02 March 2018, TISPC In Touch
Message from The Principal
02 March - Message From The Principal

This week has been dominated by books and reading with the Primary School focussing on a range of activities geared towards raising awareness about reading, story telling, reading books and having fun as well! All classes in the Primary School competed in a classroom door theme competition with work and other visuals being carefully prepared and arranged to showcase their favourite story. These displays were, frankly, stunning and demonstrated the hard work of parents, pupils and teachers. A book week assembly today, Friday, highlighted the week and was a very pleasant summation of time very well spent.  

Writing in the UK’s Daily Telegraph this past Tuesday, the journalist Jeremy Douglas pointed to the essential nature of reading and how children who habitually read up to the age of 15 are greatly advantaged in terms of social mobility in their late teens and well into their adult years. He also points out that the very nature of reading promotes self motivated research skills  and learning thereby aiding a child or young adult’s academic studies. Sadly, children do not read equitably if gender is considered with girls being far more predisposed to reading than boys. Research shows that this is more likely to be due to peer pressure rather than any psychological reason which prompts us as educators to ensure that boys are particularly encouraged to read for pleasure as this then is more likely to lead to more positive learning behaviours generally. 

The importance of reading at any age cannot be understated and I remember a former colleague of mine who is a Muslim, telling me that the first word written in the Holy Qur’an is “ Iqra” (اقرأ) which translates into English as “read.” The significance, importance and enabling nature of reading for me as an educator is beautifully illustrated by this fact.  

As parents, encouraging reading for pleasure and, for the youngest children, reading to them provides not only a framework for higher levels of attainment but also shows children the importance placed on reading by their parents. With parents being seen to sanction reading through encouragement, guidelines and by reading themselves, children benefit greatly both academically and in terms of enjoyment. With so much of our world today being viewed through a smartphone screen with all too frequent interruptions from news and social media, the further benefits of enabling the brain to focus on one activity without interruption helps develop imagination and intellectual ability. 

TIS Puchong places great importance on ensuring that children are encouraged to read for pleasure, especially when the school day is over and a child’s time is more their own. If you have been able to join in with the week’s activities in the Primary School, I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have. If you have not been able to join us or if you have children in the secondary school, I hope that you are able to develop good reading habits for your children by openly encouraging reading for fun at home. For our secondary parents, book week will be held next term and is set to be an event of equal success and enjoyment. 

In the meantime, I wish you a restful weekend and a positive week ahead, filled with reading! 

More information about reading for your child:

Why reading is important

8 Reasons to read

Reading and Learning Disabilities 

Kind regards

David Flint 斐迪偉
Principal of Taylor’s International School Puchong