Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Principal's Message

This newsletter comes to you after a hectic month and a well-deserved, restful long weekend. The 4th quarter of this academic year is underway and for our seniors, their remaining time here now picks up momentum as they complete their IB and KIS Diploma requirements and prepare for the transition that lies ahead.

The month of March saw the KIS sporting spirit at the fore with Field Day events spread over two weather friendly days. The participation was tremendous and it was wonderful to see the whole school down at Bendy reveling in this annual KIS tradition. It was also great to have some alumni here for the occasion, with many of them participating in the alumni vs staff race.
The sunshine held until the last event of the final day and the rain came down just as we were to sit down to another age old KIS tradition, lunch on Bendy Field. Kirk Jerome and his team very quickly reorganized the lunch on the covered courts.

March also brought the visit of the Associate Regional Manager PYP Asia Pacific Region to review the implementation of the Primary Years Program at KIS. I am pleased to report that the visitation report has indicated that we are ready for the implementation of this program.

As I write this I am traveling to Austria as part of a Council of International Schools Accreditation Team to the Vienna International School. I will be returning to Kodaikanal at the beginning of April to prepare for the meetings of the Council of Directors and Association during that month.Thank you all again for your support and encouragement as we together nurture the young people entrusted to us here at KIS. I look forward to seeing any of you who will be joining us in May as we celebrate, and bid farewell to, the Class of 2009.

Geoff Fisher, Principal