This week, we came together for a whole school assembly in our new Muti-Purpose Sports Hall. It was an opportunity to celebrate some of our recent achievements before we head off for the winter break. The assembly featured the Phuket Soccer 7s teams, the ISACI Girls Team earning silver medals at the basketball tournament in New Delhi and the ISACI Boys Football team, who defeated the TBS Panthers for the first time in 4 years. We also took time to celebrate the ‘Dance for a Cause’ performance that raised funds for Kerala and Karnataka flood victims as a part of one student’s MYP Personal Project. We shared the initial plans for our new Primary Creative Centre and our new Secondary STEM Building. We concluded our assembly by sharing some of the excerpts from the IB and CIS Team Evaluation Reports which we received this month. Here are a few of our favourite excerpts from the reports:
- The school exhibits a stimulating learning environment, with visible spaces rich with examples of student learning.
- Secondary and primary students identified a strong culture of care at Stonehill International School. Students stated that teachers are highly approachable and that their well-being, happiness, and safety were highly valued. Teachers were described as going out of their way to listen to and help students. In addition, students felt staff believed in their capabilities.
- Staff described the culture of the school as characterised by hard work, a shared sense of purpose, and a culture of care. Staff noted that the school has a strong sense of community which makes it a positive place to work.
- Students identified a range of staff they could turn to for support, which included counsellors, the IB Coordinators, and homeroom teachers. Overall, students felt as though there was a ‘force of teachers’ watching out for them.
- Students, teachers and parents all commented on the sense of community at the school, with a focus on “learning, safety and happiness”. Individual differences are welcomed and celebrated.
- From the time of the preparatory evaluation report the SIS leadership, administration, and learning community have reflected upon and committed to improvement. They have followed through on each of the identified recommendations to ensure that they are providing an organisation for student learning that is safe and aligns with the guiding statements and school values of being knowledgeable, caring, confident, and responsible.
We are proud of our school and have much to celebrate. It is an exciting time to be a part of the Stonehill Learning Community!