GALLE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE SRI LANKA

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GALLE INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

The Next Normal pdf

Welcome


Principal's message

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Galle International College website.

GIC is an International school based in Galle, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. We have an excellent reputation for providing an education based on the English National Curriculum for 2 to 18 year olds as well as providing Cambridge International Examinations as an Associate School.

We aim to give every student in our care the very best possible education in order to prepare them for life beyond school. We are a 'Learning Community' which encourages staff, students and parents to involve themselves fully in all aspects of school life and to identify themselves with its core values of Respect, Responsibility and Integrity.

In this fast changing and challenging world, we need to ensure our students have the skills and resources to deal with the demands of the future and as such we encourage our students to aim high in their studies, to work hard and to be sensitive to the rights and needs of others. Our team of teachers provide good quality teaching and learning opportunities to ensure all students find their hidden talents and skills.

Of course, this website cannot take the place of visiting our School; I warmly welcome you to visit our School and discover firsthand what makes GIC such a special and individual learning environment.


Mission Statement


At Galle International College we are committed to developing a community of lifelong learners with the skills to acquire knowledge and meet the challenges of an ever changing world.


Values


The key to the success of any organisation is mutual support, respect and tolerance of differences.

To build an environment of trust, it is essential that all members of the school community openly communicate with each other and try to work together in a courteous manner to resolve their differences.


Motto


Ad Vitam Paramus – We are preparing for life.



Vision

Galle International College is dedicated to developing globally aware citizens by creating a wealth of experience through indoor and outdoor teaching.



We envision an engaged and socially responsible community of active learners attaining the highest standards of education, personal development and confidence.



This vision will prepare students to confidently resolve future challenges in their adult life.


CAMBRIDGE ACCREDITATION


It is with great pleasure, after long, arduous dedicated work, we announce that the Galle International College (G.I.C.) has been honored with full CAMBRIDGE ACCREDITATION for its superior educational environment!


The Galle International College (GIC) is now the first Cambridge International School in the Southern Province in Sri Lanka.


The students enrolled at the Galle International College (G.I.C.) will now be assessed at the same levels as their peers in schools in England and throughout Europe. Parents and students shall be confident of a top-notch education in Galle!


Please feel free to call the school at:

+94 (0) 777 941 220

or at:

+94 (0) 912 234 388

to make an appointment.


Click here to read the official letter.

At GIC we aim to:


Provide an environment where children feel safe, secure and happy to enable them to develop the self confidence to try new experiences without fear of failure.


Realise the full potential of each child ensuring equal opportunity regardless of race, creed, ability or gender.


Encourage children to become independent, co-operative, confident, and reflective learners promoting positive attitudes to 'life long' learning.


Promote values and respect within the school and beyond to enable students to become respectful, tolerant and fully integrated members of society.


Acknowledge each child is unique and has different needs.


Recognise and develop the full potential of each child.


Engage in effective partnerships between home, school and the wider community so that success and achievement can be shared.




GIC School Song

"This land is Your land"
(1940|Woody Guthrie)


This school is your school, this school is my school We come together like a family
From Hikkaduwa to Unawatuna
We all belong to GIC

We all feel safe here and we're respectful
Whilst we encourage responsibility
In the classroom and in the playground
We all belong to GIC

And when we leave here we will remember
The friends we've made along the way
The things we've learnt here we will keep with us
We all LOVE GIC



ADMISSION


Students are admitted to GIC throughout the year.


In the first instance, an application form together with a letter of interest should be sent to the school via email (info2012gic@gmail.com).


Please include your child's date of birth.


The application form is available on this website.


We will then contact you with availability and arrange for a visit to the school.



Admission Procedure


For each prospective student, an admissions form must be completed by his or her parents (please click below to download this form).


The school also requires the following documents:

* A current photograph of the student.

* A copy of the student’s most recent school report.

* The student’s passport or birth certificate.

(this will be photocopied and returned immediately)


The Principal will meet all prospective parents and students to discuss their interests and answer any questions they may have about the school.


If you require further information or would like to arrange a visit to Galle International College, please do not hesitate to email or call us. We very much look forward to meeting you.



The admission form can be downloaded in PDF or Word format.

Icone Admission pdf Icone Admission doc
staff

Our Staff

Who are we

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Principal :

Mrs Victoria Hislop

Mr Curtis Jobe

Mr Tim Postlethwaite


Administrators :

Miss Fathima Fahama

Miss Amanda Hiruni

Miss Rangali Danthanarayana

Miss Rizana Rizandeen


Kindergarten :

Miss Shashikala Sewwandi

Miss Dulanjalie Arumapperuma

Miss Fathima Nifra

Miss Hansika Ruvishani

Miss Dineshika Harshani

Miss Niwanka Madushani

Miss Sachini Thakshila

Miss Arfa Jiffriya

Miss Sughraa Maharoof

Miss Nilusha Dilrukshi

Miss Nadeesha Gayani

Miss Harshani Hettiarachchi

Miss Fathima Hafsa

Miss Sewwandi Nisansala

Miss Darshika Thrimali

Miss Nirosha Deepani

Miss Nafla Faneeka

Miss Savindri Delesha Mendis


Primary :

Miss Laura Stark

Miss Iresha Lakmali

Miss Zainab Rivzi

Miss Mithma Kodikara Arachchi

Miss Malke Vishwani Withanage

Miss Anuradha Nishamani

Miss Ranika Silva

Miss Kumuduni Ambagahawatta

Miss Janaki Siriwadana

Miss Fathima Fahmada

Miss Mary Denton

Miss Fathima Yumna Deen

Miss Mala East

Miss Vishni Tharumuthu Darshi

Miss Azana Azwar


Senior :

Miss Prabodanie Withanage

Mr Nick Fallows

Miss Angela Nnivanthi

Miss Luisa Postlethwaite


Service :

Miss Madumali Padmalatha

Miss Mayuri De Silva

Extra Curriculum

Extra Curriculum

Others activities

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Club Teacher Day Age Capacity
Junior Art Mrs Hislop / Miss Carlie Tuesday Primary 1 and Primary 2 30 (15 per group)
Choir Miss East Tuesday Primary 3 and Up 20
HIIT Fitness Yannick and Yndia Rausis Tuesday Seniors only 15
Yoga Miss Mary Wednesday Primary 3-6 18
Senior Skills* Senior Staff Wednesday Seniors only None
Chess Michael Gutte Wednesday Primary 2-4 12
Rounders Miss Laura Thursday Primary 3-6 15
Ukulele Mr Curtis Thursday Beginners (all ages) 15
Girl’s Football TAFA Friday (AM) All ages 20
Boy’s Football TAFA Friday (AM) All ages 20

* The Senior staff will be offering a series of activities on workshops
on a Wednesday afternoons that students can choose to attend. A full schedule of
topics covered for the term will be published shortly.
Workshops will be independent from one another so students can choose to attend
only those they are interested in.


School Board

School Board

Deciders

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The Parent Board warmly welcomes you to Galle International College.

The Parent Board was formed to assist the Principal and Directorate with guidance and advice to ensure that the school grows from strength to strength. Our role involves meetings each term with the Principal and the Directors, promotion of the school and communication.

If you are considering the school as an option for your child, or if your child is already a student of this school, do let us know if there is anything we can assist you with. We are here to help you.

Communication is very important. Our contact details are below and on the school notice board. Please feel free to contact anyone of us.

Best wishes,

Mr Aaron Russell-Davison
Mr Miguel Cunat
Mr Nilanga Alwis
Mr Dom Mee
Mr Philip Tidmarsh
Mrs Soundarie David Rodrigo
P.T.A.

P.T.A.

GIC Parent Teachers Association

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Here at GIC our Parent / Teachers committee (PTA) was formed to support the school and it's activities.

There are three main roles linked to the PTA :

To develop links with parents so that skills and ideas can be shared with the school to enhance the development of the school. For example, a doctor may offer a first aid course for the staff, a dancer could come and share their skills with the children or a parent may offer to come and assist the teacher with individual reading practise. These are just a few ideas.

To organise events for fundraising. These may include a raffle draw, a cake stall, table top sales, celebrating events such as Christmas, a Summer fair or Halloween.

To support teachers with school events. For example, helping with costume making/dressing for an event, class assemblies and outside visits.

We like to have a representative for each class. The PTA meets termly to discuss events and make preparations.

If you would like to join us on the PTA we would be delighted, please contact the school office.

KINDERGARTEN Mr Subodha Liyanage
PRIMARY 1 Mrs Monika Armstrong
PRIMARY 2 Mrs Annie Lioyd
PRIMARY 3 Mr Mark Wentges
PRIMARY 4 Mr Ranaweera
PRIMARY 5/6 Mrs Marla Robinson
SENIOR Mrs Eva Guidi
KG

KG

Kindergarten information

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Information Kindergarten
    Little children arrive at school as unique individuals, shaped by their particular cultural and social backgrounds, and day to
day experiences. Children will thrive within classrooms that meet their developmental needs, and that provide a secure, respectful and nurturing environment.

    The curriculum should be flexible enough to respond to individual differences and allow children to feel comfortable in applying their own ways of thinking and learning.

    To give each child the best possible start, a variety of activities is provided and learning is through play. Singing songs,
reading together, playing games with numbers and letters and having fun, they learn to understand the world and to develop emotionally and socially. The British Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum ensures that children learn through play and is the basic structure that our staff follow.
Nursery Curriculum

KG

Nurseries Curriculum

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Information Nursery Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Kindergarten and Nursery Parents,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your support and patience during this time. For those families who came to school to collect the work pack prepared by teachers, we hope that your child was able to work through these tasks and enjoy them. Given the young age of these students it is difficult for teachers to provide tasks that can be completed independently at home.

With that said, it has been so wonderful to see the amount of creativity, focus and engagement from our KG/Nursery students. Our Facebook page has been loaded with pictures and videos of our youngest students at work and we must thank you for the effort that has gone into that. We are so looking forward to continuing to promote the success of our students through that page.

Our Kindergarten and Nursery teachers will be meeting with myself and Mr Curtis online to discuss ways of distributing work for the next session of home-school and to find ways of supporting you and your child at this time. Some work is ready to go and you will receive that shortly. Please keep an eye on your emails as more activities will be given to you via the email address you have registered with the school.

Following the advice of educational experts, at this time it is most beneficial for young learners to be experiencing the world and enjoying a time of security and safety with their families. This is true not only for kindergarten and nursery students but is also recommended for students of Primary age. Whilst the tasks provided by teachers will gradually build on their language and counting skills please don’t feel pressured or anxious about your child’s learning development at this time. When we return to school teachers will work with each child to build on their current skills as we always do.

I wish you all the best at this time and look forward to seeing you again at school as soon as possible.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Kindergarten 1D Curriculum

KG 1D

Kindergarten 1D Curriculum

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Information KG 1D Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Kindergarten and Nursery Parents,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your support and patience during this time. For those families who came to school to collect the work pack prepared by teachers, we hope that your child was able to work through these tasks and enjoy them. Given the young age of these students it is difficult for teachers to provide tasks that can be completed independently at home.

With that said, it has been so wonderful to see the amount of creativity, focus and engagement from our KG/Nursery students. Our Facebook page has been loaded with pictures and videos of our youngest students at work and we must thank you for the effort that has gone into that. We are so looking forward to continuing to promote the success of our students through that page.

Our Kindergarten and Nursery teachers will be meeting with myself and Mr Curtis online to discuss ways of distributing work for the next session of home-school and to find ways of supporting you and your child at this time. Some work is ready to go and you will receive that shortly. Please keep an eye on your emails as more activities will be given to you via the email address you have registered with the school.

