Director’s update 10 January 2018

Dear Parents,
 
Welcome back to ISKR. We used the vacation time to make further improvements here at school. The focus this time was to make further improvements to safety and security. Fire, and other, drills that we held during the first half of the year highlighted some weaknesses on the main campus. We have now rectified these with extra sirens so that signals can be clearly heard and we have installed extra staircases that allows outside access from behind Grade 4 and behind the new Library/Media Center.  You will also notice that our guards are now wearing new uniforms; while keeping the guards we like we have upgraded companies so the same guards will have better training and support that is more responsive.
 
As of yet we haven’t had a chance to refurbish the tiles under the Elementary play structure (the existing tiles are now ‘hard’ and no longer cushion falls as they should). In the meantime, the smaller students will not be able to use this structure.
 
Thirteen students left before the holiday break and we are sad to see them go. Today, however, we have a family that left last year returning and siblings of other ISKR families beginning school as well as two new families sending students and we are happy to welcome all of these.

We are closing in on the end of the semester. For High School students this means end of semester exams beginning on Monday 15 January and for all students there will be report cards before the end of the month.
 
ISKR is now moving into a second accreditation cycle. We are currently accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) based in the Netherlands and by the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) based in the United States. In effect, both of these associations send people to look in detail at our school; everything is examined including teaching and education, financial operations, facilities, ethics and communication within the community. We will have a preliminary visit in March to see how we stand at present and then we begin an 18 to 24 month process to ensure that we are exemplary in all areas. All members of the community will receive updates and be asked to participate in surveys etc as we go through this process.
 
If you have any questions on any of the above or any other questions please don’t hesitate to email or drop by in person and ask.
 
Regards,

Seamus Hennessy,
School Director