Welcome Back…

Welcome back to all of our students! We have been a little quiet on the social media front but now that we are settled back on site, with an exciting new half term ahead, we will be sharing more of our school life with you here.
A big thank you to all of our parents for your help during last half term’s online learning. We know it wasn’t easy but rest assured that there were some huge achievements during that period, with students developing a range of IT skills, as well as important life skills such as resilience, problem solving and independence.
We have lots of hands-on projects for students to enjoy this next half term, and we know they will be happy to be back with their friends in the classroom and in the playground!

Patience, Perseverance & Positivity: The Middle School Dude Perfect Challenge

Returning to school after the past year of online learning created talking points for all students and teachers. What was the year of online learning like for you? What were some of the challenges? How were these challenges overcome and how do you feel now that we have returned to the classroom?

Through all of these discussions, there were many common themes. One of these was the importance of Patience, Perseverance & Positivity in all that we do. All students experienced the importance of these skills in different aspects of their home learning experience.

But how do we develop these skills?

All classes in Provo Middle School were challenged to complete a Dude Perfect Trick Shot in order to explore this problem! Dude Perfect set an amazing example for Patience, Perseverance & Positivity through their incredible trick shot videos.

So, how hard could it be to create some of our own?!

Well…very, as it turns out! Some of these videos took countless attempts to complete and endless hours to capture.

Here is what some of our students had to say about the experience:

“It was so frustrating! Even the easy shot took me ages!”

I needed practice, patience, perseverance and a need to succeed. I also needed to be optimistic, motivated committed and focused.”

“I learned that sometimes we give up too easily.”

“Ignore negative comments!”

“We can learn that some things just take more time than others.”

“If you put in nothing in then the outcome will be nothing.”

“The problems we overcame in the challenge show similarity to real life.”

“The feeling of success is great, no matter how many times you failed.”

Kind words of thanks from our TCI Education Department.

Dear Principals,

As we come to the official close of the 2020 – 2021 Academic year, I would like to use this opportunity to thank you for the great support given. It was indeed another difficult year as we continue to deal with the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic and online education issues, however we have persevered.

To those of you may be retiring or moving on to other ventures, on behalf of the Education Department I express profound thanks for your contribution to the education of our youths. Your selfless service will be long remembered by those lives who you positively impacted.

As we conclude the year and commence plans for the new, let us continue our resolve to improve in our field and implement new innovations that will help our students to be critical thinkers equipped to make positive contributions to  the development of our beautiful by nature, the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Do enjoy your summer holidays and return refreshed and excited to begin the new school year.

God Bless! Regards,

David Bowen [Education Officer / Turks and Caicos Education Department]

Santa delivers a virtual goodwill message

It’s tradition here for Santa to arrive on the last morning of school on fire truck laden with book gifts for all. Mindful of COVID-19 this year, Santa recorded a special message for us all that was shared virtually to all our students learning at home and at school.

It wasn’t quite the same, but the excitement of seeing our familiar Santa, hearing his voice and sharing blessings met with the same enjoyment as ever.

We certainly have lots to be grateful for this year and thank Santa for finding a creative way to share his presence!

Memories of our past Santa visits…

Concerted – An All Inclusive Music Camp

Starts December 14th – Monday to Saturday with a
Virtual Concert December 31st

All ages

Learn to play – keyboard, drums and percussion, voice, guitar, violin, steel pan and more…

For more information register online.

Email music@provoprimary.com or call WhatsApp 1-649-244-4767

Year 5 Art: “Girl with the wind in her hair”

Year 5 have completed a half term’s work on cartoon drawing with a grand finale called “Girl with the wind in her hair”. They have been practising drawing cartoon characters with different facial expressions, animals, robots, aliens and pets. Over the past few weeks, the children have grown in confidence both in what skill they have practised but also in inventing their own versions. Today, they have drawn on experience from previous lessons to produce this classic Pete McKee image of a girl on a beach. The lesson was a slight departure from their cartoon drawing as they challenged themselves to a piece of graphic fine art. Below is a photo of just a few of the wonderful artworks from the children, proudly displayed in our temporary classroom.