Following the advice of educational experts, at this time it is most beneficial for young learners to be experiencing the world and enjoying a time of security and safety with their families. This is true not only for kindergarten and nursery students but is also recommended for students of Primary age. Whilst the tasks provided by teachers will gradually build on their language and counting skills please don’t feel pressured or anxious about your child’s learning development at this time. When we return to school teachers will work with each child to build on their current skills as we always do.

I wish you all the best at this time and look forward to seeing you again at school as soon as possible.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Kindergarten 1T Curriculum

KG 1T

Kindergarten 1T Curriculum

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Information KG 1D Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Kindergarten and Nursery Parents,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your support and patience during this time. For those families who came to school to collect the work pack prepared by teachers, we hope that your child was able to work through these tasks and enjoy them. Given the young age of these students it is difficult for teachers to provide tasks that can be completed independently at home.

With that said, it has been so wonderful to see the amount of creativity, focus and engagement from our KG/Nursery students. Our Facebook page has been loaded with pictures and videos of our youngest students at work and we must thank you for the effort that has gone into that. We are so looking forward to continuing to promote the success of our students through that page.

Our Kindergarten and Nursery teachers will be meeting with myself and Mr Curtis online to discuss ways of distributing work for the next session of home-school and to find ways of supporting you and your child at this time. Some work is ready to go and you will receive that shortly. Please keep an eye on your emails as more activities will be given to you via the email address you have registered with the school.

Following the advice of educational experts, at this time it is most beneficial for young learners to be experiencing the world and enjoying a time of security and safety with their families. This is true not only for kindergarten and nursery students but is also recommended for students of Primary age. Whilst the tasks provided by teachers will gradually build on their language and counting skills please don’t feel pressured or anxious about your child’s learning development at this time. When we return to school teachers will work with each child to build on their current skills as we always do.

I wish you all the best at this time and look forward to seeing you again at school as soon as possible.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Kindergarten 2N Curriculum

KG 2N

Kindergarten 2N Curriculum

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Information KG 2N Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Kindergarten and Nursery Parents,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your support and patience during this time. For those families who came to school to collect the work pack prepared by teachers, we hope that your child was able to work through these tasks and enjoy them. Given the young age of these students it is difficult for teachers to provide tasks that can be completed independently at home.

With that said, it has been so wonderful to see the amount of creativity, focus and engagement from our KG/Nursery students. Our Facebook page has been loaded with pictures and videos of our youngest students at work and we must thank you for the effort that has gone into that. We are so looking forward to continuing to promote the success of our students through that page.

Our Kindergarten and Nursery teachers will be meeting with myself and Mr Curtis online to discuss ways of distributing work for the next session of home-school and to find ways of supporting you and your child at this time. Some work is ready to go and you will receive that shortly. Please keep an eye on your emails as more activities will be given to you via the email address you have registered with the school.

Following the advice of educational experts, at this time it is most beneficial for young learners to be experiencing the world and enjoying a time of security and safety with their families. This is true not only for kindergarten and nursery students but is also recommended for students of Primary age. Whilst the tasks provided by teachers will gradually build on their language and counting skills please don’t feel pressured or anxious about your child’s learning development at this time. When we return to school teachers will work with each child to build on their current skills as we always do.

I wish you all the best at this time and look forward to seeing you again at school as soon as possible.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Kindergarten 2H Curriculum

KG 2H

Kindergarten 2H Curriculum

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Information KG 2H Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Kindergarten and Nursery Parents,

Firstly, we would like to thank you for your support and patience during this time. For those families who came to school to collect the work pack prepared by teachers, we hope that your child was able to work through these tasks and enjoy them. Given the young age of these students it is difficult for teachers to provide tasks that can be completed independently at home.

With that said, it has been so wonderful to see the amount of creativity, focus and engagement from our KG/Nursery students. Our Facebook page has been loaded with pictures and videos of our youngest students at work and we must thank you for the effort that has gone into that. We are so looking forward to continuing to promote the success of our students through that page.

Our Kindergarten and Nursery teachers will be meeting with myself and Mr Curtis online to discuss ways of distributing work for the next session of home-school and to find ways of supporting you and your child at this time. Some work is ready to go and you will receive that shortly. Please keep an eye on your emails as more activities will be given to you via the email address you have registered with the school.

Following the advice of educational experts, at this time it is most beneficial for young learners to be experiencing the world and enjoying a time of security and safety with their families. This is true not only for kindergarten and nursery students but is also recommended for students of Primary age. Whilst the tasks provided by teachers will gradually build on their language and counting skills please don’t feel pressured or anxious about your child’s learning development at this time. When we return to school teachers will work with each child to build on their current skills as we always do.

I wish you all the best at this time and look forward to seeing you again at school as soon as possible.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Primary information

Primary School

Information

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Information Primary
    During the primary years, the children will follow the British National Curriculum schemes of work covering 10 subject areas. Literacy, Mathematics, Science, ICT, History, Geography, P.E, Music, Art, Design and Technology.

    The main core subjects are taught by the class teacher while other subjects are taught by specialist teachers who are part of our team.

Children are encouraged to be independent and creative learners, taking responsibility for their own learning and development. They will have opportunities to work in small study groups developing the skills of teamwork.

    Teachers work closely with both the parents and the children to plan and provide a curriculum that serves children’s individual needs. Regular assessments are given using standardised tests to ascertain their level of achievement in Reading, Writing and Mathematics.

    Parents are encouraged to play an active part in their child’s education. The teachers are happy to discuss children's progress at any time (please make an appointment) and specific progress meetings are arranged twice a year.

    At GIC we have an 'Open Door' policy encouraging parents to be part of the school community. We welcome parents to offer their time to read with children, offer their skills such as sport, music and art as well as cooking and gardening. GIC has an independent parent/teacher association which supports the school by providing fundraising opportunities to enhance the school's development.
Primary 1 Curriculum

Primary 1

Curriculum

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Information Primary 1 Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Primary Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions.

Lessons sent via email
As we were doing previously, primary students will receive an email every day with the day's work. This email will contain some sort of demonstration of explanation from the teacher that students can use to guide them through the lesson. Our teachers will aim to provide one maths, one literacy and one other lesson each day however, some days students may be continuing work from a previous lesson or be given time to work on a particular project.

We understand that all students are different and will work at their own pace. From the feedback we have received we do acknowledge that the workload can be too much for some of our students. As mentioned previously, please don’t feel that you need to pressure your child to finish absolutely everything. We do not want this to be an unnecessarily stressful time for students so encourage them to work slowly through the work sent by teachers and if they find something too difficult, leave it and move on to something else. If you have concerns please email your class teacher during school hours for additional support or advice.

Zoom Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your class teacher will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for the teacher to directly demonstrate tricky skills whilst taking questions from students. Importantly, it's a chance for students to see their classmates and feel less isolated.

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our Primary students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

YouTube Channel
We will continue to upload videos onto our YouTube Channel so that students can have a break from their academic classroom subjects. As a parent, if you have a short lesson that you would like to contribute to that channel please let us know as we are happy to have a wide range of topics. New videos will be announced on the Facebook page but I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any updates.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, myself and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Primary 2 Curriculum

Primary 2

Curriculum

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Information Primary 2 Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Primary Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions.

Lessons sent via email
As we were doing previously, primary students will receive an email every day with the day's work. This email will contain some sort of demonstration of explanation from the teacher that students can use to guide them through the lesson. Our teachers will aim to provide one maths, one literacy and one other lesson each day however, some days students may be continuing work from a previous lesson or be given time to work on a particular project.

We understand that all students are different and will work at their own pace. From the feedback we have received we do acknowledge that the workload can be too much for some of our students. As mentioned previously, please don’t feel that you need to pressure your child to finish absolutely everything. We do not want this to be an unnecessarily stressful time for students so encourage them to work slowly through the work sent by teachers and if they find something too difficult, leave it and move on to something else. If you have concerns please email your class teacher during school hours for additional support or advice.

Zoom Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your class teacher will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for the teacher to directly demonstrate tricky skills whilst taking questions from students. Importantly, it's a chance for students to see their classmates and feel less isolated.

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our Primary students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

YouTube Channel
We will continue to upload videos onto our YouTube Channel so that students can have a break from their academic classroom subjects. As a parent, if you have a short lesson that you would like to contribute to that channel please let us know as we are happy to have a wide range of topics. New videos will be announced on the Facebook page but I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any updates.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, myself and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Primary 3 Curriculum

Primary 3

Curriculum

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Information Primary 3 Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Primary Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions.

Lessons sent via email
As we were doing previously, primary students will receive an email every day with the day's work. This email will contain some sort of demonstration of explanation from the teacher that students can use to guide them through the lesson. Our teachers will aim to provide one maths, one literacy and one other lesson each day however, some days students may be continuing work from a previous lesson or be given time to work on a particular project.

We understand that all students are different and will work at their own pace. From the feedback we have received we do acknowledge that the workload can be too much for some of our students. As mentioned previously, please don’t feel that you need to pressure your child to finish absolutely everything. We do not want this to be an unnecessarily stressful time for students so encourage them to work slowly through the work sent by teachers and if they find something too difficult, leave it and move on to something else. If you have concerns please email your class teacher during school hours for additional support or advice.

Zoom Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your class teacher will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for the teacher to directly demonstrate tricky skills whilst taking questions from students. Importantly, it's a chance for students to see their classmates and feel less isolated.

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our Primary students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

YouTube Channel
We will continue to upload videos onto our YouTube Channel so that students can have a break from their academic classroom subjects. As a parent, if you have a short lesson that you would like to contribute to that channel please let us know as we are happy to have a wide range of topics. New videos will be announced on the Facebook page but I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any updates.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, myself and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Primary 4 Curriculum

Primary 4

Curriculum

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Information Primary 4 Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Primary Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions.

Lessons sent via email
As we were doing previously, primary students will receive an email every day with the day's work. This email will contain some sort of demonstration of explanation from the teacher that students can use to guide them through the lesson. Our teachers will aim to provide one maths, one literacy and one other lesson each day however, some days students may be continuing work from a previous lesson or be given time to work on a particular project.

We understand that all students are different and will work at their own pace. From the feedback we have received we do acknowledge that the workload can be too much for some of our students. As mentioned previously, please don’t feel that you need to pressure your child to finish absolutely everything. We do not want this to be an unnecessarily stressful time for students so encourage them to work slowly through the work sent by teachers and if they find something too difficult, leave it and move on to something else. If you have concerns please email your class teacher during school hours for additional support or advice.

Zoom Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your class teacher will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for the teacher to directly demonstrate tricky skills whilst taking questions from students. Importantly, it's a chance for students to see their classmates and feel less isolated.

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our Primary students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

YouTube Channel
We will continue to upload videos onto our YouTube Channel so that students can have a break from their academic classroom subjects. As a parent, if you have a short lesson that you would like to contribute to that channel please let us know as we are happy to have a wide range of topics. New videos will be announced on the Facebook page but I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any updates.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, myself and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Primary 5 Curriculum

Primary 5

Curriculum

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Information Primary 5 Curriculum

Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Primary Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions.

Lessons sent via email
As we were doing previously, primary students will receive an email every day with the day's work. This email will contain some sort of demonstration of explanation from the teacher that students can use to guide them through the lesson. Our teachers will aim to provide one maths, one literacy and one other lesson each day however, some days students may be continuing work from a previous lesson or be given time to work on a particular project.

