Articles of Interest

Inspiring News About The Giles Third Language Program!

On April 4th, 2012, the spring of last year, The Giles School entered the 12th Annual Chinese Art and Literary Contest for Youth with the intent of presenting our children an exceptional challenge - one that would inspire and motivate them to achieve the goal of acquiring the basic communication skills of their third language. Our category was Choral Speaking (Poetry) and the Grade Four class competed against highly skilled and motivated Chinese first language private schools. A formidable task that was confronted with vigor, pride and skill. Inspiring it was - in both directions! (more…)

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Adlerian Principles at Work at The Giles School

At the Giles School we utilize many of Adler's principles in our approach to children. It is well documented that a highly developed social intelligence supports and leads to an increased operating intelligence. The balance between the development of these two understandings is essential to the evolution of a global citizen capable of excelling in leadership at all levels. For example, Adler believed in equality and mutual respect for all. At the Giles School we not only encourage the children to respect each other and themselves but also expect and require staff to demonstrate respect for the child in their interactions with them. What does this philosophy look like in practice at Giles? (more…)

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Headmaster's Newsletters

Music To Our Ears

Congratulations and welcome to Michael Su our new music teacher! He will begin his official teaching assignment on Monday, November 26, 2012. Michael is the successful candidate that emerged from a large group of highly qualified applicants. You may recognise him immediately as the volunteer Jazz band assistant to our former music teacher Martin van de Ven. The selection procedure took slightly longer than expected as a result of our multiple stage process and the number of excellent candidates. (more…)

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Excitement Builds as Parents Discuss the iPad’s Positive Impact on Learning

Parents of children in Grades 4 to 6 met on the evening of Thursday, October 18 to discuss the impact of the iPad and its introduction to The Giles School. An overview of the program was presented by Kemp Rickett, Headmaster followed by a detailed description of how each subject area was utilizing the technology and available apps in the specific program of instruction by teachers Monsieur Jean-Jacques and Madame Amal. A stimulating discussion on the topic ensued as parents (more…)

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Sad Tune for Giles

Martin van de Ven, our music teacher, has resigned from his position, effective Friday, November 2, 2012, in order to accept a very prestigious appointment as the Jazz Band teacher at Earl Haig Secondary School. I would like express my sincere appreciation for the contributions he has made to the development of the music talents of the Giles children and, in general, to the music program as a whole. (more…)

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Thinking in a Foreign Language Helps Economic Decision-Making

Guest post by William Harms
In a study with implications for business people in a global economy, researchers at the University of Chicago have found that people make more rational decisions when they think through a problem in a non-native tongue. People are more likely to take favorable risks if they think in a foreign language, the new study showed. “We know from previous research that because people are naturally loss-averse, they often forgo attractive opportunities,” said UChicago psychologist Boaz Keysar, a leading expert on communication. “Our new findings demonstrate that such aversion to losses is much reduced when people make decisions in their non-native language." (more…)

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The Introduction of the iPad – Enriched teaching and learning

Developing socially intelligent citizens of tomorrow

The introduction of the iPad into the fabric of instruction and learning at The Giles School raises many exciting opportunities as well as some fundamental questions about education and learning in today's world. Much of the adult world that parents and guides the learning and development of today's children can be seen as 'landed immigrants' to this 'new world' of technology. However today's children are truly 'native' to this ever evolving technological culture. They have been born and bred in a digital world of technology. As adults in their world we must learn to guide them and ourselves through a maze of innovations and restructuring of this complex digital world. (more…)

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