Weekly Principal Newsletters
SCIS-HIS Avian Flu Notice #1 from SOS April 08, 2013
Dear SCIS-HIS Community,
As most are aware, several cases of the Avian Flu strain H7N9 have been reported in the Shanghai region. The news media have given extraordinary coverage of this development due to its novel nature and the potential concern should an influenza strain mutate to human-to-human transmission. While regular food-hygiene and health guidelines address the threat of H7N9 in its current form, the SCIS-HIS Avian Flu Contingency Plan calls for additional precautions when the virus is present in our region. For example, while international and local medical experts currently state that consumption of poultry in the region is safe when prepared and handled properly, SCIS-HIS food service has removed poultry meat and eggs from menus pending further investigation. Effectively, SCIS-HIS has raised precautionary levels to Stage 2B (please see attached contingency plan for avian flu threats). As with the 2007 Avian Flu concerns, these are precautionary measures only given the size and number of people within our schools. Each individual household will need to evaluate health considerations of consumption of poultry at homes and restaurants.
Each school year, SCIS-HIS reviews and modifies its plan for how to prevent, monitor, and address a range of potential health or security issues. We feel this is an appropriate time to remind you of our current health guidelines and procedures as related to prevention of the spread of common illnesses such as seasonal and novel influenza (including the Avian Flu H7N9 and Swine Flu H1N1).
Our SCIS-HIS community is highly mobile – traveling all over the world for family and business reasons. As such, many are aware that past human-to-human outbreaks of H1N1 and Hand, Foot, & Mouth Disease (HFMD)prompted Chinese authorities to put into place stringent screening and monitoring controls to prevent and contain the spread of any virus in its contagious stage. In effect, these measures contained the spread of these outbreaks in China and minimized theimpact on our educational program. However, viruses do not respect boundaries and with recent news of cases of bird-to-human transmission of Avian Flu H7N9, we will be carefully monitoring the situation as a school-community, staying in constant contact with a number of health authorities, the Shanghai and Hangzhou Education Commissions (SEC and HEC), as well as other international school administrators.
Routine Precautions at SCIS-HIS Schools
SCIS-HIS takes the following actions to limit the spread of infectious illnesses on our campuses:
Specific Actions when Reports by Chinese Authorities of Bird-to-Human Influenza Infection within the Shanghai-Hangzhou Region (Stage 2B as per SCIS-HIS Avian Flu Contingency Plan)
As a precautionary measure, SCIS-HIS nursing staff and faculty will be monitoring for students with flulike symptoms. Students showing these symptoms will be asked to be picked up to return home, and parents will be advised to seek medical advice and remain at home in voluntary isolation until the medical diagnosis is obtained or the illness has passed. SCIS-HIS may request families show doctor’s permission to return to school in certain cases of illness. SCIS-HIS also reserves the right to ask families to self-quarantine before returning to school if they have visitedareas of the world know to have high incidence of novel influenza strains.
When Flulike Symptoms Exist at Home
Keeping sick children at home is a normal precaution that we encourage under any circumstance as it is the most effective way to prevent the spread of flu or other infectious illness. As the seasons change, children will become more susceptible to getting sick. Parents are requested to keep their children at home if they are notfeeling well – regardless of the symptoms.
Basic Good Health Practices
We recommend the following everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause enterovirus (such as HFMD) or respiratory illnesses (such as seasonal flu or H1N1):
Please be reminded that SCIS-HIS teachers and nurses have been requested towork routinely with our students in taking the basic health practices as outlined above. In addition, we request that parents continue to work with their children at home in reminding them to follow these precautions.
For information on the current status of pandemic illnesses and possible travel advisories:
World Health Organization: http://www.who.int
(websites have various language options)
Center for Disease Control (USA): http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avianflu/h7n9-virus.htm
We will continue to monitor this situation and take appropriate action as recommended by our nursing staff and local/national authorities. You can be confident that SCIS-HIS schools have contingency plans in place to maintain the educational integrity of our institution and the safety and security of our children. If you have any specific questions or health concerns in regard to illnesses and disease, we advise contacting a physician.
