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    • Nov
      30

      Principal’s Message November 30, 2016

      newsletter

      Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.—Philippians 4:6

      Thanksgiving is a special time for families and friends to gather together to appreciate and reflect on all the wonderful things they have been blessed with. Although Hong Kong does not set a specific day for this like other countries, being thankful and reflective is something that we can do any day during the year.

      I remember a while back, I saw some of my friends were challenged on Facebook to share something they were thankful for each day over a period of days. There were also other challenges where it was more specific like being thankful for their spouse. I enjoyed reading these because the things they were thankful for on a daily basis were not big things that happened that day, but in the little things that happened. It really makes one think to not take things for granted. A simple opportunity to enjoy a brief lunch with friends during a busy day is a blessing. Having your child give you a hug when you come home after a long and tiring day at work is a blessing. I am thankful for my parents and in-laws who are currently visiting. We may have less privacy, but when they came home late last night, it made me realise how much I enjoyed having them here. Their love and support shows through every time we get off work. We have good conversations about the day, there is laughter and then we eat dinner and watch television together.

      I read in a book that one family had a tradition of having everyone write something they were thankful for during Thanksgiving and would string up the card at home. Over the years, the string would get longer and longer. The children could read it as they got older and it became part of their family’s story. Help children to be reflective and have a thankful heart.

      But what happens when there are things that plague us and tug at our heart strings? Being thankful seems like the last thing we want to do. This is the reality for children as well. The Bible tells us that giving thanks when undergoing suffering is very difficult, but it is meant to strengthen our faith—”For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 17-18. God knows all that is happening. He is purposeful and not a random God.

      Helping children to acknowledge those negative feelings and issues are important because they will always encounter ups and downs in life. Help them work through their feelings so that regardless of the outcome of the situation, the children become more thoughtful in difficult situations and can handle it better.

      I encourage families to take up the ‘Thankfulness Challenge’ and do it for one week. Ten minutes of family time each day for one week to go around telling each other what they are thankful for and why. It is a wonderful way to start your evening together or right before bed, and then pray and praise God for those things.

      Nov
      17

      NIS Primary: Interview for 2017-18 Applications

      We will have our primary school interview for academic year 2017-18 on 7th January, 2017.

      Please attend a school tour and submit a complete application package by 3pm on 1st December, and an email will be sent by 5pm on 12th December for the interview time and details. You can book the school tour and download the application form on our website.

      If you have attended our school tour and sent your complete application package on time but have not received an email from us by then, please contact our admissions officer on 2658-0341 after 13th December. We are happy to assist you in this process.

      Nov
      16

      Principal’s Message November 16, 2016

      newsletter

      When you talk, do not say harmful things. But say what people need — words that will help others be-come stronger. Then what you say will help those who listen to you. — Ephesians 4:29

      Parent-teacher conferences are happening this Friday, November 18. Most of our families have booked a time to meet with their classroom teacher. If you have not made an appointment, you can still log into the PTO system to reserve a time. The username and password have been emailed to you by the office.

      Some students are anxious to have their parents talk to their teachers while others are confident and happy. It is important to let your child know you are interested in how they are doing in school and that you are there to support and help. Allow your child to share with you any strengths and struggles they are experiencing in class and this can always be something you discuss with the teacher when you go in.

      Unlike the comic strip on the side, parent-teacher conferences are meant to encourage parents and the school to work collaboratively for the development of the child. This means that there is open communication, and NIS strongly believes that positive home-school relationships are vital to helping the child be successful.

      During the conference, teachers will share about your child’s progress in their learning in the various subjects. Parents should come prepared with questions they may want to ask the teacher, and to prioritise which questions are most important so they are asked first in case time runs out. Although different areas of concern may be raised during the conference, remember to celebrate what your child is successfully doing in school and then be realistic with expectations for the areas of concern. It is important to know where your child’s struggles are before a solution can be mapped out. However, the focus during the conference should not be on the problem, but rather on the solution and how to move forward. Plan with the teacher on how to provide support at home and find out what the school is also doing to help. The teachers will offer suggestions, but parents know their child the best so it would be helpful to give insight on the child to help the teachers understand him or her more.

      After the conference, speak with your child about what was discussed during the meeting. Encourage them with what they are doing well and let them know you are aware of the areas they are struggling with, and together talk about ways on how they can work on it. The teacher will keep in touch with you after the conference and this is a great opportunity to strengthen the parent-teacher partnership. It also shows the child that learning is a priority and there is consistency between what is happening at home and school.

      We look forward to seeing you on Friday.

