Dear Parents and Guardians,
As we complete our first term of school students can look back and reflect on their achievements and attainments during these past weeks. We will be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences after the term break and information regarding the arrangements for these will be provided by Heads of Section.
Thank you again to those parents who volunteered to be Class Parent Representatives and who attended the CPR meeting earlier this week. A specific location will soon be available on The Parent Portal for CPR communications and details of this will be published shortly.
Thank you also to parents, recently enrolled in the school, who completed the survey to provide feedback on the admissions process, transition and settling into the school. Your response to this survey is appreciated and helpful to inform improvements to our procedures and processes. It was pleasing to note that we had an 82% completion rate, and that 80% found our admissions and transition processes, including early communication with homeroom teachers, to be very positive experiences. In particular, and importantly, 91% of parents thought that their child/ren were provided the necessary support to allow them to settle in well to a new school environment.
An important aspect of the IB Learner Profile at EIS is that students learn to express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. And, that they learn to collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. The School is currently working with a consultant, Eowyn Crisfield, in the area of language teaching, and in particular, bilingualism. Eowyn will be working with our teachers during the week of October 19th and presenting interactive workshops.
Additionally, an opportunity will be provided to interested parents to also engage with her. Eowyn will provide an informative video on language learning, available for parents to watch (through the Parent Portal) from Thursday 15th October. One week later, on Thursday 22nd October, from 5pm - 6pm, parents are invited to join Eowyn for an online Question and Answer session via Zoom (the link to be sent out closer to the date). A quick introduction from Eowyn can be found here.
We will have the term break next week, and School will re-open on Tuesday, October 20th for students. In-line with regulations we ask that all families complete the mandatory travel and health declaration, by October 18th, before returning to school. We do anticipate maintaining current restrictions in school during the second term and we thank you for your support.
On return to school we will celebrate United Nations Day on Friday, October 23rd with students engaging in various activities, including the wearing of national dress, to promote the understanding of different people, languages, and cultures. Teaching and learning at EIS accepts and respects the normality of diversity in all areas of life that sensitize students to the notion that we naturally develop in different ways.
Head of School