Read Our Stories of Learning at the Alice Smith School
Please join us in congratulating our new Head Student team for 2023-2024: Jordan, Kieve, Cally and Tahlia. Our Head Students play a pivotal role as ambassadors for the school throughout the entire year of their tenure. Here our new Head Student Team reflect on the process and give us some insight into how they were being appointed.
"The process began with a google form that..read more
In this week's blog our Head of School Ms. Sian May shares some more about why she feels the new Purpose statementis important to our school's future.
"The world is changing"
"What is not debatable is that we are experiencing the rapid growth and influence of new technologies on all our communities offering new and creative solutions to existing challenges and..read more
Over the last few weeks our Head of School, Sian May, has been introducing the KLASS Community to our new school Purpose statement. In this week's blog Ms. May answers some of the questions we have about why we should have a purpose statement and what it means for the school going forwards.
What do you think of Alice Smith’s history and standing in the region?
"Alice Smith..read more
Model United Nations is a role play debate forum simulating the debate procedures of the United Nations, following either Harvard (HMUN) or The Hague (MUN) rules of procedure. On 23rd March, 13 students from the Model United Nations Club set off to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, for the SEASAC 2023 MUN Conference. The three day event was hosted by Saigon South International School and..read more
“Having spent 7 years at Alice Smith (JB,) I would like to contribute back to the school community and being a House Leader is one good way to do so.” Nate, Year 6.
We believe that our students need to experience responsibility in order to help them play an active role as good citizens. This term, our Year 6 students had the opportunity to apply for a student leadership..read more
Last Friday, over 100 student leaders across all year groups gathered together to share their learning, passion and experience around leadership. In doing so, their conversations and activities were led by their leadership peers - our Head Students and Senior Prefects. This spiral of vertical learning, modelling and creating demonstrated during this day sits at the heart of..read more
Here are the next sets of important questions to ask when choosing an international school for your child. You can read the first instalment of this series here.
1. What extra-curriculars do they offer?
Most schools offer extra-curricular activities alongside their traditional core subjects – whether they are international schools or normal schools. Extra-curricular..read more
Last week we announced our new Head Students and like any other job our applicants went through a rigorous selection process! Here our new Head Student Team reflect on the process and give us some insight into how this year's Head Students were appointed.
"The process of becoming Head Student was a meaningful and rewarding one. All the candidates were exemplary which created..read more
Secondary Weekly Highlights: Reaching Across Borders 🌎 - Tackling global issues through Model United Nations 🇺🇳
Last weekend, our MUN students took part in the SEASAC virtual MUN Conference, working through global issues with students from a range of schools and countries. In this week’s Secondary Blog, ourHead of Enrichment, David Morris, andYear 8 student, Caitlyn, share more about the experience of being part of the MUN community. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, our Model..read more
Being at Alice Smith means belonging to something special. There are so many reasons for this but one is the way in which we enrich the lives and characters of young people. Student Leadership is one platform that offers us this opportunity. In this week’s Secondary Blog, our Vice Principal for Our Students, Richard Stockings, shares how our EP community draws upon the..read more
2022 brings a lot to look forward to, including welcoming our new Head of School, Ms. Sian May. Sian's appointment was made last summer after a five month search by our Council of Governors to ensure we found the right successor to take over leadership from Mr. Roger Schultz as he retires at the end of the academic year.
Sian is a passionate British educator with a strong..read more
Our student-led KLASSComm body seeks to promote the idea of accepting and understanding other cultures through educational events run throughout the year. Participating, contributing and developing their own cultural identities through collective experiences and the sharing of values with others is one of the group’s core aims. In this week’s Secondary Blog, KLASS Comm..read more
World Teacher Day was celebrated this week and I would like to thank all parents and students for showing their appreciation to their teachers in different ways. This day has made me reflect on how outstanding our teachers are here at JB.Our teachers are some of the most caring and committed people I have ever worked with. I was reminded of this recently, when we came together..read more
As part of our citizenship programme, we encourage the development of student leadership throughout the Primary campus. There are many positions that any child, dependent on age, can aspire to. When in school, at class and year group level, we offer a range of roles from Environmental Officers and Buddies to Break/Lunch Monitors. Each class from Year 2 – 6 also vote termly,..read more
We deeply appreciate your support and understanding throughout this school year as we responded to the changing circumstances of the pandemic. From pivoting between being fully open, to being partially open, to being fully closed again, it has been an uncertain and difficult school year for everyone.
From the recent parent surveys, it was reassuring to see your..
Last week we announced our new Head Students and like any other job our applicants went through a rigorous selection process! Here two of our new Head Student Team, Rishabh and Tyler, reflect on the process and give us some insight into how our Head Students are appointed.
"The Head Student application process is an amazing opportunity to reflect on your strengths and..read more
The Council of Governors’ responsibility is to make sustainable long term strategic decisions in the best interests of the school. The school, like many other organisations, has itself been severely impacted by the pandemic. Hence, the need to balance the financial pressures on the school with the needs of our parents, within the school’s financial means as a non-profit..read more
Congratulations to our 23 Teaching Assistants at the Primary School who have successfully completed the COBIS Diploma for International Teaching Assistants (DITA) and to our Lead Teaching Assistant, Jennifer, who successfully completed the COBIS Diploma for International Lead Teaching Assistants (DILTA).
In a wonderful, physically distanced, graduation event in the main hall..read more
In a school of excellent teachers, the best resource we have is each other. A coaching initiative is well underway, with the aim of taking an innovative and whole-school approach to growing the social and professional capital of our teachers in order for them to lead the pursuit of excellence in the context of a mutually supportive and collaborative community of learners..
The Alice Smith School is a learning community that highly value the professional growth and development of our staff, in addition to the opportunity to offer workshops for parents on a wide range of educational topics. Sharing knowledge and learning together as a community is a thriving aspect of school culture that also extends more widely regionally and internationally.
Does the design of learning spaces affect the way that learning can best take place and if so, why?
Modern, positive learning environments are being designed to be flexible and versatile with mobile and adaptable furniture. These types of spaces support and encourage different ways of learning and teaching, and enables collaboration, communication and teamwork. Access to..
The Alice Smith School recently received the Professional Development Quality Mark (PDQM) at the Gold level becoming the first international school to gain this quality mark.
It’s presented by the Institute of Education at University College London and was originally developed by experience PD leaders in partnership with specialists at the London Centre for Leadership in..