First let me begin by welcoming you all back to AIS for another Term, especially to those families who have joined us this week. Settling into a new country and new routine can be an unsettling time but we trust that your children have already made new friends and are being well looked after by their Classroom and Home Group teachers. Open dialogue between home and school is of upmost importance to us, so I would encourage you to engage with all your child’s teachers in partnership so that together we can help them reach their highest potential.
Sadly, the Secondary School began the Term with the tragic news of the passing of one our long-standing Year 12 students, Victoria McLeod. I would like to thank all of you who have contacted us with messages of support and condolence, as well as thanking our school counselling team, the Secondary School staff and the students themselves in the upper Secondary School for their strength and dignity. The way our community has come together has again made me very proud to be part of this caring and warm school. Our prayers and thoughts are of course with Victoria’s family and friends during this time. We will be hosting a memorial service at School next week to allow students the opportunity to reflect and celebrate Victoria’s time with us at AIS [see Secondary School section for details].
As you are aware all students from Year 1 to Year 5 were involved in the Benchmark Testing program in February and March, using the ACER Progressive Achievement Tests. A detailed analysis has shown that our results continue to be reflective of a high performing cohort in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Spelling, consistently exceeding expectations for each Year Level in all of the focus areas. Across the Elementary Year Levels, between 30% and 40% of students are achieving results a year or more above what is expected in Mathematics. While between 39% and 67% of students are achieving results a year or more above the expected level in Reading Comprehension. The Secondary School PAT data has also been analysed and at every year group our students consistently outperform the greater Australian cohort. Our PAT Mathematics results show that the percentage of students who are ‘one year and above expected level of achievement’ starts in Years 6 at 40% and incredibly rises to 72% by Year 9. This is a remarkable trend and we look to further increase by the end of the school year. These results are certainly cause for celebration and continue to support our current emphasis on differentiation in the classroom.
On Thursday we met with senior leaders from the Association of Independent Schools New South Wales, of which we are member. These leaders were in Singapore for the INTASE Education Leadership Summit, in which a number of our school leaders took part to share and learn more about best practices.
Next week the AIS Advisory Board will come to Singapore for their first meeting of the year. Discussions will in part turn to potential School Principal candidates, who the Board, along with other key stakeholders will be involved in the appointment of. I look forward to sharing further details on this in due course.
The AIS Choir will again lead the AIS representation at the ANZAC Day memorial events next Friday, 25 April. Our School Captains will lay a wreath on behalf of the School at the Kranji War Memorial Cemetery.
Members of the public are welcome to attend [click here for details].
I wish you a relaxing Easter weekend.
Dr Nick Miller
Parents, staff and students are reminded that AIS is a nut-minimisiation campus. This means that we do not allow any nuts or nut-based products onto our campus at any time.
This policy is applicable to all food brought into school from student snacks and lunches to items brought in for fundraising and sporting events, and applies during the school day, evenings and weekends.
Nuts do not have to be ingested for a child to have an allergic reaction, traces of nuts and nut-based products can be passed by contact through shared door handles, surfaces and utensils so it is very important for us all to work together and strive for a nut-free campus at AIS.
If you would like more information about allergies, or the AIS nut minimisation policy please contact our Nursing Team at the Health Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org or you can visit the Health Centre, located at the Lower Elementary School undercroft.
ANZ will be hosting an evening wine and cheese event for AIS parents on Wednesday, 7 May in the Senior Library from 6.30pm. The event is an opportunity for parents to hear from ANZ Director, Phil Henwood, about expat banking and managing your finances while you are in Singapore. Please click here to RSVP for this event.
The annual International Cultural Experience will take place on Friday, 13 June – the last day of Term 2.
The whole school event celebrates our cultural diversity through the International Food Festival, Cultural Workshops and International Showcase Performances.
Quite simply it’s The Coolest Day of The Year.
If any parents would like to run a food stall or cultural workshop, please email email@example.com as soon as possible. If you would like to run a dance workshop, we would especially like to hear from you!