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      Principal’s Message Vol.77 – Dec 2016

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      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      Christmas Production – The Magical Christmas Jigsaw!
      It is the countdown to the big night! Most families have their tickets; most children have their costumes, words and actions. Staff are all trusting it will be ‘right on the night’! We look forward to seeing you at Youth Square on Tuesday night. If you are unable to get a ticket for Tuesday night, or if you have young children, it is possible to come to the final dress rehearsal. See details further on in the newsletter.

      ICEC Asia Conference
      It is commonly known in our community that IslandCA is a member of the Council of International Schools and an IPC accredited school. What is not commonly known is that IslandCA is a member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). It was a great experience for our teachers and leaders to attend the four day ACSI International Christian Educator Conference last week from Wednesday to Saturday.
      The education conferences available to leaders and teachers in the past have not been specifically Christian schools conferences, so we have come back feeling inspired and affirmed! We networked with educators in similar positions in other Christian schools, attended a range of workshops, and listened to high calibre keynote speakers.
      The theme was ‘Teaching with Wisdom’ based on the verse in Colossians 1-28.
      The conference ended with an uplifting keynote from Stuart Stemple – a permanent resident of Hong Kong, now living and working in Thailand. He credits his school years at an international Christian school for preparing him to make an impact on the world at the the highest levels. Four areas he mentioned for which he felt particularly well prepared were:
      (1) Self awareness, (2) Awareness of others, (3) Learning agility (transferring experiences to guide him now), (4) Love for God and for His world.

      God bless you,
      Debbie Middleton
      Principal

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      Principal’s Message November 30, 2016

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      Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.—Philippians 4:6

      Thanksgiving is a special time for families and friends to gather together to appreciate and reflect on all the wonderful things they have been blessed with. Although Hong Kong does not set a specific day for this like other countries, being thankful and reflective is something that we can do any day during the year.

      I remember a while back, I saw some of my friends were challenged on Facebook to share something they were thankful for each day over a period of days. There were also other challenges where it was more specific like being thankful for their spouse. I enjoyed reading these because the things they were thankful for on a daily basis were not big things that happened that day, but in the little things that happened. It really makes one think to not take things for granted. A simple opportunity to enjoy a brief lunch with friends during a busy day is a blessing. Having your child give you a hug when you come home after a long and tiring day at work is a blessing. I am thankful for my parents and in-laws who are currently visiting. We may have less privacy, but when they came home late last night, it made me realise how much I enjoyed having them here. Their love and support shows through every time we get off work. We have good conversations about the day, there is laughter and then we eat dinner and watch television together.

      I read in a book that one family had a tradition of having everyone write something they were thankful for during Thanksgiving and would string up the card at home. Over the years, the string would get longer and longer. The children could read it as they got older and it became part of their family’s story. Help children to be reflective and have a thankful heart.

      But what happens when there are things that plague us and tug at our heart strings? Being thankful seems like the last thing we want to do. This is the reality for children as well. The Bible tells us that giving thanks when undergoing suffering is very difficult, but it is meant to strengthen our faith—”For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 17-18. God knows all that is happening. He is purposeful and not a random God.

      Helping children to acknowledge those negative feelings and issues are important because they will always encounter ups and downs in life. Help them work through their feelings so that regardless of the outcome of the situation, the children become more thoughtful in difficult situations and can handle it better.

      I encourage families to take up the ‘Thankfulness Challenge’ and do it for one week. Ten minutes of family time each day for one week to go around telling each other what they are thankful for and why. It is a wonderful way to start your evening together or right before bed, and then pray and praise God for those things.

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      Principal’s Message Vol.76 – Nov 2016

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      Dear IslandCA Community, Buongiorno, Konnichiwa, 你好!

      It is such a pleasure to be writing the IslandCA Newsletter, whilst Debbie is away at camp with the Year 6 and 7 students. As this is my first newsletter, I thought I would share with you something that is close to my heart, and probably, to many of your hearts also! ―Being a Third Culture Child‖ or in my case a ―Third Culture Adult.

      As many of you know I am English and I was born in England. However, by the time I had reached 18, my family and I had lived in six places in four countries, I also attended international schools between the ages of four and nine, in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

      Q: What is a ‘third culture kid’?
      A: Someone who grows up in a country or countries other than their own, as are many of the students at IslandCA.

      Q: What is the difference between a ‘third culture kid’ and someone who isn’t?
      A: Third Culture Kids are usually very comfortable meeting new people, moving to new places and they are often quite knowledgeable about the world. However as ―third culture kids‖ get older, they may find it more difficult to develop and keep meaningful friendships, as deep down they may be afraid of losing their friends. They may also find it hard to live in one place for a long time as they may become restless. They may feel ―different‖ to others around them, when they are not in an international or expatriate setting.

      Q: How can parents help when their children are growing up?
      A: It is important that the ―third culture kid‖ knows where they come from and that they have a connection with the place(s). For example, when I was growing up in the Middle East, we visited the same place in England every summer where we had a small bungalow. It is also good to talk to your children about being a ―third culture kid‖, and lastly, it is good to help and encourage your children to keep in touch with good friends by writing letters, sending emails or even Skyping.

      Q: What about moving back home?
      A: This can be challenging. It is important to try and keep up to date a little with local media, as this will help your children settle in more easily when they return home. I remember feeling left out of many conversations about children‖s television, as well as dressing and speaking differently.

      Q: Have there been any books written about ‘third culture kids’?
      A: Yes! ―Third Culture Kid‖ by David C Pollock and Ruth E Van Reken, ―Raising Global Nomads‖ by Robin Pascoe, ―Emotional Resilience and the Expat Child‖ by Julia Simens.
      On another note, it is only two more days to IslandCA‖s yearly Christmas Fair, and I am very much looking forward to seeing many of you there.

      Wishing you all a wonderful few weeks as we build up to this busy but very special time of the year.

      God Bless You,
      Charlie Owen, Vice Principal