Director Update April 25

Dear Parents,

As many of you are aware this is a very busy week at school as we are hosting two peer visitors from our accrediting agencies. Chris Durbin, representing CIS (Council of International Schools) has come from their Head Office in the Netherlands and Michael Breece, representing MSA (Middle States Association) has flown in from Cameroon where he is the Elementary Principal at the American International School of Douala. The will spend 3 days at the school looking around, checking documentation and talking to as many people as possible. On a 4th day they will sit down with core staff and give their opinion on where we stand as a school and what preparation we need for the full accreditation that will come around in about 18 months.

We will use feedback from these visitors and feedback from the current survey that the whole community (let me take this opportunity to thank the many people that have already filled this in – if you haven’t yet polls don’ t close until Monday next!) to help plan for any important improvements over the coming months and years.

Reminder – Tuesday the 1st of May is a public holiday here in Rwanda and for this reason we have put a long weekend into the calendar. There will be no school for students on Monday or Tuesday next week so do take advantage and enjoy this mini-break. School reopens on Wednesday 2nd of May.  Which will be just in time to enjoy the fun PTO yard sale on Friday 4th of May. This year’s Yard Sale (a replacement for the Spring Fair) will be a relatively small private affair so it might be a good opportunity to give you children a chance to be business people for a day by booking a family table to sell off old toys and other household items (that are no longer needed of course).

The school has just installed a small number of VOIP phones in a number of different offices. Now when you phone the school number Mr. Mensiye should immediately be able to put you through to the person you require (if they are in their office of course). As with any new technology their be some initial teething problems so please double check that you are actually talking to the right person!!

And I have been keeping the best news until last; earlier this week our under 18 girls soccer team (coached by Mr. Remy) beat Greenhills Academy 1-0 to win the championship outright. Well done ladies and as you are almost all staying on with us we look forward to more great victories in the future.


Séamus Hennessy
International School of Kigali-Rwanda