We understand that all students are different and will work at their own pace. From the feedback we have received we do acknowledge that the workload can be too much for some of our students. As mentioned previously, please don’t feel that you need to pressure your child to finish absolutely everything. We do not want this to be an unnecessarily stressful time for students so encourage them to work slowly through the work sent by teachers and if they find something too difficult, leave it and move on to something else. If you have concerns please email your class teacher during school hours for additional support or advice.

Zoom Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your class teacher will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for the teacher to directly demonstrate tricky skills whilst taking questions from students. Importantly, it's a chance for students to see their classmates and feel less isolated.

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our Primary students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

YouTube Channel
We will continue to upload videos onto our YouTube Channel so that students can have a break from their academic classroom subjects. As a parent, if you have a short lesson that you would like to contribute to that channel please let us know as we are happy to have a wide range of topics. New videos will be announced on the Facebook page but I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any updates.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, myself and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Primary 6 Curriculum

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Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Primary Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions.

Lessons sent via email
As we were doing previously, primary students will receive an email every day with the day's work. This email will contain some sort of demonstration of explanation from the teacher that students can use to guide them through the lesson. Our teachers will aim to provide one maths, one literacy and one other lesson each day however, some days students may be continuing work from a previous lesson or be given time to work on a particular project.

We understand that all students are different and will work at their own pace. From the feedback we have received we do acknowledge that the workload can be too much for some of our students. As mentioned previously, please don’t feel that you need to pressure your child to finish absolutely everything. We do not want this to be an unnecessarily stressful time for students so encourage them to work slowly through the work sent by teachers and if they find something too difficult, leave it and move on to something else. If you have concerns please email your class teacher during school hours for additional support or advice.

Zoom Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your class teacher will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for the teacher to directly demonstrate tricky skills whilst taking questions from students. Importantly, it's a chance for students to see their classmates and feel less isolated.

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our Primary students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

YouTube Channel
We will continue to upload videos onto our YouTube Channel so that students can have a break from their academic classroom subjects. As a parent, if you have a short lesson that you would like to contribute to that channel please let us know as we are happy to have a wide range of topics. New videos will be announced on the Facebook page but I encourage you to subscribe to the channel so you don’t miss any updates.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, myself and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Senior School information

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    The senior school prepares our students for the IGCSE examinations with the University of Cambridge Board. The syllabus allows flexibility and can be used in conjunction with other curricula to allow teachers the opportunity to meet our young student's interests. It aims to develop learners’ skills and confidence in all areas of the curriculum It offers a curriculum framework for educational success for learners with an optional testing structure.

    The curriculum frameworks for English also include English as a second language option. We expect the highest standards of spoken and written English. GIC has teachers who are qualified to teach English as a foreign language and we will identify and assist all students who experience learning challenges in this area. Assessment is key to ensuring students are meeting the educational standards and as such our staff will provide feedback to parents on a regular basis.

    The Cambridge board offers progression tests which provide detailed feedback on your children’s strengths and weaknesses in the core skills of English, Mathematics and Science at the end of each stage. We at GIC use this feedback to focus on the teaching needs of individuals, support learning, as well as keeping you, the parents well informed of your children’s progress.

    Our aim is to provide as many opportunities for the students to follow courses which interest them while ensuring the main core subjects are undertaken to the highest standard. We encourage the students to choose a second language during their time with us. French, Sinhala, Tamil and Italian are currently available.

    The teaching staff at GIC are fully qualified in their own fields and are able to offer many extra curricular activities to enhance our students time with us.
Senior School 7 8 & 9 Curriculum

Key Stg 3

Lower Secondary

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Monday 20th April 2020


Dear Senior Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions/alterations.

Moodle Online Learning Platform
We would like to thank you for adapting to the Moodle website and using it to access the lessons for your child each day. As each senior student has multiple teachers this is the best way to keep all of their work and lessons in a central location that they can access when needed. As we start our Term 3 session we ask that you regularly check the Moodle first thing each morning to see what work has been set for the day. This will allow you to plan your day as a family and schedule time for students to complete the work set for them.

We had some issues last term with the submission of work. Please note that when an assignment is set through Moodle the submission instructions are included. If you happen to receive an email reminder about a certain task any work sent in reply to this email will not be received by the teacher. Please follow the submission guidance that will allow you to upload work to the Moodle website.

We are very understanding of the fact that each student will respond to online learning differently. Whilst some students may find the amount of daily tasks set overwhelming we ask that you encourage them to attempt tasks set by teachers. During this time we are not expecting perfections from the student but we are looking to see that they are making their best effort.

Zoom/Tutor Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your tutor will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for a teacher to provide academic support to the students and check in on their progress. Tutors will give guidance on scheduling of days and how to stay motivated through self-study. Students can also ask questions regarding their lessons that can either be directly addressed by their tutor or passed on to the classroom teachers. Senior teachers are communicating regularly regarding all of the students so the tutor is an effective point of communication for the student. Tutor groups will also be used to engage students with our new PSHE program (more information below)

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
A letter introducing the PSHE program is attached to this email. This is an important subject for students that is increasingly relevant at a time when students are even more reliant on social media and technology to feel connected to the wider world. This program is being led by Miss Leah but will be facilitated by your child’s tutor. Please encourage your child to set aside time in their week to engage with the materials and resources provided (available on Moodle) and to complete the tasks and participate in the online discussions.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, Mr Tim and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Senior IGCSE & A Level Curriculum

Key Stg 4/5

IGCSE & A Level

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Monday 20th April 2020


Dear Senior Parents,

I would like to take a moment to reintroduce you to our online learning provisions and remind you of our expectations and how we can support you in meeting them. Over the school break, the teachers and I have reflected on the first three weeks of our online teaching and are confident to continue using the same approach with a few additions/alterations.

Moodle Online Learning Platform
We would like to thank you for adapting to the Moodle website and using it to access the lessons for your child each day. As each senior student has multiple teachers this is the best way to keep all of their work and lessons in a central location that they can access when needed. As we start our Term 3 session we ask that you regularly check the Moodle first thing each morning to see what work has been set for the day. This will allow you to plan your day as a family and schedule time for students to complete the work set for them.

We had some issues last term with the submission of work. Please note that when an assignment is set through Moodle the submission instructions are included. If you happen to receive an email reminder about a certain task any work sent in reply to this email will not be received by the teacher. Please follow the submission guidance that will allow you to upload work to the Moodle website.

We are very understanding of the fact that each student will respond to online learning differently. Whilst some students may find the amount of daily tasks set overwhelming we ask that you encourage them to attempt tasks set by teachers. During this time we are not expecting perfections from the student but we are looking to see that they are making their best effort.

Zoom/Tutor Sessions
We will be continuing with our two zoom sessions per week and your tutor will communicate the times with you via email. These sessions are a chance for a teacher to provide academic support to the students and check in on their progress. Tutors will give guidance on scheduling of days and how to stay motivated through self-study. Students can also ask questions regarding their lessons that can either be directly addressed by their tutor or passed on to the classroom teachers. Senior teachers are communicating regularly regarding all of the students so the tutor is an effective point of communication for the student. Tutor groups will also be used to engage students with our new PSHE program (more information below)

TAFA Resources
Our coaches at TAFA have prepared some activities for our students. These will be emailed to you via the school’s email address each week. The pack includes a video featuring one of the TAFA coaches teaching a physical skill that students can practise throughout the week. Also, there is an activity sheet that students can work on that will target their English, Maths and Science skills.

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
A letter introducing the PSHE program is attached to this email. This is an important subject for students that is increasingly relevant at a time when students are even more reliant on social media and technology to feel connected to the wider world. This program is being led by Miss Leah but will be facilitated by your child’s tutor. Please encourage your child to set aside time in their week to engage with the materials and resources provided (available on Moodle) and to complete the tasks and participate in the online discussions.

Communication
As we are starting a new term, Mr Tim and Mr Curtis may be contacting parents if teachers are worried about a lack of work being completed. We would like to support you and your child in accessing and completing the online work and these calls will help us to talk through any issues with the delivery of these lessons.

Again, a sincere thanks for all you are doing. I hope the next session of online learning is fulfilling and that your students find the range of activities on offer to be engaging and exciting.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop


Galle International College Sri Lanka News



Friday 26th June 2020

Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of this academic year I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for all you have done during this unusual time. It goes without saying that COVID-19 caused an unprecedented amount of disruption globally and on behalf of the teachers I would like to say thank you for working alongside us to continue to support the learning of the students in the best way possible.

Moving into next academic year the effects of COVID-19 will continue to impact the running of the school. I hope that this letter and accompanying documents provide you with a clear picture of how we will begin school on Monday 24th of August. Of course, we are still in uncertain times and this information is subject to change if the situation regionally, nationally or globally changes.

Please read the information below and familiarise with the GIC COVID Health and Safety Policies and Procedures PDF named ‘The Next Normal’.

Scheduling/Timetabling
Whilst we are all excited to reopen our doors next term, current restrictions on social distancing and student numbers mean that we cannot have all students on site at the same time. As a result, we must restructure our timetable to make sure we adhere to the new regulations. Below is a breakdown of when students will be in school.

Kindergarten/Nursery - Students are divided into two groups per class and well attend on alternate days. For example, the yellow group in KG1D will attend Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the first week and then Tuesday and Thursday in the following. The KG/Nursery class times will be 9am-12pm.
Primary - Each primary class has been split into two groups, a morning group and an afternoon group. Primary students will attend everyday with the morning group in class from 8am - 11:15am and the afternoon group operating from 11:45am - 3pm.
Senior 7/8/9 - Students will attend four full days (8am - 2:15pm) per week. They will have one day a week working from home, using the Moodle platform to complete tasks.
Senior 10/12 - As these students are preparing for their IGCSE and A Level exams they will attend full time.

Groups (Pick up/Drop Off)
The groups for KG/Nursery and Primary have been made in consultation with the teachers. Our main objective when creating groups was to minimise inconvenience in regards to pickup and drop off, particularly for families with multiple children. We understand that there may still be some disruption for families with students in different sections of the school as they finish at different times. This was unavoidable without compromising the overall quality and quantity of time spent in school for students. We ask you to take this prior notice and make necessary arrangements, including organising carpooling with other families with the same pick up times. It is important that pick up and drop off times are followed as stated.

Fees
For Term 1 of the next academic year (Monday August 24th - Friday December 11th) full fees will be applicable (document attached). Due to the economic disruption of COVID-19 and the impact it has had on families in our community we chose to not implement any fee increase for this academic term. However, new increases will be implemented for January.

Invoices will be emailed to you over the holidays. All fee payments must be made either by online transfer or by a bank deposit made from within your bank. The school’s bank details will be printed on the invoice. Please ensure that you include your child’s name or invoice number in the reference so we can track and account for the payment. Fees will be due prior to the start of term (24th August 2020).

Reports
Due to the fact that we have been unable to conduct usual assessments for students we are not issuing reports this term. Instead, teachers will be writing a summary for students who have engaged with them consistently by submitting tasks and participating in Zooms.

Summaries will be issued via email over the coming weeks.

Summer Vacation
Our last day of school is next Friday 3rd July. From this date there will be no zooms or work sent. Some of our senior students will have some tasks to complete to prepare them for the A Level courses. We encourage you and your family to enjoy this time and take a rest from the online learning.

