News from The Executive Principal’s Desk

| May 17, 2022

Dear Parents, Teachers and Staff,

This week marks the first time in nearly a year and a half that we have students in for a full day of in person learning. It is a significant milestone. We are running this simulation in anticipation that this will be the status quo form next year and we believe that the whole community will benefit from a few weeks’ practice with the new structure. It is important to note that schools are community organisations and as such there are both formal and informal behavioural expectations. Our community has not had to operate in this manner for a long time, so this simulation gives us the opportunity of rebuilding the culture of the school. We pride ourselves on the good manners and mature behaviour of our community and want to ensure that this is retained and built upon. A second and slightly more sombre note is that throughout this time we have been occasionally blindsided by an unexpected turn of events. We must maintain our flexibility in case the situation changes again.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the Grade 6-7 transition this week. There has been unprecedented cooperation between the MYP and PYP which we believe will be very valuable in ensuring the PYP 6 students have a successful beginning to their High School years.

Congratulations to our two teams of Grade 10 girls who performed with such distinction in the Harvard Undergraduate Clean Energy Group competition. 

The challenge aimed to give students the opportunity to kick-start their sustainability journey with the help of Ivy League mentors and global leaders. Students had the opportunity to start their sustainability changemaker journey, come up with solutions to problemsparticipate in a competition and get Ivy league mentorship as they move to the final stages of the competition.

These girls worked through their holidays on this competition and delivered both their winning semi-final and final pitches last week. They received the news on Sunday night that they were two of the three winning teams worldwide-a stunning effort.

 Congratulation to the Nylem Tree team:

  1. Claire Faustine
  2. Venezia Ferrari Hartono
  3. Lidya Happy Lians
  4. Cheryl Loemantoro

And the composting team:

  1. Regina Felicia Hadiputri
  2. Elizabeth Audrey Winata
  3. Denna Lukmanto
  4. Jesslyn Aurora Leander

We have two significant events this week with the PSG organised Culture Day on Friday giving us a taste of internationalism and the OSIS organised Ciputra Cup giving our students a chance to compete in basketball and football from Thursday till Sunday. We really appreciate all the hard work on our behalf. 

Finally, please take the opportunity to complete the parent survey. It is extremely useful for the school and our planning and gives us real insight into the strategic direction of the school, our successes and our areas that need improvement. Your honest opinion is valued and welcomed. 

Have a great week.

Martin Blackburn
Executive Principal