Here are Ishaan and Shantana greeting us ( Vanakkam) and introducing themselves to us ( Hi, my name is…)
Hello and welcome to Term 2!
We hope everyone had a relaxing break. Holidays are also a great opportunity for the children to hear and practise their home language/s a bit more.
This term we are starting off with Tamil, which is one of the longest-surviving classical languages in the world. It is spoken in many parts of the world by 70 million people, but it is also an official language in Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Indian state of Tamilnadu.
We have a few students whose families are Tamil speakers:
Arthur and Deepthi Babu
Stay tuned for more to come!
Hoan nghênh!( Vietnamese) ਸਵਾਗਤ! (Tamil) வரவேற்பு! ( Punjabi) Bienvenido! (Spanish) Luɔɔr! (Dinka) Maligayang Pagdating! ( Tagalog)
Welcome to the new school year to all our students and their families!
We started by celebrating the Lunar New Year at this Friday’s assembly. Students talked about the significance of this festival for the Vietnamese and Chinese communities in particular and they spoke both in English and Vietnamese. A big thank you to Ms Hong who worked with those students. The assembly ended with the traditional dragon dance. The new students were particularly surprised and, this year, none of the little ones were scared by the big but friendly dragon.
United for Literacy is a website with a number of books for younger readers in English as well as 35 other languages. The children can read for themselves or have the book read to them in the language of their choice.
This is a great resourse for both English language development as well as other home languages.
Happy reading 🙂