From the Principal's Desk

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Parents,

On Thursday and Friday of this week, all the Grade 5 students presented the work they have been doing in recent weeks as part of their Final Exhibition. This has been a process-based project where all students selected their own inquiry to research. The learning, knowledge, and understanding gained through this process has been substantial and was very evident in their presentations. Well done Grade 5s (and teachers/mentors/parents for guidance and support)!

Arts Out Loud: Tomorrow: Saturday!
Arts Out Loud takes place tomorrow, 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.

MAP tests continue
Next week students in Grades 3, 4 and 5 continue with MAP testing. Grade 3 and 4 have completed two out of the three tests so far and Grade 5 begin theirs. 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 14
Grade 4: 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.

Important Upcoming Elementary Sporting Dates
Dear Parents,
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 (Grade 3) 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 (

Dengue Fever
We continue to have students becoming ill with Dengue Fever. We suggest applying repellent prior to school. The campus was fumigated two weeks ago and will be done again on Thursday evening of next week. Best wishes to those students who are currently ill and we look forward to seeing them back in school very soon.

Important: EC-Gr. 2 End of Day Pick Up Procedures: Reminder
Students in EC to Grade 2 are handed over to parent/driver from the classroom at the end of the day. Children are only released to the parent or the named individual (eg. driver) provided by the parent. If a different individual is collecting your child please ensure to inform the homeroom teacher. If your child is in an ASA this name will be passed on to the teacher/ coach in charge of the ASA. The teacher can only release the child to a different adult if they have been informed by the child's teacher. Thank you for your assistance.

Calendar for the Week

Date Event Location Time Presenter/Organizer
Sat. May 11 Arts Out Loud Secondary School 11:00 am - 04:00 pm Sara Roberts
Tue. May 14 No Parent Workshop - - -
Fri. May 17 Endangered Species Day
(see below)
- All Day Tony Breese
Fri. May 17 Grade 4 Assembly MPH 07:20 am
Peter Kowbell
Fri. May 17 Sports Weekend Start
(see above)
- 02:00 pm Isaac Russell
Sat. May 18 Sports Weekend
continues (see above)
- 08:00 am - 05:00 pm

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.

Tony Breese
Elementary Principal