ICS-K as a Living Community
They say it takes a village to raise a child. International Community School invites parents, teachers and children to be part of a living and evolving community in which they all play a vital role.
Building such a community starts with the recognition that the school is not just an arbitrary collection of people; students, teachers, office staff, and parents. A community requires a level of cohesion, a sense of shared values, open communication, and a level of positive interdependence. Our Schools aims to build this kind of community for the benefit of, not only the children but, the teachers, office staff, and parents as well.
Parents and the School
Parents are welcome in the school and have the opportunity to interact with the teachers each day when dropping their children off or picking them up after school.
Parents are involved in regular discussion groups on parenting where they can raise any issues of concern and share their parenting experiences with others so that the school community can benefit. Parents are also encouraged to reflect on their own personal development and how this influences their children. These small group discussions are supplemented by guest speakers and seminars on topics related to parenting and child development.
Parents are also welcome to assist in Charity events held by the school.
Support for Families
Inevitably, with any living community, there are issues and problems that arise. It is important that there be processes and structures where these can be aired and resolved. The School welcomes parents’ concerns and provides a number of mechanisms where disputes and issues can be worked through to a satisfactory conclusion.
Sharing Meals in a Family Atmosphere
Boarding house Teachers sit down with students most days in the school dining hall for breakfast and lunch, guiding them in table manners, and encouraging them to try a variety of foods (cooked lunches are served throughout the week). Children help to lay the tables and clear away after the meal. In this way, there is a lot of social learning, and the children enjoy the family atmosphere which is created.
The whole school community comes together several times a year to share an event or a celebration of some of the Students.
“Special Days” often feature cultural themes and include collectively preparing and sharing a meal. Other events include musical concerts, science expos, art expos, distinction student’s awards day, Christmas concert, International day, etc.
The annual A-level students Graduation is a highlight of the school year, enjoyed by the whole school community and by past graduates.
We value the sense of community that exists among the parents, students, teaching and non-teaching staff, and all others involved with the school. Regular parent meetings, a common philosophy, and an open attitude all contribute to a unique level of communication amongst everyone involved with the school. This has resulted in the development of a supportive and cohesive community, a community that the children undoubtedly enjoy.