Jeffry R. Stubbs
Superintendent of Schools
College Acceptances 2013
From the Office of the Head of School
1st March, 2013
Welcome to a new Month! As per an earlier newsletter this year, I promised to update you on the wonderful university and college, offers and acceptances our seniors are receiving. We are at the “half-way” point of receiving feedback and results from the full global reach to which our students have applied to, and many of the USA universities, shall be making our students offers this month and next.
Mr. Rafael Katz, our excellent University/College Councilor has over the past year and a half, restructured many of the methodologies used in the process of student college applications, and his innovative approaches definitely bared fruit. Well done to him, and all the other members of our professional staff who support his work. Of Course, the most important congratulations should be directed at the seniors themselves.
For those parents who do not have children in grades 11 and 12, you may be interested to know that SCIS-HQ Main approaches College/University Counseling from the perspective of the students’ needs and wishes. With such a wonderful diverse student body, we are able to cater for the full range of our students’ tertiary ambitions. Be it world class Art schools (performing or visual), to renowned universities/colleges offering Business Studies, Engineering programs, through to traditional “Ivy League” institutions.
Our current listing for your interest can be found below. Please note many of our seniors, some of those listed here, and many who are not, shall be receiving their application results within the next six weeks. I shall then again, update this list, of which we as a school are very proud of.
Dr. Rockey du Randt
Head of School – SCIS-HQ
2013 University Acceptances and Offers as at 1st March, 2013
Avi Arora: University of Kansas, Montana State.
Ariane Chan: Ataneo de Manila University, University of British Columbia.
Vivian Che: Kings College, University of Edinburgh, St. Andrews, University of Lancaster, University of British Columbia, Western Ontario University (beginning as a year 2 student due to her IB Diploma).
Jennifer Cheung: Liverpool University in Suzhou (Unconditional).
Grace Cho: Hong Kong University (Partial scholarship)
Yoonhee Cho: Lancaster University.
Edwin Choi: University of Sheffield.
Nicole Duffy: University of Manchester, University of St. Andrews.
Sarah Eldredge: University of New Hampshire, University of Vermont.
Angela Fu: University of British Columbia.
TJ Gourlay: University of Wyoming.
Joey Gribble: Wittenberg University in Ohio (Scholarship $18,000 per year).
Jacky Guo: University of British Columbia, Florida Institute of Technology (Scholarship $12,000 per year).
Adam He: University of Oxford, Imperial College , University of St. Andrews , University College London, King’s College, Michigan State University.
Epic Jung: HKUST (full Scholarship), KAIST (Full Scholarship).
Karen Kim: University of Lancaster, University College London, Durham University, Kings College, Hong Kong University.
Yeji Lee: UC Irvine (Honors college).
Carnie Lewis: University of St. Andrews, University of Bath.
Julia Moon: Hong Kong University (full scholarship), KAIST (Full scholarship).
Hidde Ottens: University of Southampton.
Yeli Park: Tulane (Scholarship $20,000 per year), Ohio State University (Scholarship $1,500 per year), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Connecticut.
Celine Vang: University College Falmouth, Middlesex University, Southampton Solent University.
Joseph Wong: California College of Art (Scholarship $7,000 per pear.), Academy of Art
Tom Soderstrom: European Business School London, London Metropolitan University.
Sara Orbom Stovell: University of the Arts, London, Instituto Marangoni.
Tanner Vaughan: University of Tampa ($5,000 scholarship), University of Portsmouth, University of Southampton, University of Bournemouth , University of Colorado - Boulder, University of Tennessee.
Sara Wellman: Lewis and Clark
Kelly Wu: CCA (Scholarship $8,000),
Sam Wu: Holt, University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham.
Class of 2012 (Applying to University this year via SCIS-HQ Main)
Jiwon Lee: Seoul National University, Hong Kong University (Full scholarship).
Park Sang Jun - Yonsei University
Lee Kyou Dong - SoGang University
Lee Moon Hwan - HanYang University
Paolo Burini: University of Tampa, Manhattan College.
Adam He Accepted to Oxford
Dear Parents/Guardians and the greater SCIS-HQ community,
Message From The Head of School
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.
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!
Dr. Rockey du Randt
Head of School
October 27th, 2012 International Food Fair (IFF)
SCIS-HQ Photo Day
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.
Secretary to the Head of School