Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Principal's Message

I hope that all staff and students have returned rested and ready for the start of another busy year ahead and that all parents have enjoyed and made the most of the valuable time spent with your children during the holidays. There are a number of challenges that we will face this year and I know that together we will make sure that this year is a successful one. We heartily welcome all of our new staff and students as they become members of the KIS community.

With regard to the new Principal job search, I had a meeting in Chennai with the Search Committee in early July and the committee has shortlisted four good candidates. I will provide more details of their interview process early in the semester. At this point I would like to thank Anita who gave up much of her holiday to manage the administration of the applications. Also this semester we have the move of grades 7 & 8 to Ganga Campus, the review of our process for MYP and the introduction of the PYP in the Elementary School all on the agenda. In addition, we hope to get permission to start building on Ganga Campus soon.
This summer has been a very busy time on all our campuses and I can only extend to our Vice Principal Kaisar, Finance Director Ganga, Dean Sam, Human Resources Aruna and Maintenance Manager Mr Bheeman and the maintenance department, our sincere thanks and appreciation for the Herculean task that was undertaken in moving grades 7 and 8 down to Ganga Campus, building the classrooms and the extended dining room there that the additional students necessitated and preparing Swedish House, our newly purchased dorm, for our grades 4 to 7 boys. All this, along with the regular repairs and maintenance that occur every summer.

It was with deep sadness that we learnt of the passing away of the mother of Mr Godwin (Finance office) and Mr Selwyn (Travel office) on 8 June. Some of you would have also heard that Mr S Peter’s (Food Services assistant) 16 year old son met with a tragic accident early in June and battled for his life at the Apollo Hospital in Madurai. Sadly Wieben died on 3 July 2009. Our heartfelt condolences go to Godwin, Selwyn and Peter and their families on their loss.
Congratulations to Bryan Plymale and Isabel Fernandez whose baby girl, Daniela Keith Plymale Fernandes, arrived on Saturday, 11 July 2009. Both Isabel and Daniella are doing well (and Bryan too of course!).

Geoffrey Fisher