For those of you who intend on traveling abroad, we ask you to pay particular attention to the entry requirements when returning to Sri Lanka. Whilst it is becoming easier to leave and return to home countries, the process of returning, for all types of visas, is unclear. Please be aware that if you do leave it may impact your ability to start school on the 24th of August. Further, any quarantine and self-isolation requirements put in place by the government will have to be observed and completed prior to your child starting school.

Many thanks again for everything you have done this term. I wish you a safe and happy holiday.

Mrs Victoria Hislop
Principal
Galle International College



Wednesday 6th May 2020

Dear Parents,

I sincerely hope that you are all well and are keeping yourselves and your family safe during this time. As restrictions slowly ease I do urge you to continue to practise social distancing measures and do your best to ensure that this virus doesn’t spread any further.

At this stage, the government has not set a confirmed date for the reopening of schools. Whilst there was some suggestion that schools would begin to open this Monday 11th May, the continued rise in cases has reversed that decision. Whilst cases are still on the rise it is not safe or sensible to be reopening schools and, as is our policy, we will follow the government directives as they pertain to the closures of school.

Prior to any opening of the school you will receive information specific to GIC and the new policies we are implementing to transition back to the school site. It is important to note that this process will certainly be a transition and myself, the governors and teachers are in discussions regarding strategies and procedures that will allow us to return to the school site once the government allows us to do so.

In the meantime, please keep a close eye on the Sri Lankan news sources as information regarding the opening of schools is reported on these sites and will reflect the same information under which we are operating. There are many reliable news outlets and websites that I encourage you to check regularly. Some such examples are;
- http://www.newsfirst.lk/
- http://www.dailymirror.lk/
- http://www.adaderana.lk/

I would also like to take this time to wish everyone a Happy Vesak Poya. This is a very significant event on the calendar and, whilst we can’t celebrate with our festival of lights as we usually would, I hope that within your homes and communities the putting up of lanterns and decorations continues to mark this occasion.

Many thanks,

Mrs Victoria Hislop
Principal
Galle International College



Monday 20th April 2020

Dear Parents,

Suba aluth awuruddak wewa. Whilst it has been a challenging few weeks we would like to take the opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year and Happy Easter. We sincerely hope that, despite the curfews, you were able to enjoy some valuable time with your family. During this time we hope you have been keeping well and taking all precautions to keep your family and community safe.

Whilst schools still remain closed, today marks the first day of Term 3 and our online lessons will be commencing today and throughout the week. We would like very much to thank you for your support at this time in supporting the learning and development of your child from home. We would also like to thank our teachers for their hard work in preparing lessons and finding new ways of engaging and encouraging students from outside of the classroom.

At this time, the government has indicated that we will be able to go back to school in three weeks (Monday 11th May). Of course, this may change and we encourage you to keep a close eye on official news sources and stay updated with the current developments. Like you, we are eager to get back to the classroom and will observe the directions and guidelines from the government to do so safely when the time comes.

You should have received your Term 3 invoices with the discounted fees as communicated through our letter last term. We ask for prompt payment of these invoices and thank the many families who have already done so. We understand that it is difficult for some families to pay online. As our curfew restrictions relax we ask that you make a cash payment through your bank. If you bring the cash to the bank, along with the invoice that contains the school bank details, they will be able to assist you with the payment.

As the curfews are largely lifted we encourage you all to remain sensible and vigilant. Sri Lanka has done a wonderful job of battling COVID 19 so far but it is up to all of us to ensure that we continue to reduce the spread of cases so that school, and life, can return back to normal as soon as possible.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop



Dear Parents and students,

As we move into the next term, we will be adding a range of activities connected to the Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE) learning area. Students will be provided with a range of tasks that promote positive self-development and engage with some of the challenges and issues faced by young people in today’s world.

Young people around the world need guidance on making smarter choices and support tackling the challenges they face today. Your children are facing increasingly complex lives and are experiencing many pressures that can harm their physical and mental wellbeing. All students in the senior school have resources and activities, adapted from The Public Health For England campaign, Rise Above, in a central PSHE folder on Moodle. The first topic is Social Media, online stress and FOMO. If students would like to start the activities this week they can, but the deadline is in 2 weeks time. Students will be required to debate the issues with their form class on the discussion forum created by their form tutors. Any completed tasks, such as a leaflet or poster should be emailed to form tutors.

In an Independent study by a leading research organisation (TNS BMRB, 2015-16)
“After using Rise Above for 10 minutes or more, young people reported a decrease in the appeal of risk-taking behaviours such as smoking, drinking, trying drugs or early sexual experiences, and found it significantly easier to talk to parents or carers about sensitive topics”

When working through the activities, students can message their form tutor or Miss Leah if they have any questions or concerns that are not covered in the resources. If parents want to read more they can visit the Rise Above website which has full lesson plans and resources:
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools/topics/rise-above/overview

Many thanks for your support and hope you and your families are well.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop



Friday 13th March 2020

Dear Parents,

As you are aware, the Sri Lankan Government has now closed schools until Monday 20th April. In order to support your child’s learning through this time our staff will be providing work and opportunities for feedback. As a school, we were quite aware that this was a likely scenario so many systems have already been put in place to maintain as much regularity and support as possible under the circumstances. Please read the relevant information below to see how your child will receive work and how you will have access to your class teachers.

Nursery/Kindergarten Students
As of Monday morning, work packets will be available for all students at our front office. Teachers are compiling tasks that students can work through at home that reinforces their learning in literacy, numeracy and other activities. Please arrange to come to school between 8am - 10am on Monday to collect your work pack. These tasks should be paced to last approximately three weeks so please work with your child to work on one or two activities a day.

Primary Students
Class teachers will be emailing daily activities for Primary students. Parents will receive an email by approximately 8am with the day’s tasks attached. There will be a literacy and numeracy activity everyday with teachers also sending topic, science and other tasks throughout the week. Where appropriate, teachers will also send mark schemes/answer codes for you to check.

Primary teachers will be available on email everyday between 8am and 2pm. If your child is needing clarification with a particular task please email the teacher and they will advise you on how to move forward. Teachers will ask that some tasks be submitted for marking and feedback. In these cases please take a clear photograph of your child’s work and attach it to an email to your teacher. Alternatively, photographs can be taken through the free phone application CamScanner that enhances the quality of the image whilst reducing file size. Where possible/appropriate, you can encourage your child to complete writing tasks on a computer and the word file can be forwarded to the teacher for marking. Teachers will provide feedback and corrections on received work in a timely manner.

During this time, any communication with class teachers must take place via email. Phone calls are not an appropriate form of communication at this time as it does not allow teachers to keep records of student progress or issues.

Senior Students
In anticipation of these potential school closures, Mr Tim has worked to prepare an online learning platform for all senior students. We will be using a platform called Moodle to which teachers will upload regular work and will be available for feedback and questions through an online chat/discussion forum. Our Year 11 students have already been registered to this service and have been shown how it works. Tasks for them will start being uploaded immediately.

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 should be registered to Moodle by early next week. In the meantime, daily activities for today and Monday will be sent via emails today. Once the Moodle accounts for these students are set up you will receive an email to your parent email address with instructions on how to activate these accounts. At this time, Mr Tim will send an accompanying email with information about how the platform works. It is a user friendly online service. Students will see links to all their classes on their homepage and the activities will be available from those class folders and they will be able to contact their teacher for direct support through the individual chat boxes as well as class group forum options.

As work will be consistently uploaded and marked by senior teachers, it is expected that senior students will work through the Moodle platform during regular school hours. In order to maintain the pace of the curriculum students will need to apply themselves to their studies every day as they would if they were at school.

As with their regular studies, tasks will have assigned deadlines and it is important that they adhere to those if they want timely support and feedback. Any queries regarding Moodle should be addressed to Mr Tim at the senior email address, senior2012gic@gmail.com.

Summary
Whilst this is not an ideal situation we appreciate your support and understanding as schools around the world adapt to meet these challenges. We are confident that the measures organised by the school will support continued student learning in the best way possible using online platforms for communication.

As this is an ongoing situation it is very important that you are proactive in checking your emails, watching our Facebook and website and following any advice or directives that come from the Sri Lankan Government.

During this time we ask you to be extra cautious and if members of your family become unwell please notify the school so we can monitor the situation within our community.

As we start distributing lessons please direct any questions regarding curriculum or activities to your class teacher. If you have any query regarding the organisation of our programs at this time please contact me directly on info2012gic@gmail.com.

Thank you again for your support during this time.

Warmest regards,

Mr Curtis Jobe
Deputy Principal
Galle International College



Thursday 19th March 2020

School Closure Announcement

Dear Parents,

We have received word that schools will be closed from tomorrow (FRIDAY 20TH MARCH) until Thursday 26th March. It is important that students do not come to school tomorrow.

MAs well as our classes, our Inter House Sports Day and our Creative Arts Showcase will also need to be postponed.

Please keep a close eye on your emails and Facebook for updates. The teachers will be meeting tomorrow to discuss how we maintain lessons during this time and these procedures will be communicated to you.

During the school closure we ask that you follow all Government advice and take all precautions to prevent the spread of this illness.

Warmest regards,

Mr Curtis Jobe
Deputy Principal
Galle International College



Thursday 5th March 2020

Dear Parents,

A quick follow up to this week’s newsletter.

Snacks
Many students are coming without a snack that adequately feeds them at that time of day. Can you p[lease ensure that your child has a substantial and healthy snack each day. We are having an issue with some students sharing their snack daily and then themselves being hungry.

Plasters and Injuries
Many times in the week students are coming to school with uncovered wounds and issues that require attention. Often these cuts and issues have happened outside of school and are being treated at school as soon as they arrive. We will always ensure that students are taken care of if they get a small injury whilst at school but we ask that students come to school with other wounds treated or bandaged.

Clubs Pick up times
If you have a child involved in one of our clubs please ensure that you arrive to collect them at 3:15pm. Most days the club teachers and office staff are being held at school until quite late. We would greatly appreciate your support with this.

Creative Arts Showcase
Our program is shaping up for the Creative Arts Showcase and I will send home information to participants on Monday of next week. I would really like to open this opportunity up to any parents who have any particular talents. I think it would be wonderful to make this a community event and to show our young students that the adults in their lives can get up on stage too. If you are interested please let me know ASAP.

Thank you all very much,

Mr Curtis



Monday 2nd March 2020

Dear Parents,

We wanted to take a moment today to acknowledge the incredible efforts of some members of our community in arranging activities and events that provide students with such incredible experiences and add another layer of depth to our GIC Community. This morning we were filled with such pride to think about the incredible achievements of the weekend. In particular, to know that these events had been organised and managed by members of our community who took great initiative and drive to contribute to the experience of our students and, indeed, the broader community shows how active and committed our parents and teachers are.

Thank you
Firstly, we have to acknowledge the gigantic effort of Miss Kumudu in organising the Handsome Trisomy 2020 Fashion Show in Galle Fort. It was truly an inspiring and touching experience and is a testament to Miss Kumudu’s commitment to and passion for inclusive education. Saturday’s event was monumental in bringing the issue of Down Syndrome to the attention of the public and we are so pleased to continue to support her in these efforts. Many thanks to the many staff, students and families who came along to show their support. It demonstrated that as a school community we really are united and are there for each other.

We would like to thank Irstel Jansen for creating a connection between us and Save the Children Sri Lanka. We have been accepted to work with this organisation as they tackle real issues facing young people today. This will provide our students with so many opportunities to make their voice heard and deliver meaningful change for the world they are inheriting. On Saturday, Ruben (Year 11), Elize (Year 5) and Guido (Year 5) represented the school in Colombo. They delivered speeches, presentations and interviews as well as working together to provide solutions to the problem of plastic pollution.

