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SMITIS Newsletter

22 February, 2013

Star Mountains Institute of Technology International School Our purpose is to develop internationally-minded and life-long learners who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect, and strive to be: inquirers; knowledgeable; thinkers; communicators; principled; open-minded; caring; risk-takers; balanced; and reflective. Absolutely fantastic! Thank you to all the parents who attended the AGM of the Parents’ & Wantoks Association last week. It was a record attendance and set a benchmark for future monthly meetings. Remember, it is always a rewarding experience to attend these meetings!

Kindergarten class so that all eligible students attending our ELC have the opportunity to attend the Primary School. Additionally, Year 8 will be established, with planning the establish the secondary school rooms on the adjacent land to the current site. Some enrolment surveys will be sent home to verify intentions for 2014. Your timely response will be appreciated. I appreciate your support. Dr Ken Darvall Principal

One key action from the P&W meeting was the formation of 5 teams to manage the fortnightly canteen service for students. Thank you to the volunteers who have offered their generous time to serve the students.

SMITIS Newsletters The first two pages are sent home with the eldest child each fortnight. Bulletins and class notes will be sent home as required.

Student leadership is a priority area for development at SMITIS. All students (Kindergarten - Year 7) have the opportunity to exercise formal leadership tasks and responsibilities. Importantly, as many students as possible should experience leadership opportunities by the time they have completed their schooling at SMITIS. Last Thursday witnessed the inaugural School Parliament session which comprised the newly elected class captains who elected the Prime Minister and Ministers, as well as the Opposition Leader and the shadow Ministers. Congratulations to Michaelyne Ellison and Samuel Mitigei on their election as Prime Minister and Opposition Leader by their peers.

If you would like to receive the newsletter or bulletins by email, please advise Grace. The full colour edition can be found online at: http://issuu.com/smit_international_school/ docs/ smitis_newsletter_22february_2013_

Expansion plans for SMITIS are now being prepared. 2014 planning includes establishing a second SMITIS Newsletter: Volume 2, Edition 3

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Open - minded is one of the attributes of the Learner Profile and one of our core values at SMITIS.

They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

What is an open-minded person? They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities.

Weekly awards are presented to students who demonstrate Learner Profile attributes.

Expectations I would like to emphasise three important expectations. Communication must reflect a ‘sooner rather than later approach’. Known as the 48 hour rule, all members of the SMITIS community are expected to communicate to the appropriate person any concern or issue within 48 hours, so that these issues do not balloon into a bigger problem at a later stage. Participation is important and expected. Students are expected to participate in all class and school activities. Teachers are expected to participate in After School Activities. Parents are expected to attend parent/teacher interviews and information sessions, as well as SMITIS functions and events.

Other attributes include: inquirer; caring; thinker; knowledgeable; balanced; reflective; principled; inquirer; and risk-taker.

their essential literacy and numeracy sessions. Teachers must be punctual when it comes to playground supervision, as well as learning time. Parents must turn up to school events on time (before the scheduled starting time). Parents should note that students who are consistently late will have their enrolment suspended. We want our students to achieve to their potential. This is not possible if students are always late or absent. At the same time, parents must ensure that their students arrive at school ‘ready to learn’. Students require adequate nutrition, and sleep, if they are to be effective learners at school.

Auskick Simon Thomas is seeking volunteers to assist in running a 6 week Punctuality is important. Students Auskick program starting 2 March. must arrive at school by 8.10am. If interested, contact Simon Students who are late are missing (Simon.Thomas@oktedi.com) SMITIS Newsletter: Volume 2, Edition 3

Key Dates Next fortnight 26/2

ASA (2.30-3.30pm)

27/2

ASA (2.30-3.30pm)

28/2

ASA (2.30-3.30pm) School Parliament

1/3

Canteen Day: Team 1 School assembly (1.30pm: Y3 item)

2/3

Auskick sessions start

5/3

ASA (2.30-3.30pm)

6/3

ASA (2.30-3.30pm)

