ISB parents were given a warm reception at the annual Head of School and PTA Welcome Breakfast in the MS/HS Cafeteria on August 19. In his address to parents, Head of School Tarek Razik shared the school’s mission and vision in addition to his own goals for the year ahead.
Now in his seventh year as Head of School, Dr. Razik expressed his hope for 2016-17 to be a year of friendship, fun, and growth for everyone.
“What makes ISB so special is our welcoming and caring community. The respect we show to one another, from students and teachers to parents and staff, is what fosters our strong sense of global-mindedness and inclusiveness,” he said.
ISB will emphasize personalized learning in 2016-17, Dr. Razik said, highlighting the importance of appropriately challenging each student through individualized instruction.
“We strive for each student to reach their unique potential. We don’t treat all students the same because we know everyone is different,” he said.
Other goals include nurturing the social-emotional well-being of students and deepening ISB’s connection to China through experiential learning, Dr. Razik added.
Board Chair Marc Murphy then discussed school governance and the important task of strategic planning.
“We are committed to ensuring ISB is the best school it can be, not just this year but five and 10 years from now. Setting and pursuing high-level, long-term goals is important for our children’s future,” he said.
ISB senior Kelsey S was then invited to share her thoughts with parents about what makes ISB such a unique school.
“I felt welcome from day one when I came here five years ago. Over the years, that feeling has continued to grow through all the opportunities I've been given. Even now as a senior, I’m still taking advantage by participating in service clubs, sports, and other activities,” said Kelsey.
PTA president Cherry Wu (pictured above center) introduced the volunteer organization by sharing its mission to “foster a sense of community, maximize school spirit, promote enthusiasm for learning, and encourage students to contribute positively to society.” She also warmly encouraged parents to contribute to two of ISB’s biggest annual events: International Day and Spring Fair.
Booster Club president Harumi Graham also spoke about opportunities for parents to promote school spirit through the ongoing support of the athletics, visual and performing arts, and academic programs.
The Welcome Breakfast was followed by a Vendors Fair in the Upper Gallery, where representatives from medical clinics, sports centers, food providers, and other businesses offered their services to help new families make a smooth transition into life in Beijing.