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The Challenge of Good Parenting

Recently a number of staff have become parents for the first time. The joy on their faces is simply wonderful, despite the lack of sleep! Although my own children are adults and I now have grandchildren, I remember the day that each of my children was born and the sense of overwhelming love that flowed through me. Yet as they grew, I realised that in all the challenges of life, being a good parent was one of the hardest for we want the best for our children, but we don’t always know how to make that happen. As I reflect

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The Benefits of Music Education

I wrote about the importance of physical activity, including Physical Education and sport at AIS. Another important pillar of the AIS curriculum is the Performing Arts, and in particular music. Most people appreciate that music contributes to students’ development as well-rounded individuals. What is less widely known is that studying music actually enhances students’ brain function and thus their ability to learn. A study led by Dr Anita Collins from the University of Canberra concluded that formal music training has positive effects on several aspects of brain development. According to Dr Collins, “learning a musical instrument lights up all functions

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How To Be A Good Listener

Have you ever found yourself saying to your child ‘why aren’t you listening to me?’ ‘What did I just say?’ or shaking your head in disbelief when your child has not understood a small task you have asked them to complete (several times!) Below are a few ideas that might help your child improve their listening skills, which may help at home and also in school. But first let’s consider what it means to be a good listener. What do we need to do to be a good listener? • Prepare yourself for listening. • Focus on what is being

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AIS Secondary Prize Day

The 2018-2019 Academic year culminated in the annual Secondary Prize-Giving Ceremony held yesterday, 13 June 2019. Following addresses from CEO of ACG Schools and AIS General-Director, Mr Clarence van der Wel, the original founders of Australian International School, Ms Thuy Nguyen and Mr Nigel Russell, and the Executive Principal, Dr Roderick Crouch, prizes were awarded to over 100 students. Prizes included awards for Academic Excellence, Academic Endeavour and Citizenship, Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year ( Senior and Junior ), Musician of the Year, and Senior Leadership. The ultimate academic prize, Dux of AIS, was awarded to 2018-2019 Head Girl,

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