7/3

ASA (2.30-3.30pm) School Parliament

8/3

School assembly (1.30pm: Y2 item) School disco (6.00 7.30pm) 2


Student Discipline and the Levels System Students who demonstrate consistent attendance and effort towards their schoolwork, consistently wear the correct school uniform and exhibit acceptable behaviour for a period of one term will be promoted to Bronze Level. A certificate will be presented to these students at the end of term. Bronze Level students who demonstrate consistent attendance and effort towards their schoolwork, consistently wear the correct school uniform and exhibit acceptable behaviour for a period of one term will be promoted to Emerald Level. A certificate will be presented to these students at the end of term. Emerald Level students who demonstrate consistent attendance and effort towards their schoolwork, consistently wear the correct school uniform and exhibit acceptable behaviour for a period of one term will be promoted to Silver Level. A certificate will be presented to these students at the end of term. Silver Level students who demonstrate consistent attendance and effort towards their schoolwork, consistently wear the correct school uniform and exhibit acceptable behaviour for a period of one term will be promoted to Gold Level. A certificate will be presented to these students at the end of term. Alternatively, students who display unacceptable behaviour in the classroom, playground or when representing the school will be sanctioned according to each school’s procedures. This may result in a student being placed on a level (for example, 1). A student will remain on this level for two weeks and will deem the student ineligible for an end-of term level award. Parents will be informed of the action taken. Certain kinds of serious misbehaviour will result in immediate action by the Principal. Such action may include suspension. Teachers may impose ‘time out’ during lunch time at their discretion for minor classroom incidents. Teachers would be expected to supervise these students themselves.

NUT FREE ZONE William (Y1) and Matthew Thomas (Y4) have a severe nut allergy. To prevent a medical emergency, there can be no nuts or foods containing nuts at SMITIS. This includes, especially Nutella and hazelnut products, and anything containing tree nuts. SMITIS and the Thomas family appreciate your assistance in making our school a nut free zone. Thank you in advance for your complete support. Dr Ken Darvall SMITIS Newsletter: Volume 2, Edition 3

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2013 PRIORITIES IB •

PYP Candidate School

Preauthorisation visit in T4

MYP Interested School

ManageBac

Upskilling •

All staff are expected to upskill. -

Groundsmen will require various certificates/skill sets.

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Teaching assistants need to consider possible teaching training.

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National teachers need to look at Australian teaching qualifications.

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Further studies and IB courses will be important for expat teachers.

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All staff need to start thinking about how they can upskill and what is required.

Identity & Reputation •

The importance of what we do, how we communicate and what is achieved in the classroom.

SMITIS: friendly caring, personal, happy school

Lighthouse school •

Assisting other schools to improve school education in PNG.

Teamwork •

Collaborative planning

Intranet and Internet •

Communication is transparent

Intranet is our knowledge base

Internet connectivity enables IWB use

SMITIS Development •

Secondary expansion planning

Effective maintenance and grounds improvement program

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IB

The International Baccalaureate

IB @ SMITIS

The International

In 2011, Tabubil International

Baccalaureate (IB) is an

School (TIS) hosted a

exciting set of educational

Preliminary Visit by IB as an

programs offered in more than two thousand school schools

Interested PYP School. At the time, TIS decided not to pursue Candidacy status.

in over 120 countries around the world.

As TIS transforms into SMITIS from 1/1/13, an

The programs focus on student-centred inquiry-based

application for PYP Candidacy status has been

learning and global concerns. They challenge students to think in sophisticated ways about the connections

approved by IB.

between ideas in different areas of study. They put

At the same time, SMITIS has gained status as an Interested MYP School from 1/1/13 as Year 7

learning into an international context.

commences their first year of secondary education. SMITIS Newsletter: Volume 2, Edition 3

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The Learner Profile Risk-Takers

Caring

Communicators Reflective

Thinkers

Inquirers

OpenMinded Knowledgeable

Principled

Balanced

The IB Learner Profile is the at attributes and descriptors th at IB define the type of student th hopes to develop through its d MYP). programs (for example, PYP an SMITIS Newsletter: Volume 2, Edition 3

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Star Mountains Institute of Technology International School Newman Road, TABUBIL. 332 Western Province, Papua New Guinea P: (+675) 6499 233 F: (+675) 6499 324 E: smitis@smit.ac.pg www.smit.ac.pg

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SMITIS Newsletter 22 February 2013  

Star Mountains Institute of Technology International School newsletter for the fortnight ending 22 February 2013

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