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A Warm Welcome From INTELLECTUAL SCHOOLS
A Warm Welcome From INTELLECTUAL SCHOOLS
Ladies, gentlemen and children, boys and girls, it gives me very great pleasure to welcome you to INTS on this our Open Morning. With more than 1700 students from 55 countries, 140 teachers and total of 300 staff, today has been specially designed for all of you to see at first-hand what we as a school are about. It is a chance for you all to sample INTS, the community, the family and above all the learning and teaching school, which is now known as a center with high expectations, high standards, and high achievements.
So let me tell you about us, about what we do, what we believe in and what we value. Above all else, we are about children and young people, their learning, their needs and even their problems. We are about the whole child. We are a school which is child-centered, and so all our efforts, our work, and our endeavors revolve around the achievement of each studentís potential, academically, socially and emotionally. We have the highest expectations for each young person in our care and, as such, it is our responsibility to do our utmost to ensure that that is exactly what each of them realizes.
So how do we do this? Our staff is committed, caring and professional in all that they do as teachers and as tutors. We have a homeroom teacher system which is strong and focused on our children, with a strong emphasis on clear and open communication with parents and guardians. We never lose sight of the fact that our children belong first and foremost to our parents, and so, in practice, we operate an open door policy of communication whereby if there is an urgent need to talk to a staff member, then so be it. We cannot guarantee to resolve every difficulty but we will put our utmost into doing so. We are flexible and understanding, promising to work around difficulties which may arise in the lives of our young charges because as we adults know, life is not all plain sailing and things happen, or as our young people say, stuff happens. We, therefore, work very hard to ensure that our school is indeed a safe space and as far as possible, a happy place for each child. This is so important because the happy child is the child who learns and succeeds best.
Let me tell you now about our academic workings. Every pupil is expected to work hard and where this is not happening, it is investigated and the pupil supported to get back on track. In grade 8, we use as our baseline information for each child their MODEL-MOCK TEST score and each class teacher sets targets accordingly for their pupils. We now have in place a data tracking system in GRADE 8, whereby we can assess the progress of each of the pupils in this year group. Common assessment tasks are taken by pupils, and each teacher can then ascertain whether a pupil is progressing satisfactorily, or whether a young person requires some extra support or monitoring. We know from experience that pupils buy into this very easily and quickly. We organize induction meetings for parents at the beginning of each Key Stage. Support for, not only our students but also parents and guardians, is vital, for we believe in the education of our pupils as a three-sided equation: parents, children and ourselves as practitioners. That way success lies when we all work together to guide and educate and foster our children in all they undertake. Studies have shown that the most successful students are those who have good familial support as well as school support throughout their time in school.
Schools, though, are about more than mathematics, English etc.; they are about the development of the whole child, and so, through a lively range of extra-curricular activities, we aim to advance the maturation of our students. We offer many social, sport, science, language club activities, science fairs, mathematics Olympiads, painting competitions, debates etc.
We believe there is something for everyone here, but we also lay a large emphasis on student initiative, and so if the club or society does not already exist we will look at the possibility of creating the conditions for it to grow. Service to the school and its surrounding community, as well as the development of our students as global Citizens, is high on our list of priorities.
My students; Today is a fresh start for you to learn new good and useful things. Your families, teachers, nations, and countries have high expectations about you. At the first position, I myself believe you will not disappoint any of them.
Believe yourself, work hard, be open-minded, try to be an example for everyone, and use the chance of being a student at our school.
A good life is waiting for you!