It has brought me great joy this week to return to the part of the British School of Bahrain that has always had a special place in my heart. I want to thank the children, teachers, assistants, support staff and parents for giving me the warmest of welcomes.
Many things have changed since I first taught in the Infants sixteen years ago. There is absolutely no doubt that our academic expectations are higher, we are blessed with light, purpose built classrooms and there are many more of us! However, there is no doubt that the essence of the Infants remains the same.
Firstly, the trust between the team of adults working together to create a safe, nurturing environment for the children is very much there. Probably more importantly, as ever the children are sociable, unspoiled and in some ways refreshingly unsophisticated. It takes a special brand of parenting and teaching to create these children who are so ‘happy in their own skin’.
We take manners very seriously at the school and we ask you to reinforce the words ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘you’re welcome’ as much as possible.
Next week is Healthy Eating Week so please help your child to select and pack healthy items for their lunchboxes. Please see some ideas in the photographs below.
You may have noticed that there is an open, cleaner, less cluttered feel to the school building. We have asked class teachers to leave windows clear of paint and posters. We are proud of the learning that goes on in the classrooms and it is a pleasure to see the levels of engagement as you walk past the rooms. However, towards the end of the day while you are waiting for your child, please resist the urge to gaze through the windows. This distracts the children at a time when the teacher is trying to get them organised to go home. I must add that photographing children through the windows is not acceptable. Thank you for your understanding.
I know that the parking and traffic situation is exasperating and stressful. I am so sorry. I hope the after school care available for siblings from next week is a help. We had a visit from the Ministry of Works today and we are assured that safety barriers and an additional entrance to the school are on the way. In the meantime thank you for your patience.
Julie Anne Gilbert