Provo Middle School construction on target for opening September!

It’s not everyday that children get to enjoy working on a building site, but this is exactly what our Provo Primary Summer Campers got to do last week.

As our new Middle School building takes shape, with the help of Trevor Musgrove and T Holdings, our younger students watched bulldozers and backhoes in action. Now how exciting is that!

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Schools Out for Summer!

Happy summer holidays to all our families.

What an eventful year we have had together – starting with turbulent hurricanes and ending in a whirlwind of celebrations and goodbyes at our Graduation/ Celebration Assembly.  It’s certainly one to remember!

We wish you all a happy summer full of new experiences and adventures together with family and friends.

And if you find yourself at a loose end or missing us… remember that we have Summer Camp starting July 2nd .

2-6-year olds Imagination Island Summer Camp 2018

7-13-year-olds Raft Building and Sea Faring Camp 2018

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you again on Tuesday 4th September for our Open House (11:30am -1:30pm), with the 2018-19 school year starting at 8:15am on Wednesday 5th.

 

Wild World – Steel Drums – Graduation 2018

Hotel California – Steel Drums – Graduation 2018

Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2018

Congratulations Year 6, you have GRADUATED!

We congratulate our Year 6 children for their great effort and the incredible progress they have made in all areas of the curriculum. They have achieved the results they worked so hard for, have all graduated and are going to the schools of their choice. We are excited that 10 of our children will be attending our new Middle School (Provo Middle School) and the other 6 children will be going to B.W.Indies Collegiate.

Although we tend to focus on our children’s academic achievements at this time of year, these are not our only focus.

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Thank you, for a special year.

I actually can’t believe we have come to the end of the year. The children and I talk often about how quickly the months have passed… And now I must sadly but proudly wish them on their way to YEAR 5! They have been the most wonderful class and I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch to help me learn the wonderful ways of Provo Primary.

It has been a super term (although any tips on how to deal with this heat would be very welcome!).

As promised in our last newsletter, our MAGICAL MYTHS are now published and make exciting reading, involving everything from mermaids and dragons to elves to ghosts and even the Devil’s daughter!

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JK blasted off into space this term!

The JK class blasted off into space this term and learnt lots of space and planetary facts. They even had some intergalactic guests of honor visit them to share knowledge about space stations and space travel.  A big thank you to Aileen Shaw, who was a director at the Canadian Space agency, and Claire Green, who worked for a Canada tech firm that used satellites for search and rescue in Northern Canada. Have a look at the  photographs below to see what the children discovered and created!

 

 

 

 

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Parent, Student and Teacher Connections in the Early Years

The parent is often referred to in such terms as “the child’s first teacher” (Educate America Act of 1994)  or “the one continuous force in the education of … children from birth to adulthood” (Berger, 2000, p. 152),  

Over the year in school, the parents of the Preschool class have had many opportunities to connect with their children directly or indirect to support the growth development of their children.   

 

 

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Ahoy, me Hearties! It’s the Pirate Captain’s Cuisenaire Rod Challenge!

In my role as Principal, every day I take the opportunity to step away from the office admin duties to enjoy spending time in various classes and sharing in all the learning taking place.  This week, I had the pleasure of teaching a couple of short numeracy sessions with the Year 2 class.

I chose to review and apply their understanding of number bonds/number facts to 10 and 20, using the Cuisenaire Rods. Fitting in with their’ Sea Faring’ class topic, my activities were presented in the context of the children being sailors working for a notorious Pirate Captain (who was known for expecting a hardworking crew, but who also liked to have fun along the way).  I have to say… the Captain was extremely pleased with all of the Year 2 sailors – their key number skills were impressive and fortunately no one was made to scrub the poop deck or walk the plank and feed the fish!

Take a look at some photos of the mathematical adventure we had together as we weighed anchor and hoisted the mizzen! I think the Year 2s will agree that playing and learning at the same time is fun for everyone!

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The Yearbook has Arrived!

Remember to pick up / purchase your 2017-18 Provo Primary School Yearbook.  With its beautiful hardback cover, decorated by our Year 6 students and 152 pages of wonderful photos and memories, we are sure that each opening of the book, will bring back a wealth of memories for years to come.

A HUGE thank you to our Yearbook Team, Claire, Janine and Joan.  The immense amount of time and effort that you have put into creating this is very much appreciated by all at Provo Primary and I’m sure all the children and parents.

What a lovely keepsake for children and families to enjoy.

 

 

Year 5’s North and Middle Caicos Over-nighter!

