Monday, September 28, 2009

Principal's message

This has been another busy month in Kodai with field trips, reports, concerts, MYP workshops, camps and other activities filling each week. In a particularly enthralling but exhausting way it is always nice to be part of a boarding school community in full swing.

The field trips, which are an extraordinary part of the KIS experience, and the task of moving 600 students off our campuses and giving them a worthwhile and challenging experience, was a lot of work for our staff. I would like to thank all the staff who worked so hard to make this a success and the students who took advantage of the opportunities and learned from the experiences offered.

The month of September included the Council of Directors meetings and a visit from Mr Adrian Moody, who will succeed me as Principal in July 2010. It was a great pleasure for me to meet Adrian and to have a chance of spending four days with him as part of his induction.

Adrian comes to us from the International School, Moshi, Tanzania, where he is the Head of the Arusha campus. Having worked in Australia, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and Malaysia, Adrian has a broad experience in school management, IB, boarding schools and international education. Adrian will be joined by his wife, Gillian and their eight year old daughter, Bethany. Adrian enjoyed his time here and is looking forward to taking over full time next July. Adrian will introduce himself in the next newsletter.

In the meantime, I will continue as Principal and look forward to welcoming you should you visit Kodaikanal. Next semester, I will be travelling quite a lot but will ensure that I am here for all important events.

For those of you who will be seeing your children over the long weekend, I hope you have a wonderful time. Understandably, those of us who will be staying in Kodaikanal are looking forward to the break.

Geoff Fisher