The Fort Issue 10 November 2021(clone) - Page 5

EDITORIAL

A Word From

the Head of School

One of my interview questions when recruiting new teachers is “how do you get involved with the School spirit”. Culturally, this sometimes causes a little confusion as we don’t mean school ghosts, instead of course, we mean the vibe and fun activities that bring us together as a community.

COVID limitations have hindered some of our traditional events, however we are now adept at finding workarounds as seen this year with the alternative to the Back-to-School BBQ became a very successful Parent & Teacher social setting with smaller year-groups of parents. An intimate evening under the stars and sometimes a touch of drizzle with ambient music, seated tables and getting to know each other some good food. A new way of doing things perhaps but also a winner in terms of spending time again together.

At School, despite still being in bubbles and masks we have managed well, with many community moments binding our experiences; the EU Fitness week, zoom assemblies, Coding Day, Neurodiversity celebrations and recently a delightful spirit week across the whole school.

Looking beyond our ourselves and helping others is an important aspect of our School ethos. I am pleased to see our service-learning initiatives gaining momentum again, with the High School Cancer Awareness campaign, Beach clean-ups and work at the Peace Lab to mention just a few.

Finally, our Thankfulness Week this November, an opportunity for us to collect donations, be grateful for what we have and think about others. These are the moments the students love and remember because they remind them of how connected we all are, collective as one VIS community, indeed it has been a great start to the Scholastic year.

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“We reach the end of the year knowing that we did this together. Thank you to everyone for their part in making it work for our VIS students and our community."

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very successful Parent & Teacher social setting with smaller year-groups of parents. An intimate evening under the stars and sometimes a touch of drizzle with ambient music, seated tables and getting to know each other over some good food was enjoyable for us all. It is a new way of doing things perhaps, but also a winner in terms of spending time again together.

At School, despite still being in bubbles and masks we have managed well, with many community moments binding our experiences; the EU Fitness week, zoom assemblies, Coding Day, Neurodiversity celebrations and recently a delightful spirit week across the whole school.

Looking beyond ourselves and helping others is an important aspect of our School ethos. I am pleased to see our service-learning initiatives gaining momentum again, with the High School Cancer Awareness campaign, Beach clean-ups and work at the Peace Lab to mention just a few.

Finally, our Thankfulness Week this November is an opportunity for us to collect donations, be grateful for what we have and think about others. These are the moments the students love and remember because they remind them of how connected we all are, collective as one VIS community, indeed it has been a great start to the Scholastic year.

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Ms Totty Aris