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Message from AIS Principal, Dr Nick Miller

Dear Parents,

You will all be aware that myself, the AIS leadership team and Cognita have been engaged in a recruitment process to identify a high calibre Principal to take over from me when I move into a more advisory role at the end of the school year.  We recently hosted two candidates shortlisted for the Principal role over two days of interviews and meetings. Both candidates were very experienced and highly capable; however, at this point we decided that neither fully met our requirements and have decided to continue the search process.  There will be another round of interviews some time next term. We will keep you updated on our progress in due course.   However, I can share that we will shortly be able to announce the appointment of a new Head of Elementary. As I reported last week, two shortlisted candidates attended a day of interviews at AIS recently and one has been selected for this critical role.

Earlier this week a local paper reported on road safety in the Lorong Chuan area.  In particular there was mention of the pedestrian crossing outside AIS.  This is a good time to remind everyone using the road, path and crossings in the area to please take great care and maintain a high level of road safety awareness at all times, but especially when using Lorong Chuan which sees a significant amount of traffic and high speeds throughout the day.   

Next week we will hold a number VLE Focus Groups as part of our long term strategic goal to improve communication between school and home.  The new VLE will replace the current parent portal, Sharepoint, which has reached its limitations in terms of what we require and its ability to adapt to the changing needs of our community.    The VLE will transform how parents interact with their child’s learning and progress giving them access to relevant and current information that will allow them to better support their children’s academic journey.  If you are interested in sharing your own experiences of school to home communication tools like the VLE please see below for further details on how you can sign up.   

I was pleased to announce this week the appointment of a new canteen provider at AIS, Sodexo Singapore Pte Ltd.  Through a robust review process that involved AISPA, staff and student representatives, and after a thorough tendering process, the decision was made to appoint Sodexo, with effect from the beginning of Term 3.    We believe that they are the best company to take us forward in this area with a commitment to providing healthy and nutritional food for your children and a willingness to work collaboratively with AIS and AISPA on a continual basis.   Sodexo will also continue to maintain a commitment to students with allergies.   We will of course be sad to say goodbye to the dedicated team at Howe Catering, who have looked after us so well for many years.  We thank them for their service to our community and wish them the best in their future business ventures.

With just three weeks left in Term 2 we still have much to look forward to and celebrate at AIS.  On Wednesday, 4 June the Music Department will lead our many and varied Ensembles in performances at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, at AIS’ Annual Music Ensemble Evening.  This promises to be a true celebration of the wonderful work being done in our Music Department.  Following on from the recent Richard Gill visit, the concert provides students with a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate their creativity and express themselves, through music, on a large stage.  Tickets are available from 

Another event that is now fast approaching is the annual ICE Festival (International Cultural Experience).  This is an event that is close to my heart.  It truly celebrates diversity and international mindedness, which we strive to represent at AIS every day.  Through international workshops, cultural performances and a wonderful array of foods from across the globe, the world really comes to life on campus for the day.  I am delighted to announce that this year’s ICE extravaganza will be opened by Her Excellency, Mrs Bernadette Cavanagh, the New Zealand High Commissioner to Singapore.  In her position as High Commissioner, there are few people better placed to speak on the importance of maintaining and sharing cultural identities within our community. 
On Monday, some of our Elementary students will show parents how iPads are used to affect deep learning in the classroom as part of our next Coffee Confidential: Interactive iPad Workshops (Elementary). I hope many of you will be able to attend the session to see for yourselves the potential this new technology has and the impact it is already having on our young learners.  If you haven’t already booked your place please contact our events team

As most of you will know, AISPA are undergoing changes with the departure of their much loved president, Tara Milne.  In my opinion Tara has done an absolutely outstanding job.  Her achievements include the creation of the Sharks Spirit Wear shop, the creation of the AISPA Foundation and the introduction of additional community events including that described in the next paragraph.  As Tara prepares to embark on a new adventure with her family in Texas, AISPA is in the process of voting in a new President as I write this Newsletter.  I hope that you will join me in thanking Tara for the outstanding work she has done over the last two years, and that you will agree with me when I say that her dedication and efforts have directly impacted life at AIS for the better.  Thank you Tara and I look forward to meeting the new President next week to continue the AIS and AISPA journey together.   
AISPA this week hosted Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea in aid of cancer research.  The event was a huge success and you will be able to read more about it in The Low Down this week.  Another upcoming AISPA event is the annual Fish n’ Chip night, which takes place on Saturday, 31 May here at AIS.  Over 900 tickets have already been sold.  If you still wish to purchase a ticket for what is one of the most popular events on the AISPA calendar,  you can click here to buy yours.

