Olympic champions Holland 3 - 1 after penalties. Shona trains full time with Great Britain Hockey and the team have already qualified for the Olympics in Rio in 2016. We were delighted that she was able to join us alongside Directors Mr. McEwen and Ms. Fernandez, many parents, teachers and children, past and present. It was a very exciting day for us all.
The new building was completed in 7 months by Gelders and has provided us with a dining hall, library, science room, art room with kiln and a dedicated space for our after school club. It has wide spacious corridors and is fitted with underfloor heating. It is flooded with natural light and has fantastic views over Grantham. It will provide space for us to provide the best opportunities for our children.

During the Open Day the children performed a short concert to our visitors. The Infants recited “The Night Before Christmas”, the choir sang, and the band played a variety of Christmas music. Lottie played a violin solo and Christie gave a brilliant solo performance singing with tremendous maturity and confidence. We are very proud of all our children and our visitors enjoyed their performances.

After the concert the children took part in a variety of enjoyable craft and science activities within the new classrooms. At 1.30pm we set off helium balloons and a rocket to end the day. Our visitors were all impressed with the new facilities and our children had fun. It was a happy day and will provide lasting memories for us all. It marks an important step in the development of Grantham Preparatory International School, now nearly 30 years on our existing site.

Mrs Korc
Grantham Preparatory International School (United Kingdom)

Monday, January 25, 2016

House Building Competition!

Last term, Felix had the idea to hold a "Building Competition"! The Junior Council voted and decided to organise one for last week. We held it on Friday morning, with only1 hour to build the tallest tower, a building for a Reception child to fit inside and then a "Wow" building.
Charlie from the Maintenance team helped us to judge! Children were given a very limited range of resources (newspaper, foil, masking tape and celotape), so the results were extremely impressive!
Watch this space for the next Inter-House competition!

Mr Davies
St. John’s International School (Sidmouth – U.K.)


Under 11 A Team Netball vs Laxton

We always have a very close battle against Laxton with games going either way; yesterday’s match was no exception. We started a little sluggish and Laxton took a 2-0 lead but not for long, into our stride with more decisive switched on play we were winning 4-3 at half time. Both team's defending and attacking skills were of a high standard and fitness levels were tested in the centre as the ball continually moved up and down the court.
Laxton fought hard and equalised but with some great moves in our attack we managed to edge again into the lead but even with our tremendous defence work they again evened the match at 5-5. A draw would have been a good result, but alas in the last few seconds of the game Laxton broke through and scored on the whistle winning 6-5. Still a tremendous game girls and our only defeat so far this season. Well done. 

Mrs Bray
Grantham Preparatory International School (United Kingdom)