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    • Jun
      24

      Principal’s Message Vol.69 – June 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community,

      A lot has happened in the final 2 weeks of school since the last newsletter– pool parties, exit points, report writing, year book release, volunteers’ thankyou morning tea, concerts, honouring our first cohort of year 6 students – and finally today we celebrate the last day of the school year.
      We farewell some students and staff, but in most cases—after a well earned break – we look forward to renewing friendships again.

      Thank you for the wonderful comments from the parents who attended the concerts last week. Thank you to the teachers and students who made it all happen. I enjoyed seeing the broad smiles of the audience as they watched the ‘Goliath Jazz’ musical performed by 90 students and as they were treated to the sweet, melodious solo singers.

      I am grateful for what our new choir teacher and volunteer parent accompanist have achieved with the 50-strong choir ECA in the half-year since Mrs. Cheung arrived at IslandCA.
      The variety of the instruments, the versatility of the students, the hard work of the teacher in arranging the pieces was very much in evidence from the eight musical ensembles—five of them whole classes.
      As usual, our drama co-ordinator worked well with her cast to produce a polished ‘Wizard of Oz’. It was quite a smorgasbord.
      For further information see the write-up and photo’s later in this newsletter.

      The volunteers’ morning tea was an opportunity for staff to provide food for parents and other volunteers who have served the school community so well over the last year.
      I pray for safety and God’s blessings upon our staff, students and families over the break.

      ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.
      May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
      May the LORD show you his favour and give you his peace.’
      (Traditional Gaelic Blessing from Numbers 6:24-26)

      Debbie Middleton
      Principal

      Jun
      10

      Principal’s Message Vol.68 – June 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      A week has passed since the accreditation team left our school. They had a great time at school, thoroughly enjoying being in the classrooms and talking to students. Our visitors had an action packed week. The team were particularly complimentary about the hospitality shown them by the school. In fact they said they received more hospitality at IslandCA than any other school they have visited.

      The team were with students most of the time; they toured the school with the Head and Deputy Head Boys and Girls, they attended the school assembly, observed classes in action, observed students in and around the school, talked with students during lessons as well as having meetings with milepost one, two and three students. The team said they were great students!

      Our visitors had various meetings with staff and parents as well. Thank you very much to our parents who talked with them; they enjoyed chatting with you! They met with specialist teachers, some co-ordinators, and classroom teachers throughout the week. They talked with Joy and me at least twice a day and were complimentary about the amount of effort and hard work that has been put in to preparing for accreditation.
      They studied the school’s self review and a wide range of school documents and also wrote a lot of notes. They are not permitted to tell us how successful we have been, but the next step for them is to take the paperwork back to the IPC Head Office where the documentation will be reviewed by another team of evaluators who will then make the final decision. This process usually takes 4—6 weeks. We pray that God will honour the work of our hands with great success. Now as staff we have to catch up on other school work in a very short period of time!

      We look forward to seeing parents at the performance next week. Given that we have major productions every two years, the performance next week will not be on the same scale as ‘Topsy Turvy World’ at The Vine Centre, however, it will be a great culmination of work done in various Extra Curricular Activities and upper school Music Classes.

      As you know this is the first year that we have had year 6 students. We will be honouring them next week and the week after as they finish the school year. At the conclusion of the performance, there will be presentations made to them for which the year 6 parents are welcome to stay on. Photographs will be taken afterwards at school. Then in the final week of school they will have a party.

      May God bless you!

      Debbie Middleton,
      Principal

      May
      26

      Principal’s Message Vol.67 – May 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, Savadee, Xinchao, Goededag, 你好!

      Next week, from Monday to Thursday, we will have two accreditation visitors at school. They will be coming to collect evidence that IslandCA is ready to be fully accredited in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The focus for this is on learning. They will spend most of their time in classrooms asking students about their learning, The majority of students are quite comfortable talking to different adults coming into the class and asking questions about their learning. I have enjoyed doing this often over the last year, as have the Deputy and Vice Principal. Learning questions include: What are you learning? Is this difficult for you, easy or just right? Is what you
      are learning a knowledge, skill or understanding? What do you know now that you didn’t know when you came to school this morning?

      The accreditation visitors may also talk to you as parents / caregivers if you bring your child(ren) to school in the morning or collect him/her/them in the afternoon. Some things that they will be interested in hearing about from you include:

      – What your child is learning and how you support this out of school,
      – IslandCA’s shared vision for its students, and how you support this and help develop this in your child(ren) outside school
      – How classroom practices help develop the personal goals (e.g. group work develops co-operation)
      – The development of knowledge, skills and understanding
      – That your child is engaged in his/her learning
      – That you come to (for example) exit points and on field trips
      – How you and the school support your child developing multiple perspectives on a theme
      – That you know that the main purpose of assessment is to improve student learning.

      Thank you for all your support in learning about, and being involved in, the IPC. A small group of parents has been selected to have a meeting with the visitors; this group has been chosen to represent (1) length of time their child has been attending IslandCA – ranging from when the school first started to having just joined this year. (2) different year groups their children are in—from year one to year six. Have a great day and weekend!

