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    • Aug
      19

      Principal’s Message Vol.70 – Aug 2016

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      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      A big welcome to Island Christian Academy for the 2016/17 school year!

      Welcome to all our new families; we trust that you are making new friends, meeting old ones and navigating your way successfully in becoming part of a new school community. Welcome back to all our returning families. I am sorry I haven’t seen much of you in the last couple of days, due to back problems; however, I am feeling a lot better now.

      Welcome to the first and so far only school in Hong Kong to be recognised as an IPC accredited school for our implementation of the International Primary Curriculum (IPC)! It was wonderful to receive this news during the school holidays. Thank you once again to the IslandCA community for helping make this happen at least a year earlier than is expected in new schools. Extra special thanks to Joy Penner, the IPC co-ordinator, in the front line, making it all happen.

      Our students are very happy with the transformation in the new ground floor covered playground. The climbing wall and safety flooring has been a long time in the planning, but it is great to see it all finished, and students climbing along it. The bright new open playground safety flooring makes quite a difference as well. Have a look at the photos further on in the newsletter. A big thank you to Philippa for the design, planning and ultimate supervision of contractors throughout the holidays, including weekends, to get it all completed in time.

      Some rooms have had a makeover. The first floor group room is now the leadership hub. Charlie and I enjoy having our office there; it is so much more accessible than being on the top floors. Room 105, (the old ICT room) is now the year 4 and up Music room. The Seniors now have a common room, which is equipped with the desktops from the ICT room.

      We have had 8 days with staff at school, undertaking professional learning and preparing for the year. Teachers and assistants have made their classes and display boards bright and welcoming. Classes have made a good start, with teachers and students working well. I am particularly impressed with how well the new staff and students have settled in.
      My staff and I look forward to talking to you at the Parent Information Night next week. For further details see the flyer in the newsletter. All the best for the year ahead!

      Debbie Middleton,
      Principal

      Jun
      24

      Principal’s Message Vol.69 – June 2016

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      Dear IslandCA Community,

      A lot has happened in the final 2 weeks of school since the last newsletter– pool parties, exit points, report writing, year book release, volunteers’ thankyou morning tea, concerts, honouring our first cohort of year 6 students – and finally today we celebrate the last day of the school year.
      We farewell some students and staff, but in most cases—after a well earned break – we look forward to renewing friendships again.

      Thank you for the wonderful comments from the parents who attended the concerts last week. Thank you to the teachers and students who made it all happen. I enjoyed seeing the broad smiles of the audience as they watched the ‘Goliath Jazz’ musical performed by 90 students and as they were treated to the sweet, melodious solo singers.

      I am grateful for what our new choir teacher and volunteer parent accompanist have achieved with the 50-strong choir ECA in the half-year since Mrs. Cheung arrived at IslandCA.
      The variety of the instruments, the versatility of the students, the hard work of the teacher in arranging the pieces was very much in evidence from the eight musical ensembles—five of them whole classes.
      As usual, our drama co-ordinator worked well with her cast to produce a polished ‘Wizard of Oz’. It was quite a smorgasbord.
      For further information see the write-up and photo’s later in this newsletter.

      The volunteers’ morning tea was an opportunity for staff to provide food for parents and other volunteers who have served the school community so well over the last year.
      I pray for safety and God’s blessings upon our staff, students and families over the break.

      ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.
      May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
      May the LORD show you his favour and give you his peace.’
      (Traditional Gaelic Blessing from Numbers 6:24-26)

      Debbie Middleton
      Principal

      Jun
      23

      Principal’s Message June 22, 2016

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      Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20

      We have a lot to be thankful for this past school year. Looking back at photographs of the students from the beginning of the year, and seeing how they look now, its easy to see how they have developed physically. Similarly, when we look at an individual student’s abilities in a subject at the beginning of the year, and then see what they are able to do now, its easy to find so much to be thankful for.
      God is so good and as we close the school year, I think its only right to take a moment to be thankful to Him for all that He has done in the life of each student at NIS. Not everything has gone according to our plans this past year, but we know that everything has gone to His plan and we can be thankful that He is in control and we can trust His love for our children just as we trust in His love for us.

      I would like to wish everyone a wonderful Summer Break. For those who are graduating from NIS or moving to a different school, I would like to wish you all the best for your future. I sincerely hope that you and your children are able to look back at you time at NIS fondly and that the lessons your children have learned here are carried with them throughout their lives.
      For those who are returning, I am looking forward to being able to show you all the wonderful renovations that will happen over the break, and I look forward to another wonderful year of us working together to help your children learn and grow.