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      Principal’s Message October 19, 2016


      I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. —Philippians 4:13

      NIS was very blessed to have Professional Golfer Suzann Pettersen visit NIS yesterday to share about her experiences with the students and to do a demonstration with them. Suzann is a Norwegian professional golfer who plays mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and is also a member of the Ladies European Tour. Her career best world ranking is second and she has held that position several times.

      There was an exciting buzz all morning as coaches gave the students a taste of golf. It was the first time for several students to try golf and the coaches were very good with guiding them so they experienced success. The event reached a climax when Suzann arrived and spoke with them. She shared about her childhood and how she discovered her passion for golf. Then there was a session of questions and answers where students came up with many good questions including asking about her golf grip. What really came through again and again was Suzann’s passion and dedication to golf.

      I had the opportunity to interview and chat with Suzann, and also shared about our school’s personal learning goal of resilience and asked her how it relates to her, and her journey to be where she is today.

      Suzann is the youngest of three children so she often followed in the footsteps of her two older brothers. Her father took her to a golf course one day and she immediately fell in love with the sport. She enjoyed the sport, including the competitiveness of it, and she had the drive to try and get better at it every day.

      Even at a young age, Suzann was focused and she knew in order to develop her golfing skills, she had to practice a lot. School was very important in her family, so as long as her parents felt she was doing well in school, she would be allowed to attend training camps, and because of her inner drive, she would complete everything to make it for training and practice.

      Golf has many challenging aspects. It is complex and all aspects of it need equal attention. They say it is 90% mental, and 10% physical. Even when Suzann was young she would plan her practices accordingly to address all the different areas. As we talked about challenges and the importance of resilience, it is easy to see how this champion golfer is where she is today. Resilience to Suzann meant dedication, having a plan, and sticking to that plan. There will be huge learning curves where you will experience ups and downs. You will make good choices and also bad ones, but this is where you learn and grow strong. Suzann is deeply passionate about golf and she loves what she does. She has fun with it, but there are no shortcuts. You have to dedicate your time and effort to practice.

      Resilience is something that we teach our students every day. It is also highlighted during Journey 2:52 that God gives people strength. We encourage the children to pray and ask God to help them. Resilience was also mentioned by parents during our Parent Workshop when I asked them about what kind of person they hope their child will grow up to be. Our children will experience many successes and challenges in life, but it is their attitude towards how they will overcome these challenges and learn from it that builds their character. A child may struggle in math, but being resilient means knowing that ‘I may not be able to do it yet, but I’m going to get better”. With good communication between the child, parents and the school, goals and plans can be set so they can experience success. Suzann has shown the children yesterday what can happen when there is resilience and dedication.


      Principal’s Message Vol.73 – Sept 2016


      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      We as a staff are currently reading and discussing an inspiring book: “In the Heart of a Child, One Moment . . . Can Last Forever – JUST A MINUTE” . It is quite powerful in bringing to our attention that an apt gesture or word at a crucial time can have an impact on a child for the rest of their lives. As teachers we have many ‘minutes’, with many children during a day, to influence them positively. As parents, caregivers, grandparents, you also have many minutes to influence your children, and their friends as well. What a privilege! We can all “set a child on course for a promising future, secure in the knowledge that they are loved” by us all and by God.

      Between the last newsletter and this, you will have received the positive letter and FAQ’s from our Executive Director regarding the Middle School. This last Saturday IslandCA took part in the International Schools Festival 2016. I had first-hand experience of the fact that ‘supply outweighs demand’ at year 10 and up, as I had a number of school heads talk to me, keen to take our students at the end of year 9. My huge thanks to IslandCA staff, parents and students for manning the IslandCA booth throughout the day on Saturday. Year 6 and 7 students Ollie, Chloe and Fred were stars! Ollie, in particular, has great potential in marketing and sales!

      Teachers look forward to meeting with parents / caregivers at the Parent Teacher Conferences tomorrow. At this time of the school year it is important for parents / caregivers to communicate with teachers about their child(ren). The interviews with classroom teachers are 15 minute slots with a 5 minute break in between. For specialist teachers there are 10 minute slots with a 5 minute break in between. If you need more time than is allocated, you are welcome to arrange to meet at another time. Please also be mindful that meetings that go over time upset the schedule for the teacher (and other parents) for the rest of the day.

      I pray that all of our IslandCA community will have a refreshing break over the Chung Yung Festival public holiday and the school mid term break that follows.

      May God Bless You,


      Principal’s Message Vol.72 – Sept 2016


      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      My congratulations to the parents for getting the Parent Teacher Association off to a good start for this year. There is certainly a great team to represent the parent community. At the recent PTA AGM , my presentation included information about this year, some of which I list below:

      • Curriculum: expansion of Chinese Studies pathways for year 1, Haese Maths secondary programme, New English curriculum,
      • Investigating further ways of enhancing play and recess opportunities for students such as: “Imagination playgrounds” and “Space saving vertical urban play structures”,
      • – Following up on the parent survey results for other areas that could be improved,
      • – Continuing with our planning and implementation of Innovative 21st century learning environments including: introduction of Chrome books to classes, collaborative team teaching, flexible use of space,
      • – Expanding systems for Student Empowerment (Student Council, Houses, Playground peer mediators, Choice—designing environments)
      • – Starting a “Green Team” to improve environmental stewardship,
      • – Middle years enrichment programme, starting with year 7 this year and planning for years 8 and 9 in future years.

      A “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) sheet regarding the Middle / lower secondary school is being finalized, and will be sent out next week—please keep an eye out for it!

      I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about the development of our wonderful IslandCA Community and anything else that may be on your mind.

      Please feel free to drop in for a cuppa and a chat between 8 and 8.30 a.m. in the first floor leaders hub, or make an appointment or talk before or after school when picking up your child (ren).

      Debbie Middleton, Principal