28th November 2020
Greetings from GMIS Semarang.
We sincerely hope that you and your family are doing well and finding resilience amidst growing challenges in these times of health emergency.
The term is coming to end and what a term it was! Every month we thought we were going to start school for face to face learning, but the pandemic scare forced us to resort to teaching virtually. Yet in the words of an unknown author, "If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you." We conducted all classes online and we know that this was not possible without the help and cooperation of parents.
First Term Exams
From next week, the first term examinations are going to be conducted using EduPage, our cloud-based school information system .Teachers have already shared the syllabus to be covered as well as the format of the exam with the students and the parents. We have added an Academic Honesty Declaration in every exam (Grade 3 onwards) and the students are expected to confirm that the work they are submitting is their own and that they have not taken any help from somewhere else. This is going to help our students to take ownership of their learning and will make them better global citizens in times to come. We wish everyone all the best in these exams.
No need to worry, in case there is a technical issue like internet connectivity, device problem etc. and the child is not able to do the exam at the stipulated time. Please contact the Class Teacher / Supervisor with a written request immediately and reschedule the exam at a different time. Parents and children can review their answer scripts on EduPage platform, once the grades are published on 8th December.
Report cards, reflecting the progress of your child during the term, will be dispatched on 10th of December. Along with the academic performance, do check their additional attributes during times of corona like their behavior, work habits, communication skills etc. It also includes subject teacher comments to help students improve even further.
Activities & Achievements
Because of school closure, we conducted all activities planned for this term either virtually or during the online classes. All students participated with enthusiasm in these activities like Storytelling, Literacy Day Competition, Science Competition, Debates etc. Although it would have been the best if they were actually present in the school. We thank you once again for having supported us in all of our activities which we have conducted during this term. The printed achievement certificates will be sent to all winners along with the report card.
Creative and interesting holiday homework will be sent along with the report card. All children are advised to ask their teachers for help, in case of any difficulty / clarifications with the tasks therein.
During this term many of our students participated in international events / activities like Young Global Scholars ,content writers for the competitions like UNSW and winning appreciations, scoring highest marks in the scholarship tests etc. Throughout this term many of our faculty members attended webinars and online workshops conducted by our accreditation partners Cambridge and Oxford to strengthen our learning. Many of our teachers were also invited to attend the workshops / learning sessions conducted by the Ministry of Education.
School is planned to reopen in the month of January 2021 as per the government guidelines we have received. We are in the process of submitting a proposal for conducting face to face classes. They will assess our proposal and visit the campus to make sure that all health protocol requirements are met. Once we get the go ahead, we will be in touch with you with all necessary information and about your consent for sending the kids to the school.
In any case , school will be reopening on 11th of January for teachers and lessons will resume from 13th of January for the students .During these holidays the school will remain open on all working days from 9 am to 1 pm .If you need to speak to us, you're welcome to make an appointment to see us or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The school Chairman has kindly agreed to offer a flat 25 % discount on school fees for the next academic year (2021 - 22) for new admissions. If any of your family and friends are interested in admitting their kids in our school or want to learn more about the school and curriculums offered, we would love to meet them. You may contact us at following numbers:
Ms Nita(Admissions) :08112880889 Ms Niken (Finance)085600064576
We will be conducting extra classes especially for grade 10 and 12 during these holidays , as they are going to appear for Board Exams in March 2021 .The timetable for these lessons and other details will be shared with you in the near future.
In the words of Dr. Seuss - "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted." Stay healthy and keep the kids engaged in learning activities at home during these holidays.
On behalf of the whole school community, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year 2021.
with best regards.
For GMIS Semarang