April 27 2016

Principal’s Message Vol.65 – Apr 2016

Dear IslandCA Community, Namaste, Hello, Shalom, Kia Ora,

Last term we concentrated on the theme of LIVE and the associated personal goals of: resilience, morality and international mindedness. This term we concentrate on the theme of LOVE and the associated personal goals of communication, respect and cooperation.

A big thank you to Simone and her PTA team (the Parent Teacher Association and Chair) for once again organizing such a fun, popular, and successful Wine and Cheese evening last week. They were obviously very good at communicating and cooperating! A big thank you also to those parents and teachers who donated so generously to the Silent Auction. Thank you to those in the community who enjoyed the evening, it was a good opportunity to catch up with each other.

A big thank you also to our Generations Christian Education Executive Director for organizing a popular, practical and informative evening on ‘Developing Resilience from Home to School‘ this week. Gail has also organized a coffee morning on The Whole-Brain Child—12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child’s developing mind. If you would like to come and have not yet RSVP’d please do this no later than tomorrow, Friday.

May is almost upon us, and we remember that May is Domestic Helpers Month. This is a great opportunity to teach children respect and cooperation in a very practical way. Domestic helpers are quite a large part of the IslandCA community. They are involved so much in terms of the daily routine of students. We see many of them coming to meet the students at the end of the day; stay and watch them play and then take them home. Some supervise home learning and some bring them to school in the morning. We have observed quite a wide range of attitudes to domestic helpers as well. Some students quite clearly cooperate with them and show them respect. As we as staff and parents role model respect to helpers, then students more readily show that respect as well. We are organizing a Helpers afternoon tea and it would be helpful if you could encourage your helper(s) to come. Last year those who came had a great time of eating, socializing, praying and singing together.

Monday is a public holiday for the day after Labour Day — so have a great day relaxing from your labour!

Debbie Middleton,