We would also very much like to thank those parents who regularly offer their time and services to our students. Many parents have skills and areas of expertise that our students really benefit from and for all those volunteers who have assisted us in the past and currently please let us express our gratitude.

We know there are so many parents who work hard behind the scenes to offer our children as many opportunities and experiences as possible and to all of you we say a massive thank you!

Upcoming Key Dates and Events
Having had such a strong start to this half term, now is a great time to add a few exciting events to our school calendar. Below are the important dates you will need for the last 4 weeks of this half term.

PTA Meeting (all welcome) Friday 6th March @ 1 pm
Due to changes in Mr Curtis’ teaching hours, PTA Meetings will now run on a Friday afternoon at 1pm. We would love to welcome as many families as possible as we discuss future events and plans for the PTA.

Inter House Sports Day @ St Aloysius Sports Field Friday 20th March
Mr Bradley from TAFA will work with our staff to run an all-day athletics and sports event at the St Aloysius Field in Galle. This event will include all Primary and Senior students. Transport from school to the venue and back will be provided by the school so your drop off and pick up arrangements remain unchanged. We ask that students wear their House colours on this day.

GIC Creative Arts Showcase @ Hall De Galle (Evening Performance) Wednesday 25th March
Auditions and rehearsals for the Creative Arts Showcase will begin immediately. This performance will contain a program of 12 -15 items that display the many talents of the students at GIC. This event will also showcase some of our visual art students as we display work they have been doing in class. More information regarding this event and student participation can be found in a separate attachment.

Primary Open Classrooms and Performances Tuesday 31st March @ 8:15am
Following the success of last term’s open classrooms, our Primary classes will be open to parents to see what your children have been working on. Some classes will present small songs/dances/drama performances but this is really a chance for you to come into the school and see what it is your children do and work towards whilst at school.

Sinhala New Year Ceremony Thursday 2nd April @ 8:30am
We will be celebrating the Sinhala New Year before we break for holidays. We ask that you mark and reserve this very special day in your diaries. The ceremony will include the traditional elements of Sinhala New Year Celebrations as well as some speeches and performances from our students.

Please note that other events may be added to this list. Changes will be made through emails on the Facebook Page and on the website's Calendar.

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone for all of your support and efforts. It truly is a wonderful time to be a part of the Galle International College community and we look forward to many great opportunities ahead.

Mrs Hislop and Mr Curtis



Tuesday 7th January 2020

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school! We hope that you and your families had a very enjoyable break and have started the New Year in good health and spirits. Below are a few important things to be aware of this term. Please take a moment to read carefully and make notes of any key dates in your calendars.

Welcome to New Staff

We are so fortunate to add some wonderful new teachers to our team this term. Miss Carlie O’Connell is joining us from Australia as our Primary 4 teacher. Already she has settled into GIC with ease and we are certain that the Year 4 students will thrive under her guidance. We are also so pleased to have Miss Chaathurya Hatharasignhe join our team as an English Second Language specialist and support teacher. Miss Chaathurya brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience with the Cambridge English curriculum and programs and will certainly be hugely helpful for our students who are new to the English language.

We would like to thank both ladies for their enthusiastic start and encourage you all to make them feel welcome in our community.

School Lunch

As you are aware, for the time being our kitchen is not serving school snack or lunch. We ask for your support at this time by packing a healthy snack and lunch for your children in their school bags. Teachers will be monitoring this to ensure that all students are well fed throughout the day.

We are exploring ways to get the kitchen back up and running and we ask for your patience and continued support until such a time that our kitchen operates again.

In the meantime, Pizza Fridays will continue with thanks to The Shack. Personal pizzas will be available at a cost of 500rps per student and can be ordered, with payment, through class teachers at the start of the day.

Fees

We would like to remind you that our Term 2 fees are now payable. Last term’s prompt payment of fees was so much appreciated and helped to relieve a lot of pressure on our office as we moved through the term. If you have not yet done so, could you please organise payment to the office by the end of this week. If, for some reason, you are yet to receive an invoice please contact the office.

Assessments, Report and Parent Meetings

During this half term many of our students (Primary 5 - Senior 11) will undergo formal examinations and assessments that will be used to inform our first academic report of the year. Younger students will be assessed less formally by their teachers.

Reports will be issued in Week 5 of this term with Parent Meetings taking place in Week 6. You will be informed of the specific dates by your class teachers shortly. be informally assessed by their teachers. Specific dates of these assessments will be communicated by your class teacher. Reports will be issued in Week 5 with Parents Meetings occurring in Week 6. Specific dates will be communicated closer to the date.

Attendance

As a school we are going to be having a strong focus on daily attendance in our classes. Regular attendance at school is so important, not only for the individual child but for the whole class dynamic and attitude. Please do all in your power to ensure your child is at school every day. If they are unwell please notify your class teacher in advance. We ask that you keep family trips and vacations to a minimum during school term and consult the school term dates when planning your holidays. It is important to remember that when a child is absent they are missing a step in their learning sequence that will build upon previous learning and lead them onto the next stage.

Our target is that all students will reach minimum 90% attendance this term. We encourage all students to aim for 100% however, when a child is sick we highly encourage you to keep them home to allow them to recover and avoid spreading anything contagious.

Parking

Thank you all for the smooth transition back to the school car park last term. Your careful and considerate driving is much appreciated and made this process a far simpler one than it otherwise may have been. We ask that you continue to drive slowly and with caution when you are on school grounds and to follow the directions of school staff in order to avoid congestion.

Communication

It now appears that our email system is highly effective in passing on important messages to the family. When a significant or urgent email is sent it will always be accompanied with a Facebook update directing you to check your email. We ask that you keep an eye on your inboxes and read anything that comes through from the school. These emails and their attachments contain vital information and it is very important that it reaches all families.

Clubs

Information about clubs will be available by the end of the week. We would like to extend the clubs on offer and are asking if any parents are willing to offer a weekly club.. There are a range of skills out there in our community, many of which our students would benefit from. Clubs can be anything from ‘History Club’ to ‘Life Drawing’ or even a new language. If you would like to offer a club please let Mr Curtis know ASAP. This would be of great benefit to our students.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop
Principal
Galle International College



Friday 6th December 2019

Dear Parents,

Firstly, we would like to thank you all for your prompt payment of school fees at the start of the year it really makes a big difference to the admin team freeing them up to focus on supporting the school in a meaningful way rather than chasing defaulters. We have come a long way in managing the cash flow of the school and we would appreciate your continued support in paying school fees on time as we progress through this academic year.

Security

We must remain vigilant on the run up to Christmas, a key date in the Christian calendar. The country is still vulnerable and significant dates heighten the need to remain alert. If you notice an individual acting suspiciously immediately report it to the security team who will take the necessary action. The same procedure for anything else suspicious such as a package or unattended vehicle please report it to the security team immediately. Any vehicles left unattended in the vicinity of the school for over an hour without permission will be towed away in line with the Police announcement made earlier this year.

Parking

We have had to move back onto the school grounds for parking. With the increase in pupils this year we ask parents to be patient and follow the instructions of the security team who will assist you in finding spaces to park. Please drop off your children and return to your vehicles as quickly as possible to allow other parents to park. There may be delays so position your vehicles to the side of the main road so not to impede other road users. Queue in an orderly fashion before entering the school grounds but most of all treat each other with respect and park not to cause difficulty to others.

New school site

The school is growing, which is great news for GIC so we are looking to find a new site to relocate the school in the future. The aim is to have a large site so we develop better facilities and class rooms for our children. We already have one proposal kindly offered by one of our parents and we would like to look at some more options. The school is not in a position to buy land but we are looking for 2-3 acres of land to lease for 20 years. The land must be in the Galle area please contact the Principal if you have a suitable land available. We must stress that any move will be in full consultation with all parents. This is a very considered decision in which you will all be involved as we take things forward together as a school.

On behalf of the GIC Board of Governors we would like to wish you all the very best for the festive season and a happy 2020.

Chairman of the Governing Board
Mr Dominic Mee



Wednesday 4th December 2019

End of Term Update

Dear Parents,

Please take a moment to ensure that you are up to date with the events and plans for the last week of school. We are all amazed it has come around so quickly.

Christmas Play

Our Christmas Play will be held this Tuesday 10th December at Samoda Reception Hall. Our Kindergarten and Nursery students should arrive at 2:45pm so the performance can begin at 3pm. Primary and Senior students need to arrive at 4:45pm to start promptly at 5pm.

Primary students have been informed about what they need for their costume. Please ensure that students have a black clothes and a Christmas themed accessory (Santa hat, elf ears, tinsel etc.).

Christmas Gifts

Thank you to our Kindergarten and Nursery families who have brought in presents that Santa can give to the children on the day. If you have not yet done so please do so by the end of the week.

Primary and Senior students have been asked to donate a gift that we can deliver to residents at somebody home. Thank you for the contributions we have received and we ask that these keep coming into the office.

If you are wondering what kinds of gifts are appropriate, things like arts and craft materials, sewing kits (threads/needles), soft toys, small carry bags/purses, colouring in books, gel pens etc.

When you bring in your gift, could you please attach a small tag stating what is inside. This will allow us to match each present with someone who will love it.

Christmas Market

The PTA are hosting a Christmas Market at school on Thursday 12th December (11:30am - 2:30pm). If you would like to sell goods at this stall, please contact Eva (076 526 6520) to book a table. The PTA will charge per table but you can keep any profits made. Rates are as follows;

GIC Students - 200rps
GIC Parents - 500rps
Outside Sellers - 1000rps

School Closed 12:30pm Friday

School will be open on Friday morning with activities offered to students whilst the teachers prepare the school for the three week break. School will close for all students at 12:30pm. Lunch will be available prior to pick up.

Invoices

Thank you all for your prompt payment this term. It allows our office staff to finalise accounts early in the term and this is a great help. Invoices for next term have now been issued and are payable. Please ensure that payments are made by Friday 10th January (end of week one).

Return to School and Seasons Greetings

We wish you all a wonderful festive season. Thank you all for a truly wonderful term. Our classes are working so well and we have seen such growth from all of our students. Thank you for your support. School will start for students on Monday 6th January. We look forward to seeing you all.

Warmest regards,

Mr Curtis Jobe
Deputy Principal
Galle International College



November 29th 2019

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: CARPARK UPDATE

Dear Parents,

As of Monday we will no longer be using the parking facilities across the road. Our gates will be open for you to drive on site, drop your children and then leave. Please follow the instructions from staff and signs to ensure that you enter through the correct gate.

When you are on site, remember that there are children around and ensure that you are driving carefully and slowly. We ask that you do not loiter in the carpark and that if you have to park your car you follow the instruction of our staff who will be guiding traffic.

At the end of the day, children will be held at the front of the school and under the cover until they are collected.

Warmest regards,

Mr Curtis



November 28th 2019

Invitation to Christmas Play

Dear Parents,

It is our pleasure to invite you to our Annual Christmas Play. Details of the event are as follows;

Date: Tuesday 10th December
Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm (Kindergarten/Nursery) | 4:45pm - 6:00pm (Primary/Senior)
Venue: Samoda Reception Hall, Dangedera, Galle

For those who attended last year, we are using the same venue. If you were not at last year’s Christmas Play please note that the venue is very close to the school. Please ask your teachers, office staff, or myself if you need directions closer to the event.

Costumes

Our Nursery, Kindergarten students will have Christmas themed costumes made by our tailor. Notes will be sent home by class teachers asking for a small contribution to these costumes.

