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Grade 8 Field Trip

Dear Teachers of Grade 8,

A quick reminder that all Grade 8 students will be out of school from Blocks 3 – 5 on Thursday March 1st. They are taking a Humanities Trip to the Nanjing Massacre Museum. Feel free to ask them about their experience on their return. Thanks for your support. Ruth and Triona.

Child Protection Procedures

Dear All,

Following the Child Protection Workshop last week I have had a number of requests for more information. I am attaching what I hope is a comprehensive response to this. The digital image guidelines are in the Staff A-Z. Everything linked here is in the staff folder. Many thanks, Ruth.

Child Protection Folder

Staff A-Z


Digital Citizenship: Computer Games

Yesterday we announced the Digital Citizenship Philosophy….

Today we want to remind you that in order to protect you and ensure that you are connecting in a way that promotes positive inclusive attitudes, you cannot play computer games in the Library or the Cafeteria. You need to go to the Gaming Room, C154, if you want to play computer games at break or lunch 1.

Why not have a discussion about this in your Advisory or Homeroom today?



Grade 8 Humanities Trip March 1st

Dear Teachers of Grade 8,

The Grade 8 Humanities Teachers are planning to take all of Grade 8 to the Nanjing Massacre Museum on Thursday March 1st, Day 8. We will leave after break and return by 3pm. Please let me know by Wednesday if you have any concerns with the timing of this trip. Many thanks, Ruth.

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.



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