Message from Director of schools
It is great to be back to school as we have all settled down to a new school year that promises to be fun and exciting. We will start by welcoming all the new parents, returning parents and mentors into our midst. We appreciate the love that we share as a school, the bond that makes us a family and the sense of belonging that helps our growing community.
The 2018/2019 school year ended on a high as we appreciate all our parents that have believed in us and supported us. The foundations we are building our progress upon today, would not have been possible without your generosity to the school and the children. We once more say a big thank you for time and substance.
We are all entering the new school year with much expectations, excitement and confidence as we help the children set their eyes on the horizon. The Pathways Programme has taken off in earnest as we begin to look at building the much-needed foundation in Arts & Media, ICT, Languages, Leadership and Sports. It is important to note that we are seizing the opportunity to redirect the After-School programme for ordinary club activities into a focused pathway experience that will help discover the talents in the children while also channeling their innate skills set into a productive and fulfilling future.
Our curriculum is expected to draw strength from the array of integration and inclusive learning that we have developed for the new school year, thereby enhancing the learning opportunities for every child. A shift from the past will also be the new school uniform policy which has been considered as an element that can help the children’s flexibility and provide them the right foundation to apply themselves in any environment, which they may find themselves now and in the future. From our Early Years Foundation Classes, through Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3, the rising stars will be getting started with some initiatives while also reinforcing some old ones.
A common saying is that it takes a community to raise a child and that is what makes GMS a special community as such where the children spend an average of 10 to 11 hours daily for up to 5 days a week. We therefore encourage us all to keep engaging and talking to the children beyond the mentors, but also at home as parents, about what they are learning in school and outside of school. It is important that parents seize the opportunity of this conversation with their children to participate in organized school activities. As a head start for parents this new school year, we will be having our curriculum night on Saturday, 28th August 2019, for parents to have engaging moments with their children’s mentors and the entire school team. We will interface with new and returning parents on how we can partner together to turn the children’s fortune around for good.
We welcome you on board once more, we encourage you to fasten your seat belts as we embark on one of our finest school years yet. Merci Beaucoup!
Josephine O. Oke (Ms.)
Director of Schools