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On 10 June, Kindergarten and Primary will hold Student Led Conferences. It is an opportunity for parents to get involved and communicate with your children about their learning over the year.

The Parents Support Group met on 8 April. It was an opportunity for parents to meet our new principal and hear some of his plans for the school. Among the issues discussed were the Chinese programme and CCAs. We will send out a survey to students and parents to collect data on CCA preferences. Minutes are available on our website. If you are interested in joining the Parents Support Group or would like more information, please contact Ellen at ellen@novusasia.com

Principal’s message
It is my sixth week at Hillside World Academy and I am starting to get to know the school. I would like to thank students and teachers for their warm welcome and assistance during by orientation period. 

We welcome Mr. Seah Poh Chua to Hillside World Academy! He comes to HWA with a wealth of experience from a number of different schools, including the Anglican High School, Tanjong Katong Secondary School and most recently, as the Director of Academics and School Administration of the Singapore Sports School, a specialized independent school.

A new year, a new semester and forty-one new students to Hillside World Academy. Welcome back to the 'old' families and a very wholehearted welcome to our new community members. Forty-one new students represent an increase in enrolment of over 15%. Soon we will be such a big school we will not be able to call ourselves small.

Whilst the haze may not have left us entirely, we can see clearly enough to witness so many subtly meaningful aspects of our living curriculum here at HWA. This month we highlight activities and events, which make connections within and beyond the school. The campus has come alive, with different sets of students involved in playing, sharing and learning right across the school. The eco pond has captured the attention of students, and while interaction with the pond’s life is still mostly informal, I see teachers engaging students in conversations about what they are seeing. 

The first quarter of the school year could not have ended with a more dynamic week at HWA. Film crews, book characters, and international day preparations and performances shared the stage with the arrival of our newest residents, the turtles and the fish. 

Five weeks in and we are starting to look like Hillside World Academy. Our historical base as Chinese International School will always be respected; it helped to form us as a thoroughly bilingual school. That tradition is being maintained. But already we are a different school. We look and feel more diverse, and possibly more international? And that is one of our challenges as we build our new HWA out of CNIS. Our Mission, Vision, Core Values and Cultural Statement have not changed from last year.

Hillside World Academy is open for business. We are a few days into our year, but I can report so far that the campus is a happy and peaceful space. Already the little red shirts and the big black shirts are interacting positively. It has been intriguing to watch the students find their way around the school, and new allegiances are forming. K1 visited my office today, as part of their Grand Campus Tour. The big hit was the spiral brick staircase.