Let’s Get Organised!

16 Feb

As the old adage states: “Time stands still for no-one” which brings us then to yet another year of riveting reading and mayhem in the library!! Our classes have started in earnest and we’re all busy trying to establish some routines in here for the children to follow. Image result for smiley sunny flower clipartThere’s nothing more settling or grounding than routines to make us feel safe and secure in the knowledge that things run smoothly and have a pattern. In fact, the more routines the children have the safer and securer they feel! So bring them on!! Just this very morning, I’ve been talking about the meaning of “organised” and asked the children of Grade Preps, if they already had some prior knowledge of this word. Their answers were amazing!! One boy said: “it means to have things in order” another girl said:” it means cleaning up!” another student uttered: “It means being careful with things!” It was so pleasing to hear their comments! So our main focus for a while will be “BEING ORGANISED” which is one of our Transdisciplinary themes; and another focus will be “BEING CAREFUL”which is one of our important Profiles especially with the new Prep children! but for all other classes too!! We sure do try to keep things organised in our library and are always mindful to have a neat and tidy environment for everyone to enjoy!! Here’s hoping we have yet another successful year ahead of us, insha’Allah!!! Take care and as always: HAPPY READING!!


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WOW! Has 2016 ended??

13 Dec
It’s amazing how quickly the year has flown past and on behalf of the library staff, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a lovely long, summer holiday. If you have a library book at home that belongs to the primary school library at A.I.A please feel free to drop it in to us by Friday 16th December as this is the last day of school for everyone.If you’re at loggerheads to know what to do during these holidays do remember that your public libraries have amazing school programs and different activities for the whole family to enjoy. There’s also the chance to sit back and relax reading a good book. Being your child’s role model, it’s also a great opportunity to model this reading behaviour to your children by reading a book of interest yourselves as this sends the right message to your child that reading is a valuable and enjoyable pastime. With the younger children it’s also a great time to sit and read a story to them. Perhaps some of the older siblings could do this with their younger brothers or sisters? A great and fun way to maintain writing habits during the holidays is to ask your child to write about an activity or event that the family has enjoyed together. The language experience approach, as it’s known, is a tremendous strategy to use to enhance the children’s writing skills. They can then use their written piece to read from and you’d be surprised how well they can read what they’ve written themselves. Another useful strategy is to ask your child, after some reading time, to tell you about what they’ve just read.  So, in short, there’s a wealth of different activities that you can all enjoy during the holidays. Have fun and derive some valuable pleasure in getting to know your children all over again!Image result for sunshine clipart

Character Parade 2016

1 Sep

At this time of year all the children at A.I.A get very excited because it’s time to get dressed up for our annual Character parade. The theme this year was Australia: Story: Country which gave the staff a great opportunity to explore different authors and characters from a variety of books. As usual the children together with their parents assistance shone through and did the school proud.  There were different characters such as jackaroos, jillaroos, kangaroos, wombats, the wiggles characters, convicts, cockatoos and much, much more. We also had, thanks to Ms. Stacey, some Yr. Prep, One and Two teachers as well as some of the children a collection of video presentations with the children talking about books. The Yr. 2A class together with their teacher, Ms. Hilary also performed a play using “Wombat Stew” the story and changing the character to a koala instead of the wombat. This was a very enjoyable performance and the children shone in confidence for all to see. We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed the whole event.


