ELEMENTARY essentials


March 14, 2019

It has been wonderful to have our families in for Student Led Conferences these past two days. As we encourage our students to be responsible for their learning, the opportunity for them to share their learning experiences, reflect on their successes and areas for development and invite you into their daily space is an important part of their growth as learners.

There is a great deal of discussion and preparation for student-led conferences to be successful. As teachers work with the students to prepare, they review pieces of work from across all areas that represent both a reflection of each child’s personal excellence and their areas for growth. What we find truly rewarding about Student Led Conferences is that our students want to impress you, their parents. They practice for this time with you by going over their work and having numerous mock conferences to ensure they are able to clearly communicate what it is they want to share.

Over the past two days we have seen such great pride in the faces of our students. They truly love having the opportunity to invite you into their space and share the excitement of their achievements. We often talk about the importance of students taking ownership of their learning and Student Led Conferences are an important opportunity for them to lead the conversation around their progress towards becoming amazing life-long learners.

DAA Delivers

Our wonderful elementary writers have been taking part in a school-wide letter-writing initiative called DAA Delivers. Writing letters gives students a feeling of empowerment. It can provide students with an opportunity to express their thoughts in a relevant, real-world way. When a student receives a letter, nothing feels so wonderful as knowing someone, somewhere, is thinking of you! Letters are delivered every Wednesday by our students and members of the Learning Support Team.

Our mail carriers take their role very seriously and are always eager and excited to deliver friendly letters to their friends! Kindness Week sparked the largest intake of letters yet. Students from Kindergarten all the way up to High School have been receiving letters along with principals and even the Superintendent!

Remember to keep writing those letters and drop them off in the mailboxes outside the ES Library or room G36.

Happy writing!

key contacts

Should your child(ren) need to be away from school due to illness or appointments, please contact our School Secretaries.

KG1 - KG2: Grace Ajib (04) 704 - 9705 / g.ajib_daa@gemsedu.com

Grades 1-5: Rene Botha (04) 704 - 9724 / r.botha_daa@gemsedu.com