On Tuesday 19th February our School Community celebrated Chap Go Mei – the 15th and final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
All students and teachers were invited to wear traditional Chinese – style clothes to mark this auspicious occasion.
Many of our Primary students embraced the opportunity and enjoyed sharing snacks with their friends in class.
Our Early Years students invited mums and dads into school to celebrate this auspicious time with dances, food and Chinese cultural activities, including food preparation and calligraphy. A fun time was had by all.
Many thanks to the Early Years staff for facilitating these fabulous activities, especially our Pre – K and R1 staff for their wonderful organization of events. Thank you also to our Early Years parents who took the time to join us.
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On Monday 18th February DSP Hadrian, our School Community Liaison Officer came to deliver a brief talk to our Secondary students.
Officer Hadrian informed the students that this is part of a new country-wide initiative to raise awareness of police work in schools. Unfortunately crime amongst students have moved on passed truancy and bullying to more serious crimes including drug offences, sexual immorality and gangster- like behaviour. It is hoped the police can work successfully to combat crime through the use of School Community Liaison Officers.
As part of Woodlands commitment to personalised education and keeping parents informed, please note that this year both Primary and Secondary departments will be sending home End of Term 1 Pastoral reports. Primary students will be issued with hard copies, while Secondary parents will be sent soft copies through Edupage. Should you wish to see any of the Primary and / or Secondary teachers please book an appointment with the relevant Class / Form teachers.
Our Early Years students will also receive a pastoral report as well as access to a Parent / Teacher / Student Conference to support the IEYC and IPC programmes of study.
Following last year’s amazing performance at WInS, Woodlands is proud to host the Watoto Choir on Friday 1st March.
The Choir is made up of orphans living in Kampala – Uganda, and they have performed around the World, including performances in the UK for the Queen and the White House in the United States of America.
They will be coming to join our students for the morning classes, culminating in a performance at our Whole School Assembly.
Woodlands parents and other families in Sibu are welcome to attend but are kindly requested to let the class / form teacher know in advance.
The Watoto Choir will be raising funds for the orphanage in Kampala and be selling several souvenirs at the end of the performance.
More information about the choir can be found on their website www.watoto.com
Please be informed our Woodlands website - woodlands.edu.my - has been updated.
You will find a wide variety of information including our revised Student Parent Handbook, staff bios, School Calendar, newsletters, etc. Please take a look.
We are grateful to Dr John Tang from the Rejang Medical Centre (and his niece Tiffany Sii – a former WInS alumni) for coming in to talk to our female students (Year 5 and above) about personal hygiene and care as part of our Personal Social Health Education.
Dr John’s session was both informative and sensitive to the issues going beyond the biological explanations, offering practical tips as well as dispelling myths.
Many thanks to our Student Liaison Officer Ms Loh for organising this important and informative workshop.
As part of our outreach programme, Woodlands invites participants to join our IELTS programme.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is used throughout the World and is often required for entrance to many English language universities and for immigration purposes globally – including UK, Australia, Canada, USA and New Zealand. The course has a duration of 40 hours of classes.
We will begin our first IELTS course on the 1st April. Should you be interested in joining us please call 084-239761 or check out the details on our website www.woodlands.edu.my
Woodlands will be hosting a Taster Day on Friday 15th March at 1pm to help our second batch of Year 12 students. Mr Albert and our A level teachers will be offering potential Y12 students an opportunity to learn more about the Cambridge AS and A level programmes; recognized throughout the world as a precursor to degrees at global universities. This is an opportunity to experience the dynamic teaching involved as well as a Q and A session.
Sibu Wellness Centre will be running a 12 week course entitled “Happy Parents / Happy Children”. These will run weekly on Wednesdays from 8am – 9.30am in the Councellors’ Office on LG floor beginning on 6th March. Unfortunately the sessions are limited to 20 participants and it didn’t take us long to find ourselves over-subscribed for these sessions.
Parents who have missed out on this opportunity may still apply to the Sibu Wellness Centre. We are hoping this will be the first of many parenting workshop sessions at Woodlands over the course of the academic year. Please make sure you register early to avoid disappointment.
For Early Years’ parents, we will having a special one off parenting course - “Loving and Disciplining” delivered by Ms Pei Wen scheduled for 11am on Friday 8th March. We hope to have all our EY parents participating, and this offer has now been extended to our Primary 1, 2 and 3 parents also. This session will be held in our Early Years department. There are sign-up sheets outside our Early Years classrooms, and letters sent through our lower Primary class teachers. All parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
The management team remain concerned about the continued late arrival of students across the school – Early Years, Primary and Secondary.
I have addressed this matter before in previous Newsletters. This practice is inconsiderate on several levels:
Please be aware that if this situation persists, students arriving consistently late will be excluded from attending classes.
Our first core value of the school year was Determination. We were encouraging your child to:
Congratulations to all those students that have exemplified this value in each class: -
Our Core Value for February was Diligence. We have been encouraging each student to:-
Each Primary and Secondary classes identified their own role model. Our certificate winners are:-
Our Core Value for March will be Creativity. We will be encouraging each student to: -
Friday 1st March – 11.20am Watoto Choir concert hosted at Woodlands
Wednesday 6th March - 8am – 9.30am – Woodlands hosts Sibu Wellness Centre first parental workshops
Friday 8th March - 11am– Early Years’ Parent Workshop
Friday 15th March – 1pm – A Level Taster Day
Monday 21st – 29th March – Term One vacation
Monday 1st April – 1st day of Term Two, 1st Intake of IELTS course
请留意，woodlands网页 - woodlands.edu.my – 已经更新。您将获得各种各样的信息，包括修订过的学生家长手册，教师简历，学校日历，校讯等。请上网看看。
我们非常感谢来自拉让医疗中心的Dr John Tang（以及他的侄女Tiffany Sii - WInS校友）来到学校与女学生（5年级及以上）谈论个人卫生和护理，以作为我们个人社会健康教育的一部分。
Dr John的讲演超越了生物学解說，内容既丰富又敏感，提供实用的提示以并消除迷思。非常感谢学生事务联络负责老师Ms Loh主办了这个既重要又富有知识性的工作坊。
Woodlands将于3月15日(星期五)举办行一项体验日，以协助我们第二批第12年级的学生。Mr Albert及A level老师们将提供有潜质的第12年级学生一个机会，以学习更多剑桥AS and A level的课程；这些课程受世界广泛承认作为取得全球大学学位的先决条件。
至于幼儿园家长，我们将有一项一次性的家长课程“关爱与纪律”，于3月8日(星期五)，11：00am时举行，上课地点是在幼儿园部，主讲者是Ms Pei Wen。希望所有幼儿园的家长都能参与，这项课程现已决定，也开放给1，2，3年级的家长参与。幼儿园教室外有报名表格可供领取；小学初级班的老师也会向家长发出通知函。我们大力鼓励全体家长报名参与。
3月6日（星期三）8：00am - 9：30am - Woodlands与诗巫幸福中心联办第一次家长工作坊
3月8日（星期五）11:00am - 幼儿园的家长工作坊
3月15日（星期五）1:00pm - A Level体验日