During the summer, a time when I reflect on the needs and future direction of our school, I developed a document that clarifies and regulates the various areas concerning communication at school. The policy is based on clear educational principles and it develops guidelines and clarifies responsibilities and details practices for the internal and external communications at ISC. A large section of the policy addresses communication via e-mail, group messages and the use of social media among staff. A specific chapter is dedicated to communication with our families. I would like to share the guiding principles here below and I will send you via e-mail a document that will highlight the points that are relevant to parents.
Good communication is much more than the exchange of information. It is through effective and interactive communication that information is transmitted, understanding is developed and shared, trust is built, confidentiality respected and action coordinated. Communication includes not only the message but also how that message is communicated.
Communication is paramount in education. We need to ensure that communications between all members of the school community are clear, professional, timely and appropriate.
Good communication promotes partnership, mutual understanding and trust.
BOARD MEETING WITH DR. SPURR
I am pleased to inform you that on the morning of Wednesday 17 October, Dr. Spurr, the Education Director of the Inspired Group will be visiting the school. During his time with us, he will meet the Leadership Team, in the form of a Board Meeting in which the following points will be addressed:
• Annual Action Plan and updated 3-year Development Plan
• Examination results: analysis and strategies for improvement
• Student progress: benchmarking and value-added
• University destinations: analysis and strategies for improvement
During the morning, Dr. Spurr will also meet the Student Council and the Homeroom Parents of the PTA.
The Board, in the form of one or more of its members, will visit ISC for an official Board Meeting with Leadership, students and parents once per Term.
On October 22nd and 23rd we will host our first Open Days of the year. Normally we organize 4 of these per school year, in order to give interested families the possibility visit ISC.
In reality, we also welcome specific 1-1 visits on a regular basis; we really do believe that at ISC, everyday is an Open Day.
Monday October 22 will be reserved for families interested in the Early Years and Elementary while Tuesday October 23 will be dedicated to those interested in visiting Secondary.
During the Open Days we do not organize anything extraordinary or special, as we believe that a real school can felt and appreciated by a real first-hand experience, by seeing up close some of the daily teaching practices, and by meeting and speaking with the professionals who work there. At ISC we have so many wonderful things that speak for themselves!
If you have friends or family that may be interested in visiting, invite them to contact us for more information on the possibilities to participate in one of the presentations and tours planned for 09.30 and 14.00.
INSPIRED HEADS’ CONFERENCE
We are proud to be part of the great Inspired educational network that now brings together 41 schools on four continents. Among the many exchange and networking initiatives for staff and students, next week’s 2-day gathering in will bring together principals and head of schools of the various Inspired schools in Europe. We will compare the most current educational themes in a series of workshops and round tables. In particular, I will lead the session dedicated to the Assessment for Teaching and Learning.
SCHOLASTIC ORIENTATION OPPORTUNITIES
Choosing the next step of higher education is one of the most important decisions that can truly affect much of a child’s future. “Young – orienta il tuo futuro”, is a regional trade fair specifically dedicated to upcoming high school and university students (www.young.co.it).
There are numerous opportunities to gather information on the various educational proposals, as well as areas dedicated to one-to-one meetings and lectures where Schools and Universities will be presented. The fair is a unique opportunity to meet professionals from the “world of work” and to understand the real employment opportunities in our area as well as the tools needs for communication with companies.
Once again this year we will be actively participating in Young, which will be held at the Lariofiere (fairground) in the city of Erba. Our exhibition space will be open to the public (students, schools and families) on Tuesday October 16 and Wednesday October 17 from 08.30 to 14.00 and from 08.30 to 18.00 on Saturday, October 20. Ms. Patterson and some of our staff will be there to promote our High School.
We have resumed our collaboration and have had a series of meetings with Dr. Polloni, who I would like to introduce to our new parents.
After graduating in Psychology at the London Metropolitan University London (BSc in Psychology), Dr. Polloni obtained her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan. Among her many qualifications obtained in Italy and abroad, she also received a 4 year degree in Cognitive Psychotherapy at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, Como.
Dr. Polloni, who works as an external consultant and is very busy, will be at ISC primarily on Thursdays. We are also considering establishing a new colaboration with a second professional, a colleague Dr. Polloni, who specializes in Child Psychology. I hope to update you soon on this front.
What exactly is the role of School Psychologist at ISC? I’d like to share with you some of the most relevant points.
The School Psychologist, in liaison with teachers and leadership, discusses and devises strategies for supporting students’ emotional and social growth. This takes place both in the context of providing services to special needs students, but also to working with the entire student body as well. The School Psychologist might design and implement school-wide strategies to prevent bullying or implement positive behavioral support systems. She may also work to improve the school climate through multicultural awareness programs or making adjustments to the physical environment of the school to promote increased student engagement.
The School Psychologist helps students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. The Psychologist will collaborate with teachers, administrators, parents and other professionals to help create a healthy, happy and supportive environment for all.
The School Psychologist assists students and teachers at all levels, from elementary school to high school. She acts along with principals and coordinators as advocates for students’ well-being, and as valuable resources for their educational and personal advancement. The Psychologist provides counseling to students who have been identified by teachers, helping them to reflect on behavior related to bullying, disability, low self-esteem, poor academic performance, social anxiety, issues with authority figures and problems at home.
It has been several years now that the United Nations Day has become a reoccurring event on our Cultural Programme. The annual celebration has occurred every October 24th since 1948 and was established to highlight the aims and achievements of the United Nations. United Nations Day has traditionally been marked throughout the world with meetings, discussions and exhibits about the achievements and goals of the organization.
UN Day provides International Schools a great opportunity to celebrate the International make-up of the school community. It gives us the chance to learn a little more about our differences and celebrate what we have in common; it fosters our humanity and desire for peace & harmony in the world.
The parents of the PTA support and organize the event, which is truly a time of celebration for the school, and with everyone’s contribution, it will be a significant event for the entire school community. For now, mark your calendars for the afternoon of Wednesday, October 24. We will provide you with details in the next newsletter.
AMICI DI SCUOLA
ISC participates in an Esselunga promotion for schools. Amici di Scuola is an important project that is giving Early Years, Elementary and Middle Schools the opportunity to receive ICT devices and didactical resources free of charge. By presenting your Esselunga “Carta Fìdaty” (Fedelity Card) at the checkout, you will receive an “Amici di Scuola” voucher for every € 25 worth of shopping and/or 50 “punti fragola”.
Helping our school is easy! All you have to do is to go shopping at Esselunga until November 14th and bring your vouchers to school. The school will have the possibility to choose the materials and devices from a specific catalogue.
You will find a collection box for the vouchers at the main gate entrance, next to the board outside.