Primary students have already received a note regarding their costume. Students need PLAIN black clothes (shirts/t-shirt/blouse/dress/shorts/trousers). Please note that shoes are not necessary. Each student should decorate themselves with something festive (Santa hat, elf ears, tinsel etc.). Some students in Primary 6 have been asked to organise slightly different costumes.

Thank you all for your ongoing support and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

Festive regards,

Mr Curtis
Deputy Principal
Galle International College



August 2019
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to our new academic year. I trust you all had a great holiday and the children are now refreshed and ready to return to the classroom.

New staff Senior

Firstly, I would like to welcome our new staff to the team. Miss Monica Kairovicius will join the senior team teaching Art & Design, Global perspectives and also ESL English. I know some of you have already met her but to take the time to introduce yourself to her.

New staff Primary

Sadly, Miss Thakshila had to move to Colombo with her family at short notice so we were unable to celebrate her time with us. However, I would like to welcome Miss Laura Stark who will be joining the team and teaching year 1. She comes with many skills and I am confident she will be a great addition.

This term, we have combined Primary 3 and 4 into a single group. We have a new teacher, Miss Carlie O’Connell, joining us from Australia for the January term and at that stage we plan to separate these two groups. This term, I will be teaching Maths and Literacy for the Primary 3/4 as well as Primary 2. Mr Curtis and Miss Kumudu will be teaching the science, topic and arts. In both classes we have an excellent set of teaching assistants who will work with small groups under the guidance and instruction of myself and Mr Curtis.

Security

We will continue to maintain relatively tight security in and around the school for the coming term. Our on site security will be allowing parents on site to collect their children at the end of the day. They will be checking identification and, where deemed appropriate, conducting bag searches. We are thrilled to be able to reopen our gates to parents, however, we request your cooperation to ensure we are maintaining a needed level of diligence to keep your children safe at all times.

Fees

Fees are due now and I would respectfully ask that you follow the directive from the Governors and ensure payment is made this week. If fees are not paid, students will not be able to attend lessons.

Lunches

Our resident chef Gary will continue to provide delicious meals for the staff and students this year. Snacks are especially popular and the children certainly have their favourites but Gary will also be trying new recipes to excite us all. If you have any requests, do talk to him. Payment for lunches should be made to the office on a Monday for the week. Please refer to the information letter sent home today and if you have any feedback please communicate with Gary. All completed feedback forms will go into the draw for a week’s worth of free school lunch.

Clubs

Sign up sheets for this terms clubs have gone home today. As you will notice, we now have clubs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as we have moved our weekly staff meeting to Monday afternoons. We ask that all students be picked up promptly on a Monday to ensure that all of our staff are available for this important meeting and training time.

Please talk to you children about the clubs available. We ask that you only register your child into a club if they have a genuine interest in the activity. We want these clubs to be a huge success and for students to learn new skills, however, this is made more difficult for teachers if students are in clubs that they are not interested in.

We will do our best to provide students with their first choice of clubs however, we apologise in advance if clubs reach their limit. It is important that we keep the clubs at a manageable size for all students to get the most out of the activity. If you happen to miss out on a club this term we will let you know if space becomes available and ensure that you get first choice for next term’s clubs.

Thank You

I would like to finish with a huge thanks to all of our families, students and staff for an incredibly successful first week. Our students have come back engaged, organised and enthusiastic for the term. Our teachers have also worked hard to prepare for their classes and feedback from staff and students is that this year has started superbly and suggests great promise for the year ahead.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria Hislop
Principal



May 22nd 2019
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

A belated welcome back to our final academic term of the year. Firstly, I must extend my extreme thanks and appreciation to you all for your patience and support during this difficult time. The last few weeks have seen new challenges arise for all of us but I am so proud of how the school came together as a community to find solutions to the problems we were faced. An extra special thanks to the families who have gone above and beyond to help us accommodate classes and to those who have used their contacts to help us achieve the security upgrades we required. Please read this note carefully as it contains important information about the term, including some key dates for your calendar.

Pick Up/Drop Off

As you have all seen, our pick up and drop of procedures have changed. As we no longer allow vehicles on site we require all vehicles to be parked in the car park opposite the school. A member of our staff will be present to assist in the road crossing. The first few days of this procedure have run smoothly but there are a few important points to remember that will make this a smoother and safer process;

- The cones out the front of the school represent a NO STOPPING area. Even a small stop in this area can cause traffic suggestion and becomes a security concern for the school.
- The area directly in front of the carpark is also a NO STOPPING area. If you choose to stop on the side of the road please do so well away from the carpark entrance as this makes it very difficult for other cars to enter and exit.
- Please do not double park across the driveway entrance. Also, please stand well away from the entrance when you are waiting to cross the road.
- Please be punctual. Late arrivals may not have the assistance of staff crossing the road. Further, congestion is at its worst between 7:55am - 8:10am. Please try and arrive before this time to avoid the busy period.

Uniform

Please ensure all the students are back in full school uniform from Monday 27th May.

Fees

Thank you to those who have already paid their term fees. If you have not paid, please can you ensure all payments are completed by Monday 27th May.

Assessments, Report and Parent Meetings

We will soon be holding formal and informal assessments/observations across the school to help us to prepare your end of year reports. Below are some key dates for your calendar;

- Monday 3rd - Friday 7th June (Primary and Senior Assessment Week)
- Friday 14th June (Kindergarten and Nursery reports distributed)
- Monday 17th - Friday 21st June (Kindergarten and Nursery Parent Meetings)
- Friday 21st June (Primary and Senior reports distributed)
- Monday 24th - Friday 28th June (Primary and Senior Parent Meetings)

Individual teachers will schedule their own assessments and examinations within their existing timetable. The main purposes of these assessments are to get a formal measure on each students’ development this year and to provide our older students with exam practise that they will need in the coming years. As always, we ask for a relaxed and supportive approach in the lead up to these assessments as we do not want to place students under any unnecessary stress.

Kindergarten and Nursery Term Dates

Due to the delayed start for our Kindergarten and Nursery this term will be extended until Friday 19th July. If any kindergarten/nursery families have siblings in the lower primary who may like to attend school please contact the school so we can make arrangements.

Oliver

This is my first chance to properly congratulate everyone involved in our production of Oliver the Musical. It was a tremendous effort and the experience it provided our talented young students was invaluable. A huge thanks to all the teachers and parents who worked tirelessly to make sure the production ran smoothly and the biggest thanks of all to the students themselves who proved that they really are extraordinary at rising to a challenge and delivering under pressure.

Professionally recorded and edited DVDs of Oliver, including behind the scenes interviews and photos, are now available through the Front Office at 2000rps each.

Communication

As you are hopefully now aware, we have fully updated our mailing list and will return to email as our primary method of communication. Alongside any letters sent via email will be a Facebook update asking you to check your inboxes.

In order for us to confirm that we have up to date and correct contacts for all parents could you please confirm that you have received this email by communicating with your class teacher. This can be done by text or by sending a small note to school with your child. Families who have not confirmed by Friday will be called to check that we have a working email contact.

One last huge thanks to everyone. Now that we are back in school and things are returning to normal we expect the rest of the term to be smooth and are looking forward to working with you to deliver the best for your children.

Warmest regards,

Mrs Victoria E Hislop (B Ed Hons)
Principal



April 26th 2019

Dear GIC Friends,

GIC will be closed on Monday 29th April for all students while we endeavour to implement security measures at the school.
Teachers will be in school for a full staff meeting and to familiarise themselves with procedures.
Our concern is always for the welfare of the students and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Yours Faithfully,



April 22th 2019

Dear GIC Friends,

As you are aware, there was a series of criminal, callous bombing attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The loss of life has been appalling and indiscriminate, and our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
A 6pm - 6am curfew is currently in place, some social media is temporarily restricted and the Police are conducting their investigations. Various government functions are being disrupted.
Given that GIC is on hoidays for the next week, there won’t be a direct impact on schedules, but this is obviously a tense time for the entire country.
We would urge you to exercise caution and common sense in the coming days, and pay attention to the advice published by the Sri Lankan Government and/or your respective Embassies.
The events today were an attack against humanity: Whilst the Police do their job, we can all play our part by being calm and looking after our families, each other, and our community.

Yours Faithfully,



Oliver


January 7nd 2019
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back and we hope you have all had a wonderful break. As we commence the new academic term I would like to inform you about some of the changes and events for this term. We have had many new families join us this term and we extend a special welcome to you and hope that you enjoy being a part of our wonderful community.

New Staff and New Building

Over the break our builder’s converted the upstairs storeroom into a lovely new classroom for Miss Mary and her Primary 6 class. We have been lucky enough to bring Miss Annie Aitken on board to take our Primary 5 class. Miss Aitken is an Australian trained teacher bringing with her seven years of classroom experience. We are very lucky to have her join our team and are already so impressed by the energy and professionalism she has brought to her classroom. Please keep an eye out for her as you move around the school and take a moment to welcome her into our community.

School Calendar

Yesterday, students were sent home with an overview of the key dates for this term. Please check this carefully to ensure that you are informed regarding the main events that take place this term.

Assessments, Reports and Parent Meetings

Starting next week our teachers will be completing observations, assessment tasks and exams that will allow us to write our first academic report for the year. As always, we ask that you maintain a calm approach to these tasks. It is not our intention to place any undue stress on the children and we have many strategies in place to ensure that students are able to demonstrate their learning without placing unnecessary pressure on them. Our younger students will be gently guided through tasks that allow us to check their development in English and Mathematics. Older students, including seniors, will participate in some mock examinations that provide them with some needed experience in sitting external examinations.

Upon completion of these tasks teachers will complete an academic report which will be distributed to you in week 5 of this term. Teachers will then invite you to a parent meeting to discuss the content of the report and feedback more specifically on the development of your child.

Oliver the Musical

Following the success of ‘Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat’ last year we are so excited to start rehearsals for this year’s production of ‘Oliver’. Our primary and senior students have been invited to sign up for auditions that will take place at school this week. Rehearsals for ‘Oliver’ will take place during club times and will be run by Mr James, Miss Mary, Miss East and Mr Curtis. Whilst not all students will be required for every rehearsal, by having two staff members present each day we will be able to split groups and make sure all students are supervised. Further, students participating in ‘Oliver’ are encouraged to sign up for other clubs which they will be able to attend on days that they are not needed for rehearsal. With this arrangement we do expect that all students involved in ‘Oliver’ should plan to be at school every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 3:15pm.

Whilst the specific performance dates and times are yet to be confirmed we request that you are available in the last week of term (8th - 12th April). We will communicate the exact dates when that information comes to hand.

Sinhala New Year

This term also includes our all-important Sinhala New Year celebration. This is a very special occasion at our school and I ask that you make arrangements to attend. The event will be held on Friday 12th April at 9am. Upon completion of the ceremony at approximately 11am students will be dismissed.

Primary 6 Checkpoint Exams

Cambridge and British Council have published the dates for our Primary 6 Checkpoint examinations. These examinations are externally set and marked by Cambridge and provide students with a graduating certificate to move into Grade 7. This year the exams will take place between Monday 8th - Wednesday 10th of April. A thorough timetable for these exams will be presented to Primary 6 families closer to the date. Please keep an eye out for a letter home next week with more details including the fees associated with these exams.

Fees

By now you should have received your invoices for the term. Thank you for those who have paid promptly to the office. We kindly request that invoices be settled by Friday 18th January. Payment can be made to our front office.