Finally, congratulations to our U11 Boys’ rugby teams who won both the division one and division two gold medals at the ACSIS Rugby Sevens this week.  These players have thrived under the supervision of our Head of Rugby, Craig Smith, who must also be recognised for his hard work and dedication throughout the Semester.  The Sports section of the Newsletter this week highlights a number of achievements in rugby and across other sports and demonstrates that our commitment to sport is paying dividends in terms of creating a sense of sportsmanship, pride and achievement in our students and their coaches. 

Yours sincerely

Nick Miller
AIS Principal

Head lice: check your children and family members

We currently have multiple cases of head lice across all years of Elementary School. We ask parents to please check your children’s hair this weekend and help us to monitor and prevent the spread of head lice.

It is vitally important for parents to inform the School Nurses if you do find head lice or eggs in your child’s hair so that we can minimise the spread of the lice in that particular class. Don't give head lice a place to stay!

Please read the letter attached here for more information about treatments and what to do if you do find head lice. Contact the Nurses if you have any questions

VLE Parent Focus Group - participants required

You may have heard about a new and exciting school-to-home communication tool that we are bringing on line this year – the Virtual Learning Environment or VLE. This new initiative will replace the current (and outdated) parent portal, Sharepoint, and will be used by teachers to communicate with you about your child's learning and progress, We are currently in a pilot phase with staff and students discovering what exciting possibilities this will present for the community, with a view to a soft launch across the whole staff and student body in Term 3.  When the full version is up and running in 2015 parents will be able to view these ‘online classrooms’, as well as manage their personal family data, access school-wide news and information, sign up for events, sign their children up for CCA’s etc, and much more.

The launch of the parent-facing element of the VLE is expected to take place in Term 4, once students and staff have had a chance to upload content.  However, as staff and students engage with the software, and the look and feel is being considered by our design team, we would like to engage a cross section of the parent community in a series of focus groups to share our initial thoughts and to understand the needs of this important stakeholder group.

The Parent Focus Groups will be held on the following days / times and we require approximately 8 per group. 

6pm Tuesday, 26 May

9am Wednesday, 27 May

We are keen to hear from a wide-cross section of the parent body at these informal, information gathering sessions.  Expressions of interest to take part in the focus group should be sent to Claire Ettinger, stating your preferred session.

School Photos - delivery update

Due to unexpected delays in delivery we are still in the process of distributing the school photographs to students. Today, many of you will have received class and individual photographs through your children. If you have not yet received your copies, please be aware that a second wave of photos will be distributed on Monday.

Thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this process.

Coffee Confidential
Interactive iPad Workshops

Learn about iPads from the real experts…our students!

At the next Coffee Confidential we will be introducing Elementary School parents to an integral part of our new Teaching and Learning with Technology Project, 1:1 iPads.

Come along and gain hands on experience in our interactive workshops led by teachers and students from our Elementary School. Learn how to use an iPad for deep learning and walk through a typical learning experience, choosing from a range of apps like iMovie, Showbie, Popplet and other similar rich software.

We will be using iPads in the workshops so if you have an iPad, please bring it with you. Monday, 26 May
9.00am for 9.30am start
, in the Senior Library.

Places are limited, please rsvp to

Nepal Schools 4 Schools Campaign Events: Run and Bookstore

Run 4 Nepal is back!

This year we are tagging onto the Race Against Cancer run. For those new to Run4Nepal it’s a charity run that helps raise money for schools in remote regions of Nepal by providing educational resources, supporting teacher salaries and school infrastructure. We hope you can be apart of this, by signing up and participating in the run. 

We will hand out donation/sponsorship cards once you have signed up, where all proceeds go to Nepal. Parents are also welcome to join in! The registration fees go towards the Singapore Cancer Society. 

To sign up visit: and USE THE PROMO CODE: PARUNN so we can make arrangments. The event will be held on Sunday, 3 August. The options are 5km, 10km and 15km. Registration closes on Saturday, 5 July so hurray and register! 

For any queries please email:

Click the image for more details.

Nepal Bookstore: Monday, 26 May - Friday, 6 June
Nepal School for Schools Project are also in need of second hand book donations. Look out for book collection bins near the Secondary and Lower Elementary School receptions. Clear out your old books (especially children’s books) and make room for new ones!

The Nepal bookstall will be running from Monday, 26 May to Friday, 6 June.  More information to follow shortly.

Michael Fogarasi
Nepal Bookstore
Nepal Schools 4 Schools