This week I would like to take the opportunity to farewell Tara Milne, AISPA President for the past two and a half years. Tara and her family are relocating to Texas in July and I am sure you will join me in thanking Tara for her considerable drive and enthusiasm in connecting all areas of the AIS community. I would personally like to thank Tara for her support of the School, our vision and mission. I will miss our weekly meetings, which have been hugely valuable to me in being able to understand at a grassroots level the needs of our school community. I wish Tara and her family the best of luck for the future, and hope she will always remain connected with AIS.
Last Friday AISPA voted to induct a new President, Rebekah Fox. Rebekha’s family joined the AIS community in 2012, and many of you will already know her through her work as part of the AISPA Executive Committee. Please join me in welcoming Rebekah to the role – I look forward to working with her and the AISPA committee to continue to provide opportunities to bring our wide and diverse communities together.
On Monday of this week I was encouraged to see many parents actively engaged in an interactive iPad workshop as part of Coffee Confidential. Mr Darren Campbell and Mr Andrew Mowat, along with a team of iPad experts from Year 2 to Year 5, led parents through various iPad activities and demonstrated the impact this new technology can, and is having on teaching and learning in our classrooms every day. The students did a wonderful job of coaching parents and demonstrated powerful problem solving skills – while parents were using the iPads to complete a variety of creative and mathematical exercises, students were even overheard discussing the best way to teach the parents! Truly this is education in action and highlights how iPad technology compliments current teaching and learning to enhance the quality of experiences for our children.
Elsewhere on campus this week, the AIS Technology Department coordinated the first AIS Cake Cooking Competition raising funds for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Cancer Council Australia. Students submitted their cake creations on Wednesday morning, to be assessed by the judging panel of Mr Andre Casson, Mr Steve Harrow, Ms Chelsea Yeung and Mr Emmanuel Bernados, head chef from a restaraunt here in Singapore. I hear the imagination and effort that went into each design produced a fantastic array of cakes, with students showing skills quite beyond their years. Congratulations to the prize winners and thank you to the Technology Department for organising this fundraiser, specifically Ms Despina Joannidis and Mr Dan O’Connell. You can view some photos of the cakes on our Facebook page.
Coming up next week is our annual Music Ensemble Evening; a celebration of the efforts of all our students who learn an instrument at AIS. Our recent partnership with music educator Richard Gill shone a light on the talented Music Team we are lucky enough to have at AIS (described by Richard, tongue in cheek, as “a Music Department with a School attached!”. The Music Ensemble Evening is recommended to all the community. See the Music Section of the Newsletter for ticket booking information.
And finally, I am delighted to congratulate our Under 19 Boys’ Football team who achieved a huge victory on Wednesday night here on the AIS main oval. The boys played exceptionally well and overcame a tough side from the French School to lift the Invitational Cup as champions. Congratulations to the boys for their determination and strength of character, as well as their ultimate victory.
Dr Nick Miller
As a part of our culture of continuous improvement, AIS is expanding its Marketing and Admissions Department. We have a number of full-time vacancies and we are looking for experienced individuals with particular skill sets interested in working in a dynamic and rewarding environment.
Senior Admissions Manager
Marketing and Events Manager
Please visit our website for further details of these positions, including the application process.
(Applicants should please note that the conditions of employment for these positions are Monday - Friday, 9am to 6pm / 8am to 5pm and 21 days annual leave per annum).
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: http://www.raceagainstcancer.org.sg/ 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:
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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.
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