Communication

As both myself and Mr Curtis have teaching loads this term, I ask that you contact the office to make an appointment if you wish to discuss something. This will allow us to choose a suitable time without disrupting our teaching responsibilities.

As you can see, we have quite a busy term ahead of us. We ask that you keep a close eye on your child’s bag and homework folder to collect any notes being sent home. If you have not yet done so, we suggest that you follow our Facebook page as we endeavour to post updates regularly on that platform. The school website is also available to check the school calendar, class topic plans and other useful information.

Thank you all so much for your support and consideration,

Mrs Victoria Hislop
Principal



September 3rd 2018
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new term and an exciting year ahead. I trust you all had a great holiday and the children are refreshed and ready for new learning.

We have some changes to administration and organisation which I know you will respect and adhere too which are detailed in this letter. In addition, as you can see, there has been a flurry of activity to improve the school over the holidays……….. which is ongoing! Please bear with us whilst the team work their hardest to get this all completed. It is for the long term good of the school and I am delighted to outline the improvements and investment that has already taken place:

- Kindergarten. 3 classes renovated with suspended ceilings. Repairs to damaged walls. Outside corridor polished concrete. Substantial investment in learning aids.
- Primary. Overhead projectors and speakers installed in all classrooms. New frames for noticeboards. Complete renovation of all classrooms.
- Senior. New study room for senior students. General renovation.

New study room for senior students. General renovation.

Brand new storeroom and toilet area for primary and kindergarten. Safety carpet in the play early.

New kitchen and outside eating area under construction.

New Staff

We have some new members to our team this year and I trust you will welcome them with your usual energy. Sadly, over the holiday, Ridmi’s health has deteriorated and she will not be joining us this year. She needs to take rest to recuperate and I know you all join with me to wish her well. Miss Fahama will take the lead role in the office along side Miss Risana and Miss Amanda.

P4 – Miss Marla East
P3 – Miss Lily Lovell
Head of Senior – Mr Tim Postlethwaite
Science – Mrs Luisa Postlethwaite

Office

Please be gentle and speak slowly to our team. They are very willing to assist you and will always do their best. Their English is good but you need to speak slowly please.

Changes to administration and organisation

We have made some changes on how the school will be run on a day to day basis:

- I will be co-teaching P2 with Mr James Luck so will not always be available during the day.
- My office will be manned by Curtis Jobe, James Luck or myself who will be able to assist with all questions during the day. They will also be taking a share of the administrative workload.

We will be asking for a PTA liaison parent from each class so if you are interested, please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to make a positive contribution to school life. As soon as the PTA committee is formed, it will be meeting once a month on a set date to discuss any issues or concerns that parents may have.

Details of the new school management and governing body will be advised shortly. They will be responsible for finances, fees, infrastructure and development.

Visas

Please check your visa renewal dates. The office will deal with renewals but only if given on a Tuesday. The new regulations in immigration mean we have to prepare more documents than before and this takes time to prepare. The office cannot stop other duties to deal with this. Please make sure you give all the information on a Tuesday morning. Your paperwork will be ready the following Tuesday. Don’t leave it too late! Any visa applications handed in after this will not be dealt with until the following week.

Fees

Fees are due now! We will be operating a strict payment process this academic year. If fees are not paid but the end of the second week of term, your child will be sent home. Please be aware of this and act accordingly. Last year the office spent so much wasted time casing fees, writing and printing reminders and discussing with you to make the payments. This is unacceptable and a waste of valuable time and resources.

Van fees and Clubs

These must also be paid at the time of booking. Late payments will not be accepted and your child will not have access to the van or the clubs.

School times

School begins at 8am. Please ensure you are on time. Late comers will miss the beginning of the lesson and it is disruptive to the class to have students arriving during the lesson. Registers are taken at 8am and sent to the office. If you are late, you must register in the office as you arrive at school.

Uniform

Uniform is available in the school office and we do expect students to wear their uniform daily. Please respect this and ensure your child is suitably dressed each day for school. A school uniform teaches students to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. Perhaps most importantly, a uniform means students don't have to worry about peer pressure when it comes to their clothes. When everyone is dressed the same, worrying about what you look like isn't so important. Uniforms also give students a sense of belonging to a particular school and create an identity for the school in the community.

School clubs

Afternoon’s on which these will take place and the activities each week will be published during the week. Clubs will commence week starting 11th September.

Communication

We are determined to improve our communication with parents this Academic Year 2018/19…However, communication is a two-way process! Any school notices will be sent home in your children’s folder., PLEASE DO CHECK THESE AND READ!

In addition, all school notices will be published on a new board outside the front doors for all parents to read.

In the first half of this term, we will be updating the look and content of our website, where we will also be able to publish the latest and most up to date news.

And finally…

All our wonderful staff here at GIC are, and always will be, committed to working with you as parents to develop your child’s all round education founded on our principles of a strong academic base, kindness, trust, creativity and integrity. I will repeat that at GIC we have a zero tolerance policy regarding bullying of any description and that any incident will be referred to the school governing body to action.

Please do help us to help your children...This does mean ensuring that homework is completed during the week and that please your children get enough sleep on a weeknight to help them concentrate the following school day!!

Kind Regards,

Victoria Hislop



Jospeh



March 21st 2018
Galle International College's first musical show

Please join us for on 28th and 29th March for Galle International College's first musical production: “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat”, performed on stage in the 600-seat Hall de Galle.
This is one of the most enduring shows of all time with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice and is a re-imagining of the biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob and his 11 brothers.
The free-entry show is the culmination of over 3-months' hard work by students from 5 to 17 years old and will be backed by a fantastic 6-piece band under the musical direction of Soundarie David Rodrigo.

Arrive early for a drink at the bar. There will also be an interval of 20 minutes during the performance.



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February 1st 2018
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Independence Day

On Friday we will be holding a half hour ceremony to celebrate Independence Day at 8:30am.
Some students are speaking, we have a couple of dances and some Sinhala songs. Mr Wijepala Hettiarachchi, MP has agreed to come as Guest of Honour which is very exciting for our school.

Please note that Monday 5th February will be a holiday in honour of Independence Day. This was noted on our updated school calendar as a pending holiday which has now been confirmed by the government.

Spanish Club

Our Spanish Club will recommence next Thursday 8th February. Please talk to our office to enrol your child and organise payment. Session prices will remain the same as last term at 750rps for the one hour group class.

TV performance

I do hope you all managed to see the TV show on Saturday. If not you can catch up and view the full programme via our website, www.galleinternationacollege.com. Laurent has posted the link in the news section.
It was a great day and the students were so well behaved. There was a lot of waiting around and everyone supported each other brilliantly. Thank you to those parents who took children in their cars, your help as greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Kind regards,



January 10th 2018
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We hope you have all had a wonderful New Year and are excited to welcome you back. To our new students and families we extend a special welcome and hope you enjoy your time here with us at Galle International College. The term has started with a bang and many of you have already received information and updates regarding the events of this term. Below is a summary of the important and exciting opportunities we have coming up.

Exams/Reports/Parent Meetings

Our first series of exams, reports and parent meetings will be taking place this academic term. This is an important part of our school cycle and provides us with an opportunity to formally discuss your child’s development. Please refer to the GIC Term 2 Planner and Key Dates documents for specific information regarding the timing of these events.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

As you are now aware, our Primary and Senior students have been given the opportunity to participate in our first school musical production. There is already a buzz around the school with our rehearsals about to start. Please note that participation is optional and students who register will be expected to commit fully to rehearsals and performances.

Music and Drama Television Presentation

We have been invited to send a group of students to Rupavahini Television Studios to record a live performance on Saturday 20th January. We will be showcasing some of the incredible dance, music and drama performances that we saw throughout last term and are looking forward to some impressive work by our talented students. Specific details of this event will be communicated to you as they become available to us, however we anticipate all students from Primary 3/4/5/6 to be invited as well as select students from our lower primary and senior classes.

Clubs

Please find attached this term’s club enrollment sheets. Due to the rehearsals for Joseph, which will take place during club times, some of our regular clubs have been stopped for this term. If your child chooses to be involved in Joseph please note that they are certainly be able to sign up for other clubs as they will not be needed for every rehearsal. For those enthusiastic ukulele players, don’t fret, our ukulele club will return next term. Please ensure that you enrol your child through the front office for the clubs of their choosing as our numbers are limited and students will be admitted on a first come first serve basis.

PE

Our specialists sports coaches will continue to join us for the Friday PE sessions. For all Primary and Senior students please ensure that your child comes to school on Friday with appropriate clothing and footwear. Students will not be able to participate in their school uniform.

We look forward to another successful term and thank you for your continued support and involvement.

Mrs Victoria Hislop



September 6th 2017
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

I would like to welcome you all back to the new academic year. For our new parents, we hope you will have the opportunity to experience the warmth of the GIC community and quickly make some social connections. I trust you all enjoyed the holidays and the children are now ready for a very busy term. The school is growing and this year we have introduced three new classrooms. Primary 2 is now a single year group, Kindergarten have a new KG 1 class and Senior have a new classroom for IGCSE 2, plus we also have our first A level students. With these new classes, we have had to implement some changes, particularly for the Kindergarten.

School opening times

- School begins at 8.00am promptly.
- Please ensure the children are in school by 7.50am to avoid disturbing the class.
- If you are late for any reason, please ensure you have handed over your child to the office so they can register them in.
- Kindergarten finishes at 12.30, Primary and years 7,8,9 at 2pm and IGCSE at 3pm (only Monday – Wednesday).
- Please ensure all items of clothing and bottles are clearly labelled with your child’s name.

New Classroom access

- Access for both KG1 and KG2 will be via the corridor and not through the nursery.
- Please take your child directly to your classroom.
- If you are late and classes have started, please hand over in the office.
- The girls will take the children to class to avoid disturbing the other classes.
- Access to all classrooms in the main building apart from nursery is via the corridor. There is no access via the hall.

New Staff

I would like you to extend a welcome to our new team members.

Kindergarten:

Nursery – Miss Ruhuma
KG1 (r) Miss Ruwaida and Ms Nadeesha
KG2 (s) Miss Hafsa

Primary school:

Mr Ben - Primary 2
Miss Sarani
Mr Samih - Primary 3/4

Senior school:

Miss Jennnifer – English, Business Studies, Global Perspectives, PE, Drama
Mr Simon - Sciences.

Please make them welcome and introduce yourselves to them.
We are very lucky to have such a skilled team of teachers with us.

Parent forum

There will be two Parent forum meetings on Friday 8th September which are open to all parents in the Senior and Primary School.
The Primary meeting will be held at 8.15 am and Senior meeting at 2.15pm.
This is an opportunity for us to share with you our expectations and progress of both sections of the school and I hope all of you will attend.
For those of you with students in both sections, it will mean two meetings.

Parking

We are now a very big school for such a small car park so it is essential parents take extra care and park sensibly.
Please do not park parallel to the school, always at an angle please.
That way we can get more cars in. Students are moving to vehicles so please take extra care and pay attention to all sides of your vehicle when entering and exiting.
If the car park is full, please use the road rather than blocking the entrance.

PTA

Following last year’s successful role of chairperson, Ms Binia would like to hand over the reins this year so we will be looking for new chairperson to assist with the co-ordinating the events.
We will be holding a meeting for all parents interested in supporting the PTA on Tuesday 19th September at 8.am.
This meeting will also be an opportunity for parents to discuss how the funds raised last year are to be spent.

