December 1 2016

Principal’s Message Vol.77 – Dec 2016

Dear IslandCA Community, 你好!

Christmas Production – The Magical Christmas Jigsaw!
It is the countdown to the big night! Most families have their tickets; most children have their costumes, words and actions. Staff are all trusting it will be ‘right on the night’! We look forward to seeing you at Youth Square on Tuesday night. If you are unable to get a ticket for Tuesday night, or if you have young children, it is possible to come to the final dress rehearsal. See details further on in the newsletter.

ICEC Asia Conference
It is commonly known in our community that IslandCA is a member of the Council of International Schools and an IPC accredited school. What is not commonly known is that IslandCA is a member of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International). It was a great experience for our teachers and leaders to attend the four day ACSI International Christian Educator Conference last week from Wednesday to Saturday.
The education conferences available to leaders and teachers in the past have not been specifically Christian schools conferences, so we have come back feeling inspired and affirmed! We networked with educators in similar positions in other Christian schools, attended a range of workshops, and listened to high calibre keynote speakers.
The theme was ‘Teaching with Wisdom’ based on the verse in Colossians 1-28. The conference ended with an uplifting keynote from Stuart Stemple – a permanent resident of Hong Kong, now living and working in Thailand. He credits his school years at an international Christian school for preparing him to make an impact on the world at the the highest levels. Four areas he mentioned for which he felt particularly well prepared were:
(1) Self awareness, (2) Awareness of others, (3) Learning agility (transferring experiences to guide him
now), (4) Love for God and for His world.

School Fees for the next school year
Budgets have been prepared for next year, and the school tuition fees to meet the budget required have been calculated by the Generations Christian Education Finance Team and approved by the School Management Committee. GenCE’s Chief Operations Officer and I shared and discussed the information with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) earlier this week.
The main addition you will notice are the different Primary and Middle Years fees. This is due to the substantially differentiated programme that will be offered to our Middle Years students next year. This is mainly in the area of hiring 6 FTE’s (full time equivalent staff). Note that the capital levy will remain unchanged.

God bless you,
Debbie Middleton