Healthy Living for Life

What a wonderful opportunity we have with the new building to be able to consider all the options and decisions for a healthier life-style.

Your children are paramount in decision making when it comes to safety and healthy living options. I would like to share with you some of the ways that we are progressing, and some of the changes that we are making in order to implement Healthy Living for life.

We will focus on
• long term dietary changes,
• a balanced lifestyle,
• regular physical activity.

A Health Curriculum is taught in the classrooms with the emphasis on day to day safety and healthier lifestyle. Lessons and assembly presentations are performed to encourage participation of the whole family on subjects such as the use of seat belts, hand washing, good dietary habits etc.

We will follow the Balanced Day Program next year which entails two meal breaks. A sample of the menu may be viewed on the website. We have had input from a nutritionist, and looked at the calorific intake required, keeping in mind a well balanced, appealing, and cross cultural menu. We are also striving towards a nut free school due to the severity of allergies. You will love the cafeteria with it’s vibrant colors. Did you know ?

Orange means pride and ambition,
Physical response: warmth, pleasure

Yellow means intuition, illumination and intellect.
Physical response: concentration, mental activity, improved self esteem

Red means passion and sentiment
Physical response: Contributes to ambition, warmth, vitality, energy

I will have a fully stocked health room on the ground floor of the new building with easy access for Ambulance if needed. Nurse cover will be all day and at after school activities and main events. All teachers and assistants attend First Aid and CPR classes; and we hope to offer these classes for parents next year.

Supervision is always visible on the playground, with arrival and departing of buses, with seat belts checked.

We all look forward to next year, and are excited to move into our new school. I wish you all a very happy and healthy summer holiday.

Nurse Chris



Music Program

The music program at AISB is characterized by a dynamic approach to music where children are active participants in the music making process. We strive to develop student musicians who can hear, feel, understand and physically express themselves through music. Music class develops skill in the basic elements of music such as rhythm, melody, harmony, history and performance. This is accomplished via experiences with body percussion, speech, singing, movement and dance, games, drama and playing a variety of pitched and non-pitched instruments, especially Orff instruments. In the Upper Elementary, students have the opportunity to sing in various choral programs and all students in fifth grade play an instrument in the band program.

Music is also seen as a subject that supports and enhances other academic skills and conscious integration with other curriculum areas is practiced. Music also is a vital part of the traditional celebrations and holiday activities of the school. The social aspects of music making are a central quality of our music program as well both in the classroom and during performances such as the Winter Concerts and Fine Arts nights.

Next year’s music classes will be held in two new, purpose-built music rooms and there will also be two instrument practice rooms as well. Another new addition will be Rachel Lam as the new upper elementary music teacher. She is coming to us after teaching in Japan. With the two campuses merging into one next year we are looking forward to an increase in collaboration and sharing of ideas that will only enhance the music program and help it to grow.

Conway Chewning
Lower Elementary Music Teacher