Director’s Newsletter - January 17th, 2018

Director’s Newsletter 
January 17th, 2018
 
Dear Parents,
We have commenced 2018 very strongly and we have much to celebrate.
Please read about some of the exciting activities that are - or soon will be - keeping us very busy.
 
Parent Coffee, Friday 19th January
PTA and I would like to welcome all the parents back to the daily grind after the holidays. We will like to use this opportunity to welcome new AISZ parents and catch up with all the other parents over coffee. There is a Welcome Coffee event planned at Cafe TORTE i To Baboniceva at 8:15 am after school drop off on Friday 19th January. All the parents (new and old) are invited.
 
January Board Meeting  - Change of date
The January Board Meeting date has changed to Monday 22nd. The Open Session will commence at 17:30 with the Working Session is scheduled for 18:30
 
Technology Integration 
I am very pleased to welcome Mr. Greg De Rosa as our new Technology Integration Teacher. Mr. De Rosa replaces Mr. Rimac who left in December to join his wife in Istanbul. Mr. De Rosa's role will be slightly different than Mr. Rimac, in that Greg's duties, in addition to the hardware support role necessary here, will also include supporting teachers and students within the Lower School and Upper School to effectively utilise and leverage technology and enhance both conceptual learning and skills development with technology as an appropriate tool. Greg’s profile can be found here https://www.aisz.hr/about-us/faculty-profiles
 
Global Perspectives Students make an impact on the world.
Nikolaus Srajner, Sonja Roiha, Oliver Graham, Michael Hu, Madison Hunt decided to raise awareness about areas of the world affected by war, to raise funds and to support Doctors Without Borders. Their research informed them that Doctors Without Borders often go to war-torn areas and provide medical support. In order to accomplish their aim the students organized a school-wide "movie night". They charged a small entrance fee and organized donation boxes around the school. Before the screening of the movie the students prepared a speech about areas in the world affected by war, consequences of war and the support that Doctors Without Borders offer. https://www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.at/project-clobal-perspectives-zagreb
 
Music 9-10 Personal Projects
Today, each music student in Grades 9 and 10 presented their personalized learning in an area of music for which they had a passion. It was wonderful to see the students showcase the skills they had developed throughout this personalized learning opportunity. Some students learned to play and performed for the very first time; some learned instruments new to them and some enhanced their already well-developed skills. Each student explained what they had learned about music - and themselves as learners - through their participation in this personalized learning project. 
 
Middle School design students to assist the visually impaired. 
Middle School class will be designing and constructing an aid for walking for the visually impaired or blind. They will design and build a support aid and consult with end users and specialists in the field. This design project will bring a real life need into the classroom and allow all them to explore solutions that will be of assistance to others.
 
MS Homework
As a result of the discussions at the PTA General Meeting just before the Christmas break, our Middle School Teachers, supported by Dr. Lavina have commenced a research project into the amount, impact and style of homework throughout the Middle School. The findings of this inquiry will influence how we design and allocate home and extended learning opportunities in the future.
 
Technology Integration 
I am very pleased to welcome Mr. Greg De Rosa as our new Technology Integration Teacher. Mr. De Rosa replaces Mr. Rimac who left in December to join his wife in Istanbul. Mr. De Rosa's role will be slightly different than Mr. Rimac, in that Greg's duties, in addition to the hardware support role necessary here, will also include supporting teachers and students within the Lower School and Upper School to effectively utilize and leverage technology and to enhance both the conceptual learning and technology skills development as an appropriate tool. You can find Mr. De Rosa's profile at the link below.
 
AISZ World Language Department contributes to the learning in the local community
Teachers of the AISZ World Language Department were asked recently to contribute to the new edition of a book intended for young Croatian foreign language teachers, with articles exploring contemporary language teaching practice. AISZ teachers contributed with two texts - Inquiry Based Approach to Teaching Grammar (J.Kolbah)  and Use of Technology in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (D.Peric and M.Salluzzo)
 
Health, Wellness and Emotional Wellbeing
In response to requests for additional resources and information regarding health and counseling, both these pages on our website have been updated over the break. Please feel free to contact Mr. Don Tingley, our Counselor and Dr. Romana Chevrier-Rados our Medical Officer for more information if you wish to discuss anything. 
 
New Campus Tour for Parents
In conjunction with the PTA, I will soon be organizing an opportunity for parents to tour the new campus site early in February.
Please watch out for this exciting invitation coming out soon from the PTA. In the meantime, you can keep up with all the construction with our livecam at this website. 
 
Thank you for your ongoing support.
 
Yours in International Education 
Paul Buckley

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