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Message from AIS Principal, Dr Nick Miller

Dear Parents,

This week students have spent time commemorating and reflecting on ANZAC Day.  We were honoured to welcome back Lieutenant Colonel Michael Doyle (Australian Defence Force) and Commander Brendan Oakley (New Zealand Defence Force) to speak to Upper Elementary and Secondary students.  They spoke about what ANZAC Day means to them personally, highlighting the great sacrifices that are still being made in order for us to live in freedom and peace.  We are grateful to them both for sharing their time and experiences with us.    Today, our School Captains attended the official ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Kranji War Memorial Cemetery and laid a wreath on behalf of the School. Selected students from our school choirs also performed In Flanders Field, as well as the National Anthems of Australia and New Zealand.  We are very proud as a school, to continue what is surely our oldest tradition of involvement in this most poignant and moving event.

The AIS Advisory Board met this week, at AIS, for the first of our quarterly meetings to review the School’s progress, I am pleased to report that the Board are very impressed with current developments. During their visit the Board also contributed to the next phase of the strategic plan, focusing on objectives for the period 2014 – 2016. 

Secondary School parent-teacher interviews took place on Wednesday and Thursday giving students, staff and parents the opportunity to actively engage in focused discussions about their child’s achievements and progress thus far in the Term, and highlight areas for future progress.

From the Elementary School, Year 4 students travelled to Pulai Springs in Malaysia earlier this week for Year 4 Camp.  For many students this was their first experience of travelling outside of Singapore without their parents and by all accounts it was a great success.  A highlight of the trip was the time spent with children from a local school.  Thank you to our Year 4 staff who worked hard to provide this opportunity for our students.   

On Thursday, staff from Elementary School were involved in professional development with visiting behaviour management expert, David Vinegrad, from Behaviour Matters.  David spent time in sessions with staff during the day, leading discussions on a restorative approach to discipline at home and at school, as well as presenting to parents at a well-attended evening event in the Senior Library last night.   
AISPA shared news this week of the delivery of old AIS uniforms to schools in Timor Leste (TL).   The photographs below show school children in TL wearing their new uniforms with pride and demonstrating the global impact projects like this can have.  Congratulations to all of the volunteers and AISPA for making this happen, you epitomise the caring and loving community spirit that we are blessed with at AIS.

The Parents’ Association also do wonderful work within our immediate community welcoming new parents at the Newcomer’s Morning Tea on Wednesday, where they shared a wealth of knowledge on settling into AIS and Singapore.

Finally, I am informed that students from our AIS-TV CCA in the Secondary School, have submitted six entries to the Singapore International Student Film Festival 2014.  I am informed that it is with great anticipation that the group will attend the SISFF Gala at the Canadian International School next Tuesday, 29 April.  I would like to wish these students luck with their entries and look forward to hearing more about the festival.

I wish you all a good weekend and look forward to seeing some of you at the ANZA ball this Saturday evening.   

Kind regards
Nick

Dr Nick Miller
AIS Principal



ANZ parent event: Banking for Expats in Singapore

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.


ICE is coming! Are you ready for the coolest day of the year?

If any parents would like to run a food stall or cultural workshop, please email ice@ais.com.sg as soon as possible. If you would like to run a dance workshop, we would especially like to hear from you!


Keep your kids entertained this summer at Camp Asia

Last chance to receive a 10% discount when you book before the end of April.

Camp Asia is back at AIS this summer for its third year, whether you're looking for a multi-activity camp or a specialist camp, Camp Asia has lots of choices for children aged 3 to 11 years. This year we have extended our range of specialist camps in the summer so you are sure to find the right activity for your child.

To find exactly what’s on offer or to book a summer camp click here

All camp pricing includes the following:

  • Camp Fees - Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm

  • Free drop off from 8.30am where children can join in a free choice activity

  • Lunch plus morning and afternoon snack and we can handle many different dietary requirements

  • A Camp Asia T-Shirt

  • Free date changes - you can move your camp to another date if your plans change (this service is only available up to 10 days before your camp starts subject to availability)

  • All materials on camp, whether its supplies for Art, a computer for Tech Savvy or ingredients for Super Chef.

Summer Camp Dates:

  • Monday, 16 June to Friday, 4 July at the Australian Interntional School

  • Monday, 7 July to Friday, 11 July at Stamford American International School

Book now at www.campasia.asia