Ivan McLean, Head of Middle and Senior Schools
As we come to the end of a term in which we learnt about the growing resilience of our students, families and staff, I would like to wish all students and families a well-deserved and relaxing break. This semester has been filled with so many great academic challenges for our students - particularly in the light of all things COVID. At the end of this article you will see some examples of the resilience and motivations behind three of our students - thank you Erja, Alyssya and Natalie for your time, courage and effort in writing personally about your experiences during the MCO/CMCO and now RMCO.
The International School setting is always one of a transient nature and regardless it is always difficult to say goodbye to our departing students. I would like to wish those families that are leaving our school community the very best in their future endeavours and if you return to KL at any time, we are more than happy to have students visit the School...perhaps after the RMCO is finished, though! We will also have many new students joining us next term, so be prepared to see many new faces online, too, in the majority of cases.
Similarly, we have some staff departing the School next week. I would like to extend my best wishes and gratitude to our departing teachers: Ms Lisa Young, Ms Kim Bradley, and Ms Kelly Holmes - who leave us to start working in Northern Hemisphere schools in China. Their contributions over the years have been felt across the School, and we thank them all for the individual differences they made to our school. I also extend my sincere best wishes to Ms Liliane Heininger, whose contributions to the Language Department and our community have been enormous. I hope you enjoy a safe and healthy return to Australia, “Madame H” - merci beaucoup!
We will be joined by Ms Anne Bhogal as the incoming Head of Languages. As has been stated in previous communication home, arranging visas for the incoming staff for these positions has proven to be a challenge - due to the closure of visa applications during the MCO and CMCO. For this reason, students will notice an all new timetable pattern when they return for Semester 2 classes, which will be available on the portals at the conclusion of the holidays. Despite the fact that for many students this just means a re-arrangement of class times, especially students in Years 11 and 12 not taught by the abovementioned staff; for others there will be (as has been in the past) a new timetable for Semester Two.
I will be writing to Year 12 families early next week to discuss a number of issues related to the HSC year - including seeking permission to include parent/guardian names for a submission to NESA in relation to our extenuating circumstances in Malaysia. A number of parents have been very generous in their support during the last term - now we need to look forward and see how we can continue to support the Year 12 students in their final stretch! I am planning to host a day at school for Year 12 students in the last week of the holidays to review important matters such as SOPs, but also scholarship and university applications, course progress, examinations, etc. These details will be included in the letter I send to parents (and Year 12 students) early next week.
I hope that the forthcoming break gives all families, students and staff a chance to “let their batteries fully drain and then re-charge.” It is crucial that students have a break and revitalise in preparation for the second half of the academic year. This is particularly true for our Year 12 students, who need a little time to energise themselves. However, in their case, the break is a chance to re-vitalise first, and then prepare for a long stint ahead.
For all MSS students, please note that there is a change of date to the start of Term 3 for students - we now start on Tuesday 14 July - with Year 11 and 12 in school, while at the moment Years 6 to 10 online. However, please pay close attention to your school emails during the next few weeks as we anticipate further changes/announcements from the government before the middle of July.
Have a safe, relaxing and peaceful end of term and Semester break.
Last day of Term 2 for MSS:
- Period 1 - swap with classes usually planned for Period 5 (i.e. Swap Period 5 to 9am)
- Period 2, 3 and 4 - as usual.
- Period 5 - 2.10pm MSS GOOGLE MEET ASSEMBLY. (Please note I will be sending Subject Awards by email, which will be announced on pre-recorded videos that I will share during this assembly - and then onshare with families to be able to watch!)
Early Term 3 Events:
Tuesday, 14 July - Year 11 and 12 classes start at School; all others online (until further notice)
Tuesday, 21 July - Year 8 and 10 Subject Selection Information released
Monday, 27 July - Years 6 to 10 Student/Teacher/Parent Conferences