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      Education on the Front Lines: Guest Speaker Peter Dalglish

      Education on the Front Lines: Heroes for our time

      16th November, Island Christian Academy

      Generations Christian Education invites you to hear from Peter Dalglish, a Canadian humanitarian who is the founder of Street Kids International and current Senior Urban Advisor, World Health Organisation (Liberia).

      Peter’s recent keynote at the East Asia Regional Council of Schools Senior Leadership Conference in Bangkok challenged over 1,300 international school leaders to ‘nudge’ their students and alumni to use their considerable skills and talents to address some of the most urgent and complex issues of our time. Generations has asked him to present this inspirational message to challenge our school community and guests to make the world a better place.

      Peter is a leading authority on child labour, street children, and children affected by war. After graduating from Stanford University and Dalhousie Law School, he organized an airlift of food and medical supplies from Canada to Ethiopia. While encountering emaciated and destitute refugees, Dalglish had an epiphany.

      Peter returned to Canada from Ethiopia and informed the senior partners of his law firm that he was giving up the profession to pursue a career alongside some of the world’s poorest children. Since that time, his passion, expertise, and desire to make positive change has taken him around the world in roles with the United Nations, the World Food Programme, the World Health Organisation, and a host of youth-focused NGOs.

      At Generations schools, our mission to cultivate individuals of character, compassion, courage and competence and inspire the next generation to be a global people of Christian faith, a people serving others reinforces Peter’s life-long commitment to the common good of society.

      Date:         16th November (Thu), 2017
      Times:       Session I       3:00 – 4:00pm
                          Session II      6:45 – 7:45pm
      Venue:       Island Christian Academy
      Address:   70 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

      Register Now for this event

      (Seating is limited and registration is on a first come first serve basis.)

      Contact:   Mr. Bill Lui
                         Email – 
                         Tel – (852) 2537-2552 ext 110

      Speaker’s Information

      Peter Dalglish has devoted much of his career to investing in young people and seeing them empowered to transform their communities for good. Peter’s message will challenge our students to use their considerable skills to make the world a better place.
      Peter attributes his professional achievements to his front-line field experience in his 20s and 30s working with NGOs in challenging situations. He believes that international schools can play a key role in preparing young people not merely for lives defined by materialism and consumerism, but rather so they are equipped and determined to address some of the biggest challenges of our age.

      After attending Catholic primary schools, Peter Dalglish studied at Upper Canada College in Toronto; he is a graduate of Stanford University and Dalhousie Law School. Shocked by images of famine in Africa, in 1984 as a private citizen he organized an airlift of food and medical supplies from Canada to Ethiopia. His encounter with emaciated and destitute refugees seared him for life. Working with the World Food Programme in an isolated region of Darfur along the Sudan’s border with Chad, he in 1985 coordinated humanitarian relief for women and children displaced by a drought and famine of biblical proportions.

      In 1986 while serving in the capacity of Emergency Coordinator for UNICEF in the Sudan, Peter established a bicycle courier service run entirely by street children. Inspired by the tenacity and ingenuity of young people whom society had written off, he returned to Canada to found Street Kids International. Armed with $200, a borrowed office and an American Express card, he launched an agency that became a global leader in designing creative programming for poor, urban children.

      In 1994 Peter was appointed by the prime minister of Canada as the first director of Youth Service Canada, the national civilian volunteer youth corps. In 2002 he was appointed as the Chief Technical Adviser for the UN’s child labour and child soldier program in Nepal. Between 2006 and 2010 Peter served as the Executive Director of the South Asia Children’s Fund, which promotes quality education for profoundly disadvantaged children in the region. In 2010 Peter began his 50-month assignment with UN-Habitat in Afghanistan. In December 2014 Peter joined the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) based in Liberia, focusing on the urban response to Ebola in marginal communities in the capital city of Monrovia.


      Principal’s Message March 1, 2017

      The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.—Proverbs 18:15

      Every school in the world professes itself to be learning-focused.

      While NIS is a learning-focused school as well, what’s more important is that we are constantly reflecting on how we can continuously improve learning and offer the best education to our students and families.

      Over the next few weeks in the school newsletter and also in a display in the hall, we will share with our community how NIS views learning and our shared vision of the kinds of students we want to develop. We want to begin with the end in mind when planning learning experiences and instilling character development in our students.

      The International Primary Curriculum establishes a strong culture of learning in the school and we will explain the 9 criteria we follow to embed great learning at NIS.


      Principal’s Message January 11, 2017

      For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11

      The new year is always a time for a fresh start. We hear people talking about setting new years resolutions but after a few months, it may not always be easy (or possible) to stick to the plan even if their heart tells them it’s the best thing they can do for themselves this year. For children, writing resolutions teaches children to be reflective, how to set achievable goals, decide what steps they will take to reach those goals, and stick to what they say they will do. It is a wonderful way to start out the year with their family when they sit together and think about what they would like to change or do better in the new year. But again, it is likely even harder for children to keep up with their resolutions. However, there are steps that parents can take to encourage and support their child as they reflect and set goals for themselves.

      Parents Magazine suggests eight ways to help children make new years resolutions. The following is a summary of their original article in their online site:

      1. Be Resolution Role Models—Parents can share their own resolutions with their children so they can see how their parents would approach the task. Some of the children’s resolutions can actually be modelled by the parents themselves. Dr. Carter says, “If what you want is for your kids to be out the door earlier, you need to work on yourself. I saw that when I was consistently ready at the time I wanted to leave; it was possible to ask my kids to make changes. Let’s not ask them to do more than we are willing to do.”

      2. Keep a Positive Approach to Resolutions—When you sit down with your chil-dren, begin by going over the positive things that they accomplished in the past year rather than pointing out their shortcomings. Have children brain-storm things that they are able to do now that they were not able to do last year. Help them to reflect what they did to make that possible. Afterwards, ask them what they want to improve for this coming year.

      3. Suggest-Don’t Dictate Resolutions—Children need to feel responsibility and ownership for their choices. Listen to what your children tell you and help them to make sure it is age appropriate and achievable. You may come up with cate-gories for them such as—personal goals (NIS has eight—enquiry, morality, resilience, communication, adaptability, respect, thoughtfulness, cooperation), friendship goals, helping goals and school goals.

      3. Narrow Down the Resolution List—Two to three goals are reasonable. Break each of the goals into smaller steps to plan how it can be achieved. These resolutions need to be concrete, specific and manageable. “I will behave better” is too general. Help students to focus on which particular behavior they can work on. For younger children, they can draw a picture to express themselves.

      4. Take Turtle Steps Toward Big Resolutions—Dr. Carter says that turning good intentions into habits is an important skill to teach children. She suggests parents break down each resolution into small and slow steps to help children achieve their goal. Make it easy to do over a period of time. It can be weeks or even months. Check in with children weekly or periodically to acknowledge how they are doing and do not bribe them into doing the resolution.

      5. Follow Up but Don’t Nag About Resolutions—Avoid nagging children when they experience a lapse; rather affirm how hard it is and ask them to reflect what is making it difficult for them to achieve their goal. If the plan in achieving the goal is not working, parents can always adjust with the children.

      6. Make Family Resolutions Together—This brings families closer. Suggest to children that they set two personal goals and one or two family goals. This can be as simple as “visit grandma more often” or “plan a trip”.

      7. Make Resolutions a Ritual—Make sure there are no distractions when you gather to talk about how the resolutions are going and pay attention to each other. Set a tradition of praying together first or having hot chocolate together every time you talk about it. Appealing to the senses and helping create a warm environment is important.