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Adam He Accepted to Oxford

Dear Parents/Guardians and the greater SCIS-HQ community,

For the grade 12 students, we are approaching a very exciting time as they receive their university application results, which are literally spread across the globe.


Many of our outstanding students are receiving exceptional offers, and the formal and complete listing should be available by the end of March, which we shall publish.


Of special note,
 Adam He, has just received an offer to attend the University of Oxford, to read Biological Sciences at Magdalen College. Congratulations Adam! You wholly deserve it!

A special “thank you” to all of Adam’s teachers and especially to Mr. Katz’s and his Counseling Office, in supporting such an exclusive application, leading to such a wonderful result.


I am sure that the SCIS-HQ community shall be receiving more similar excellent news in the near future.


Best wishes to all.


Dr. Rockey W. du Randt

Head of School

21
st January, 2013

Message From The Head of School

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the new school semester. Seasonal Best Wishes for 2013! I trust that you have all enjoyed a restful winter break, and that your children are enthusiastically ready for an exciting semester of scholastic learning as well as the wide array of our offered sports and afterschool activities.

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

 We are pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Hunt, from the American School Foundation - Mexico City, as the new High School Principal of SCIS- Honqiao. His appointment will take effect from July 2013.

Mr. Hunt has considerable experience as an international school leader.  He has held senior positions at the American School Foundation - Mexico City, since 2008, during which time he managed the largest division on campus that included more than 900 students and 100 faculty/ staff members. While at ASF he became well trained and knowledgeable regarding the International Baccalaureate programs. Previous positions also included being High School/ Middle School Principal at the American School Durango in Mexico and Athletic Director at Berkshire School in Massachusetts and Indian Mountain School in Connecticut. Mr. Hunt’s professional career spans 14 years working in international and independent schools.  Mr. Hunt began working in education in 1999 as a History Teacher.

Mr. Hunt was born and educated in the United States, gaining his bachelors degree at the University of Minnesota and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.  Mr. Hunt currently holds an administrative credential from the state of Massachusetts. He is married with two children ages 5 and 9.

The following statement from Mr. Hunt provides further insight to his approach and educational philosophy:

“Throughout my Domestic and International career, I have been consistently reminded of the uniqueness of the Educational profession.  This profession requires us to be at the top of our game every day.  Teachers and Administrators are always on call when it comes to positively helping young students (regardless of their age) meet their educational goals and in encouraging parental support in meeting these goals.  In an academic setting we cannot allow our individual personalities and biases to interfere with meeting the main goal of preparing our students to thrive in today’s world experience.  We must indeed strive to be role models.  Students may forget the classroom specifics over time but they always remember the outstanding (and not so outstanding) teachers who participated in their development.”

  

Mr. Hunt and his family plan to travel to Shanghai in July to begin working at SCIS and he looks forward to becoming a positive member of the community.

On behalf of the entire SCIS-HQ community, I wish to extend a very warm welcome to Evan and his family.

 

Dr. Rockey W. du Randt

 

Head of School - HQ

15th January, 2013

 

Message from the Head of School

From the Office of the Head of School                      

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The end of the first semester is but a few days away, and what an amazing, fulfilling and successful semester it has been!

As one reflects on all aspects of the past five months, it can truly be said that SCIS-HQ is an incredibly busy place. With academics of course being the focal point, all the extra enrichment programs the school provides has of course met the primary mission of the school – that being a truly holistic pedagogic international experience for all.

None of this is possible without the wonderful committed teachers and administrators we have, the exceptional parental support, and not least at all, our wonderful student body. It would be nearly impossible to try and list a “Thank You” to all, but should you look back at all our past Dragon News editions, Principals Bulletins, etc., I am sure you would agree that SCIS-HQ is truly a special place.

Thank you and congratulations to all!

Our seniors have been receiving confirmation of offers to an extraordinary array of some of the world’s most reputed universities and colleges, and by February 2013, we should be in the position to announce a listing, which should make the entire SCIS-HQ very proud of our hardworking grade 12’s.

Congratulations to Mr. Jeff Smith, our current High School Vice-Principal and DP Coordinator, on being appointed Principal, of a leading international School in East Africa. Congratulations as well to Ms. Jessamine Koenig, who has been appointed as the new Vice-Principal for the High School at HQ.  News and the profile of our new High School Principal will be communicated in January.

For the 2013-2014 school years, I can confirm that the majority of our current teachers shall be returning to SCIS-HQ. We have an incredibly low international faculty turnover of just 8% for this year. It is wonderful to know that so many of our exceptional teachers wish to extend their time with us, and for me personally, it is important that we retain such talent.

A special “Thank You” to Mr. Schellenberg, Mr. Dan Kerr and Mr. Andrew Powell for the superb leadership within their divisions, this past semester, and I would to also like to acknowledge Mrs. Jane Jepson-Beal, for all the selfless work in running the “Giving Tree” program this year.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful, safe, and relaxing winter break and we all look forward to an exciting semester two!

 

Sincerely,

 

Dr. Rockey du Randt

 

Head of School

This Month's Dragon News

This Month’s Dragon News

October 27th, 2012 International Food Fair (IFF)

SCIS Parents and Friends Association
Hongqiao and ECE Campuses

WEEKLY HQ PAFA NEWS
Week of October 22nd, 2012
October 27th, 2012 (Saturday) from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Our International Food Fair is Finally Here!

  • THE most important event of the year for PAFA!!
  • EVERYONE IS INVITED !!!!!!! Families, friends and community members
  • We have RECORD number of countries participating this year – 35 countries and counting.......
  • The entertainment will be presented by our outstanding students!!
  • Come and check out our Lucky Draw – EVERYONE is a winner!  GUARANTEED!!
  • Raffles are plenty – bigger and better than ever before....vacation stays, restaurants, spa packages, furniture, gift certificates galore!  You have to be there to win it!  1 ticket for 20 yuan OR 6 tickets for 100 yuan – more the merrier! 
  • Of course...plenty of FOOD and DRINKS!
  • Record number of major sponsors – Coca Cola, Big Bamboo, Hilton Properties, NongShim, Suntory, METRO, Shanghai Brewery, Le Sun Chine, Lock and Lock, Fairmont Peace Hotel, Park Hyatt Hotel and so much more!!
  • Activities for the whole family – come and check it out, don't know until you come and see for yourself!
  • Make a difference – Our children depend on PAFA and IFF throughout the year!
  • Our Children will be the BIGGEST WINNER for International Food Fair!
  • GET your tickets early – pre-sale tickets are going on right now...100 yuan for 110 yuan worth tickets – you can't lose.  Look for us this week after school or order through your children until Tuesday.
  • Tickets will be available during IFF – but come early and buy your tickets!
  • Don't be left out, come and join the fun.....it's all for our CHILDREN!

Get Involved!!  Contact PAFA for volunteering opportunities!! information.scispafahq@gmail.com

SCIS-HQ Photo Day

Dear Parents,

Below is the photo day schedule of HQ main campus.

Wednesday October 10th  & Thursday October 11th  LS HQ

Friday October 12th & Monday October 15th  •US HQ

Please kindly find attached photo order. Parents and students can bring the forms on photo day directly to photographer as well as dropping at the office or giving to your teachers. You can also have attached photo order from your divisional secretaries' side.

SCIS Photo Order -SY1213

Your sincerely,

Renee Zhao

Secretary to the Head of School

This Month's Dragon News

Letterman's jacket

letterman jacket promotion hq

 

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