20 August 2021 – Edition 21

Happy birthday to the following children who have their special days in the next month!

Jan 21, 2022
  • Khwezi Nkosi

    Jan 21, 2022

Nothing from Jan 15, 2022 to Feb 15, 2022.

Dear BOFS Parents

What a great relief it was to have this week of wonderful warmer weather. Spring is now finally and definitely on its way!

It has come to our attention that more of the children than has been the norm in the past years are struggling with low self-esteem. This has been noticeable during classroom learning time (reluctance to attempt new academic challenges) and also on the playground during playtime when they struggle to sort out disagreements with their peers.

As mentioned, before we as a school are making a constructive effort to be conscious of the children’s mental health during these “unusual” times due to Covid 19. 

The education system tends to focus with the emphasis on cognitive development as this is a tangible goal but at BOFS we feel that the “holistic child” approach is not only desirable but necessary to ensure that children learn well.

Children are after all multi-dimensional “whole” beings whose development is complex and rich. The Educators are thus nurturing the “whole child” which means that the teachers and school leaders focus on a child’s whole self. This includes all aspects of the child’s well-being, including social-emotional, physical, creative and cognitive capacities. Studies have shown that treating each of these aspects as equally important is essential to the success of the child. It is a priority that the child feels comfortable enough to experiment, try new things, and make mistakes as he or she is learning and growing. The goal of a child’s education is to gain the skills necessary to become a productive member of society as an adult. Children cannot reach their full potential unless they are treated as complete, whole individuals with many different parts.

A very important aspect of focussing on the development of the whole child is assisting the children to gain social-emotional skills. This teaches them how to manage stress while also boosting social skills like collaboration and empathy. In this way, social-emotional skills involve developing greater awareness of oneself and others. Self-esteem plays a huge role in a child’s social-emotional development.

Like many aspects of child development, self-esteem is a product of two interacting forces often described as nature and nurture. Children’s biological strengths and weaknesses (nature) influence their developing self-esteem, but so too do their interactions with teachers, family members and the social environment (nurture).

As teachers and parents, we have little or no control over the impact of nature on the development of children’s self-esteem. Firstly, children’s basic temperament (the biologically determined initial personality style they have from birth) influences how they will experience any given situation. However, we can have an influence on a child and how he or she is nurtured—the child’s experience with you as parents and us as Teachers. Self-esteem is thus very much a social process of how children come to see themselves which is heavily influenced by how others treat them.

The possibly stressful, difficulty to control experiences that “come with the territory” of being alive certainly shape and influence children’s developing self-esteem. Fortunately, in the controlled environments of the school and home, we have the golden opportunity to shape your child’s self-esteem positively. 

It is normal for self-esteem to rise and fall in cycles, from day to day and even hour to hour, as a child builds and then rebuilds his or her self-concept. Children who feel as though they are not good at least one thing tend to be emotionally vulnerable.

Each time a child faces a new problem, their self-esteem—their confidence in solving this new problem—is put to the test. For children, their lack of experience means they are confronted with new problems and opportunities every day. As a result, their self-esteem—their sense of “I can handle it”—is continually being put to the test. We aim to provide your child with the tools they need and support them as they learn how to solve problems on their own. Children’s self-esteem grows when they are respected by Teachers with whom they have built up a relationship and who are important to them. When children feel confident and secure, they’re more likely to succeed in school and achieve personal goals. The teachers are aware of the power of praise! Praise enables us as Teachers and you as parents to ‘catch’ the children when they’re doing the right thing and to reinforce positive behaviours. Praise actually motivates children to continue their good behaviour! Positive interaction with children works wonders.

Sometimes body language speaks louder than words.  So instead of saying “What a good girl you are,” say, “I really like the way you put your books on the shelf. That’s being responsible!” Without a doubt, the more children learn how to be independent and do things independently, the higher their self-esteem will be, and the better they’re going to feel about themselves.

As children try new things, face challenges and bounce back, they learn and grow. This is why self-esteem can be an important part of child development. Warm and loving relationships are the foundation of children’s self-esteem because they make children feel valued and worthwhile. Children need their parents’ unconditional love and support. The love of a parent should not depend on the good behaviour of a child.

Children first learn about relationships from their parents. Children who are loved at home can share love and affection with others. Be affectionate with your children. Hugging, holding and kissing them makes them feel secure and teaches them how to show love for others. It also helps you build a nurturing relationship with them.

It is totally normal for the children’s self-esteem to waver from situation to situation and sometimes moment to moment, depending upon the interaction. We are actively trying to enhance the children’s sense of self-worth and the teachers are helping them understand that life has its ups and downs.

A top priority is for the children to have a positive self-image thus helping a child feel happy and capable of maintaining personal relationships.

 Another saying I like is, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach him how to fish, he can feed himself for a lifetime.” Likewise, if you make your child feel good, they feel good for today or the moment. But if you show them what to do to feel good about themselves, they can use those skills for the rest of their life.

Kind Regards,

Cheryl de Melo.

LiteracyNumeracyPerceptualLife SkillsGross Motor Skills
Draw pictures of anything that start with the letter “z”.
Complete number sequence (1-16)
Children need to complete the missing number.
Follow a 3 step verbal instruction

Touch your nose
Turn around
Sit down

How would you prevent the extinction of endangered animals.
Directional and spatial awareness.
– Jump
– 2 x forwards
step on the chair etc.

Letter: Z,z
Number 16
Theme: Dinosaurs

Grades 1-3 Applications – We are Expanding

We are expanding and offering Grades 1 – 3 next year, providing an individualised approach. We are an independent school registered with the GDE. We follow the GDE calendar. Please contact us at admin@bryanstongrade0.co.za if you are interested and would like to enrol for 2022. These Grades will have small classes with personalised attention from our qualified educators.

Water Bottles

As the weather is now warming up, please send your child to school with a water bottle. Please ensure it is labelled.

School times

Children need to be at school before the start of the academic day at 8 am so that they can settle and be ready for learning. School ends at 1 pm and the children may not be collected before this time as the academic day is still in progress. The children need to be collected by 1.30 pm please unless they are in the aftercare. Please inform your drivers of these times. Thank you for your understanding.

The themed Puppet Show is coming on Thursday the 26th of August. The team from Enteractive will be doing a show about wildlife.

Darren the Magician is coming on the 2nd of September to present a Safety Show to the Grade 0’s. Darren teaches about security and looking after themselves in case of danger. His show is always done in a hilarious and interactive manner.

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