After a number of Friday chapel spent in each of our classrooms, we finally had our first joint chapel on Friday, August 18, 2023. The children and teachers from all classes gathered at the gym, prayed and danced to praise songs together, and continued learning about “Politeness” (Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. – Matthew 7:12).
Through a short story book video, we were all reminded to treat other people respectfully by saying “thank you”, “excuse me”, “please”, and, sometimes the most difficult of all, “sorry”
During the month of September, we were learning about “Honesty” (An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship. – Proverbs 24:26). The teachers from all class levels took turns leading the sessions and sharing the message about the character we were focusing on. It indeed was a good opportunity for the children to get to know the other teachers and practice respecting them as well.
The Friday Chapel has then become one of the children’s most anticipated sessions of the week. In the following weeks, the children came in with bright, excited faces and enthusiastically wanted to listen to the stories about ISMILE’s monthly character focus.
In October, we will be focusing on “Obedience” (Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. – Ephesians 6:1) as we start off Term 2. Despite the school’s humble limited space, it was a delight to see the children enjoying the moment they got to sing and dance in the presence of the Lord with almost everyone at school.
“For where two or three are gathered in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
WHAT’S A BETTER WAY TO LEARN PHONICS THAN TO IMPLEMENT IT IN REAL LIFE? WHEN IT WAS TIME FOR /T/ SOUND, WE ENJOYED USING OUR HANDS AND MAKING LOTS OF TEA. WHILE BREWING SOME TEA OUTDOORS, NOT ONLY DID OUR STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT LANGUAGE AND SPEECH, BUT THEY WERE ALSO EXPOSED TO DIFFERENT COLOURS AROUND THEM.
THE N2B CLASS ENJOYED THE ‘BOOK DAY’ DURING THE CULMINATING WEEK WHERE THEY ALL DRESSED UP AS A CHARACTER FROM THEIR FAVOURITE BOOK WHICH THEY BROUGHT TO SCHOOL TO SHARE AND READ TOGETHER WITH THEIR CLASSMATES. IT WAS SUCH A DELIGHT TO WATCH THEM MAKE AN ATTEMPT AT READING THE STORIES AND ROLE PLAY THEIR CHARACTERS.
THE CHILDREN CAME TO SCHOOL WEARING THEIR BEST COSTUMES AS DIFFERENT CHARACTERS FROM MANY BOOKS. THEY ENJOYED LISTENING TO THE CLASSIC STORY OF “LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD.”