Sofia Karim, a psychotherapist from the US, will be facilitating a 6 week course on Life Skills geared toward students who will be attending University abroad. The course begins April 12th and sessions will take place at HIS. During once weekly sessions after school, students will learn about, practice and discuss topics such as: culture, community, living independently, study strategies, time management, conflict resolution, healthy choices, stress management, personal safety, peer pressure, basic budgeting, nutrition and cooking, social skills, making friends, maintaining a study-life balance, and more.
Please see the flyer for more details and call or email Sofia to reserve your child’s place by March 31st.
We are currently investigating whether to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for some or all students in the Secondary School. Information Technology (IT) has become a core component of teaching and learning, and there are many ways in which regular access to such technology can significantly improve learning. In many ways, IT has become as ubiquitous and as necessary as a pen and paper!
A BYOD policy would mean that students would be required to bring a laptop meeting certain specifications to school every day, thereby ensuring they can always access technology as a regular tool for learning.
We would very much appreciate parental input in helping us with our investigation and policy development. Firstly, please complete the survey through the link below. Then, if you are interested in being more involved in this process, at the end of the survey you can provide your name and email details. We will then plan to gather interested parents together to discuss this issue in greater detail.
Our first Parent-Student-Teacher conferences this year will take place on the 2nd November, from 8 am to 5 pm. You may attend at any time throughout the day, but you do need to book your meetings in advance. This year we have not sent home Quarter reports, which means these conferences are a very important opportunity for you to learn about your child(ren)’s progress before the formal Semester reports are issued in December. This is also a good opportunity to hear from teachers about how Camps went.
In addition, we will run two workshops, from 9-9:30 and from 2-2:30 to help you learn how to make use of ManageBac to monitor student progress. These are drop-in workshops, you will not need to attend the whole session.
We will be using the online system that we used last year as this worked particularly well. You can begin the process by accessing this webpage
Once there, follow the instructions to set up an account and sign up for your appointments with your children’s teachers. You can sign up for multiple children at the same time.
Please be aware of the following:
- Appointments can be made up until the day before the conferences.
- Only one parent per family should set up appointments, to avoid confusion.
- These are Parent-Student-Teacher conferences. We expect your children to accompany you to these meetings.
- In order to ensure that everything is fair, we will insist that you stick to your chosen times. Please ensure that you arrive on time so you can take advantage of all the time available. Teachers will not be expected to make time for parents who arrive late.
- Parents must not expect to be able to sign up for appointments on the day. Teachers will not be expected to meet with parents who did not sign up in advance, though they may choose to do so.
We are all looking forward to the chance to have a chat with you about how things are going this year.
Ms Amy sent the following update. Looks like they’re having a great time.
We went to opening night of the conference this evening. The students mingled with other students and saw a short film on the effects of deforestation.
The workshops sound amazing for Saturday and Sunday.
The students learned a new skill today- surfing. Even though they got pounded by waves, they had a smile on their faces.
We saw a traditional Balinese dance yesterday and saw rice paddies and some Balinese art yesterday.