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17th January, 2014

Volume 2, Issue 20

UPCOMING EVENTS

CONTENTS From the Director and 1 Principals ……………………… Secondary News …………….. 1 PTA News …………………….. 2

18th January 21st January 22nd January 14th February 22nd February

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Senior Tennis (M2 – D2) ECAs Start PTA General Meeting PTA Valentine’s Day High Tea International Food Fair

FROM THE DIRECTOR AND PRINCIPALS Our apologies this week for the relatively short issue of The Tiger. Helen Sharrock, Alan Connah and I are all in London attending the biggest international school job fair of the year. In some ways January is the busiest time of the year for international school administrators as we compete to attract the best teachers for our schools. Each year it becomes more competitive and this year is no exception.

SMS Test As was advised a week ago, we tested the new SMS messaging system on Monday. Several parents contacted the school asking for numbers to be added or deleted and these changes have been made. But our system will only be as effective as the information we are given by you – the parents – so do please ensure that the school is informed immediately if you change, add or lose your phone number(s). Thank you.

I am pleased to report that we have already made eight strong appointments (in Melbourne and Bangkok) and I am hopeful that we will continue this good run here in London. We are all back at school in the middle of next week.

Peter MacKenzie Director

SECONDARY NEWS The examinations for M1-M5 finished on Wednesday, whereas for D1 the examinations ended on Thursday. Several marked papers have been returned to the students with very good results.

emailed these documents to you, so if you do not have them please contact the relevant trip leader (see below). Finally, complete payment is due no later than 24th January, although we can take payment at any time. Many thanks for all your support!

With the start of semester two, there have been changes to the timetable and/or the teachers of M1-M4. All the students have been given a paper copy this morning. It is effective from Monday, 20th January 2014.

M1: Andy Rossberg andrew.rossberg@stonehill.in M2: Fanny Passeport fanny.passeport@stonehill.in M3: Catherine Viart catherine.viart@stonehill.in Mountaineering Trip (M4-D1): Adrian Shepherd adrian.shepherd@stonehill.in Yoga Trip (M4-D1): Amy Stempel amy.stempel@stonehill.in Eco Adventure (M4-D1): Andy Cook anthony.cook@stonehill.in Ecology & Sustainability, LOCAL (M4-D1 and any M1-M3s who cannot travel):

Planning for the Stonehill Trip Week 2014 is well underway, and we are happy to report a 95% participation rate across the upper school! Students and chaperones are looking forward to some real-world learning and a great deal of fun. We still need paperwork returned: copies of the passport picture page, visa page, and FRRO document, as well as the medical and indemnity forms. Lead chaperones have 1


Greg Rose gregory.rose@stonehill.in

Coordinator and teachers. The completed forms are due in March. In the meantime M5 students have been encouraged to be proactive and to start investigating their options for next year. Students who are leaving are still advised to go through the process since they will need some information to take to their next school too. Anyone with queries or concerns can contact the IB Coordinator Ms. de Smidt: jemma.desmidt@stonehill.in.

Narendra Mehrotra Curriculum Director M5s make a start on their Subject Choices for Diploma. Yesterday the M5s were issued with their Subject Choice Booklets and met with Ms. de Smidt to learn about the subject choice process at Stonehill. There will be an important meeting for all M5s and their parents on 24th February where there will be an opportunity to learn more about the Diploma Programme and ask questions of the

Jemma de Smidt IB Coordinator

PTA NEWS PTA General Meeting – Wednesday, 22nd January The next general meeting will be held in the Conference Room, Administration Building. To follow up on Shibani's insightful and extremely funny, "Welcome to India", Faye Park has graciously agreed to do a presentation on "Third Culture Kids". This is a most informative presentation relating directly to our children and is fantastic for the newcomer to India. There will be tea/coffee/snacks at 12.15pm with the meeting to start at 12.45pm.

promises to be another memorable night out. Photo Competition We have had a fantastic response to this year’s photo competition but there is still time to get your entries in and win your class a pizza party. Entries close on Friday, 31st January. International Food Fair – Saturday, 22nd February The food fair is fast approaching. Have you contacted your country's representative to see how you can help?

Tiger Gear Sales - Wednesday, 22nd January The Tiger Gear shop will be open from 11.30am - 12.30pm directly before the PTA General Meeting.

Bake Sale Update Gosia Kucka guessed the weight of the cake. Her children, Jakub (P4) and Luisa (P1) graciously donated the cake to the Morning Star Ashram - A true Holiday treat for the children there!

Valentine’s Day – Friday, 14th February We are pleased to announce that the popular Valentine’s Day High Tea will be held again this year. There will be limited tickets available for 1300 INR per person for a delicious high tea spread, welcome drink and tea/coffee in the gorgeous surrounding of the Taj West End gardens. Keep a look out for more details to follow soon. Charity Gala – Saturday, 5th April Save the date for the annual Charity Gala. It

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Contacting the School: Admissions Primary School Secondary School Transport

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Ms. Amita Patel Ms. Nijika Bhardwaj Ms. Punam Khanna Mr. Bilash Koirala

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