My best wishes for a very Happy and Prosperous New Year. May you and your families be blessed with bountiful gifts, peace and lots of happiness.
The world has been waiting for 2020 and many believe that this year will be the cornerstone for the rest of the decade, as it unfolds to immense possibilities, new opportunities and amazing accomplishments.
Being a passionate educator and having dedicated my life to teaching, I have witnessed the impact that good schooling has on children. On behalf of SSIS and my senior management team, I promise to take your child on an unparalleled voyage of discovery, strewn with rich learning experiences as we teach them key 21st-century skills, that will give them the edge over their peers.
Naturally, we will not be able to achieve our vision for your child, if we don’t have YOU the parent, taking an active interest in your child’s great learning adventure. I, therefore, appeal to all of you to ensure that your child doesn’t miss a single day at school. When the school is in session, we want our students present, smartly attired in their school uniform.
A lot has been said about the changing landscape of education and we all know about it, since our country’s economy and employment practices are closely linked. I have often said this and strongly believe, that present jobs will become redundant in a few years and we need to prepare our children with a new set of life skills needed for the future job markets.
This is also a personal challenge, which I’ve taken up as MISSION 2030 for myself and the school I lead.
MISSION 2030 involves many new initiatives, some of which have already been started at the school and my team and I need your support to ensure that your child participates in all these learning projects. At SSIS we live with the creed “Always being the best in what we do” as we are the Shining Stars.
Work has begun on the Educational Transformation Framework as we want to be a Microsoft Showcase School by the end of this academic year. A large majority of our teachers are now certified Microsoft Innovative Educators having completed the Microsoft Innovative Educator program.
In support of the above initiative, we have also introduced the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in school. 40 tabs have been purchased by the school management to support technology-based learning and to improve independent learning skills. I will be reaching out to you with additional details over the next few weeks and I would like you to support your child in this.
Another program launched in the school is the Model United Nations (MUN) This program has proven to be a very effective tool to strengthen communication and interpersonal skills, whilst also creating awareness about international issues.
The MUN club has already been initiated in school and we are looking forward to our first international conferences in the coming months; Azarbaizan in Jan end, Canterbury MUN in March, BVCMUN and Chandigarh in August 2020. Our final destination though will be the UN HQ in New York/Geneva. Our children are very excited to be a part of (MUN) and we need your blessings as we take part in these conferences at school and overseas.
Toastmasters and Gavel Club will kick off in February to empower our students and teachers with public speaking and declamation skills.
We have also introduced The School Farm project which is an innovative approach that helps students appreciate nature and farming. Our Shining Stars will learn how to grow fruits and vegetables and then we use the school garden as their own learning space. This will be an ongoing project involving parents and neighborhood communities for recycling kitchen organic waste and composting. Insha’Allah! We should all see the fruits of our hard work by March 2020.
As you can see at Shining Star International School, we have great hopes and plans for this year. It rolls out our vision and expectation for the next decade, which we believe will benefit the country we live and the world our children will inherit.
I reach out to you to hold our hands in support so that we embark on this journey as a TEAM building strong and better lives for our children. Without your support, our best places plans will not come to fruition.
I pray to our Lord Almighty to bless us here and hereafter.