Notes from the Principal
This weekend we will celebrate World Fest. This reminds me of how diverse a community we are. It is wonderful to see pupils from so many different parts of the world working and collaborating together. One of the great opportunities that International School afford their pupils is the opportunity to discover and appreciate many different cultures. Our pupils do this close up through friendship and shared understanding.
At ISM it is important to learn about cultures from around the world. This helps our students to develop positive attitudes to peoples of all nationalities. In our ever more connected world, learning about and understanding other cultures will be increasingly important. With this backdrop it is great to see the high levels of engagement from our parent body for this weekend. It is encouraging to know that within our community all of the cultures within the school are valued.
I look forward to seeing you all at World Fest on Saturday.
In a recent report from Promethean, on technology in school 67% of the respondents agreed that "Using technology in the classroom is a great way to engage students using a medium familiar to them" The majority also stated that, "It is a necessary part of everyday life, therefore this should be reflected in lessons."
Technology is unavoidable in the world of work, and increasingly in play. It is an every day reality for the young people of today. For the past 15 years I have been working in International Schools which have had a 1:1 laptop policy. These policies were all "bring your own device" (BYOD) policies. This is because schools want students to be effectively engaged in learning, using devices with which they are familiar.
At ISM the use of iPads in primary, and the use of laptops in secondary show our commitment to actively engage students in learning using modern technologies. They also provide us with interactive materials for students to be
The first few days of in school have now taken place. The pupils are settling in to their classes very well. In the new groupings we are seeing the development of new friendships. Those ever important social skills are continuing to progress as the week has taken place.
New routines and new subject matter combine with the development of new skills. Together these different facets of learning are helping our pupils prepare for a future, that may be very different from today. As we work with the children here in school we are aware that the world around us is changing. So is education, as we develop our understanding of how the brain works. The inquiry process which we use really helps pupils develop research and problem solving skills. With guidance they strengthen their ability to analyse and think critically about the situations they find themselves in. These are skills that will help them adapt to the ever changing world around.
Throughout the year we will be working with the pupils helping them with the ISM learner traits. Pupils who demonstrate these traits are those who also find great success academically. At the end of this month we will have a Parent Workshop (Friday 30th May at 9:00 am) here at school. We will be looking in greater detail at these traits: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective and seeing how they form an important skills set for all our children.
Thank you for your support and we continue to look forward to building on the excellent start.
Dear ISM community,
It is a great pleasure to finally be here in Morocco, joining this high quality school. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and to let you know a little about me.
My name is Iain and I come from Scotland. My wife is Julieta, who is Mexican, and we have one son, Andrew. He will be joining the Year 6 class. As a family we have lived in several countries and are keen to learn from our Moroccan hosts, the customs and culture of this society. We have been delighted with the friendliness and helpfulness of those around us, both in school and in the wider community.
As an educator, I have over a decade of National Curriculum experience, including last year where I worked at Langley Grammar School in England. In addition, I have over 15 years of international school experience. In this time there have been a wide variety of schools that I have worked in. Some have been very small, of around 100 students, to much larger ones with 1500 students. One of my posts was helping to start a British International School in Slovenia.
Recently I read that the top 10 jobs students applied for in 2014 did not even exist in 2004. So my passion in education is how we effectively help students to learn more deeply the concepts and skills that they will require for this changing future. Education is evolving, and must do so to prepare children for their time as adults. It needs to address the future needs of our students.
When I visited ISM in May I was very impressed to see how well teachers were addressing this through inquiry. Helping children to develop their thinking and problem solving skills. Helping them to develop resilience in the face of challenges. Encouraging their creativity as they consider different solutions. Allied to this were the accreditations that the school had gone through. This confirmed my initial observations of the high quality education being offered at ISM. It is with these primary experiences that I am excited for the future of the school and the excellent prospects that our students have.
To contact me at school please use my email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the office to make an appointment.