Head Teacher’s Message
Having just been to the local department store and walking into a forest of Xmas trees and decorations aplenty I realized how close we are to that time of the year! This will be my 14th Xmas in South East Asia and I am looking forward to the holiday more than ever. I am sure I am not alone.
I feel like I have been at the school for years already. There is much work to do and exciting times ahead. I am greatly looking forward to seeing the improvements continue in the following years to ensure we are, and will remain, the school of choice in the area.
Looking backwards on a trying first and challenging second term makes me appreciate our team's great performance both inside and outside the classroom. A school is more than teachers and children, much more.
Each and every member of the team have a critical role in the school. Drivers, security, administration, teachers, cleaners, assistant teachers, gardeners, maintenance, finance, reception all are valued and treasured.
When I walk around the school I love to see the students smiling and genuinely wishing me well, not acting like robots with GOOD MORNING MR RALPH which is often said without meaning. This is where the mixture of the skills of teachers and students really gel. We produce individuals not sheep.
Our teachers are there to bring out the best in each individual child as well as producing team players. They are there to respect a child's need for privacy and realize when something may be troubling the child. Examination success is just a small part of the evolution of a good person. Being the 'best' is often taken by a strange road. Let me share this statement by one of the legends of basketball, Michael Jordan:
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."
Failure is a part of life just as much as success. Both go hand in hand. Without failure how do we improve? This can be a hard pill for some to swallow as we have to make sure parents, and teachers, realize there is more to preparing a child for life, than examination scores. Bringing in continuous assessment is one of my main priorities in ensuring our students get the best feedback and guidance possible at any time.
The school has an open house planned where we will invite any prospective new parents to the school to see our best practices and what we have to offer. It should be a great fun day. We will also be having a charity drive to help our local community and an orphanage (see Latest News)
Last, but by no means least, we have the parent body. Passionate and loyal. They have spoken to me about how proud they feel about the strides forward we are making. How they feel they can brag to others about the great work going on here. A school is only as strong as its weakest link. This makes us a powerfully strong school.
Ralph B Millington