September 15 2016

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