From the Principal's Desk

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

This morning the Grade 3 students welcomed students, staff, and parents to their Business Fair. This event was the culmination of the work they have been doing on the 'Market Place'. The children were very excited to 'sell' their excellent recycled products.

MAP Tests
During the next three weeks, students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 will be taking MAP tests again. The first round of tests took place in September 2018. The students do not need to prepare for these online assessments in any way except to come to school having had a good night's sleep and having eaten breakfast. The schedule is as follows:
Grade 3: Tuesday, May 7, Thursday, May 9, Tuesday, May 14
Grade 4: Tuesday, May 7, Thursday, May 9, Tuesday, May 14
Grade 5: Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14, Thursday, May 16

Ramadan - space provision at lunch
For those students who will be fasting during Ramadan, they will be able to go to the library, which will be supervised, during lunch.

Arts Out Loud: Next Saturday!
Arts Out Loud takes place next Saturday 11 May at Secondary School starting at 11am. As well as performances (featuring the ES Band and Choir) to watch there will be music, art, and craft workshops to attend up until 4pm. Please see more details here

Important Upcoming Elementary Sporting Dates
We are fast approaching the end of the school year with a number of exciting and fun sporting opportunities and events taking place. Please take note of the following dates.
17th and 18th May: IST Sports Weekend, IST Elementary
20th-23rd May: Mission Impossible Week
27th May: EC Fun Movement Morning 8-9 am
28th May: KG Fun Movement Morning, 8-9 am
3rd June: Grades 1 and 2 Fun Sports Morning, 7:30-11:40 am
10th June: Grade 3-5 Inter-house Sports Morning, 7:30-11:40 am
PE Team

IST Elementary Sports Weekend 2019
Dear Parents,
IST Sports Weekend is fast approaching. The date set for the weekend of rippa rugby, swimming and football is' Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May. Rippa rugby matches will take place on Friday afternoon with the swimming and football on Saturday. All participating students are invited to a disco on Saturday night in the MPH from 7-8:30 pm.

Friday, 17th May
02:00 pm Rippa Rugby Matches
Saturday, 18th May
08:00 am All participating students begin their respective warm up.
08:30 am Competitions start: 10 and older Swim Gala & U9 (Grade3) Football
12:01 pm Lunch Break
1:30 pm Competitions start: 9 & under Swim Gala & U10 (Grade 4) - 11 (Grade 5) Football
05:00 pm (approx.) Sports competitions end

Swimmers will be placed in the following age groups based on their age on the day of the event;18th May;

  • 11 & under
  • 10 & under
  • 9 & under
  • 8 & under
  • 7 & under

The respective coaches for swimming, football, and rippa rugby during this after-school activity season will provide you with information regarding selection, participation, and preparation.
If you have any questions please email me directly or pass by the PE office for a chat.
Isaac Russell (

Endangered Species Day
Every day between 1 to 20 animal or plant species become extinct around the world. In a matter of time, all species could become extinct. We realise not many people are aware of this so we thought we could spread the word around our IST community. On Friday 17th of May all around the world, people are celebrating 'Endangered Species Day.' We thought we can celebrate it here. On this day kids can dress up as an endangered animal. Not all animals are endangered so here's a list of some endangered animals you can dress up as. Looking forward to seeing creative costumes on the 17th of May.

List of some endangered animals

  • African Wild Dogs
  • Amur Leopard
  • Amur Tiger
  • Asian Elephant
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Black-Foot Ferret
  • Black Rhino
  • Bluefin Tuna
  • Bonobo
  • Borneo Pygmy Elephant
  • Bornean Orangutan
  • Chimpanzee
  • Eastern Lowland Gorilla
  • Fin Whale
  • Galapagos Penguin
  • Green Turtle
  • Hawksbill Turtle
  • Hector's Dolphin
  • Humphead Wrasse
  • Indian Elephant
  • Indochinese Tiger
  • Indus River Dolphin
  • Javan Rhino
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Malayan Tiger
  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Northern Atlantic Right Whale
  • Pangolin
  • Snow Leopard
  • Sea Lions
  • Sei Whale
  • Sri Lankan Elephant
  • Sumatran Elephant
  • Sumatran Orangutan
  • Sumatran Rhino
  • Sumatran Tiger
  • Southern Lowland Gorilla

Best regards,
Nirvana Shivi and Mia
We are the Endangered species group for the Grade 5 final Exhibition. This activity is our group's action.

Calendar for the Week

Date Event Location Time Presenter/Organizer
Tue. May 7 Parent Workshop: Good goodbyes Community Room 07:20 am Lynn Kogelman, Carole Kessler
Tue. May 7 MAP Test (1) for Grade 3/4 - - Tony Breese
Thurs. May 9 MAP Test (2) for Grade 3/4 - - Tony Breese
Thurs. May 9 Grade 5 Final Assembly followed by:

Final X Exhibition
Covered Court

07:20 am

08:00 - 11:30 am
Mike Mansell
Fri. May 10 Final X Exhibition MPH 07:30 - 11:30 am
Sat. May 11 Arts Out Loud Secondary School 11:00 am - 04:00 pm Sara Roberts

Tony Breese
Elementary Principal