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Term 3 – 2016 Update

26 Jul
Here we are in Term 3 already and winter is definitely upon us!! what better way to spend these cold, wintry days than with a book near the fire/heater?
We would like to remind parents that the Premier’s Reading Challenge will finish by end of September and we hope that all children who took on board the commitment to read the expected books are doing so. Those children who satisfy the reading expectations and have had the letter signed and agreed upon to disclose their names on the honour list will be the ONLY ones whose names will appear. This regulation is not by us, but by the Premier’s mandate. We hope you can all rise to the challenge and have been enjoying the books you’re reading!
Hopefully you will be,or have already, received information about the Character parade on Monday 29th August as well as the Scholastic Book Fair which starts on Tuesday 30th August and finishes by 4pm on Monday 5th September. There is always a wide range of items to be purchased including books and stationery; but we don’t know exactly what these will be till the Fair arrives at the school. Your participation is much welcomed and enjoyed.
The theme for the Character parade is AUSTRALIA: STORY: COUNTRY and as such, we are asking students from Year Prep to Year Five to come dressed in any costume that depicts the Australian culture and way of life including Australian Animals; the characters from the Author studies in Yr. 2 to Yr.5 and any other. We hope this will engender some discussion between you and your child in regards to the theme.
We look forward to seeing the many and varied costumes on that day! It will be held in the hall.
Feel free to leave any feedback on the blog as we welcome your comments!
From the Library Staff, Evelina, Rawia, Iman and Belle

National Simultaneous Story Time

30 May
The Primary Library hosted another terrific National Simultaneous Story time  this year. The book which was featured was called: “I got this Hat” by Jol and Kate Templeimgres.


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It was held on Wednesday 25th May but ran for two weeks in the library in order to cover all the classes and all aspects of the campaign which is to simply extend children’s enjoyment and appreciation of books.P1010871

On Wednesday 25th May, the junior classes namely Years Prep, Ones and Twos were asked to come to school wearing a “funny, weird, imaginative, crazy” hat and they didn’t disappoint!! Have a look here at the many different ones!

On behalf of the primary library we would like to extend a special note of gratitude to the parents who went out of their way to support their children in this fun activity.

A quick reminder too that the IBC Shop will be running a Book Fair here in the library foyer from Monday 20th June to Friday 24th June inclusively.

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Please ensure small children have their money secured in an envelope to avoid any upset for your child. They will be able to shop during the library time and if you wish to come with them after school, you’re more than welcome. We will be open till 3:15pm as it is during Ramadan. Many thanks for your assistance and co-operation in that.


Term 2 Library update

21 Apr
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We would like to wish all the students attempting the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2016. Children from Yr 1 to 2 are meant to read 30 books which sounds like an incredible amount but what this actually means is also those books that are read to them either at home or at school; whereas children from Yr. 3 to 5 are meant to read 15 books which can include chapter books and picture books. Of course, they can read more if they wish but the challenge has designated these amounts of books to read. The whole point of the challenge is not to elicit a competition as there will be no prizes given but to foster a love of reading and to develop their literacy skills as well as their brain function.Picture1
When we think of libraries in general, we think of them as places to read, look for information and follow recreational pursuits so of course, this is also our creed and one that brings great joy to us, the library staff, when we see children engaging in, getting absorbed into a story. It is one of the most satisfying and rewarding aspects of our job. I would like to conclude that this is the prime purpose for a library and anything else is peripheral to this one activity, so on that note, happy reading to you and yours!!

ICT in the Library

29 Mar

I would like to take this opportunity to discuss with you the meaning of I.C.T which stands for Information Communication using Technology so as the name suggests it is using some form of technology to communicate what your child has been learning at school i.e. the information. This entails starting from the beginning of the use of technology such as the computer, the camera, the video camera, the Ipad and when considering the computer, for instance we, in the library have been focusing on practicing the keyboard skills required to use such programs as Word, Excel or Publisher. We have also spent some time ensuring the children in Year Preps, Ones and Twos know how to identify each part of the computer such as monitor, keyboard, hard drive and mouse. Perhaps during the holidays you too would like to spend some time focusing on this as another activity to enjoy together. It needs to be stressed however, that these forms of technology are a tool used to convey the messages of the information learnt and not the other way around. At high school, the children will actually have Information Technology lessons which takes a closer look at various programs available that may be useful for them to use to convey their learnt information such as the use of IClouds and other more complex programs. Do remember though, they are the tools used to convey messages and are not in themselves meant to take the place of Learning and Teaching, that is still very much a mind over  matter exercise that requires the values of Responsibility and Discipline as well as brain power such as Concentration , Consolidation, Processing and Evaluation i..e Critical Thinking. We hope that the meaning of I.C.T is clear and that you can appreciate its use within the curriculum

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