Before I begin, please make a point of coming to celebrate our huge National Day Celebration on Tuesday November 29th from 4:00 to 9:00. This will be a fantastic event, managed by our students. There will be games, food, fun, and much, much, more. The school looks AMAZING and you really don’t want to miss out. More on this next week!
I would like to thank everyone who took the time to come in for Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday last week. I especially appreciated those of you who took the time to feed back to me personally. Most of what I heard was extremely favorable, that our teachers were giving high quality feedback, and classes are centred where they should be: on student learning. Referring to her daughter, one of our new parents commented that our teachers “really see who she is”. This is great to hear! Education is a human endeavour; UAS teachers genuinely care about our students. On Thursday afternoon I walked away with an extremely positive perspective of the strengths of the school.
Equally valuable were the handful of parents who came in to discuss things that aren’t going so well. The most common of which is that some parents feel the school may be pushing their children too hard. Let me be clear – our student’s physical and emotional health is our number one priority. There are ebbs and flows in a school year and there will be times in the school year where our students will be working late. That said, if your child is working themselves beyond a reasonable point, please stop them. You can always come see me, Ms. Cummins, Mr. Cunningham or Ms. Mouganie. The IB is by all accounts the most academically challenging high school programme there is. No matter how it is structured, it is challenging. We are committed to more efficiently run our academic programme at UAS going forward. We have already freed up time for high-achieving Math Studies and English SL students and we have given a number of extensions for students who needed them. Communication is the key and we are absolutely here to help.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions for improvement, please come in for a chat, attend one of my coffee mornings, or drop me an email. I look forward to hearing your voice and including it in our school improvement plans.
Before I go, I need to recognize two exceptional members of my team. Ms. Rasha and Mr. Shabeer are the driving forces behind so much of what we do here. For Parent-Teacher Conferences they organized the rooms, set up the sign-up sheets, and really did an incredible job! If the event was a success, it was because of their great work. If you happen to be in the office, please give them a big thank you!