Summary Feedback from the 2016 Parent and Student Surveys


Dr Deborah Priest

This week we received the raw data from the 2016 AISM Student Survey and in many ways the student ‘voice’ has echoed that of their parents.  Please find attached, detailed summary analysis of the Parent Survey data and preliminary feedback from the Student Survey data.  More detailed feedback on the Student Survey data will be shared in Term 3 when the analysis is completed.

We are pleased to receive affirmation from parents and students about the strategic direction in which we are heading.  The teachers and support staff have been working very hard to meet, and then exceed, your expectations of providing our students with every opportunity to fulfill their individual potentials. From our very youngest children to our soon-to-graduate Seniors, our goal is consistent and ongoing. Improvements in academic outcomes as well as enhanced opportunities to develop lifelong skills in cultural, sporting, service and extracurricular pursuits are the cornerstones of our strategic planning.

2016 AISM Annual Parents’ Survey Summary Results

2016 AISM Annual Students’ Survey Summary Results


Best wishes to departing members of the AISM community

It is customary in an international school to farewell members of our community at the end of each term.  This term we farewell four teachers and have the opportunity to engage some new teachers who bring additional skills to our talented academic faculty.  As a result of Middle School students moving through semester-long elective subjects and as a result of these new teaching appointments, students in the Middle and Senior Schools will receive new timetables for the commencement of Semester 2 and some will have a teacher change for one or more subjects.

The School thanks Ms Joanne Cooper, Mr Michael Chesterman and his wife Susie, Mr James Unsworth and Mrs Tatiana Breger for their service to AISM and wish them every success in their new endeavours. We also send our best wishes to the members of our AISM community who are returning home or moving to new countries and we look forward to seeing returning students and parents on Wednesday 20 July, following two teacher professional development days on 18 and 19 July.

Teacher departing New appointment
Ms Joanne Cooper

Mr Michael Lewthwaite

B. Sc. (1st Class Honours) from University of Melbourne, Grad Dip. Ed.

  • 2013 -currently - Head of Mathematics and Science at AIS, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • 2012-2013 Assistant Technical Advisor at ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies, Canberra, Australia
  • 2012 Mathematics Teacher at Burgmann Anglican School, ACT
  • 1997 - 2011 Deputy Principal - Head of Senior School, Director of Studies, Head of Mathematics, Senior Mathematics Teacher at Radford College, Canberra, Australia
Mr Michael Chesterman

Mr Christopher Shortreed

B. Ed.,  B. Sc (Mathematics) from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON

  • Currently -Secondary teacher of Mathematics and Science at Hans Price Academy, Weston Super Mare, UK
  • 2013-2015 Mathematics and Science Teacher - focus on high academic ability ESL Students at Oxstand Bond, Shenzhen, China
  • 2012-2013 Mathematics and Science Teacher at Inuglak School, Whale Cove, Canada
  • 2010 - 2012 Mathematics and Science Relief Teacher in UK - coached a school Rock Band
Mrs Tatiana Breger

Weeks 1-2 of Term 3 - classes will be covered by Mrs Tracey Neismann

M. Mus. Perf. (Voice), Baccalaureus Musicae (Voice, Saxophone, Piano and Choral Conducting) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

  • 2010 - 2012 - Music Teacher at American International School Abuja and Musical Director, Abuja International Choir
  • 2008 - 2009 - Chief Year 12 Music Examiner, Dept of Ed. Eastern Cape Province
  • 2007 - 2009 - Part-time Lecturer at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • 2004 - 2009 - Music Teacher, Victoria Park High School, Port Elizabeth

From 1 August Mrs Eryn Grady will have a handover week with Mrs Neismann and then will commence as the new Hod The Arts across the whole school.

M. Ed.,   B. Mus. Hon.,   Grad. Dip. Ed.,   B. Mus.

  • Currently - Director of Music and Drama, The Norton Knatchbull Grammar School, Ashford, Kent.
  • Jan 2008 – Dec 2010 - Head of Music/Senior Music Teacher, Qld Department of Education, Southport SHS.
  • 2006 – 2007 Instrumental Music Teacher, Conductor of four Primary schools' string orchestras. Teaching 4 Primary schools' Strings programs.
  • 2004 - 2006 Music Co-ordinator / Junior School Music Teacher, Lindisfarne Anglican School, NSW.
  • 2005 – 2010 Private Music Teacher teaching piano, cello and theory for AMEB, Trinity College of London and ANZCA examinations.
Mr James Unsworth

Mr Unsworth’s classes are being taken up by current and part-time staff who are increasing their teaching time in Semester 2 and the Year 12 Coordinator role is being taken up by Mrs Jessica Stagg.



In order to ensure the safety of our students, attendance is checked twice a day in the Junior School and at the commencement of every lesson in the Middle and Senior School. If your child is absent for any reason, parents are requested to notify the School by 9am by emailing the following address:

Any student who arrives late, must report to either the Junior School or Middle and Senior School Reception before going to their first class.

The School will attempt to contact by phone, parents  whose children have not reported to their Homeroom by 9am. If a parent cannot be contacted, an email will be sent to the registered email address.