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Y3 Erupting Volcanoes

Part of the Year 3 Rocks and Soils topic took us in the direction of looking at volcanos. During their research they not only created amazingly informative posters, which they presented with growing clarity and confidence – check them out below. They they also built their own erupting volcanoes. Their reactions are priceless. Enjoy watching their videos!

Well done Year 3. You are all volcano experts now!

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Today is Global Handwashing Day

TCIG Press Release:

Each year on October 15th, Global Handwashing Day highlights the importance of handwashing with soap and water at home, in the community and around the world. It is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap and “running” water as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. 

The theme for Global Hand Washing Day 2020 is “HAND HYGIENE FOR ALL,”an important reminder that we must include everyone when addressing handwashing irregularities. Inequalities in handwashing facilities and effective handwashing promotion programs, can put individuals at higher risk for diseases that impact their health, education, and economic outcomes.

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Today is National Heritage Day.

TCI Observes World Mental Health Day

In honor of children’s mental health awareness week in the TCI, the DMHSD has started a social media campaign to encourage youth and families to highlight any issues or struggles with mental health and to share messages of hope and resiliency.

Check out their facebook page for more details and read on to see their press release.

Press Release –
TCI Observes World Mental Health Day  With nearly 30 years since the inception of World Mental Health Day, The Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence (DMHSD) in the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services is ecstatic to recognize it, on this October 10th, 2020 along with a week of activities also marking Children’s Mental Health Week (CMHW). Despite mental health awareness already being at the forefront of the department’s initiatives, this day, provides an occasion for the spotlight to be placed on selected aspects of mental health.

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Celebrating World Teacher Day 2020 with Tea and Cake!

“Teachers: Leading in crisis, re-imagining the future”

Today, Monday 5th October is World Teacher’s Day!

Amid a global pandemic, our teachers have continued to work tirelessly since March to support their students, families and each other through the challenges of online learning and as they adapt to Covid-19 safety guidelines in our daycare classrooms.

As a Senior Leadership wanted to find a way to thank all members of staff for their hard work, resourcefulness and optimism in finding new ways to build successful learning communities. We truly appreciate their efforts over the first month of school.

Over the week, we are planning small gatherings of socially-distanced ‘tea and cake breaks’. A time to appreciate our home learning teachers, along with our Daycare, cleaning and maintenance staff who are working directly with children during this time.

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Year 1 Greater than, less than equal to…

These Year 1’s are confidently demonstrating how they are able to compare numbers using the < > and = symbols. Well done home-learners!

Year 2 take look inside the body…

Year 2 have been learning about the human body.

They chose different ways to share their understanding of what they know to be inside their body. Their use of labels is really helpful.

The children watched different versions of the skeleton dance and expressed which they preferred. They made their own videos too. These were shared on their class Seesaw blog so that children across the school could enjoy them.

Making x-ray skeletons with paper straws was tricky. Look for the details they have included…. can you find a skull, a femur, a tibia and fibia, a pelvis, a rib, a radius and ulna?

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Daycare Staycation in Letterland

Our Daycare children were all excited to return to the classroom after enjoying a staycation at home.

As the children entered the room, they were amazed to see the some of the Letterland characters on the wall.  Their curiosity, just like Clever Cat in Letterland, led them to explore all the classroom centers calling out the names and sounds of the letters.

So, our journey began, hanging out in Letterland and discovering the wonders of letters and sounds.

Over these first few weeks, the children have revisited some of the sounds they are already familiar with and explored those that are new.

The children have enjoyed making Letterland crafts, listening to the stories of each character, chanting the sounds they make, acting out the actions, making marks that represent each sound, writing in sand, using water to make prints on concrete, tracing with water over chalk, using dot art and tracing with markers, etc.

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Learn how to draw a conch shell with Year 3

The thought of drawing a conch shell may seem like a super hard thing to do! Watch this video and learn how to draw it step by step.

Year 3 took on the challenge. I’m sure some found it tricky but they persevered. Click on to see their beautiful conch.

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Let Year 3 tell you all there is to know about conch (Konk)

The sounding the conch shell horn (blowing the conch) is a tradition here in the TCI used to call attention to an important event or celebration.

A perfect way to draw your attention to our amazing Year 3 Conch class who have made information posters about their class namesake.

