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Welcome Letter from Principal


My name is Francoise Akina, also known as Madame Akina, and I am the Junior School Principal. It’s truly a privilege to lead a team of exceptional and experienced educators who serve over 80 preschool students. A native of France, I joined LJA in 1986 and deeply believe in the work we do with the youngest children at our school. We have successfully created an environment where children are safe, nurtured, and encouraged to explore and question the world around them through hands on experiences and inquiries. In other words, curiosity reigns.

The Junior School curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), meaning that most teaching and learning will engage children in active and inquiry based instruction. The program focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional and cultural needs in addition to academic development. Our approach to teaching pre‐reading, pre‐writing and mathematical concepts has been developed from the best teaching practices.

At the Junior School we understand that each child is a special individual and he/she will approach the curriculum in his/her own unique way. Our goals for the children are that they become increasingly independent in their ability to manage social interactions and express their feelings in appropriate ways, become more knowledgeable on the key concepts introduced through the Units of Inquiries, more confident in their pre‐reading, writing, math, fine and gross motor skills, and ultimately that they simply love learning and school, while making and maintaining new friendships.

At the Junior School, we welcome parent’s participation and involvement and see them as partners in the education and welfare of the children.

I would like to conclude with a saying from Fred Rogers “Play is often talked about as it was a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood” or like I often say “a child at play is a child at work!”

I look forward to another enriching school year with the students, parents, and teachers.

Francoise Akina
Junior School Principal

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