    • Nov
      30

      Principal’s Message November 30, 2016

      newsletter

      Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.—Philippians 4:6

      Thanksgiving is a special time for families and friends to gather together to appreciate and reflect on all the wonderful things they have been blessed with. Although Hong Kong does not set a specific day for this like other countries, being thankful and reflective is something that we can do any day during the year.

      I remember a while back, I saw some of my friends were challenged on Facebook to share something they were thankful for each day over a period of days. There were also other challenges where it was more specific like being thankful for their spouse. I enjoyed reading these because the things they were thankful for on a daily basis were not big things that happened that day, but in the little things that happened. It really makes one think to not take things for granted. A simple opportunity to enjoy a brief lunch with friends during a busy day is a blessing. Having your child give you a hug when you come home after a long and tiring day at work is a blessing. I am thankful for my parents and in-laws who are currently visiting. We may have less privacy, but when they came home late last night, it made me realise how much I enjoyed having them here. Their love and support shows through every time we get off work. We have good conversations about the day, there is laughter and then we eat dinner and watch television together.

      I read in a book that one family had a tradition of having everyone write something they were thankful for during Thanksgiving and would string up the card at home. Over the years, the string would get longer and longer. The children could read it as they got older and it became part of their family’s story. Help children to be reflective and have a thankful heart.

      But what happens when there are things that plague us and tug at our heart strings? Being thankful seems like the last thing we want to do. This is the reality for children as well. The Bible tells us that giving thanks when undergoing suffering is very difficult, but it is meant to strengthen our faith—”For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 17-18. God knows all that is happening. He is purposeful and not a random God.

      Helping children to acknowledge those negative feelings and issues are important because they will always encounter ups and downs in life. Help them work through their feelings so that regardless of the outcome of the situation, the children become more thoughtful in difficult situations and can handle it better.

      I encourage families to take up the ‘Thankfulness Challenge’ and do it for one week. Ten minutes of family time each day for one week to go around telling each other what they are thankful for and why. It is a wonderful way to start your evening together or right before bed, and then pray and praise God for those things.

      Nov
      17

      NIS Primary: Interview for 2017-18 Applications

      We will have our primary school interview for academic year 2017-18 on 7th January, 2017.

      Please attend a school tour and submit a complete application package by 3pm on 1st December, and an email will be sent by 5pm on 12th December for the interview time and details. You can book the school tour and download the application form on our website.

      If you have attended our school tour and sent your complete application package on time but have not received an email from us by then, please contact our admissions officer on 2658-0341 after 13th December. We are happy to assist you in this process.

      Nov
      16

      Principal’s Message November 16, 2016

      newsletter

      When you talk, do not say harmful things. But say what people need — words that will help others be-come stronger. Then what you say will help those who listen to you. — Ephesians 4:29

      Parent-teacher conferences are happening this Friday, November 18. Most of our families have booked a time to meet with their classroom teacher. If you have not made an appointment, you can still log into the PTO system to reserve a time. The username and password have been emailed to you by the office.

      Some students are anxious to have their parents talk to their teachers while others are confident and happy. It is important to let your child know you are interested in how they are doing in school and that you are there to support and help. Allow your child to share with you any strengths and struggles they are experiencing in class and this can always be something you discuss with the teacher when you go in.

      Unlike the comic strip on the side, parent-teacher conferences are meant to encourage parents and the school to work collaboratively for the development of the child. This means that there is open communication, and NIS strongly believes that positive home-school relationships are vital to helping the child be successful.

      During the conference, teachers will share about your child’s progress in their learning in the various subjects. Parents should come prepared with questions they may want to ask the teacher, and to prioritise which questions are most important so they are asked first in case time runs out. Although different areas of concern may be raised during the conference, remember to celebrate what your child is successfully doing in school and then be realistic with expectations for the areas of concern. It is important to know where your child’s struggles are before a solution can be mapped out. However, the focus during the conference should not be on the problem, but rather on the solution and how to move forward. Plan with the teacher on how to provide support at home and find out what the school is also doing to help. The teachers will offer suggestions, but parents know their child the best so it would be helpful to give insight on the child to help the teachers understand him or her more.

      After the conference, speak with your child about what was discussed during the meeting. Encourage them with what they are doing well and let them know you are aware of the areas they are struggling with, and together talk about ways on how they can work on it. The teacher will keep in touch with you after the conference and this is a great opportunity to strengthen the parent-teacher partnership. It also shows the child that learning is a priority and there is consistency between what is happening at home and school.

      We look forward to seeing you on Friday.