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Ta l a n o a Newsletter of International School Suva

Volume 5 12 August, 2016

Principal’s Report Dear Parents and Guardians, Welcome back to the third term of 2016 and the fifth issue of Talanoa. Congratulations to all Fijians today, I have lost count of the number of times I have been told that we have witnessed history being made. The atmosphere in the MPH was electric as we all gathered together to watch the match. Please have a look at our video on the Fiji Village Facebook page, TosoVitiToso! This term started with much excitement as we prepared for Fun Day. The focus of Fun Day this year was to support service and charitable projects in schools which were affected by Cyclone Winston. It was a tremendous success and, as always, a lot of fun. On behalf of the entire school community I thank the PTFA team for organizing such a great day, and on behalf of the PTFA I thank Salote Narayan who worked long hours behind the scenes to make it the day it was. Whilst we all experienced the great weather and appreciated the many and diverse foods, activities and games on offer, we know that this is not achieved without an enormous amount of hard work. Please pass any comments you may have about how we can make the day even better to Salote Narayan,, as the PTFA will now move into a period of reflection to focus on how to make it even better for next year. Earlier this term we said goodbye to Inga Riedel-Narayan who has taken up a position at the German Swiss International School in Hong Kong and Selaima Veisamasama who took retirement. They are joined by David Bennet who, with his family, is relocating out of Fiji. We wish them all the very best and thank them for the years of service they have given to the school. In their places we welcomed Nicola Van Schanke, Wilashni Chand and Catherine Lukan.Nicola Van Schanke is a qualified primary school teacher with a Bachelor of Education, Diploma in Education (Remedial Therapy) and teaching English as a Foreign Language. She also has experience teaching within an IB PYP school. She will replace Inga Riedel-Narayan in the primary Learning Support department. Wilashni Chand has taken a part-time position until the end of the year as a Biology Teacher to replace Selaima Veisamasama. She has a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of the South Pacific. Catherine Lukan will commence work at ISS on 22nd August and she will teach in the English department while Neelam Raj is on maternity leave. She has over four years teaching experience and a Bachelor of Education majoring in English. I also welcome Yogesh Maharaj on to the staff of International School Suva. He commenced work on 11 th July as a Mathematics Teacher for Years 9-12. He has experience teaching the IBDP Mathematics and Physics at International School Nadi. He has a Bachelor of Science and a Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of the South Pacific. Next week, ISS will be holding its Open Day for 2017 enrolments on Thursday 18th August. Should you know of friends or family who wish to enroll, please ask them to contact the school immediately as space in all year levels are filling fast. For anyone wishing to make an appointment with the heads of schools on our Open Day, please contact Salote Narayan on call us on 3393300. Kind regards, Anna Marsden Principal

Inside this Issue  Principal`s Report  Library  Primary Update  Lucas’s Trip to France  Kaji Rugby  Friendship Bench  Singing Lessons  Book Club  Adubi`s Reflection  Model UN  Color Your Life  ISS Band at Suva Marathon  PTFA Funday  Upcoming Events


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