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Message from AIS Principal, Dr Nick Miller

I began the year with a challenge to all our community, students, staff and parents alike, to join me in going for gold.  2014 is our year, the year that all at AIS realise our potential, be that in the classroom, on the sports pitch, in the pool, through community service or simply as part of the supportive and welcoming community that is our School.

The Annual Music Ensemble evening, which was held on Wednesday evening, was a perfect example of my 2014 motto.  The standard of the performances from the 200+ students who took the stage to share their musical talents was outstanding.  From jazz and soul to strings and a finale of the most accomplished piano performance I have ever heard from a student, the evening was a delight.  Congratulations to all the performers and the Music Department, who have worked tirelessly with our students in creating this event.

Our sporting success continued last weekend with our U15 Sharks Girls Basketball team taking home gold in the Community Basketball League.  Congratulations to the girls for their achievement.  Our sporting opportunities will continue into the holidays with our partnership with the Rugby World 10’s completion.  I am pleased to share that Australian team, the Brumbies will be using the AIS Oval for training in the days preceding the tournament [if you visit campus in the mornings of 18/19/20 June you might catch one of the players for an autograph] and many of our senior rugby players and student leaders will be acting as venue volunteers at the newly opened Singapore National Stadium during the tournament.  You will also see AIS students on the pitch, as mascots and guards of honour, and excitingly playing in the junior competition which accompanies the main tournament.  The AIS community have been offered a 20% discount on tickets, (promo code: SIS8) so if you are in Singapore and wish to attend [see below for more details].

As we approach the close of the term, and indeed the Semester, our teaching teams are focused on reflecting on the journey your child has taken over the past six months the classroom.  Our older students have all completed formal examinations this term, which our younger students have also gone through in one form of assessment or another.  These efforts allow our staff to measure not only the success of the children but also the success of our programs, giving us valuable data through which to refine and adjust on an individual basis.  Elementary School children will bring their reports home with them next week, while the Secondary School reports will be posted home to families at the end of the first week of the school holidays. Please take the time to reflect on your child’s successes with them and celebrate all they have achieved this Semester.  We are very proud of them all.

I would like to share two announcements:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Albertus (Bertus) Pretorius as Managing Director, Australian International School effective from Monday, 2 June. Reporting into Albertus will be the Principal and all other non-academic functions in the School. This is a new role for AIS, the purpose of which is to take on the day-to-day responsibility for the non-academic functions within AIS, allowing our Principal, Heads of School and the rest of the leadership teams to focus on our core business – providing exceptional educational opportunities and experiences for the children in our care.

Please join me to welcome Bertus to the AIS community.

It also gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Neil Smith to the role of Head of Elementary School. Neil will commence with us at the end of August and will work closely with Mignon Weckert to ensure that a solid transition takes place as she moves to her new role in Elementary Curriculum.

Neil has a strong teaching and leadership background in international schools throughout the region, having worked as Head of Primary School at Dulwich College in Thailand, Head of School at Canggu Community School in Bali and most recently as Head of Primary School at Garden International School in Kuala Lumpur, one of the top International schools in Malaysia, for the past seven years. A British national with an Australian wife, Neil started his career in Elementary teaching in Preschool, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary in the early part of his career. Neil has a solid track record in strong and effective leadership of teams such as ours and has proven capabilities in streamlining process and implementing structures to ensure the most efficient and productive use of teacher time.

Neil will join AIS on Monday, 25 August and we are very excited to have his knowledge and expertise in our community.

I am sure that you are as excited as I am by these appointments.

As this newsletter goes to print, the AIS Rugby Team will be on the pitch playing the second AIS Sharks Spirit Game against local school St Andrews and competing for the Dr Miller Cup.  These type of events bring our community together in celebration – thank you to AISPA for their continued support of our Captain’s Team and the Sports Department in this regard.

Wishing you a relaxing weekend. 

Dr Nick Miller
AIS Principal


Changes to AIS Counselling Department

We are pleased to announce some exciting changes in our AIS Counselling Department.  As part of our on-going commitment to student welfare we have recently reviewed the counselling structure across the entire school with a view to providing the most consistent and responsive service possible.  The review took into consideration the needs of students, staff and the overall school community.

As a result of the review, the following changes will take effect from the beginning of Semester 2.  In the Secondary School, Robyn Rudd will work full time with Grades 6 -10, alongside Sheridan Fisher who will continue to work with Year 11 and 12 students.

In the Preschool and Elementary School, Lia Gould and Lynette Khoo will share responsibility for providing a counselling service across all year levels.  The Elementary structure will be based on one counsellor working and remaining with year levels as they progress through the Elementary School. The advantage of this model is that families and students remain with the same counsellor from Prep to Year 5 ensuring consistent case management and a strong therapeutic relationship. 

If you have any queries regarding how the change in structure may impact you or your child, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the counselors to discuss your situation further.

Sheridan Fisher
Student Wellbeing Manager


Join the AIS Admissions and Marketing Team

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

  • Admissions Manager

  • Marketing and Events Manager

  • Academic Advisor

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

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:
run4nepal2014@student.ais.com.sg

Click the image for more details.

Michael Fogarasi
Nepal Bookstore
Nepal Schools 4 Schools


The World Cup 10's Rugby - AIS ticket offer