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SECONDARY SCHOOL - Mr Andre Casson


Dates to Remember

Wednesday, 21 May – Sunday, 25 May

Year 11 Visual Arts Bali Camp

Depart 4.30pm
Ubud Bali

Sunday, 25 May

Senior Musical Rehearsal

10am – 4pm
Coral Dixon Theatre

Tuesday, 27 May

Senior Musical Rehearsal

3.30pm

Theatre

Wednesday, 28 May

Year 12 Geography Students - Urban Places Fieldtrip 

All day

Meet at Holland Village MRT 9am

Year 11 NYAA Gold
Information Night – Parents/Students

7pm

Senior School Library

Thursday, 29 May

Senior Musical Rehearsal

3.30pm

Coral Dixon Theatre

Friday, 30 May

Senior School House Swimming Carnival

All Day

Yio Chu Kang Swim Complex

Sunday, 1 June

Music Ensemble Evening – Rehearsal

10am to 3pm

Music Department

Wednesday, 4 June

AIS’ Annual Music Ensemble Evening

7pm

Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
NUS Campus
Tickets here.


Information subject to change, correct at date of circulation. 

Parents are urged to check their child’s Assessment Calendar on the Student Portal.  This will provide details of forthcoming assessments.


Dear Parents,

This week the majority of the Secondary students have been engaged in the Semester 1 examinations.  The students have been conducting themselves magnificently in these assessments.  They are well prepared with their equipment and are at the venues well before the scheduled commencement of the papers – two important considerations to gain success.  These assessments, although the source of some anxiety, are now just part of the landscape of the academic year.  They form a natural part of the ebb and flow of the assessment cycle for the students.  This is an important consideration as examinations play a crucial part in matriculation from school.  By affording the students with the opportunity to practice these assessments in examination conditions the School is attempting to demystify this process. 

In the last few weeks of Term 2 the teachers will be marking the assessments and preparing the reports to provide students and parents with feedback.  The Secondary School Reports will be posted home to parents in the first week of the holidays.  By moving the report deadline to this week the teachers have been able to have an extra week of teaching which is in the best interests of the students’ learning.  I would urge parents to ensure that their contact details are correct.  If you have moved in the last year it may be prudent to email records@ais.com.sg  to update details.  Your assistance in this matter is appreciated.

The Year 11 Art students departed for their annual Art Camp this Wednesday.  This residential program forms an important part of the students’ preparations for their final assessments.  It allows them to explore different creative styles and further develop their portfolio.  AIS has a strong tradition in the Visual Arts – as the magnificent works that hang on our walls attest.  Opportunities such as the Art Camp are part of the reason for our success.  Mr Coulter and his team of dedicated teachers are to be commended for their passion for their subject and for the students in their care.  I look forward to hearing about the camp when the group returns.

Yours Faithfully,

Andre Casson
Head of Secondary School


Secondary School Swimming Carnival - Friday, 30 May

Friday, 30 May

Secondary School House
Swimming Carnival

Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex
Ang Mo Kio Ave 9
9:00am – 3.00pm


This is a reminder that the Secondary School House Swimming Carnival is on next Friday, 30 May at the Yio Chu Kang Swimming Complex.

Due to the lack of entries in the ‘A’ events this year there will be no time trialing for either the 200IM or the Butterfly in the Secondary School.

Swimmers competing in the 200IM will need to be at the pool by 7.45am, ready to start at 8.00am. These swimmers will need to make their own way to the pool. Tocheers timefind out if your child is competing in the 200IM of the morning of the carnival, please click here. If students are not competing in the 200IM, they are to come to school to attend Home Group, have their attendance taken and will then be taken on buses to the swimming complex.

Even though there will be some BBQ food, drinks and lollies available as part of fundraising events (at a cost), please ensure that your child has plenty of food, water (which will also be available at the premises) and sunscreen for the day. The wearing of House shirt is also necessary. If you do not have a House shirt please see the Uniform Shop before Friday, 30 May.

Students will have House meetings next Wednesday, 28 May during PGD time for more information on the day and get the House spirit juices flowing. If you would like more information about the Secondary Swimming Carnival please click here.

To see the Secondary School Swimming Carnival Meet program click here.

To see the 2014 schedule and records from 2013, please click here.

Ian Forbes
Secondary School Sports Coordinator


Year 7 Update

At this time in the year, our focus surrounds the area of examinations. However, we shouldn’t lose sight of the other issues, like finding balance in the schedules of the students.

We asked the student leaders of Year 7 what their beliefs surrounding CCAs were. Their responses included:

Help people enjoy their hobbies
Meet new people
Makes school more enjoyable
Has the potential to build up personal confidence
Establishing new friendships with like-minded people
Opportunities to travel
Opportunities to compete together
Balance your CCA time - don’t get involved in too much
Go for it - even though joining a CCA might be scary, you don’t know until you try
Try and get involved with a lunchtime CCA first

Some of the benefits to students from involvement in CCAs includes:

  • Learning time management and prioritising

  • Getting involved in diverse interests

  • Learning about long term commitments

  • Making a contribution

  • Raises self esteem 

  • Building solid relationship skills

All of the above areas are encompassed by the five core Social and Emotional Learning competencies;

Self-awareness
Self-management
Social awareness
Relationship skills
Responsible decision-making

Mrs Chelsie Yeung and Mr Bruce McNalty
Heads of Year 7


Year 9 Update

HURRAY! Exams are over!

We are very proud of the way our Year 9 students have conducted themselves over the last two weeks of examinations. They have been responsible, prompt, studious and very supportive of one another. Whilst the students will receive results for their exams, we believe the more important learning is the process.

We hope they have learnt about time management, effective study habits and the ineffective ones! Are they more aware of their individual learning needs? Mind maps work for visual learners, some students record their notes to listen to, study groups can provide extra support, and each student will have their own favourite method of learning.

We also hope they have spent some of their time with friends, outdoors, playing sports, relaxing and most of all keeping a balanced approach towards all the demands they face in their busy lives.  Now put the books away and enjoy the weekend. We look forward to getting back to business as normal at school next week; the Pod area has been way too quiet.

Mrs Katherine Perry and Mr Mark Weber
Heads of Year 9


The importance of Cocurricular Activities

“CCAs are an integral part of our students’ holistic education. Through CCA, students discover their interests and talents while developing values and competencies that will prepare them for a rapidly changing world. CCA also promotes friendships among students from diverse backgrounds as they learn, play and grow together. Participation in CCA fosters social integration and deepens students’ sense of belonging, commitment and sense of responsibility to school, community and nation.”
From the Ministry of Education (Singapore) http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/secondary/cca/

In order to assist students in finding this balance, AIS has a fantastic program of Cocurricular Activities, (CCA’s).  More information on this program can be found on the School website.

Sign up process for Semester 2 CCAs will open on Day 1 of Term 3 via the VLE.

Mr Michael Farrell
CCA Coordinator

 


AIS Cake Cooking Competition: Wednesday, 28 May

Take part and help raise funds for cancer research as part of Australia's Biggest Morning Tea. Enter the AIS Cake Cooking Competition and stand the chance to win a number of exciting prizes. The top prize will be for one lucky student to attend a two hour Saturday Midday Cooking Class with the Kitchen Team at Bacchanalia, worth $500.00! Thanks to Emmanuel Benardos the General Manager of Bacchanalia for this generous donation.

More prizes will be announced on the day, so what are you waiting for? Let's get baking and raise some money for Cancer Research! Funds will be raised through the entry fee of $2 and through cake sales on the day. Click here to read more about Australia's Biggest Morning Tea.

Despina Joannidis
AIS Cake Cooking Competition