AIS Newsletter Archive

Back To School

Published September 2020

Setting Good Goal For The New Year

Published August 2020

“The new year whether that be the calendar new year or the lunar new year (Tet) is a great time to reflect on the previous year and make plans or resolutions, even if some (like Í need to lose 5kg or I will go to the gym every day) may not last more than a week! At AIS January is the half-way point in the academic year and this is an excellent time for all students (and parents) to review and refocus academic progress. This is why we held our parent/teacher and student conferences last week. For some students, the school year will have gone well while for others less so.”

Building A Better World

Published February 2019

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
This week, the senior students will be hosting the annual student GIN conference at AIS. GIN – Global
Issues Network – is a wonderful opportunity for students to show leadership and think through practical
solutions to issues that connect them to the wider world.

Goal Setting

Published January 2019

The following are some useful strategies for helping your child. I included them in a newsletter two years
ago, but they are still pertinent and so worth republishing…

Being a great parent – Part II

Published December 2018

Boys can be especially bad at learned helplessness – in other words, if they do something badly they will find someone – usually their mother – to do it for them. If we wish to build responsibility in our children, then we need to give our children things to do…

The Challenge of Good Parenting

Published November 2018

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.

Raising confident children

Published October 2018

At the end of each term I make time to reflect on what has occurred during the term, and so plan for the next one. This term has been quite remarkable. Despite the pressure that can occur with a huge growth in school enrolment, the students have settled well and are working hard.


Published September 2018

This past week I spoke with the students about perseverance. I showed a Tedx talk, called Making the Impossible Possible by Imran Khan, ( While the talk was filmed in 2011, and deals with how with how the speaker became an international sports star, it is worth watching in full, as Imran Khan kept dreaming and kept persevering, and is now the new Prime
Minister of Pakistan.

Start of Year

Published August 2018

Welcome to the 2018/19 academic year. I trust all families have had a refreshing summer and have now settled back into the routines of school life.

Good decision-making

Published June 2018

As we come to the end of a very successful year, I give my thanks to all in our community – parents, staff, and students for your support of AIS this year. I wish everyone a wonderful, restful summer and look forward to welcoming you back to the School in August.