Weekly Principal Newsletters
A Christmas Carol: The Musical
Dear SCIS Hongqiao Community
Christmas is coming early to SCIS! The Upper School proudly presents a holiday spectacular, A Christmas Carol: The Musical. The show, based on the famous book by Charles Dickens, is the classic transformative tale of the greedy miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. The audience is sure to be enchanted by the singing, dancing, ghosts and some special guest performances by the ECE, LS & HS faculty. Come bring your whole family to an event you won’t want to miss!
Ticket Prices: RMB 50
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Alyssa Allgaier (HS Drama & IB Theatre teacher)
UN Day Celebration at SCIS- HQ Main
THIS FRIDAY: OCTOBER 18th, 2013
(In the event of rain, there will be an email sent from the Head of School rescheduling the event)
The Purpose of the Day
UN Day is our all-school event that celebrates our cultural diversity. The event fosters a community of world citizenship and the ties into the SCIS Upper School Model United Nations program.
Schedule for the Morning *times are approximate
8:00 – School Begins
8:15 – LS and US students go to respective country rooms
8:25 – Parade participants assemble in bus lane
8:40 – Marching band begins parade
9:15 – UN Day Opening, HOS Introduction, Model UN speaker Anaïs Andreotti
9:45 – Closing by a song sung by the Lower School students, and Dismissal to classes
Expectations for/of Parents
Please arrive at the school after 8:20 am, (parking will be difficult) with your cameras ready. Follow the signs to the area on the soccer field set aside for parents, standing behind the seating area for students. Once the parade is finished and children are seated, please help us focus the students by drawing your attention to the speakers and performances. A new sound system has been purchased, but as with any outdoor event, we need everyone's assistance for a successful event.
Expectations for Students
All students should come to school dressed in traditional/cultural or country-spirited attire. Please encourage your student to get into the spirit of the day (celebrating their heritage) and be creative in their outfits. Any student who chooses not dress in the spirit of their country will wear their school uniform.
Thanks for helping us make this a successful event celebrating our SCIS-HQ community!
The UN Day Planning Committee:
Melinda Tatum Kaiser
After School Activities Canceled October 8th 2013
Dear SCIS Community
Good day from a very wet HQ campus. As a result of the continued rain we are concerned about the safety of our students, especially those who are scheduled not to leave at the normal 3:00 pm departure but later in the evening.
Therefore, we have decided to officially cancel all after school activities today.
Besides all our normal ASA’s, this includes our Sport and Performing Arts programs.
For our Elementary School students, the divisional secretaries shall be calling parents to be sure that this notice and information has been received.
Our wish is that your child will be able to take the 3:00 pm bus home, but should that present itself to be a problem due to special circumstances, please do kindly contact the appropriate divisional secretaries.
We will provide supervisor for those few students as needed.
Thank you for your understanding.
Dr. Rockey W. du Randt
From the Office of the Head of School
Dear Parents / Guardians,
The end of the first quarter has arrived! Who would have imagined that it would have flown by so quickly!
As one reflects on the many formal and informal activities of the past few months, it can truly be said that SCIS-HQ is an incredibly busy place. With academics of course being the focal point, all our extra enrichment programs definitely enhance a wonderful holistic pedagogic international experience for all. I am sure all will agree.
None of this is possible without the wonderful committed teachers and administrators we are fortunate to have, the exceptional parental support, and not least of all, our wonderful student body. It would be nearly impossible to try and list a “Thank You” to all, but should you consider the multitude of achievements of the past few months, I am sure you would agree that SCIS-HQ is a very special school.
Thank you and congratulations!
Wishing you all a very safe and wonderful break, and see you all on Monday 7th October, 2013!
Dr. Rockey W. du Randt
Campus Security Notification
Dear Parents / Guardians and friends of the SCIS –HQ Community,
As we enter our first sessions of After School Activities (ASA’s), Performing Arts rehearsals, multiple sporting practices and events, and considering the fact that we are such a large urban campus, we always need to be vigilant regarding safety and security.
Please kindly note that we shall be tightening up on our school security protocols with immediate effect.
We will need your support, patience and cooperation to do this, so I kindly ask that you carefully read through the following (taken from our published School Policy), and proactively abide by these regulations.
CAMPUS HOURS, OPEN CAMPUS, AND VISITORS
On normal school days, campuses are “open” from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members of the school community and visitors are free to enter and exit when school is open. Students in uniform enter freely; teachers, parents and administrators enter using their ID card (or sign in if they have forgotten their card), and parents and visitors sign in on entry. ID cards for SCIS-HIS parents and alumni are available by application.* Alumni are granted access to visit the school campus during after school hours, and by invitation or appointment during school hours. The school reserves the right to refuse entry to any person deemed a risk to the learning environment.