Year 5 carried out their overnight trip to North and Middle Caicos this Wednesday (13-14th June) and they had a fabulous time!  The trip is a precursor to the week-long Year 6 trip the children go on; it is a chance for them to experience being away from home and their parents so they know they can handle this the next year.

This group of year 5’s were a superb representation of Provo Primary School with their great manners, excellent behaviour and kindness towards each other.

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Year 6 in the Dominican Republic – June 2018

Year 6 have just recently settled back into school after an amazing, adventurous and astounding week in the Dominican Republic. Once again Year 6 made the journey to Rancho Baiguate, which is located in the area of Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic. For 4 nights and 5 days our students participated in a range of activities. These activities included: high ropes courses, zip lining, hikes, water rafting, visiting waterfalls, horse-back riding, team-building games and so much more.

Participating in a residential trip of this size enables ample opportunities for personal development. On this trip our Year 6 students increased their level of independence; worked collaboratively with others; challenged themselves to try new things and overcome fears; immersed themselves in a different culture; applied their knowledge of Spanish in a real and meaningful context; showed support to a less affluent community; appreciated natural beauty…the list goes on!

Our students demonstrated excellent behavior, listening skills and attention. They embraced the opportunities given to them and gave it their all. A fantastic week which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. I wish to thank all of the other teachers and parent volunteers who came along. Their support, encouragement and enthusiasm were invaluable to the success of this trip.

Please read the comments below from our students and witness firsthand how this trip impacted upon them positively.

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Astounding Animators

In computing classes this term Year 6 have been studying animation; and in particular Stop Motion Animation.  We have discovered that Stop Motion Animation is a film making technique in which objects are physically manipulated in small increments between individually photographed frames so that they appear to exhibit independent motion when the series of frames are played back together.

With this in mind, Year 6 were charged with the task of creating an animation linked to our topic work: Natural Disasters.  In pairs, individuals had to storyboard a sequence linked to a natural disaster.  When this was completed they had to design a set and then build it.  This would serve as the backdrop to their short films.  Once this task was realised, the students used the app: Animate It on the school iPads to capture individual images which would then be played back to reveal a final animated short film.

The results were fantastic and the final movies showcased earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions and so on.

Please check out the photographs below to see Year 6 in action!  Collaborating and animating to make a super cool short film.

Want to see the films?  Then come and ask a Year 6 to show you them.

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Trike-a-thon / Triathlon

Thank you to all the children for their amazing efforts in our EY Trike-a-bike-a-scooter-thon and KS1/2 Triathlon.

It was fantastic seeing every child in the school taking part with such enthusiasm for the activities and challenges – riding, running and swimming!  Well done teachers too for organising and supervising the various stations along each route.

A HUGE thank you to all the kind family and community sponsors who have supported the children’s efforts to help raise funds for learning resources which they themselves will benefit from.  To Flamingo Park and the TCIFA for the use of the road, pool and field.  And finally, thank you to all the parents who brought bike and scooters to school and to everyone who was able to come along and encourage the children with claps and cheers.

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Year 2 & 3 Take to the Ocean!

Land Ahoy!

Year 2 & 3 set out on an island-adventure last week – imagining they were exploring undiscovered lands. Year 2, as part of their topic on the seafaring history of the TCI, were ably assisted by their Year 3 friends in a variety of activities.

From keeping look-out for other pirate boats (most of which turned out to be tourists, but it’s always important to keep watch!) to mapping an uninhabited island, the children had a wonderful trip on our beautiful waters.

What a wonderful boat trip – filled with fun and exploration.

 

 

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Year 1’s Caribbean style houses and homes

Year 1 have been learning all about Caribbean style houses and homes. We looked at brightly coloured houses with shutters, verandas, ginger breading and other Caribbean features. After all this research, the children set about brainstorming ideas, planning, designing, drawing, making and painting their very own Caribbean style home.

The children collected boxes and other items for recycling and brought them in to school to make their creation.

Learn more and have a look at the children in action and then take a look at the photos below…

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Raft Building & Sea Faring – Summer Camp 2018 (Ages 7-13)

2nd – 13th July

Ages 7-13, $250 per week

8:15am-12:15pm

Sign up for 2 weeks of fun:

  • Learn about the TCI’s sea faring history;
  • Discover the pirates and buccaneers who visited our shores;
  • Become a pirate or castaway, scavenging for materials and then designing and building your own raft or boat;
  • Set sail on our own boat trip to explore the islands;
  • Visit the Caicos Sloop project.

Simply click on the image above and print and complete the attached registration form. Hand it into the school office or email it to us at info@provoprimary.com.

