TERM 4, ISSUE 2 9 MAY 2013
Jehovah Jireh Our Provider! KISC Vehicle Entrance
Parking D&T Building
Play Basketball Court
Proposed site development plan.
You have probably noticed the activity on the vacant land next to the KISC lane. We are excited to announce that our prayers for the provision to rent or buy the land have been answered. We recently signed an agreement to rent the empty plot of land. Plans are nearly finalized to provide: • a basketball court, with use for other sports
UPCOMING EVENTS May 10 May 16 May 17-20 May 26 May 29 June 1 June 12-18
Science Fair Primary KidZone Mid-term Break PTA Spring Fair New Year 7 Orientation Secondary Swimming Gala Secondary Exams
including volleyball, badminton and tennis • a new Design and Technology building, including a workshop for the maintenance team • a play/football field and • space for parking We are very grateful towards KISC parents Kai Weise and Saroj Joshi for their help with the project. We hope that the project will be completed early next academic year. - Angus Douglas, KISC Project Development Manager
Everyone is invited to KidZone – the Primary Variety Show on Thursday, May 16 at KISC Hall. The show starts at 6 p.m. Come for an evening of surprises and entertainment from Primary students and staff!
PIRATES FILM DVD AVAILABLE DVDs of the KISC musical “The Pirates of Penzance” performances are now available for sale for NRs. 150 each. Please stop by the KISC Communications office (3rd floor Admin building) to collect your copy. The DVDs are available only after payment.
On April 24, the KISC School Management Committe approved a tuition fee increase of 8 percent for the next academic year 2013-2014. A formal letter to the parents with detailed information about the increase will be sent soon.
PTA NOTES We are now ready to receive your games, toys, clothes and household items for the Spring Fair to be held Sunday, May 26. Please donate clothes which are in good condition. For toys and games, please check the content and tape the box shut with a note on the outside stating the condition of the game or toy (new, barely used, etc.) Please deliver the items to KISC Reception. Another way you can help us make the fair a success is by baking. Small plastic bags will be made available at Reception starting next week for wrapping your baked goods. These can be dropped off at Reception if you are delivering them before Sunday (May 26). We also need volunteers to help out at stalls, sell tickets, etc. If you would like to help, please stop by Reception to sign up. Lastly, there is still opportunity for you to have your own stall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and to sign up. Would you like to become part of the fun-filled and active KISC PTA? If you are a parent of a child in year K or 9 next school year or a Nepali parent who would like to contribute to the PTA, please contact your class representative and we will be happy to meet up with you.
COLLEGE CORNER Parents of current Year 11 students should begin to think about whether or not they want their child to take the PSAT exam which will be held at KISC this year. It is recommended that all current Year 11 students who will be in Year 12 at KISC, take the exam. The exam is especially important for students planning to eventually study in the United States or wishing to have the option to do so. Date of 2013 PSAT: October 19 Location: KISC Cost: TBA Yogesh Moktan will be coordinating the exam registration and details as Ted Mecklenburg will be leaving after this term. Any questions about the 2013 PSAT can be directed to Yogesh Moktan or Ted Mecklenburg.
EQUIP UPDATES KISC EQUIP has signed a new partnership agreement with Samaritan’s Purse Canada for Palpa Training Project 2013-14. We are very thankful to the organization for their gernerous support in transforming education in Nepal.
KISC EQUIP provided a two-day English teachers’ training for Kathmandu school teachers on April 11 and 12. 38 teachers from 6 KISC EQUIP partner schools and 3 private Christian schools participated in the training conducted by teacher trainer Sue Gim. She was assisted by teacher trainer Krishna Bohora. Thinking out of the box is always the main challenge for many Nepali teachers. In a typical Nepali classroom, there are many challenges, including regular power cuts and lack of resources for comprehensible English input. Also, traditional lecture style, theoretical
A rules poster displayed in a classroom.
teaching and rote learning is prevalent in many Nepali classrooms. Creative alternatives were A teacher uses his mobile phone to teach presented during the KISC EQUIP training to English songs. enable teachers to rise above the challenges. Highlights of the training included: • Advising teachers to use mobile phones to play English songs and dialogues in the class. • Encouraging them to use English to communicate with students during English lessons. • Introduction of the whole brain teaching method for classroom management. • Use of phonics to read words. As part of KISC EQUIP’s efforts to support teachers in implementing training lessons in their classrooms, Ms. Gim visited many of the teachers’ classrooms. Here is what she said: First when they heard that an EQUIP trainer would visit them to observe their class, they were in disbelief that someone would really show up to check whether they were implementing training lessons or not. I could tell there was a big rush for some of the teachers to make a song poster and flashcards. But it was fantastic to watch them use their mobile phones to teach some songs. I was very happy to see some good rules posters and it was very rewarding to hear their unique version of Class/Yes shouts (a whole brain teaching method). First time, is always hard and difficult. First is always nervous and often it accompanies unwillingness. Even trying out new food for the first time often makes us nervous. Yet, first leads to second and second is the basis for third. So, first can lead to hundred and more. How uneasy it must have been for these teachers to change their familiar ways of teaching and try out new methods for the first time? I am proud of all the teachers I saw during follow-up visits, because willingly or half-forcefully, they stepped up to the first of many changes.
Thank You & Goodbye To:
May 10 Fri May 14 Tues May 24 Fri
Gap Year Students Ellie Swarbrick Alex Halliday and Lexy White Blessings as they return to the United Kingdom for university studies.
KISC YEARBOOK 2012-2013 PRE-ORDER NOTICE
Susie Moore Northern Ireland Kent Rogers, Michala Mecklenburg, Sarah Frueh, Lizzy Neiger & Leslie Smith United States Tara Malycha Australia
The KISC Yearbook 2012-2013 is a 96-page softcover book displaying special moments from this academic year. The cost of each yearbook is NRs. 800. Please fill out the pre-order form below to ensure your copy/copies of the yearbook. Availability of the yearbook without a pre-order will be dependant on the stock available. Please return the completed form to the KISC Reception by May 23. Alternately, you can also email your preorder information to email@example.com. Yearbooks are scheduled to be available for pick up after payment at the KISC Communications Office (3rd floor, Admin building) on June 21.
We are looking for some parents who would be willing to help with Secondary Swimming after midterm break. There are 4 sessions per week that we need help with. Please contact Daniel Parnell to learn more or if you are available to help out during one or more of these time slots. Tuesdays 9:15 - 10:10 & 11:30 - 12:25
Thursdays 11:30 - 12:25 & 1:10 - 2:05
KISC Yearbook 2012-2013 Pre-Order Form
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End of Year Celebration 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 @ Radisson Hotel, Lazimpat NRs. 1500 per person
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