November 4 2016

Principal’s Message Vol.75 – Nov 2016

Dear IslandCA Community, Bonjour, Namaste, 你好!

It has been nice to see so many parents in the school during the school day for a range of activities. The Generations Director of Learning held the last of this term’s three Coffee morning International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) sessions on Monday morning. Thank you to those who have attended these over the last few weeks. Some of the questions (and answers) that came up are included below:

Q: How does IMYC prepare my child for subsequent studies?

A: IMYC is a ‘Best of’ curriculum because it is based on commonalities of national curricula around the world. It is a great fit for our international students who will go on to other school systems in home countries, or stay here in Hong Kong. IMYC incorporates a focus on the skills necessary for success in the 21st Century, such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication.

Q: How will it work with specialist teachers in the Middle School?

A: We will have subjects taught as specialist subjects by specialist teachers within a 21st Century learning environment. We expect our middle school to be small next year, with about 25 students, therefore we plan to start off with specialist teachers who have degrees across subjects, such as Maths and Science, or Language Arts and Geography.

Q. What happens when my child finishes lower secondary school, year 9, at IslandCA – what are the options for year 10 if my child stays in Hong Kong?

A: Supply of places exceeds demand in the upper secondary international schools in Hong Kong. A number of international schools (both well established and new) are keen to establish a relationship with IslandCA to take our students from IslandCA when they finish year 9. IMYC will prepare them well to be successful in a wide range of schools.

Q: Will it be hard for a teacher to come in to IMYC new and teach it?

A: We are hiring middle years qualified subject teachers who will bring their own unique experiences. Teachers will be blessed to have the substantial resources that come with IMYC membership (including Learning Goals, Learning Tasks, Assessment rubrics and Cross-curricular unit planning mind maps). Teachers are also required to attend IMYC training to become familiar with the curriculum.

For those who were not at any of the meetings, we hope that this will give you a taste of the Middle Years programme at IslandCA. My thanks to Allison for conducting the meetings and answering the great questions that parents had.

God Bless You,
Debbie Middleton, Principal