My posts have been absent for more than two weeks! It has really been a busy two weeks, with many matters taking me away from people who should really matter to me – the teachers, the parents and the students.
A lot has happened the past weeks, including hosting visits by the Shangrao city Education Bureau, a media interview with a Shenzhen channel “YaYa”, visits from a Chinese educational consortium and discussions with local expat media as we continue to make our presence felt both here and overseas.
I felt a vacuum in my heart (as I am sure do many of our junior school parents) when my VP and Head of Junior School, Mr Raymond Mak, requested to return to his former school, Hwa Chong International. We decided to promote a teacher, Mr Joshua Medendorp, to be our PYP Coordinator, and begin our search for a Head of Junior School to take over. Mr Poh Leong Joo, Head of Senior School, shall remain my only VP.
Our close ties to our parent organization and our sister school in Beijing was again made clear when they answered my call for help. Mr Yew Yi, Primary School Principal of Huijia Private School, shall straddle both schools, to include in his duties that of the Head of Junior School at HWA, during our search for the Head of Junior School.
Our close ties to our Parents Support Group was again made manifest at two meetings, where valuable feedback was given on how we can approach this matter and move on. And all these amidst PSG meetings to plan for the Christmas event! I am very grateful for this community in HWA.
With one more week to go before the Christmas holidays and the end of the calendar, I cannot help but look upon the current numbers I have with some satisfaction – from 197 students when I first arrived in August this year, we have seen our numbers rise to 224 (236 come January next year), with a packed Grade 10 class that we may have to split to bring in those on the waiting list.
But beyond numbers, I see many more things I need to do, to work with the shareholders and stakeholders to make this school a place where students learn, where teachers know they make a difference in young lives, and where parents know their children’s future are well taken care of.
It is going to be a long road ahead, but it is a journey I am prepared to make with my comrades and partners.
校长博客 － 2016年12月9日
我的博客已经有两个多星期没有更新了！ 过去的两个星期真的是非常忙碌，许多事情使我分身乏术无法全心专注于对我最重要的人群 - 老师、家长和学生们。
Michael Chan 曾俊成
Hillside World Academy