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Message from AIS Principal, Dr Nick Miller

Dear Parents

We’ve made it to the last week of the semester, and what a huge amount we have to celebrate and reflect upon. 

  • Our curriculum programs have been enriched through partnerships with Mathematics expert, Professor Peter Sullivan, Music Educator Richard Gill, languages consultant Dr Andrea Truckenbrodt and behaviour specialist David Vinegrad.  All of these collaborations will continue throughout the rest of 2014 and beyond, providing our students and staff the very best support in the classroom

  • Our Representative Sports teams have enjoyed considerable success, including Gold in the soccer league and Gold in the basketball league.  Teams have travelled to Spain, Hong Kong, Australia and Malaysia already to compete in a wide range of sports.  And our current partnership with the World Cup Rugby 10’s will see AIS students take the pitch at the first tournament held at the new Singapore National stadium

  • The Sharks Spirit, an initiative dreamt up by the Year 12 Captains and supported strongly by AISPA, has already seen two friendly competitions in basketball and rugby against other schools from Singapore

  • Students in Years 3, 4, 6 – 9 have all been on camp, again to a variety of international locations and many with some form of community service focus

  • Students have remained committed to our vision of being committed to addressing the needs of the world.  A new school has been opened in Cambodia, the building of which has been paid for with funds raised by the Elementary School students at AIS.  $16,000 was also passed on to the Sail Vega team, ensuring that the only free medical clinic in East Timor is stocked with supplies for the year

Of course this brief list is by no means exhaustive, but it does highlight the wide range of activities and initiatives we have on offer at AIS.

I reported a few weeks ago on the affirming independent report we received on the AIS Preschool.  I have just received the final report from the School’s critical friend, Archie McGlynn on the whole school and again, the news is very positive.  I will share full details with the community in the first newsletter of next term, but it is a very nice note on which to be able to close the term.

Finally, I cannot finish without mentioning today’s International Cultural Experience (ICE) event which has been taking place across the school.  We were honoured to have had the company of Her Excellency, Mrs Bernadette Cavanagh, High Commissioner for New Zealand to officiate the opening of the day, and I had the pleasure of accompanying her to a number of the workshops taking place in the Secondary School.  The students have been able to enjoy food from around the globe, as well as wear national costumes and share cultural experiences and performances.  A day like ICE cannot take place without the considerable support of our parent community so thank you to all of you who have been involved.

To those families leaving the AIS at the end of the term, a warm farewell from us all.  You will be missed but please remember you will always be part of the extended AIS community and that we hope you stay in touch.  To those heading off on holiday, I wish you safe travels and we look forward to seeing you back at school in July.

Best wishes

Dr Nick Miller

Canteen Update - new for Term 3

As you will be aware, Sodexo will be taking over the operation of the AIS canteen.

The new food program will begin on the first day of Term 3 (Monday, 14 July), with an emphasis on fulfilling the diverse requirements of the AIS community. Sodexo is committed to ensuring that the food on offer at the canteen complies with the existing AIS Nut-Minimisation policy and will be working closely with the School Nursing Team and the AIS Allergy and Anaphylaxis support group to ensure even better provision of allergy-free items and clear labelling.

The Sodexo Senses Food Program is supported by targeted nutritional planning (following Australian standards), regular community engagement and an optimised queuing system.

In addition, you and your child will be supported in making healthy food choices through the introduction of a Traffic Light system on all menus.

Further details of the menu offerings from day one will be communicated via email during the final week of the school holidays.

Holiday Health Advice from the School Nurses

The holiday period is a great opportunity to update student’s immunisations, visit the dentist for routine check-ups and to consider de-worming.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends prophylactic de-worming every six months.

  • worms reduce the absorption of Vitamin A and can cause anaemia

  • worms can lower immunity and cause sleep disturbances

  • worm infestations have been proven to impede cognitive development

  • worms are infectious and are easily passed from person to person

Worms can be treated very easily with a single dose of medication.

Every member of the household and pets should be treated at the same time to prevent re-infestation. De-worming should be done in conjunction with washing bed linen, towels and pyjamas and regular toilet cleaning.

Please ask your pharmacist for a treatment that best suits your family’s needs.

After every holiday period a number of students return to AIS with head lice. Please be vigilant and check your child’s hair before returning to school next term.  If you do find head lice please treat your child and inform us so we can check them when they return.

We would also like to remind parents that students are not permitted to self medicate or hold medication (including panadol) in their bags or lockers while at school.  If your child requires medication during school hours please complete a Permission To Administer Medication Form (available from the Nurses Room and Health Centre or AIS Website) and bring the completed form with the medication to the Nurses’ Room or Health Centre prior to school commencing.

We hope you have happy and healthy holidays.

AIS Nurses

The World Cup 10's Rugby - AIS ticket offer

Don't forget to support the AIS Team and give the AIS volunteers a wave over the weekend. Also, the Brumbies will be on campus during the mornings Wednesday - Friday next week, so feel free to drop by and cheer them on.

If you are buying tickets for the tournament don't forget to use the AIS promotion code for a 20% discount.
Promo code: SIS8