*Parents / Guardians, who wish to apply for an ID card, please kindly email Elena Han email@example.com including a passport photograph. Elena can be found at her desk at the entrance of A building. It may take a few days to process the ID card, so your patience will be appreciated.
Additional security measures will be introduced for private cars entering the campus at morning drop off. Parents wishing to enter campus may request (again via Elena), a car placard that will be displayed on the dashboards so guards and admin can identify pre-approved vehicles. All other private vehicles will be stopped for identification purposes.
The guards have been informed by the facilities management to make no exceptions, so kindly understand they are under strict instruction.
Thank you to all for understanding, and for assisting us in keeping SCIS-HQ as safe as possible.
Dr. Rockey W. du Randt
Head of School - HQ
Visiting Oxford Professors
SCIS-HQ is hosting Dr. Tim Coles, the “Operation Wallacea” director, and Dr. Martin Speight, Director of Admissions for Oxford University, Zoology Department on the 3rd of the September at 5 pm, in the SCIS HQ Theatre. Our guests shall be giving a formal lecture regarding Zoological research currently being carried out on various animal communities in South Africa. Dr. Martin Speight and his team work with high school students as assistants for their research work, and their Summer Camps and Internship opportunities will be described during the seminar. HQ students between grades 8 -10 are invited to attend the seminar. As always, parents and faculty are most welcome to join.
Back to School BBQ - HQ and the ECE
BBQ Lunch and Entertainment 12H00 – 15H00
A very warm welcome once again to the 2013 – 2014 school year!
Our annual Back to School Barbeque will take place on Saturday, 24th August 2013, at the SCIS – HQ campus.
From 12.00 to 15.00 we shall have musical entertainment, food and beverages. Each SCIS family will receive a food voucher at the entrance for parents and children of our SCIS HQ – ECE community.
I wish to remind you of a few things that will hopefully make the event more enjoyable:
Aside from the suggestions above, I would like to let you know that the event will go ahead even if there is rain. This year, our indoor LS gym facilities will be able for shelter if needed!
I look forward to meeting you on the day.
Dr. Rockey W. du Randt
Head of School - HQ
From the Office of the Head of School
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! I trust that you and your families all enjoyed a wonderful and safe summer break, that you and your children find yourselves well rested, and now are all ready for an exciting new academic year.
Principals, Mr. Evan Hunt, 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 once again 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. Dan Zimmermann coordinated the Grade 2 – 10 programs, whilst a group of IBDP specialists facilitated our second DP Summer School for our new grade 12 cohort.
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 our Operations Team.
IB DP Results: Our recently graduated students were very successful with their internationally and externally assessed DP May 2013 exam session. Once again, our school has improved on past results, and our school average is again above the global average. With the maximum score being 45, seven of our seniors achieved above 40, with 43 being the highest. The schools average score for this past group was 34. Further details will soon be published by Ms. Jasmine Koenig, DP Coordinator and HS vice Principal
Of course, it is the students themselves who should be congratulated for their effort in creating their own success, working with their experienced and dedicated teachers.
Class Placements: Classroom teacher announcements and class placements will be sent out to all families on the afternoon of Monday, August 12th. Please kindly do not seek information beforehand, as the process is incredibly challenging and the pedagogic faculty need uninterrupted time to make sure this happens accurately. Please note that school administrators will be fully engaged with their teachers’ right up to that Monday.
Lower School New Family Orientation will commence on August 13th with a short introduction in the theatre at 9am. Returning parents are welcome to attend the Open House from 1 – 3pm on that day.
Middle School New Family Orientation will also commence on August 13th with a short introduction in the theatre at 10am. Returning parents are welcome to attend the Open House from 1 – 3pm on that day.
High School New Family Orientation will commence on August 13th with a short introduction in the theatre at 11am. Returning parents are welcome to attend the 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.
Elaine Huang – Head of Transportation firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Jenny Zhou – Uniform Office email@example.com
Welcome Back BBQ: Scheduled for Saturday 24th, 2013. 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 new school website:
http://hq.scis-his.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 2014 on another fantastic school year!
Yearbook Order Form
Please place the order form in an envelope with the required amount of money and return to the school finance department. Please place the exact amount of money in the envelop.
The yearbooks will be delivered before the end of the school year and distributed to students on or around the 10th of June.
If you would like additional information, please contact Joel Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.