AIS Newsletter Archive
Building A Better World
“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.
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
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
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
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.
This past week I spoke with the students about perseverance. I showed a Tedx talk, called Making the Impossible Possible by Imran Khan, (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmbs8ihPrlg). 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
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.
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.
Recently we held both our graduation ceremony for Year 13 and our leadership assembly for newschool captains. AIS has wide ranging opportunities for student leadership, from the Primary School SRC and speaking in assemblies to the house leaders, GIN groups, SRC, prefects and school captains in the Secondary School.
Social capital and emotional equity
Schools are very much about raising capital and increasing equity. By this I do not mean that they are simply about money, rather the purpose of a good school is to increase the ‘social capital’ of its students. Social capital is the skill set we all need to manage life.