From the Head of Primary 25.11.2023

From the Head of Primary 25.11.2023

It has been a while since we had one full week of learning without some whole school event or public holiday. It was a return to the norm of curriculum time and general learning. However, that is not to say that there aren’t many wonderful things taking place in classrooms as you can see from the images presented in this newsletter. Normal weeks are never truly normal, as the brilliant teaching and learning taking place makes each week feel exceptional. 

Throughout this week, many of our students have been preparing for different showcases of their learning, which they are all excited to welcome you into over the coming weeks. The music department have also been hard at work teaching the children the songs they will need to know for the ‘Christmas Singalong’ in two weeks’ time. It is always a magical event and I can’t wait to see the fruits of this effort.

This weekend KIS is joining forces with other environmentally minded individuals for a beach clean at Likas Bay. The information has been distributed multiple times throughout the last few weeks, however I will urge you once more to take part if you have not already done so. As a Green Flag school, we are held as a beacon of excellence in environmental awareness globally and it is events like these which help us prove this. I will be there with my gardening gloves and bags and I hope to see you all there too.


We did not have an assembly this week, as the board were holding their AGM in the hall. However, this gave us a lovely opportunity to do some whole class circle times/ PSHE sessions on current student and world issues. It is so important to include student voice during these activities and as always the students proved up to the challenge of discussing some challenging issues maturely. I hope it sparks them all to think globally and build on that key aspect of our Mission, ‘Nurturing Global Citizens’.

Book Week 11th-15th December!

The much loved week is fast approaching and I’m excited to share details about the upcoming ‘Book Week: Folklore, Festivals & Fairytales’ in the article by Mrs Colbeck below!

Finally, it is my pleasure to present a short write up from our Year 1s who went on their first adventure of the year to Gaya Island on Wednesday:


As part of our Rumble in the Ocean topic, This week Year 1 had their trip to MERC(Marine Education Research Center) . We began our trip by taking a boat out to Gaya island, for lots of us this was the most exciting part!! After arriving at the center and drinking some refreshing lemonade, we saw some educational displays and our expert guide told us lots of facts about giant clams, sea turtles, clown fish, anemones and many more sea creatures! We learnt that a starfish doesn’t have a brain but it does have five eyes! 

After that, we watched an educational video about the important work that MERC is doing to protect life in our oceans.  All of the children got the opportunity to take part in this conservation work by planting their own coral to one day be put back into the sea. The children really enjoyed touching sea creatures in the touch tank and weren’t expecting the sea cucumbers to feel so slimy! Finally, After a delicious lunch, with our minds and bellies full, we said goodbye and headed back to the boat to take us home. A big thankyou to MERC for having us!


Have a wonderful weekend,


Mr Mark Beresford
Head of Primary

KIS Book Week 2023:  Monday 11th – Friday 15th December

‘Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Festivals’


Book Week 2023 is rapidly approaching! We’re planning a range of events and competitions across the school, with a wide variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. Our theme this year is ‘Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Festivals’, so there’s plenty of scope for exciting costumes for Character Day: monstrous creatures and mighty heroes from folk tales around the world, or characters from cultural festivals – maybe some Elves from Santa’s Grotto will make an appearance?


Here are the key events happening during Book Week and the ways in which you can all get involved.


Monday 11th December – Book Week 2022 Launch and The Big Read


The week will begin with an Assembly and quiz for Primary to launch the week and enthuse the students about the events happening across the school during the week. Secondary students will get involved with our traditional literary treasure hunt around the school, solving riddles to win big prizes! (Lollipops). These events will be followed by the Big Read, so it’s crucial to remember to bring a book or e-reader!


Thursday 14th December – PJs day


All students can come to school in their pyjamas to celebrate the joys of bedtime reading! In Primary, we’ll spend time making our pillow forts and blanket dens in class, so we can get cosy after lunch and read our favourite stories. Secondary students will have to do normal lessons, but at least they’ll have the joy of comfy pyjamas!


Friday 14th December- Character Day and Prize-Giving


Perhaps the highlight of Book Week! This is the day where staff, students – and maybe even parents! – come to school dressed up as their favourite book characters! I’m expecting excellence again this year, and for the school to be transformed into a stellar cast of great and memorable book characters. We’ll finish the day with a Prize Giving Assembly to see who has won all of the competitions! We’ll be combining Character Day with our Termly House Day, so we’ll also be completing puzzles, tasks and competitions to test our physical, mental, and team building capabilities to find which House is the BEST.


Friday 11th December will also be the date of the Book themed Cake Contest- I’m hoping many people, students, staff, and parents will feel inspired to bake a glorious cake decorated to represent a book, character, or event. The prize has yet to be decided, but what better prize than the sweet taste of cake as we all get to enjoy the fruits of our labours? Judging (and eating) will take place at the Prize-Giving Assembly, and I’m very optimistic that there may be enough for everyone in the school to have some.


Extreme Reading Photo Competition

All students are invited to enter anytime over the next 5 weeks. All they need to do is submit a photo (by emailing it to me of them reading a book in an unusual or unexpected place- The more unusual, the better! Entries will be judged by SLT and prizes distributed shortly after.


Our other events


We will also be engaging in scavenger hunts in Primary Library lessons, book quizzes, and picture quizzes over the course of the week, as well as decorating our doors to represent our favourite books. All decorations must be 100% recycled, so start gathering items now!


Years 5-8 will be participating in a ‘getting to know you’ game over the week- ‘Hunter and Hunted’. It’s a rather wild and silly game designed to get our older Primary and younger Secondary students working together and having lots of fun.  The game runs all week, or until the hunter becomes the captured!


We will look forward to seeing you over the course of Book Week! Scroll down to watch a video highlight from Book Week last year to get a feel of what the week will look like! If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please speak to your child’s class or Form teacher or contact me directly.



Best wishes,



Ms Frances Colbeck                                            

Teacher- Librarian

Head of Key Stage 5