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Child Protection Officer

This year we have a new position in school, that of Child Protection Officer. I currently hold this position. Recently I attended a CIS Child Protection Workshop along with our three Counsellors. Following this we are building on the great work that was done last year to strengthen the systems we have at NIS in order to safeguard all of the children and students in our care.

If you have any concerns regarding child protection, the first person to report this to should be the Child Protection Officer or the Deputy Director – Learning.



Tuesday Meeting in PAC 2.45

Dear Colleagues,

The Tuesday Meeting this week will focus on the upcoming Accreditation Visit for the first 45 minutes. This is a meeting for all staff – teaching and non-teaching. Anyone who was on a committee or who has a meeting with the Visiting Team should be at this meeting.

The Meeting will be in the PAC and will start promptly at 2.45pm. Please bring your computers.

Kind Regards, Ruth



Reception to meet and greet the Visiting Team

Following Laurie’s announcement in the briefing a reminder that we will be welcoming the Accreditation Visiting Team to NIS on Sunday 24th September at 6pm with a drinks reception. Everyone is welcome to attend to help us to showcase our school and meet the visitors. Please sign up in the Staff Lounge. Feel free to contact myself or Laurie with questions.

Accreditation Visit – update

Dear All,

The schedule for the Team Visit is coming together and very shortly I will be contacting all members of staff regarding the time that they will be meeting with the different members of the team. We are expecting 12 visitors; 2 from NEASC, 2 from CIS, 6 from the IB (2 per programme), 2 from NCCT and one Team Secretary. I will send out the names and photos as soon as I have them all.

The visit will begin on Sunday 24th September with some of the committees scheduled to meet that day (details to follow). The IB evaluation will conclude on Wednesday 27th September and the CIS/NEASC/NCCT visit will be finished in school on Thursday 28th September. During the time that the visitors are in school a number of meetings and classroom visits are planned.

I am happy to answer any questions about this process. I will be sharing information regularly from this point onwards but please do get in touch if you have a concern.


Final Self Study

The final self study was sent out to the Visiting Team last week. If anyone would like to read it, it is available on One Drive at this link: NIS Self Study 2017

Everyone should already have full access but if you are new and would like help to navigate the self study or if you have any questions please get in touch.

Soccer Ball Keeper

Want to play Football at lunchtime? Nowhere to put the football whilst you eat lunch? Not allowed to take the ball into the Cafeteria? Here is the solution…

Place your footballs inside on the way in and remove on the way out! Simple.



Decluttering Final Day


Today in the PAC

Everyone welcome to come to the PAC today with unwanted items or to take items for their classrooms. There is a lot to choose from…

Anything that has not been claimed by lunchtime will be removed by Facilities so the PAC can get ready for MS/US assembly tomorrow….. 


Beginning in August we are changing our terminology from PYP, MYP and DP to PS, MS and US. These terms relate to…

 PS – Primary School PreK – Grade 5

MS – Middle School G6 – 9

US – Upper School Grades 10 – 12

You will see these changes on our calendar next year and also as we update our documentation. We will keep the terms PYP, MYP and DP for when we are referring to curriculum.

Are we getting rid of PYP, MYP and DP? No! We are just making a distinction between the IB programmes and our school sections.


It is my sincere hope that we have finished inputting events in to the printed calendar for next year. Everyone can see what is in there and when events are occurring using the  Calendar in Veracross (Calendar – School tab).  Please let me know of any issues with this by the end of today. Thanks.

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