As many of you know my family and I will be moving on to an international school posting in Switzerland at the end of the 2015-16 school year. It is with more than a little sadness that share this news with you. Since I arrived in 2012, there has been no small amount of change in the Middle School and I'm very proud of our many accomplishments. As much as we have evolved together over the last several years, the essence of who we are has remained the same however. ISS remains true to its mission and commitment to maintain a nurturing, empowering and inclusive environment for all students. I'm proud to be part of one chapter in the ISS story and call so many parents and teachers my friends after 4 wonderful years at ISS.
I am very pleased to share the news that Mr. Michael Taylor, who is currently our Assistant Principal, will take over the day to day leadership of the Middle School next year. Michael is a very experienced international school leader and is well positioned to lead the Middle School into the future. His energy, knowledge, and commitment to students makes him a great fit for the position. Please join me in congratulating Michael Taylor!
Parent Focus Group Meeting
We will be holding a parent focus group meeting on Wednesday April 27th at 7pm in the ES Multi Purpose Room. The purpose of this meeting is to keep parents informed about facilities and program improvements and gather feedback to help us improve as an educational institution. At the meeting we will use the findings from the Parent Survey that was delivered recently to drive a discussion about our future goals. This meeting is open to all parents.
Please join us as this is a great opportunity to be a part of ISS' decision making processes!
If you would like to attend, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place. Wine and canapes will be served.
Hagar Clothing Drive
As part of our Middle School Service as Action program this semester we will be partnering with Hagar International to both raise awareness of gender equality and to collect used clothing to help fund Hagar’s social and educational initiatives.
The mission of Hagar is to “ restore to wholeness the lives of women and children who have been torn apart by human rights abuse. “ At the May 9th MS assembly, we will have a representative from Hagar’s Singapore branch speak to the kids about the organisation and the programs they provide. Parents and guardians are warmly welcome to come and learn more about Hagar and the work they do to improve the lives of those most disadvantaged.
Service as Action Aims:
- To show support for Hagar’s effort to help women and children who are trafficked and abused.
- To collect reusable clothes to raise funds for Hagar Singapore
- To support the UN Sustainable Development Goal #5 of Gender Equality in our end of year ( June 8th) event where girls and boys will play together in an inter-house competition.
As part of our efforts to help Hagar, we will be having a clothing drive this semester. Do you have stuffed cabinets and closets with clothing you would like to donate to a good cause? If so, we would very much like your donation. Please have your child drop off the clothing at the respective rooms listed below according to their house membership.
Rm 1- Orchard
Rm 2- Somerset
Rm 3- Newton
Rm 4- Raffles
If you have further questions about this service activity, please contact Mr. Ballinger or Ms. Oh to learn more.
Monday April 25th- Whole Day- 8th grade transition activities at the High School
Wednesday April 27th- 7pm- Parent Feedback Focus Group in the ES Multipurpose Room
Monday May 2nd- No School- Labor Day Holiday
May 23rd- 27th- Middle School Exam Week (more information to be shared soon)