      Debbie Middleton
      Principal

    • Jun
      24

      Principal’s Message Vol.69 – June 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community,

      A lot has happened in the final 2 weeks of school since the last newsletter– pool parties, exit points, report writing, year book release, volunteers’ thankyou morning tea, concerts, honouring our first cohort of year 6 students – and finally today we celebrate the last day of the school year.
      We farewell some students and staff, but in most cases—after a well earned break – we look forward to renewing friendships again.

      Thank you for the wonderful comments from the parents who attended the concerts last week. Thank you to the teachers and students who made it all happen. I enjoyed seeing the broad smiles of the audience as they watched the ‘Goliath Jazz’ musical performed by 90 students and as they were treated to the sweet, melodious solo singers.

      I am grateful for what our new choir teacher and volunteer parent accompanist have achieved with the 50-strong choir ECA in the half-year since Mrs. Cheung arrived at IslandCA.
      The variety of the instruments, the versatility of the students, the hard work of the teacher in arranging the pieces was very much in evidence from the eight musical ensembles—five of them whole classes.
      As usual, our drama co-ordinator worked well with her cast to produce a polished ‘Wizard of Oz’. It was quite a smorgasbord.
      For further information see the write-up and photo’s later in this newsletter.

      The volunteers’ morning tea was an opportunity for staff to provide food for parents and other volunteers who have served the school community so well over the last year.
      I pray for safety and God’s blessings upon our staff, students and families over the break.

      ‘May the LORD bless you and protect you.
      May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
      May the LORD show you his favour and give you his peace.’
      (Traditional Gaelic Blessing from Numbers 6:24-26)

      Debbie Middleton
      Principal

      Jun
      10

      Principal’s Message Vol.68 – June 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

      A week has passed since the accreditation team left our school. They had a great time at school, thoroughly enjoying being in the classrooms and talking to students. Our visitors had an action packed week. The team were particularly complimentary about the hospitality shown them by the school. In fact they said they received more hospitality at IslandCA than any other school they have visited.

      The team were with students most of the time; they toured the school with the Head and Deputy Head Boys and Girls, they attended the school assembly, observed classes in action, observed students in and around the school, talked with students during lessons as well as having meetings with milepost one, two and three students. The team said they were great students!

      Our visitors had various meetings with staff and parents as well. Thank you very much to our parents who talked with them; they enjoyed chatting with you! They met with specialist teachers, some co-ordinators, and classroom teachers throughout the week. They talked with Joy and me at least twice a day and were complimentary about the amount of effort and hard work that has been put in to preparing for accreditation.
      They studied the school’s self review and a wide range of school documents and also wrote a lot of notes. They are not permitted to tell us how successful we have been, but the next step for them is to take the paperwork back to the IPC Head Office where the documentation will be reviewed by another team of evaluators who will then make the final decision. This process usually takes 4—6 weeks. We pray that God will honour the work of our hands with great success. Now as staff we have to catch up on other school work in a very short period of time!

      We look forward to seeing parents at the performance next week. Given that we have major productions every two years, the performance next week will not be on the same scale as ‘Topsy Turvy World’ at The Vine Centre, however, it will be a great culmination of work done in various Extra Curricular Activities and upper school Music Classes.

      As you know this is the first year that we have had year 6 students. We will be honouring them next week and the week after as they finish the school year. At the conclusion of the performance, there will be presentations made to them for which the year 6 parents are welcome to stay on. Photographs will be taken afterwards at school. Then in the final week of school they will have a party.

      May God bless you!

      Debbie Middleton,
      Principal

      May
      26

      Principal’s Message Vol.67 – May 2016

      Dear IslandCA Community, Savadee, Xinchao, Goededag, 你好!

      Next week, from Monday to Thursday, we will have two accreditation visitors at school. They will be coming to collect evidence that IslandCA is ready to be fully accredited in the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The focus for this is on learning. They will spend most of their time in classrooms asking students about their learning, The majority of students are quite comfortable talking to different adults coming into the class and asking questions about their learning. I have enjoyed doing this often over the last year, as have the Deputy and Vice Principal. Learning questions include: What are you learning? Is this difficult for you, easy or just right? Is what you
      are learning a knowledge, skill or understanding? What do you know now that you didn’t know when you came to school this morning?

      The accreditation visitors may also talk to you as parents / caregivers if you bring your child(ren) to school in the morning or collect him/her/them in the afternoon. Some things that they will be interested in hearing about from you include:

      – What your child is learning and how you support this out of school,
      – IslandCA’s shared vision for its students, and how you support this and help develop this in your child(ren) outside school
      – How classroom practices help develop the personal goals (e.g. group work develops co-operation)
      – The development of knowledge, skills and understanding
      – That your child is engaged in his/her learning
      – That you come to (for example) exit points and on field trips
      – How you and the school support your child developing multiple perspectives on a theme
      – That you know that the main purpose of assessment is to improve student learning.

      Thank you for all your support in learning about, and being involved in, the IPC. A small group of parents has been selected to have a meeting with the visitors; this group has been chosen to represent (1) length of time their child has been attending IslandCA – ranging from when the school first started to having just joined this year. (2) different year groups their children are in—from year one to year six. Have a great day and weekend!

      Debbie Middleton
      Principal