As part of our on-going aim for improvement, and as reported in last week’s Newsletter, we have engaged the services of two education experts, Archie McGlynn and David Coles, to conduct our third annual “Critical Friend Review”. During their research this week, Archie and David focused on the areas of learning and teaching, student support, welfare and discipline, and school management and leadership. While we await their full report, I am pleased to share that both have once again commented on how impressed they are with the progress we have made since their previous visit. Archie’s final report will help inform our strategic planning for the coming years.
We are always very keen to be able to provide exceptional and unique experiences for our students. Therefore, I am pleased to be able to share a number of such opportunities from this week’s calendar.
On Thursday we were delighted to host His Serene Highness, Prince Alfred of Liechtenstein on a visit around the Elementary School, where he took in a performance by the Upper Elementary School Chamber Choir, a Year 2 lesson in the Inquiry Centre and a Year 3 Mandarin lesson. Prince Alfred is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Peace Foundation, an organisation which AIS is partnering with to host the 5th ASEAN event series “Bridges – Dialogues towards a Culture of Peace”, under the common patronage of 21 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Starting in September 2014 “Bridges” will be continuously held in Singapore and Thailand until March 2015 and will involve the participation of Nobel Laureates for Peace, Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Economics. Towards the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015, three of these Nobel Laureates will be visiting AIS to share their knowledge with our students, providing a very unique and exciting opportunity for engagement with exceptional experts who are at the very top of their fields.
Earlier in the week, on Monday we hosted 35 universities on campus as part of a day-long Careers Day for our Year 11 and 12 students. The day was filled with a series of lectures and workshops for students and parents to explore a wide range of study and career pathways. My congratulations to our Careers Department and the Heads of Year 11 and 12 for a providing such a stimulating and informative program. AIS graduates have in the past gone on to study at some of the top Universities world-wide – you may wish to have a look at the full list for yourselves on our website.
The third experience that took place this week was a motivational speaking engagement for our Secondary School students with AFL player, Dan Jackson. Dan is a current Richmond AFL footballer as well as the current Jack Dyer medalist and inaugural recipient of the Jim Stynes Community Award. Our thanks to Tony Davies of the Sharks AFL Team for extending this opportunity for our students, ahead of Dan’s coaching appearance at AFL training on Saturday.
Acting Assistant Principal, Andre Casson has been representing AIS this week at the first Australian International Schools Association Heads meeting of the year. The group meet twice a year to share best practice and discuss Australian education issues. Running alongside the meeting is the AISA Games, bringing together sporting teams from the participating schools. I look forward to hearing over the weekend from Head of Sport, Justin Teves, as to how our students have performed at the Games. A full report will be included in next week’s Newsletter.
On Monday staff will be engaged in professional development, part of which will include the launch of this year’s Teacher Inquiry Group (TIG) Program. The TIG program brings together teachers from across our different sub-schools to work collaboratively on a nine month long inquiry into a specific area of practice. This provides opportunity for close study of student learning and teaching practice, which in turn have a direct impact on our strategic development goals. The AIS TIG program is the envy of other schools, and has recently been featured as an exemplar case study in a book from the Australian Council for Educational Research.
I wish our Buddhist community a joyous Vesak Day on Tuesday and look forward to seeing you all back on campus next Wednesday.
Dr Nick Miller
We are currently advertising for a number of positions at AIS, both teaching and non-teaching. If you are interested in working with us, please take a look at the positions vacant page of our website.
Australia's foremost Music educator and internationally renowned conductor, Richard Gill, will be at AIS in Week 5 to share his vast experience of Music in education with staff and students.
Richard will also be speaking to parents in an evening event where he will be discussing the impact of Music on children's imaginations and creativity and how that can translate into success in the classroom, for all children.
Thursday, 15 May
Senior School Library
6.30pm - 8.00pm
Light refreshments will be provided.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a seat at this event.
Parents who have ordered school photos should note that we expect delivery of the finished product on Wednesday next week. Photos will be delivered to classrooms and home groups during Thursday and Friday for students to bring home.
A representative from the photography company will be site to manage the delivery process for us. If you have any questions regarding the school photos, please contact Claire Ettinger, Communications Manager via email email@example.com
Awareness. Avoidance. Action.
Food allergies now affect 1 in 10 infants and around 2 in 100 adults in Australia. At AIS we have around 80 children with severe food allergies and over 50 children with Epi pens.
Just nine foods cause 90% of food allergic reactions with some foods causing potentially life-threatening reactions known as anaphylaxis. This is the most severe form of allergic reaction and is potentially life threatening.
To raise awareness for the week, the AIS Allergy and Anaphylaxis Support Group is running several initiatives including a fabulous Cup Cake Stand!
Allergy Free Cup Cakes will be sold in the Lower Elementary School Canteen Area out the front of the Preschool for only $1.00, on Wednesday, 14 and Thursday, 15 from 2.30pm - 4pm.
All recipes will be available to take with you for future baking, along with brochures and Epi Pen Trainersfor everybody to have a "play!"
The funds raised from the cupcake stand will be used to donate back to the School in the form of educational tools, books, promotional material for Food Allergies and Anaphylaxis Support and Awareness.
Children will also receive a fabulous "brilliantly bright" Anaphylaxis Fluro pencil and tattoo, if they can tell us at the Cup Cake stand the name of one of a friend who has a Food Allergy and or three foods that people can be allergic too.
Thank you for your wonderful support of our children. If you would like more information about food allergy awareness visit the Food Allergy Aware website.
AIS Allergy and Anaphylaxis Support Group
Visit the AISPA page on the VLE to find out more about their events supporting Australia's Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday, 22 May.
Click on the image below to find out about their upcoming Extra Ordinary General Meeting.
2nd ANZA Scouts has places available for boys aged 10 - 15 years of age.
We meet at the Australian International School every Saturday from 2.00pm - 4.00pm.
If you want to join us or just want to have a chat and get some more information please contact us on the details below.
Click here to email us or visit www.anza.org.sg.
Be Prepared . . . for a new adventure!
ANZA is excited to launch a new interest group - the Single Parents Networking Forum. Being a single parent - mum or dad - is never easy, but it can be even more challenging when you are physically separated from family and close friends. The Single Parents Networking Forum aims to provide support, advice, friendship and fun. Over the coming months, we plan to cover topics such as your legal rights, financial planning, Singapore passes / visas and emotional wellness. Plus hold social events for adults and families (it is a great opportunity for kids to meet others who don't live with mum and dad).
The first get together will be held on Wednesday, 4 June, from 7pm upstairs in the private dining room of the Fern & Kiwi at Clarke Quay. This event is open to non ANZA members, so please spread the word.
RSVP to Mel at firstname.lastname@example.org
AIS parents, staff and students can receive a 10% discount by using the AIS code: 'AIS' with a 15% discount for bookings for 10 people or more. Go to www.petemurrayinsingapore.com for more information and SISTIC for tickets.