I imagine they really had to ‘conch-centrate’ while making these!🤣

How have the children’s use of text colour and size, artwork, titles, heading, questions, text boxes, bullet points and other features drawn you in and made it easy to find out more about these amazing seashell animals?

There is certainly a lot to learn about conch. Well done, Year 3. 🐚

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Home learning Wellness Wednesday Tip #1

To help avoid eye strain during home learning screen time, do these 20- 20-20 eye breaks and blink often to refresh your eyes.

Also check the lighting and reduce glare. …

Adjust your monitor to eye level or hold your device up so you’re not looking down. …

Adjust your screen settings so they’re not too bright or too dark.

Check out this article for more eye strain tips.

Year 1 explore DIAS DE LA SEMANA Y COLORES – Days of the week and colours

EL MARAVILLOSO MUNDO DE LOS COLORES During our Spanish lessons we have been listening to songs, meeting little colourful “visitors” and playing guessing games while we learn LOS COLORES.  This week we decided to go hands on, leaving the screen aside for a bit and making this BEAUTIFUL AND CREATIVE drawings.   Good job little Picasso’s. 


Spinning plates on a wobbly Monday

I’ve always correlated teaching to the art of plate spinning and this morning I was in awe of Miss Mani in action as she kept each of her Year 3s (mainly 7-year olds) spinning… virtually!

As a professional spinner, she strived to keep all the children engaged and successful.  She patiently continued on through technical issues beyond her control, calmly waited as children manipulated mics, and connected with and supported everyone through their activities. All while not spinning out of control herself – what a pro! How fortunate we are to have a school full of amazing teachers just like Miss Mani!  And how amazing our students and parent/carers are too – what patience they display when things get a little wobbly. What superheroes!

In plate spinning, the goal is to spin each plate and keep them spinning so that none of them fall. You are always on your toes and constantly looking for the plate that might fall so you can prevent it from doing just that.

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This Week is Caribbean Wellness week

A variety of healthy activities are set to be hosted this week to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day.

Its aim is to increase awareness and promote healthy activities to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases.

The overall theme for the event is ‘Power through collective action” with the special theme for this year, ‘Stronger together’.

Read on to learn about daily activities your family may like to join in with.

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Year 4 Flamingo Affirmations

The Year 4 Flamingos have started this new school term on a positive note despite everything happening around us in the world. As a class, we wanted to highlight positivity and confidence and so we came up with the Flamingos’ Affirmations.

It is our belief that if we feed positive thoughts into our minds we can overcome anything. These affirmations are a reminder that we can improve our self-esteem, become more productive and finish projects we have started.  It has helped us to become more self accepting as we work on becoming the best we can.

Year 5 Turtle Class

Although they may not be currently physically having school in the actual Year 5 ‘Turtle’ Classroom, it doesn’t mean that our Year 5s can’t celebrate all things turtle online!

Click on to see their hand-drawn turtles, digital turtles and turtle facts.

Welcome to the Turtle Class Year 5 – we hope you enjoy a ‘turtley’ amazing year!

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Year 3 learn the importance of being a good Digital Citizen

Being a good digital citizen means being safe and responsible online. With our school learning at home remotely at the moment and using computers and tablets to help us, being a good digital citizen is more important than ever.

It’s a good job that e-safety has always been a big part of our school curriculum. The Year 3’s have already learned lots of skills in their previous classes.

It’s always good to refresh and update our skills though and the video below does this in a fun way. Click on to hear our Year 3 Digital Citizen pledges.

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Year 2 recreate their brains, in creative ways!

Year 2 have been learning about the different parts of their brain and the jobs they perform. The children created and labelled their brains using different mediums – rocks, coral, leaves, paper, etc.

The brain guides everything that we do: our body’s movements, our decision making, and our emotions. Did you know that we have the power to make our brains stronger every day?

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Year 1 Cuisenaire Face Challenge

As best as our young Year 1s can, they are facing all the challenges of remote learning with a smile of their face and growth mindset! It certainly looks like they enjoyed using resources from their home learning packs to enhance their remote learning experience.

Using Cuisenaire rods in their pack, their challenge was to make a face. They then they took a photo of it and added it to their Seesaw journal to share with their teacher.   

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