18 August 2018
Dear Parents and Students,
This week our school celebrated Halloween with our fantastic Halloween afternoon of fun! It was great to see so many children and parents dressed up and enjoying themselves. It’s been a great week and here are some highlights.
CGA’s Halloween day was a great success with a huge number of students and parents joining the fun and festivities. There were costumes ranging from Avengers to zombies, and fun being had by everyone in the school. Teaching staff also embraced the event and joined their students in the whole school costume parade, before the Halloween activities began. There were 5 different activities throughout the day, being run by the academic staff. These included Creepy Arts and Crafts, with Mr. Shua and Ms. Chelseigh; Spooky Stories in the library, with Mr. Payne and Miss Kable; Halloween Photos, with Mr. Matthew and Miss Charlotte; Party Games with Mr. Alex and Boogey Brains sensory experience with Miss Ophelia and Mr. Richard. The event was kicked off with an incredible buffet for everyone that attended. A mixture of food types from around the world that was lovingly prepared by the parents of our CGA community, reminding us how international CGA truly is, our diversity brings us together. It was a great spread which was a wonderful communal center to the day.
We want to extend a big thank you to all parents, students, teachers and staff that got into the spirit of things and dressed up in such beautiful and creative costumes. Also to the PTA members who prepared the wonderful cake for our opening ceremony. Finally a huge thank you to parents who prepared food for us on the day.
Professional Development (PD) Day on November 9th
On November 9th our academic staff will attend a professional development day which is organised by CGA’s parent company The Canadian International Education Organization (CIEO), which means on this day the school will be closed. This event is attended by all CIEO schools and staff members. The event will contain great professional development opportunities, covering a range of subjects including Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM); English Language Learners (ELL); Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) education; Project Based Learning (PBL) and Communications. Each year this is a hugely valuable event for both our teachers and, in turn our children education.
PD isn’t just for Teachers
On November 9th, the PD day is not just for the teachers of CGA and CIEO, there are also sessions that will be hosted specially for the parents of students in the CGA and wider CIEO family. These parent workshops will be hosted by Sonia Long, Language Pathologist and teacher from the International School of Macau; Howard Stribbell, Director for International Education in CIEO and Dale Cox, Vice President Asia-Pacific, for International Schools. These parent workshops cover the topics of Language Acquisition, World Class Education and What Does It Mean To Be A Global Citizen? Tickets for parents are limited, so if you’re interested in attending, please act quickly in contacting our team.
ECA Wrap Up For October
We have had our final week of ECAs for October and we are moving onto November’s options from next week. We have had great fun, dancing, taking photos and playing football this month, and as we move on to the next month we look to use our photography skills to capture some practice time as we work towards our winter concert in December. For November’s ECAs we continue with football, library and photography, changing to winter performance rehearsal for our final option. EYFS options have returned to EYFS Sports and EYFS Crafts.
A Month For Thanksr
Moving on from our Halloween activity we look to spread our appreciation and thanks throughout November, building towards our big event for the month. Matching up with the holiday of Thanksgiving, CGA plans to embrace the notion of being thankful and celebrating this event towards the end of the month. Keep an eye on the newsletter for further information.Finally, our long awaited fire drill took place on Friday morning; a successful evacuation was completed with all protocols followed. All students and staff all made it to the assembly point safely and efficiently. That’s all for this week, have a wonderful weekend. I hope we have all recovered from the scary stories and boogey brains! Kindest Regards, Alex Robson Lead Teacher, CGA
Chief Operations Officer