Grade 5 End of Term 1!

Dear grade 5 friends and families,

We have just finished our final week of term one in grade 5!! We would like to sincerely thank all of our students for the hard work that they’ve put in, and the social and academic growth that we are already experiencing is significant. For this final week we wrapped up our thematics unit with a mind-blowing “traditional” Indonesian puppet show (Wayang Kulit) whereby students wrote, practiced and performed their very own show. The amount of detail and skill that went into these presentations clearly showed how hard our students worked and how committed they have been to this project over the past few weeks (see pictures below). We are looking forward to retelling some of these stories at an upcoming primary assembly, so please stay tuned! Additionally, we wrapped up mathematics and our focus on numbers in base 10 with fun math games (rounding race, Math 24, and Order of Operations Dice), and  preview of some exciting work that will be coming up in applied geometry and algebra. Finally, we finished out the term with some critical thinking and reflection back on the term, and the growth we have experienced as learners in grade 5. All students completed reflective writing assignments whereby they identified their own areas of growth, and their aspirations looking forward. Really interesting stuff!

We have also been working hard to prepare for tomorrow’s Sariswati ceremony (see pictures of offerings below). Please read the message below, and make sure and come to campus tomorrow to celebrate this exciting day with us.

Upon our return from break we are looking forward to diving into our next truly thrilling thematic of Tanah Indah. Students will be briefed on the details soon, but please know that it has consistently been one of the most exciting and engaging units we have done here in grade 5. Additionally, we will be starting our first guided reading class novel of Kensuke’s Kingdom. This story as well as our upcoming work in applied geometry will all tie back into our thematic of Tanah Indah, so that students can better see where all of their learning fits into the real world. Please have a wonderful break, and we are looking forward to seeing all f you tomorrow!

Please note the following special announcement regarding this Saturday’s Ceremony. Thanks

Om Swastyastu,

Our Saraswati Festival is Saturday, October 13th. The purpose of the ceremony is to honor Dewi Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge, Music and Art. Balinese celebrate Saraswati Day every six months on Saniscara Umanis, Wuku Watugunung. It is based on the Pawukon (Balinese calendar) system. It is a very important ceremony especially for schools as Balinese believe that on this special day, Dewi Saraswati blesses human beings with knowledge for their prosperity, peace, and the improvement of human civilization.

All students, families, as well as staff members, are invited to attend. Please arrive at school at 09.00am as the ceremony will start at 9.30am.

What to Wear:

This occasion requires ceremonial clothing:

  1. women/girls: sarong, kebaya, and sash. Any colors are fine, but white and or yellow are traditional if you have them.

  2. men/boys: sarong, udeng (traditional and ceremonial hat in Bali. This should be white), with a white shirt.

Agenda on Saraswati Festival:

7.00–09.00 : Preparation for the offerings

09.30 – 10.30 : Communal ceremony (there also will be sacred Rejang dances and Mask dance performed by students, faculty, staff and local & International  parents)

10.30 -11.00 Dances performance

11.00 – 12.00 Lunch and Clean Up

Matur Suksema & Thank you!

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti Om

On behalf of Saraswati Committee 2018

Ibu Eka Ariastini

Puppet show creations and performance for our grade 2’s!


Primary Assembly

Sense of Place Self-Reflections:

Creating our offerings for tomorrow’s ceremony!

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