 

Imagination Island – Summer Camp (Ages 2 to 6)

Imagination Island

(Ages 2 to 6)

2nd – 13th July

8.15am-12.00pm: $40 per day or $180 for the week

8.15am to 3.00pm: $60 per day or $280 week

 

Here is a taster of what this summer’s camp on-site fun, games will involve:

  • Become a mermaid or a pirate as we create our own island themed costumes!
  • Enjoy map making, treasure chest making and treasure hunting!
  • Will you choose to make a pirate’s ship or a mermaid’s lagoon?
  • Sea shanties will lighten the mood as we make healthy mermaid cookies and enjoy a pirate’s picnic
  • For 4 years and up… let’s pond dip for pearls and enjoy adventure days in our local surroundings!
  • Swimming/Water Play – Bring your swimwear: Tuesday and Thursday: 4-6 year olds, Wednesday: 2-4 year olds.

Simply click on the image above and print and complete the attached registration form. Hand it into the school office or email it to us at info@provoprimary.com.

 

Summer Camp – 2018

We are excited to share our plans for our Summer Camps this year for July 2nd to July 13th.

Registration is now open in the school office or via email.

2-6-year olds Imagination Island Summer Camp 2018

7-13-year-olds Raft Building and Sea Faring Camp 2018

We look forward to you joining us the for adventures ahead!

 

Oil your wheels… ‘Skate Night Disco’ is fast approaching

Roll, up, roll up… get your skates on!

 

It’s Skate Night Disco

Thursday, June 21st,

5:30 – 7:30pm

At the Graceway Sports Center.

 

Join us for food, drink, treats, music, skating and a fun “obstacle course” for our non-skaters.

‘Wheel’ see you there!

 

 

 

Provo Public Library Summer Competition

The Providenciales Public Library will once again be hosting its annual Read-a-thon from July 9-14, 2018 under the theme “Read to Succeed”. The aim of this competition is to promote the habit of reading whilst exposing the children to a wide variety of books.

Since its inception, this competition has generated a fair amount of interest among the children and so they are not expecting anything less this year. The format has undergone a slight adjustment to make it a little more interesting and no doubt the children will embrace this.

You need to be a member of the library, so if you’re not… now is the time to join!

 

 

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There’s something fishy going on in the Toddlers room!

The Toddlers have had a whale of a year in the Toddler’s room and will be O-fish-ally moving on to the Sharks room. The moments spent with them are priceless. They will be leaving with joy and laughter in their hearts. The unforgettable friendships, bonds with their teachers and the many lessons learned. They are a year older and sometimes I think it’s more! The conversations we’ve shared with each other, will never be forgotten.

Do you know what’s more fin-tas-tic?

The toddlers can ride a trike, climb up and down the slide, and run straight on green-field. They know where their bags are stored and can give every child their water at snack time. They even know the rules. They know their teachers’ and they can also call Miss. Sian… especially to come and fix a puzzle or have a foot bath in the sand!

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Year 6 have arrived in the D.R.

The Year 6 have arrived in Rancho Baiguate, Jarabacoa in the Dominican Republic for their week-long eco-adventure, residential trip.   The trip links well with the topics the Year 6 have studied throughout the year and will be a wonderful opportunity for them to apply their Spanish learning to real-life situations. With horseback riding, jeep rides, ropes course, kayaking, zip-lining, hiking, fishing, swimming and river rafting, along with a visit to coffee and flower plantations on the agenda, it certainly looks to be an exciting week of adventure.

At Provo Primary, we feel that residential field trips integrate academic and social development by providing students with an opportunity to investigate and apply academic knowledge to the outside world, as well as develop their personal and social skills, through a broad range of activities away from their home environment.

 

 

Lending Helping Hands in My Community

The Preschoolers have been thrilled to learn about the role of people who help in our community.  They were excited to get dressed up in the community helpers’ outfits and role play, imagining the classroom as if it was their work place.  During the first week, the focus was on just getting acquainted with names of all the people who helps in our community.  In the second week, they learned about how each community helper contribute their services to the community. The Preschoolers also learned about the tools of the community helpers.

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Year 3 – from Story to Playscript – Enjoy

As part of our Social Studies topic this term we have been looking at the life and times of the Native Americans. A story that we really enjoyed listening to was a traditional tale that may have been retold around a tipee fire. The story is called ‘The Clever Coyote’.

Listen to how the talented Year 3 re-wrote the tale from story format to a playscript. They had so much fun using their voices (and some of their facial and hand expressions too) to assist in retelling the story, using their newly written scripts. Fabulous team work and such great expression. I hope you enjoy the story as much as we did.

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