Happy Holidays! It is hard to believe that the end of the first term is already upon us! Four months has surely passed very quickly, where the first term, which started on August 22nd, 2016, has been a busy but productive period. As the term ends on December 15th, 2016, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for the support provided for the students and to the school. Over the past sixteen weeks, we have been humbled by the work completed by staff and students of Anglo. The effort of the staff in organising the Bon Odori Dance Festival, Chuseok Festival, Secondary Camp, Sports Day, and International Day has all been outstanding.
Our Sports Day was held on November 25th, where we saw parents, teachers, and students come together in making it such a memorable experience. An enormous amount of gratitude is to be extended to all of the encouraging parents who came out to root on the students, especially the support in which the PSG was able to provide. A big “Thank You” goes out to our sponsors for the event as well:
Anglo has, again, heavily invested in technology by guiding our staff, students, and parents forward in 21st century education. To further enhance the school’s communication with parents and the wider school community, we will be implementing the usage of our new Learning Management System (LMS), Firefly, in Term 2. In addition to our school website and Facebook, we hope to deepen the involvement of parents with their child’s education through Firefly. Parents are updated on the daily progression of student learning and can access this information any time and any place.
Based upon overall Term 1 performance in Homework, Classwork, Unit Tests, and End-of-Term Exams, students and parents in Secondary 2 will be receiving the school’s recommendation for the subjects to be taken starting in Secondary 3. This subject selection process is to be shared with students and parents at the start of Term 2. Similarly, Secondary 4 students will need to start and submit their applications for Junior College in Term 2 as well. Our school counsellor, Ms Ilke, will be providing that information for the students when we return from the winter holiday break.
Arriving to school on time is important, as lateness affects students’ learning and interrupts teaching. Parents have an essential role in ensuring that students attend school on a daily basis. Please make sure that your child is ready to start each and every day on-time. After 0800 everyday, the school will follow up with parents/guardians. For parents who cannot be reached, we will be emailing them to ensure that notification of students’ absences is provided. Kindly update your email address with the Student Affairs office at your earliest convenience. We look forward in working together with parents in making sure that students are not frequently late or miss school without valid reasons.
Students need to come to school in complete uniform and proper appearance, and are reminded to have their ID. Please review and refer to the Pupil Discipline Handbook for details.
The upperclassmen have been proactive in creating methods to bolster the identity of Anglo and the family culture in which we all look to rekindle and fortify. After implementing our first-ever Family programme in Secondary school, feedback has been provided on how we can best go about in strengthening student welfare and the bonds that our students all share. Changes to family compositions and details of events/activities will be provided for students upon their return in the new term. Under the leadership of the Student Council, we look forward to the continued reinforcement of relationships among our students from this point forward.
Ms Deirdre is an English Language teacher from Ireland, who started with us in November. Already acclimated to the rigours and expectations of our academics, she will be teaching Sec 2, Sec 3, and Sec 4 English classes beginning in Term 2.
Due to family relocation to Dubai, Ms Boney Stephen will be leaving us at the end of this term. Ms Boney has been with us since 2011. Either in the Discipline Committee or as a Homeroom Teacher, she has played such an integral part in nurturing our students, especially in the transitional years in Lower Secondary. We will truly miss the “motherly” role in which she has caringly supported throughout her time with us. Mr Arnel will be replacing her.
For the past 2 years, Mr Neil has been a creative inspiration for all of our students, from Primary through Secondary. His commitment to our visual arts programme has been so important in allowing our students to showcase their multiple intelligences. Our thoughts and wishes go out to Mr Neil as he will be returning to Ireland to be with his family. Replacing Mr Neil will be Ms Heidi Aspesberger, who comes to us from Campus Korat. Understanding the Anglo culture and curriculum, she will fit right in with her experience in Art and Graphic Design.
Mr Joshua was at the school for this past term. He will be replaced by Mr Kavee Trivivit. Mr Kavee has a background from the National Institute of Education (Singapore) in English Language and English Literature, and will be teaching Secondary 1 and 2 English.
In Term 1, we saw the maintenance of our swimming pools completed, along with the commencement of upgrades to our gymnasium, classrooms, and outdoor track & field. These on-going improvements will be completed in staggered times throughout the rest of the school year, so that the learning environment will always possess the innovative edge in challenging the learning aptitude of our students.
Finally, I would like to thank you for your support of Anglo. We encourage parents/guardians to continue to closely monitor the children. The dedication in which the teachers have shown in guiding our students is tantamount to individual development through this crucial stage in their educational journey. I have been very impressed thus far of our students’ progression and have every confidence that they will continue down their path to becoming innovative leaders of our future.
On behalf of all of us at Anglo Singapore International School, we wish you a very Merry Holidays and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to welcoming you to begin a new term!
Anglo Singapore International School