Paterson Road Leadership Structure 2017-2018
I have recently been appointed to the post of Learning and Teaching Advisor with English Schools Foundation (ESF) in Hong Kong. Whilst I am excited by the unique professional opportunity of working across the 17 Primary Schools and Kindergartens of the ESF group, it is with great sadness that I have to announce that my family and I will be leaving ISS at the end of the 2016/17 academic year in June.
It has been an honour to be part of the ISS community and to work in such a great school. ISS has provided me with a wonderful professional experience but more importantly I could not have wished for a better school for my own children. I would like to thank all members of the ISS community for their warmth and support during our time here,
I am pleased to say that I leave Paterson Campus in good hands as next academic year the current Heads of Elementary and Middle schools, Sharyn Skrtic and Michael Taylor, will become Elementary School Principal and Middle School Principal. This returns to the structure we had last academic year. I am sure that Paterson Campus will continue to grow and thrive guided by their excellent leadership.
Message from Dr Alvarez
Note of congratulations from ISS
Please join me in congratulating Derek Pinchbeck on this fabulous achievement. ESF is one of the leading providers in international education in Hong Kong and is a very active participant in IB circles. I am so proud that ISS has been an important contributor to building the professional profile that has led to this appointment. Well done and although we are sad you will be leaving us, we thoroughly celebrate your achievement.
Elementary School News
It was an exciting week in the ES with all of the Literacy week events and activities. Dave Lowe, author from Brisbane, Australia spent a day sharing his work with Grades 2-5. MS students spent time sharing stories with ES students in mother tongue and many parents also came into classes to share a favourite book. The week ended with a successful Book Character Parade this morning! A big thank you to the Literacy Week Planning Committee for all of their hard work.
3 Way Conferences and Book Fair Friday, February 17th
The 3 Way Conferences will take place on 17th February. Parents will have the chance to discuss their learning with their child and their child's class teachers.
At the same time there will be a book fair in the library so it will be great chance to browse and buy books whilst you are up at school with your children.
Parents should sign up for an appointment time using the links below:
Sign ups will close at 2:30 pm on Thursday, February 16th to enable staff to prepare for the day.
NB There will be no lessons on this day but all students are expected to attend their 3 Way Conference at the appointed time.
Elementary School Learning Languages Coffee Morning
How do I help my child to learn additional languages? Our Mandarin and ESL teachers will again be presenting an informative and entertaining coffee morning to empower you with strategies to help your child to successfully acquire additional languages.
Note: This presentation is repeated from November 8, 2016.
Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th February - ISA testing for Grades 3-5
Thursday, 16th February - 2:30pm signups close for Three Way Conferences
Friday, 17th February - No school for students / Three Way Conferences
Friday 17th February - Paterson Campus Book Fair in the Library
Tuesday, 21st February - Elementary School Learning Languages Coffee Morning
Sunday, 26th, February - ISS Fun Fair
Middle School News
Can you believe it? We have already been back in Semester Two for five weeks! It barely feels like one week…
So to what’s been happening in Middle School. A wondrous week of literacy has been enjoyed by all. Congratulations to our our Random Reading Winners- Travis, Cajsa and Olivia. There were some very creative submissions but these three stood out. Well done.
Various other events included the Read In where the last 15 minutes of sambutan (assembly) was taken up by students and teachers reading. There was also decorate a door in honour of some of the students favourite books; and last but not the least the Mother Tongue reading exchange. MS students went across to Elementary School and read to students in their mother tongue. Roundly enjoyed by all parties involved, it was great addition to this year’s festival.
It’s a busy week coming up. G6-8 students will be involved in the International Schools Assessment on Monday and Tuesday. To prepare for this, students should have their computer charged the night before, get a good night of sleep, have a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school relaxed and on time. An email went out to all students with the time table and rooming. Good luck to all students in the ISA.
Next Wednesday (15th February) is Parent/guardian Teacher Conferences (PTC) in the MS Hall. These run from 3pm-7pm. If you have not accessed the sign up, here is the link: PTC Signup. We encourage you to bring your son, daughter or ward along on the night to be included in the conversation.
To round out the week we have a Grade 7 science excursion to the Science Museum on the Thursday and Friday is the Paterson Campus Book Fair in the Library. Open to all comers.
Have a good weekend
Monday, 13th and Tuesday 14th February ISA testing
Wednesday, 15th February - Parent Teacher Conference 3PM-7PM (MS Hall)
Thursday, 16th February - Grade 7 Science excursion
Friday, 17th February - Paterson Campus Book Fair
Thursday, 23rd February - Grade 6 Design excursion
Saturday, 25th February - Into The Woods sleepover (MS Hall)
Sunday, 26th, February - ISS Fun Fair
Sharyn Skrtic: Elementary School Principal
Michael Taylor: Middle School Principal