April 20 2016

Principal’s Message Apr 20, 16

I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:17-18

This week we celebrate International Week at the NIS Primary School. It was fantastic to have some expat parents come into the school to share about their home country, and all the students are looking forward to Friday when they will be able to dress up and try some delicious food.

Being “Internationally Minded” is more than just knowing about clothes and food. NIS has worked hard to define exactly what it means to be internationally minded so that our students, and the entire school community, can promote and grow towards this goal. The underlying principles behind the definition is that students need to proud of who they are, and out of this they are able to be open, respectful and accepting of others.

To help the students remember to focus on being internationally minded the symbol below has been developed. This symbol was designed to represent the important factors of being internationally minded, and shows the students that it is an important goal for them to focus on achieving.

NIS IM at newsletter

Learning to be internationally minded is obviously not something that just happens at school; a child’s home is where they will experience the most significant growth in this area. As such it is good for parents to ask themselves the following questions:

1. Do you encourage open communication, where your child is free to express his/her ideas, attitudes and feelings?
2. Do you take advantage of opportunities to discuss ethical issues?
3. Do you model empathy, compassion, and respect for others?
4. Do you stimulate your child to ask questions?
5. Do you allow your child time for creative and critical thinking? (and not just provide him/her with the answers)
6. Do you applaud openness to different perspectives and to diversity of cultures?
7. Do you encourage reflection on experiences, and then allow for opportunities to make more in-formed choices for the future?
8. Do you provide an environment where your child learns to respect and value, self-initiated action?
9. Where possible, do you ensure access to global information, through the use of appropriate information resources?