At KCIS, we believe in fostering
the holistic development of our students, focusing on their social
and emotional development and well-being, in addition to striving
for academic excellence.
Our approach to pastoral care is
founded on the school’s core values: RESPECT, HONESTY,
COMPASSION, COLLABORATION and PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Surrounding these, student welfare and development are cultivated
through setting high expectations, instilling strong routines, and
creating firm boundaries both within and beyond the classroom.
The school rules are encompassed
by three words: READY, RESPECTFUL and SAFE. Using these words allows
students and teachers to identify and reflect on their behaviour. At
KCIS, we use a restorative rather than a punitive approach, focusing
on accountability, acknowledgment of harm caused, reflection on
behaviour, and employment of measures needed to repair relationships
to restore harmony. We also celebrate the good through a
comprehensive Merit Award system, issuing Bronze, Silver, Gold and
Platinum awards to students for their efforts.
Ensuring an effective pastoral
system is hinged on what we, as a school, do every day. We believe
that all staff are responsible for ensuring students are provided
with an environment which is supportive, empathetic, and respectful
of their individual needs. Thus, the staff of KCIS acknowledge and
accept that it is our individual and collective duty to nurture the
well-being of students entrusted to our care. With staff as the
models of positive behaviour and attitudes, and instillers of the
school’s core values, our aim is to equip our students with
necessary tools and values to make them holistically successful
individuals of the broader community.
Assistant Head of Academic
This year is set to be an exciting year in academics. As we welcome our
new students and look forward to the progress they make in their
learning this year, we are also enthusiastic about the continued
progress of our current students, who we have had the pleasure of
guiding on their learning journeys over the past few years.
The consistent curriculum pathway we implemented last year - to ensure
continued long-term progress for students from Grade 1 to Grade 8 within
each subject area - has made for a fantastic foundation to build on, but
this foundation is only the beginning. With clear pathways now in place,
both throughout the school and into future learning in Grade 9 and
beyond, we are now able to focus more on how we build upon
Changes being implemented this year will mark significant progress on
previous years, perhaps most notably the introduction of a dedicated EAL
department to help improve the English levels of our students. Already
our three EAL teachers have been visiting classrooms to assess the
language needs of individual students, so that they can begin support
their learning according to their needs in the coming weeks and ensure
We welcome a large group of Korean students to the school this year, and
whilst we always encourage celebrating our cultures, of which language
is an aspect, supporting and encouraging the accelerated learning and
use of English at the school is incredibly important given that English
is the school’s common language and the language in which our curriculum
is taught. Improving student’s English confidence and competence will,
in time, improve their learning in other subject areas as well.
The Maths support
programme in G1-5, which was initially introduced last year, will
identify students in need of more practice after each topic is covered,
after which they can be supported in their learning in small groups.
Ensuring this support is in place is essential for giving each student
their own strong foundations upon which to continue to progress in their
Whilst it is
important to have support in place for struggling students, it is
equally important to explore ways to support our most able students in
G6-8, those who already have a strong foundation of skills, to ensure
that they maximise their potential now and in the years to come. The
planned trial of English extension classes (initially in Grade 7) is one
way we will look to achieve this goal, commencing just after the October
holiday. If this trial is successful, we will explore ways of supporting
students in G6-8 in the second semester.
We are dedicated to
finding ways to maximise the potential of all students. Whether it is
helping struggling students improve to access more of the curriculum or
to extend those already achieving, we are incredibly excited to find out
how far our students go within the curriculum this year.