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One day to go before our Crazy Rich Asians film fundraiser!!

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Wow! It has been amazing to see all the ticket sales and the support from everyone!! Thank you so so much 🙂 We didn’t really think it would turn out so well considering we only started organising this 8 days ago! It is very much appreciated!

There are still some tickets left and raffle prizes to be won (as we are not carrying them home!). There are no door sales available so please head over to buy the film tickets online at

Every ticket comes with a wine/OJ.

You then have a choice of either a cone of ice cream (hokey pokey, boysenberry, or vanilla) OR a cone of yummy Kacang Puteh. We have ended up making three different types: sugar coated peanuts, spicy peas and muruku (chickpea flour sticks), and tapioca chips. Kacang Puteh is traditionally served in recycled paper so you may see some of our older kids class hand outs 😉

There is also a raffle happening on the night so please bring some change! $2 a ticket or $5 for 3 tickets. 1st prize includes: 30 minute spa voucher at Elderberry & Kate on Willis Street (nice!), Mojo coffee with accessories, $40 vouchers to Little Penang, …

There are also other smaller prizes, such as movie tickets, Mojo coffee vouchers, small hair / skin product hampers, more Little Penang vouchers,…

It will be a great night out and a cosy night in with this cold weather! We look forward to seeing everyone 🙂

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9 Factors that Influence Language Learning for Kids

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This is a great blog post by a Montessori preschool / International Baccalaureate school in USA that summarises important factors that influence language learning. There’s no miracle working in language learning!

It’s common to believe that a child’s skill with learning an additional language comes naturally. We don’t agree. Yes, some children do pick up language skills faster than others—but that doesn’t mean that the ability to learn a language is an attribute possessed by only a lucky few.

When students start learning an additional language at Whitby, some do soak up the knowledge faster than others. Yet it’s not just natural ability at work. We’ve actually found that there are many internal and external factors that influence how fast students pick up a new language.

  1. Motivation? Are they being forced? Is there a lot of negative pressure on them at home?
  2. Is another language spoken at home?
  3. Is this their first foreign language?
  4. How does the student feel in the classroom? Is it a safe, relaxed space for them?
  5. How is the language taught? Immersion?
  6. How attainable does it feel to the student? Do they feel like what they’re learning is out of reach?
  7. Is the student introverted or extroverted? Is speaking in front of groups challenging?
  8. How old is the student?
  9. How comfortable do they feel learning the language in their current country? If their social group, school influence or society around them influence them a certain way, it may be a hindrance to learning. If a student comes along with the belief that it is “better” to learn a European language than an Asian language, there is an immediate barrier to engagement and mental block right there and it will be difficult to learn any Asian language…

Read the full post here:

We’d also like to add a very important #10 – How comfortable is the student with making lots of mistakes and not being perfect? Do they have a fixed or growth mindset? Learning a language, especially to speak a language, is all about trying, making mistakes, and learning along the way. A useful article on this: The learning myth: Why I’ll never tell my son he’s smart, by Sal Khan, of Khan Academy.

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Crazy pineapples! 🍍

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We’ve just wrapped up another fun Mandarin Play holiday program!

Over the three days, the children aged 5-10 worked together to come up with a play plot, script and props, while Qiubo was there to facilitate!

They also had fun playing games in Mandarin and hearing the books they brought from home read in Mandarin too.

The children renamed their holiday program group as the Crazy Pineapples, and their storyline for the play went like this:

  • There was a group of horses and snakes
  • The snakes kept chasing after the horses and chased them all home
  • Once the horses were at home, they found out the snakes had stolen all their food
  • The cleverest snake then throw in a bomb to their house
  • The horses chased after the snakes, and chased them into a lake
  • The snakes drowned and died, apart from one snake, who escaped and threw raspberries (the fruits) at the horses
  • The horses were allergic to the raspberries!
  • They had to dance it out to get rid of the allergic reaction (they danced to a popular Mandarin children’s song)
  • Then they all fell asleep, woke up and found out it was all a dream.

Some snapshots of the “paperwork” are below!


Interested in Early Learners classes being held at Churton Park?

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Churton Park Community Centre

We have some families from the Northern Suburbs asking for the younger age classes.

We tried starting a new class last year in Johnsonville and had very little sign up interest from anyone, so will try again this year but at Churton Park Community Centre (hopefully!).

If there are sufficient numbers to start a class (7-8 children at least) and everyone is looking at staying for at least 2 terms, we’ll start a class up!

Please visit our registration of interest page for details and sign up if you are keen. Registrations will close midnight, Tuesday 24 April.