• Events Calendar

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      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


      Principal’s Message September 14, 2016


      Children are a blessing and a gift from the Lord. —Psalm 12:3

      NIS looks forward to offering parents many more workshops this year related to learning, parenting, and understanding children’s holistic growth.

      During these past few weeks, students at NIS have been learning all about how learning happens, and how they can become better learners through our first IPC unit: Brainwaves. Some of the older students looked more in-depth at how this happens and discovered that neurons in the brain make connections with each other, and when we learn things, the connections multiply and become stronger. Therefore you can think of the brain as a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.

      With all this that the students are learning about their brains and learning, we thought it would be a great time for our first Parent Workshop to introduce the book “The Whole-Brain Child” by neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Siegel and parenting expert Tina Bryson.

      Through a series of videos and discussion, Daniel and Tina will talk about how children’s brains mature over time, and will share twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children. They will take a look at everyday parenting struggles (such as tantrums, fights and silent sulking), and give you strategies to turn these moments into opportunities to help your child thrive.

      Some of these strategies include:

      • Name It to Tame It: Appealing to the left brain’s affinity for words and reasoning to calm emotional storms and bodily tension.
      • Engage, Don’t Enrage: Keep your child thinking and listening, instead of purely reacting.
      • Move It or Lose It: Use physical activities to shift your child’s emotional state.
      • Let the Clouds of Emotion Roll By: Guide your children when they are stuck on a negative emotion, and help them understand that feelings come and go.
      • SIFT: Help children pay attention to the Sensations, Images, Feelings, and Thoughts within them so that they can make better decisions and be more flexible.
      • Connect Through Conflict: Use discord to encourage empathy and greater social success.

      We hope you will join us for this informative Parent Workshop!

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      Date: Friday, September 30, 2016

      Time: 9:00am-10:30am

      Place: Stage

      Please let us know the number of people who will be joining the Parent

      Workshop and provide us with your child’s name and year.

      RSVP by emailing


      Principal’s Message Vol.71 – Sept 2016


      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      It seems to be unanimous among the parents and staff that the school vibe and spirit is very good. My thanks to God, staff, parents and students for contributing to the wonderful spirit that is evident.

      It was great to see so many of you at the Parent information Night. We had two packed hall meetings; firstly for the year 3—7 parents and then for the year 1 and 2 parents. The PTA representatives spoke; staff were introduced, and parents were reminded of highlights from the last school year and informed of new things to look forward to this year.

      I highlighted that this year we: will develop a Student Council, use the new Journey 2:52 Christian Curriculum, have more performance opportunities, including a Christmas musical “The Christmas Jigsaw”, enjoy the use of enhanced facilities, use the new sound system and have our first year 7 programme. We have a special enrichment programme for the year 7s including community service, careers training, leadership initiatives, etc. Relevant staff will undertake training in the International Middle Years Curriculum. I also mentioned that this year I invite parents to drop in for a cuppa and a chat between 8 and 8.30 every morning in the new leaders’ hub on the first floor. This will start on Monday morning, September 5th.

      This morning we had a short meeting for parents of year 5—7 students regarding the development of the middle years (junior secondary) programme. We are so thankful that all the hard work with the EDB and Lands department by Mrs Maidment (GenCE E. D.) has paid off and our situation is positive, with current approval for “not for profit primary and secondary usage”. We have our first year 7 cohort this year, and are working on approval for year 8 and 9 for the following years while continuing to look for alternative spaces when we reach enrolment capacity. The Board continues to look for an alternative site, along with the vision for innovative use of our current site and space in the local community. Our aim is to give regular updates on middle years progress.

      If you have any input regarding the improvement and development of the school, please feel free to telephone, or come to the first floor for a chat, or talk before or after school when picking up your child (ren).

      Looking forward to a great year!

      Debbie Middleton,