The school year moves along quickly and we are almost at the first half-term break; time for the first formal evaluations. This week we have had PYP parent meetings, while the secondary school students will be receiving their first interim reports. I advise you to keep up-to-date on the educational activities and the respective assessments that can be found on Class Dojo or Managebac.
In this edition of the newsletter, I want to share with you the school’s communication policy and talk about student exchange opportunities among the Inspired schools.
I wish you all a peaceful weekend and I look forward to seeing you all next week during our United Nations Day festivities.
The appointment for this great event at ISC is Thursday 24 October at 09:00, we will start with a nice assembly and parade. We will celebrate the 47 nationalities of our school community. Everyone is invited to wear national costumes or their country’s colors. Do not miss it!
The annual celebration has occurred every October 24 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.
INSPIRED GLOBAL EXCHANGES
Being part of a large group of schools certainly brings benefits to our students. These include the possibility of spending part of the school year or simply a few weeks in another school of the group. This year 40 Inspired students have already embarked on this experience, taking advantage of the opportunity of a “global campus”.
I would like to highlight some of the educational benefits of this experience: International awareness and knowledge of other countries and cultures, language acquisition, greater interest in global issues, the development of autonomy and independence and certainly new friendships.
If you are interested in learning more, I invite you to visit the webpage: https://inspirededu.com/global-exchanges.
Secondary School families can find here Global Exchange Programme brochure a specific brochure containing details of the schools involved, including ours, and the age of the participants.
In case you want to deepen or explore an exchange experience for your child, I am available for a meeting.
Our Communication Policy is based on clear educational principles and it develops guidelines and clarifies responsibilities and details practices for internal and external communications at ISC. A large section of the policy addresses communication via email, group messages and the use of social media among staff. A specific section is dedicated to communication with our families. I invite you to read the full document which can be found on Managebac.
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.
As we do every year, we want to establish a Cafeteria Committee that brings together representatives of the various parties and sections of the school: a parent representing the Early Years, one for the Primary, one for the Secondary School, a representative of the school, the nutritionist and the manager who is responsible for the cafeteria service. This year I would also like to involve the students’ voice.
The Cafeteria Committee should be seen as a resource, which can contribute to the continuous improvement of the service offered. The Cafeteria Committee plays a role in creating and fostering the connection between the “clients” and the service managers. Together with the school, the committee can play a role in assessing and monitoring the quality of the service and of the meals and may have an advisory role regarding changes to the school menu.
The committee meets about three times a year.
If you are interested in participating, please send your nomination to our Front Desk officers at email@example.com by October 25.
For some years now the lice phenomenon has been occurring more frequently in school, and even our ours has been affected. Just last week we received reports that there have been some cases.
Numerous descriptive studies suggest that parental education regarding the recognition and treatment of lice remains the most effective means. I therefore encourage you to routinely check your children’s heads even if they are asymptomatic. We trust that you will continue to immediately report any cases to us.