Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

The month of December at NCBIS has been a wonderful opportunity for us all to reflect on the importance of being caring to one another. Here are some ways that Year 1 children have demonstrated this powerful learner profile in their learning and behaviour the past few weeks.

Kindness Calendar:

We began the month of December with the action based advent calendar, which the Secondary Student Council put together. Each day, we had an act of kindness that we strived to do in order to help create a culture of kindness in the school. It was a great way for our students to reflect on the power of a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have potential to make a big difference to another person’s happiness.

Compliment Chains:

In conjunction with the Kindness calendar, the pupils have been set the challenge of paying each other compliments to recognise the caring things other people do. For every genuine compliment that a teacher “catches” a pupil paying to another person, they receive a link on their compliment chain. The house team who manages to make their compliment chain reach the floor, receives a treat as a reward.

Here are just a few of the caring compliments the Year 1 pupils paid each other this half term:

“Your handwriting is really nice” Selim to Tae Yeon (1KK)

“Omar was really kind just now because he gave up his seat for me” Lilo about Omar (1MB)

“You tried so hard with your drawing. It is amazing” Ethan to Tommaso (1DK)

Deaf Unit Visit:

As part of our unit of inquiry of communication, the Year 1 students had an educational visit to Cairo’s Deaf Unit in order to challenge themselves to use alternative communication skills to interact with others, and to reflect on how it must feel to be unable to use speaking as a form of communication. At the end of the unit, we then invited the Deaf Unit children to visit us at NCBIS. Year 1 staff and parents were very touched by the level of empathy, compassion and respect that the Year 1 students showed towards their deaf peers. Here are some of the children’s reflections from this invaluable experience:

“I felt happy when the deaf children were happy.” Jacob (1MB)

“I helped one of the deaf children with their rainbow art by taking their hand and showing them how to do it. I also learned some Arabic signs for the different colours so that they knew which colour to do next.” Kenzie (1KK)

“It was really nice when the children were playing on our swing because they looked like they were having fun and I noticed they do not have any swings at their school to play with.” Fergus (1DK).

International Dot Day:

On Wednesday 13th December, the primary school celebrated “International Dot Day”. All children read the following story: ‘The Dot’ by Peter H Renolds  about a girl who begins a journey of self-discovery after a caring teacher challenges her to ‘make her mark’. The idea being that, no matter how creative you think you are not, you can still make your mark! The children produced some fantastic “dot” artwork in response to this stimulus and, importantly, recognised that the teacher’s caring attitude towards the little girl is what changed her self-belief.