Newsletter 23rd October

Well, the weather is looking good and reliable for the next week, which bodes well for all our Secondary students who will be heading out on camp this week.

Camps week is a core part of our programme, important for all of our students. Field trips, whether just a few hours or lasting several days are opportunities for students to take their learning beyond the classrooms and into the wider world. They get to see parts of the world they might never see otherwise.

Camps week is an opportunity for experiential learning, an opportunity for students (and teachers) to step out of their comfort zones and try new things, take risks, and experience both success and failure. It is a chance to strengthen social links with their peers, discover new strengths and interests, and to learn more about this country which for many of us is only a temporary home, but for others is their home culture. The experiences during these camps help students develop their strong sense of self worth which we have as a core aspect of our School Mission. And, of course, to develop into  Caring, Courageous, Open-minded,  Principled, Balanced, Reflective, Communicative, Knowledgeable Thinkers & Inquirers who live up to the ideals and beliefs of the IB Mission.

So, a fantastic week full of experiential learning coming up, and I shall look forward to hearing all about it when they come back.

In this week’s issue

  • Students not attending Secondary Camps
  • Signing up for parent-student-teacher conferences
  • A successful Bali Global Issues Network (GIN) trip
  • MRISA Junior Football
  • Dates for your diary
  • Photo Gallery

Students not attending Secondary Camps

Students who are not attending Secondary camps, for whatever reason, should remain at home this week.

Signing up for parent-student-teacher conferences

These are approaching quickly, just over one week to go. I see that we have currently a total of 241 appointments scheduled, with some teachers already booked to speak to 14 or more families. If I assume that’s an average of 6 conferences per family, that suggests around 40 families have already planned their participation. That’s a good start, but it would be great to see many more students and their parents joining us on the 2nd November.

If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so via this link: PTCFast. I suggest you sign up quickly, as some teachers may well become fully booked quite fast.

A successful Bali Global Issues Network (GIN) trip

We were very happy on Thursday to welcome back our 7 students and 2 teachers who went to represent the school at the GIN conference held at Canggu Community School last weekend. In addition to attending the conference, they took advantage of the opportunity to explore the region and learn new skills. Check out the photo gallery below for a selection of photos.

Trips like this are some of the most memorable learning experiences students can have, and we will be looking at how we can run more such excursions in the future. Thank you to all the parents who supported their children for this trip, it could not have gone ahead without you.

MRISA Junior football

A reminder that we are hosting this year’s MRISA Junior football tournament, from the 11th – 13th March 2016. If you have not already signed up to host some of the visiting players (at least 2), please do so by letting Mr Adam know how many you can host. Having done this myself previously, I can assure you that it is a lot of fun for everyone involved, and it is a great opportunity for us to give back to those who have so generously hosted our students when they have gone away on MRISA trips.

I hope you will also put this date in your diaries and come and support the players during the actual tournament.

Dates for your diary

  • 26th – 30th October: Secondary Camps Week
  • 2nd November: Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences, all day. No school for students, though they are required to attend conferences with their parents.
  • 5th November: UKMT Senior Competition
  • 5th – 8th November: MRISA Sr Volleyball @SSIS
  • 9th November: Late Start
  • 10th November: Sports Day
  • 18th November: Korean Literature Night, 5 – 7 pm
  • 19th – 22nd November: MRISA Junior Basketball @VIS
  • 19th November: PTA Meeting, in the Library, from 3:15
  • 20th November: Teachers’ Day
  • 28th November: HIS International Day
  • 29th November: HIWC Bazaar @ St Paul American School
  • 9th December: Secondary Reports go home
  • 11th December: Last day of Semester 1. School finishes at around 11 am
  • 12th December – 10th January: Winter Break
  • 11th January: First day of Semester 2

Photo Gallery

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