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From the Office of the Head of School

From the Office of the Head of School

6th August, 2012

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year! I trust that you and your families all enjoyed a wonderful and safe summer break, and that you and your children find yourselves well rested and ready for an exciting new academic year.

 

Principals, Mr. Greg Schellenberg, Mr. Dan Kerr and Mr. Andrew Powell, shall be sending out their first news bulletins in due course, but I would like to take the opportunity to provide you with few items of news and information as the school undertakes it final preparations for the up-coming start of the school year.

 

New Faculty: Our wonderful new teachers and administrators have all safely arrived and are currently participating in our formal New Faculty Orientation Week. We are fortunate to have such a talented and experienced group joining our superiorly skilled returning faculty. I have no doubt that this forthcoming school year will prove to be something very special for all members of the SCIS community.

 

Summer Schools: SCIS-HQ held two very successful summer schools, which began immediately after the close of the last school year in June. Mr. McAnally coordinated the Grade 2 – 10 programs, whilst I personally coordinated DP a specialist program for our current seniors. Feedback strongly suggests that these programs should be offered again at the end of the 2013 school year.

 

Dragon Band Tour: Ms. Ruskovich once again successfully organized and facilitated a wonderful overseas tour for our Dragon Band. I am sure that we all look forward to a detailed article of their adventures and performances in our first Dragon News publication in September. Well done to all!

 

Building Renovations and Maintenance: Our business manager Mr. Francis Lai has spent the entire summer on campus, facilitating and monitoring the renovation of certain areas of the school, and the maintenance projects of the entire school. These projects included both capital as well as cosmetic aspects, to begin the year with a shiny new campus. Thanks to Mr. Lai and his team.

 

IB DP Results: Our students have been very successful with the internationally examined and graded DP May, 2012 exam session. Our results compare very favorably with the published global averages, and many of our students have received exceptional scores. Well done to Mr. Smith and his DP team of teachers for preparing our students so well. Of course, it is the students themselves who should be congratulated for their effort in creating their own success. These aggregate results will be published on our school website within the next week or two.

 

Class Placements: Classroom teacher announcements will be sent out to all families on the afternoon of August 14th. Please kindly do not seek information beforehand, as the process incredibly important looking after your child’s interests and the pedagogic faculty need uninterrupted time to make sure this happens.

Lower School New Family Orientation will commence on August 15th with a short introduction in the theatre at 9am. Returning parents may attend Open House from 1 – 3pm on that day.

Upper School New Family Orientation will commence on August 15th with a short introduction in the theatre at 10am. Returning parents may attend Open House from 1 – 3pm on that day.

PLEASE NOTE: It is vitally important that Returning Families adhere to the afternoon session, as our teachers and administrators will be very busy with our large group of new families. Your support in this matter shall be highly appreciated.

Transport: Please kindly review the information and emails send out, on numerous occasions, during the last month of the last school year. Please kindly direct any queries directly to the appropriate department.

Uniforms: Please kindly review the information and emails send out, on numerous occasions, during the last month of the last school year. Please kindly direct any queries directly to the appropriate department.

Welcome Back BBQ: Scheduled for Saturday 1st September, 2012. Come rain or shine, we would love to see you all at this traditional school event.

Please always keep in mind that information is constantly being updated on our school website:

http://hq.scisdragons.net/  and I would encourage all parents and community members to visit this important source of information as often as possible.

Once again, welcome!

With our excellent faculty and administrators, fantastic facilities, and a supportive parent body, I am sure we shall all reflect in June 2013, on a fantastic school year!

Sincerely,

Dr. Rockey W. du Randt

Head of School

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