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Head of School Weekly Notes

Thank You Parent Partners!

It was wonderful to see some of you at this morning's Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the NIS Parent Partners, which consists of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) as well as our ‘Transitions’ group (supporting families in deciding on whether or not to bring their child to NIS) and our ‘Outreach’ group (supporting NIS in having a presence and connection to the wider community). It was truly wonderful to welcome so many parents to the event and to hear the final report from our outgoing PTA President, who has done incredible work over the past year. The PTA led our community this year in our first full-year of activities since the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am pleased to report that all of the events, from the Holiday Bazaar to various celebrations and appreciation days, were executed with exceptional quality. These events provided fun and engagement and – most importantly – fostered a strong sense of belonging within our community which is the prime purpose of our Parent Partners.

During the AGM, we also confirmed several constitutional changes that were recently approved in a vote of all parents and caregivers and staff. The most significant change is the transition of our official name from the PTA  (Parent Teacher Association) to the FSA (Family Staff Association). This new name reflects our commitment to inclusivity since some of our children are cared for by special adults who are not their parents, and many of our hard-working staff have jobs other than teacher. The name ‘FSA’ therefore represents the true diversity of our community and is a name that can support everyone in feeling a sense of belonging to the important work we do.

The FSA, along with our other two parent partnership strands, Outreach and Transitions, remains a valuable part of our school community. We strongly encourage all parents to get involved and contribute to our vibrant school life. For more information on how you can participate, please click HERE.

Thank you to the outgoing PTA board for all of your hard work and commitment this year. And to the new FSA board – welcome and thank you, too! We look forward to an exciting year ahead!

- M. Parr, Head of School