Assessments and reporting to Parents

Teachers will undertake spelling and reading assessments this term as a progress guide for the coming academic year.
They will also be assessing the children informally this term to monitor progress.
Following this, we will be holding progress meetings with parents during the week 6th November 2017.
Summative assessments will take place in January with parent meetings and reports in February.

Clubs

Club will commence on September 18th 2017.
I will forward a list of what is available next week.

Swimming

Swimming will resume for the Primary and Senior students on Wednesday 13th September.
The pool regulations require the students to have the correct swimming shorts, not surfing ones as well as towel.

Academic term dates

The academic term dates are available online on the website or directly from the office.
If you require a copy, please ask in the office. Please try to refrain from taking holidays during the term as the children miss sections of the curriculum.

Mosquito protection

The dangers of Dengue seems ever present so please ensure the children come to school with some protection.
The school has been sprayed and we continue to spray each month but this is still no guarantee of a mosquito free zone.
Odomos works very well and is available in most supermarkets and pharmacies.

Admission records

Please inform the office in writing with any changes to telephone numbers or addresses. We need to be able to contact you in an emergency.
The school is also obliged to hold copies of passports and visas for all our foreign students. If you have had visa’s renewed, please ensure we have a copy.

Visa applications

If you require the documentation for new visa applications, please give the office at least 3 days notice.
The process of completing the forms, collating the information required and getting everything signed takes time and care.
NO visa applications will be processed immediately.
Please check the expiry dates and ensure you have time for the process.

As always, if you have any questions please ask.

The notice board in the main entrance will always have the week plan so do read when you deliver the children in the mornings.

As always, I am available for any discussion or clarification.

Kind regards,
Victoria Hislop, Principal GIC



May 12th 2017
Letter

Dear Parents,

We have been to talking to Borderlands about the possibility of arranging a two night adventure camp for the Primary and Senior children.
As a result of the conversation, Mr Wade Campbell and his associate will be in school to give a presentation on Monday 15th May at 2pm. I would be very grateful if you would make the time to attend this presentation so that we can ascertain who might be interested in taking part in this adventure.
If you wish to look at what the offer, please follow the link  https://www.discoverborderlands.com/srilanka/ and look in the schools section. The school adventure packs are different from the family packages and provide a much higher level of supervision and challenge.

I look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Kind regards,
Mrs Victoria E Hislop (B Ed Hons)
Principal



April 26th 2017
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to the new academic term. I trust you all had a relaxing break and enjoyed meeting up with family and friends. It gave me great pleasure to see so much enjoyment at the Sinhala New Year event and even though I as not there in body, my spirit was with you all. My thanks go to the team for their amazing organisation and also you you for your participation. This a is a very important event in the Sinhalese calendar and means a great deal to our local families and staff to see your involvement.

I would like to formally welcome all our new parents and students and trust they will all enjoy their time with us.

This week is assessment week throughout the school and is it pleasing to see the students concentrating so hard. They are all relaxed and keen to give their best which is a pleasure to see.

Staffing

This week we say a fond farewell to Miss Yvette in the senior department and I know you will join with me to wish her every success in her new venture. Miss Yvette has been with the school for four years and during this time has made a huge contribution to the Senior English department. I would like to thank her for all her hard work, passion and energy in in the classroom and I know she will be sadly missed by us all.

Mr Nick Fallows will take over her position. He is already familiar with the school as he has been teaching English classes in the afternoons. He is very experienced having taught in the Emirates for some time. He has recently moved back to Sri Lanka with his family and plans to be here for some time.

Class letters

We will shortly be sending home the class letters outlining the programme of study for the term along with any relevant information relating to each class such as P.E times, homework, swimming and also anything your child may need for the lessons. Please ensure you keep the information to hand for your reference.

Primary school

We have started to build the second new Primary classroom along with a new study room next to Mr Rob. We are aiming to keep any disturbance to a minimum and Basir’s team are working late in the day and long weekends. It should be open for use in around 5 weeks! The roof should be going on this weekend so they will be able to work inside without getting wet!

Camp

Currently I am talking with Borderlands about the possibility of taking the children on a two - night adventure. Please don’t tell them yet and as I need more information and confirmation of dates, I will keep you updated!

Admission Records

Our records in school need to be updated to ensure we have all the right information. Please can you inform us of any changes in address or telephone numbers. For our foreign students, we are required by law to hold a copy of children’s passports and also a copy of the current visa. Can you please ensure the office has this updated information.

School opening times

School begin promptly at 8am each morning. Please ensure your child arrives on time as late comers do disrupt the lesson in progress. If you are late for any reason, please hand over your child in the office and the admin staff will take them to their classrooms.

Please note that all students in the Primary and Senior sections will be expected to be in classes until 2pm from Monday to Friday. The IGCSE students have also had their day extended to 3.15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to ensure we can meet the curriculum requirements.

Term dates

The academic year term dates are available either in school or on the website.

Please be aware that some changes may occur. Please note: Wesak holiday is two days Wednesday 10th May and Thursday 11th May. Friday will be a normal school day.

English Classes

The after school English classes will re-start on Tuesday 2nd May.

Swimming

Swimming will resume on Wednesday 3rd May for the Primary 2/3/4/5 and Senior students. Please ensure the students have the appropriate swim wear and a towel.

School clubs

Clubs for this term are as follows. Please note the change of days for Football and Surfing

Monday English / Art Mrs Hislop/Ms Binia, Ms Annie, Ms Menna
Tuesday English / Choir / Ukulele Mrs Hislop / Mr Curtis / Miss Laura
Wednesday English / Dance Mrs Hislop /Miss Mary
Thursday Football Mr Greg
Friday Surfing Mr Rob and the team at the Surf Shack


I will be sending a booking form for football with the students. Please check their bags. Currently Mr Greg is in Hong Kong but we hope to resume club in two weeks’ time. I will post the date on the notice board.

Surfing Club

Surfing club will be run from The Surf shack in Dewata. There is a cost of Rs1000 per week for this club which includes the tutors. The club will run from 2.30 to 4pm and the students will be working in small groups according to their level of skill with a trained instructor. Students will also need a surf board. If you do not have one one can be hired at the club at a cost of Rs500 for the session. If you wish to register your child for this club, please do so in the office. Surfing can be a high risk sport therefore a registration form must be completed for insurance purposes.

You will need to collect your children from school and take them to the venue and also collect at the end of the session as the school van is not available on a Friday.

Parking

We do have a parking area in front of the school. Please park cars at an angle, pointing towards the school to enable more cars space to drop off children. Tuk Tuk’s and bikes have a separate area marked with a sign. We have an ‘in’ and ‘out’ gate to assist you and again, please use them accordingly. Space is tight so please be vigilant and take extra care when entering and exiting as children are moving to vehicles and sometimes out of sight!

Mosquito protection

I would like to remind parents to protect their children each day with mosquito repellent. The dangers of Dengu seem ever present and while our area is free, it is important to continue to offer protection. The school is sprayed monthly but this is still no guarantee of a mosquito free zone! Odomos seems to be the best we can buy here in Sri Lanka and is available in most pharmacies and supermarkets.

Fees

Fees are now due for this academic term. If you have already paid, thank you, if not can you kindly arrange to pay the same as soon as possible.

As always, I am available for any discussion or clarification.

Very warm regards,

Victoria Hislop.
Principal



January 10th 2017
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year and welcome back to the new term. We would also like to welcome our new families to GIC and trust your child will settle in quickly. I do hope you all enjoyed the break and of course had a visit from Father Christmas!

New Classroom

Most of you will now have seen the new classroom for Primary 2/3 which we are delighted with. Our team of builders worked extremely hard over the holiday to ensure completion. There are still a few small things to do but the children have moved in and are very happy with the new space.

New Staff

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Ms Angela who will be teaching ICT across the school. Also please welcome Ms Ridmi back to the office from maternity leave. Ms Ridmi will be in school from 7.30 2.00pm each day.

Swimming

We begin swimming again this Wednesday for all students from Primary 2 – Senior 9. Please ensure the students have the appropriate kit. Swimming is an important part of our school curriculum and we ask for your support in ensuring your child is prepared each week. If your child is ill or injured, we require a written note explaining the situation. We expect regular attendance at our swimming classes and this will be monitored by staff.

Clubs

Clubs will begin again on Monday 16th January. The schedule is as follows.

Monday Art (Ms Menna and Ms Binia) Please ensure your child has an old shirt for painting please! Ms Menna’s art students will also need to bring a hat this term as they are painting outside.
Tuesday Choir  
Wednesday Dance, Football (Seniors) Form and payment required for football
Thursday Surfing Form and payment required for surfing
Friday Football (Primary) Form and payment required for football
Saturday Sailing Form and payment required for sailing


Class Letters

You will receive a topic plan and a letter from your teacher regarding class arrangements and curriculum. They will inform you of the days for PE and also anything your child needs for class. Please look out for this.

Dates for your diary

Month Date Name
January Thursday 12th Duruthu Full Moon Poya
February Friday 10th Navam Full Moon Poya
February 20th – 24th Mid term break
April Friday 7th End of term


I am being asked about Friday 13th January as a holiday. As far as I am aware, this is not the case and school will be open as usual.
Please ensure students have the appropriate school uniform each day and also a water bottle.

I am sure there will be more information for you later in the term, but in the meantime I look forward to a productive term with the students.

Kind regards,

Victoria Hislop
Principal.



September 7th 2016
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new academic year and an exciting series of events and topics for your children to experience. I trust you all had a relaxing break and enjoyed meeting up with family and friends during the summer break.
Our school is expanding rapidly and we now have a full Kindergarten and Primary section, despite adding two new classes.
I would like to formally welcome all our new parents and students and trust they will all enjoy their time with us. I would also like you to warmly welcome our new members of staff who are joining our ever growing team.

Class letters

We will shortly be sending home the class letters outlining the programme of study for the term along with any relevant information relating to each class such as P.E times, homework, swimming and also anything your child may need for the lessons.

Senior school

We are delighted to announce the completion of our buildings and we now have three classrooms and a dedicated science laboratory for the students. There are now 4 groups of students in the senior department. Grades 6/7, Grade 8, Grade 9 and the IGCSE. Our new staff members, Miss Mena (Art and Design), Miss Prabodie (class teacher for transition, year 6/7), Miss Nina (English) and Miss Laura (Sciences and special support).

Primary school

We have two new class teachers in the Primary division. Mr Robert Challens will teach the Primary 2/3 while Miss Mary Denton will teach Primary 4/5. Both teachers have excellent qualifications and experience as well as creative skills in music, dance and PE. Miss Thakshilla will continue to teach Primary 1. Miss Gail will also be joining us as a specialist teacher for one of our students in Primary 4/5.

Kindergarten

It is a great pleasure to introduce Alice Chatelais as Head of Kindergarten. She will be overseeing the teaching and learning across the classes as well as teaching some classes herself. She is highly experienced in the field of Early Years and will support the teacher training programme for our Early Years staff.

Thalassa Camp

We have the opportunity to take the older children on camp again during September. We are planning a two night stay for the Primary classes and a two night stay for the Senior School. Camp Thalassa always provides our students with a chance to learn more about each other in an exciting and adventurous environment. We will hold an information meeting on Monday 19th September at 8.15am following assembly where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the camp.

School opening times

School begin promptly at 8am each morning. Please ensure your child arrives on time as late comers do disrupt the lesson in progress. If you are late for any reason, please hand over your child in the office and the admin staff will take them to their classrooms.
Please note that all students in the Primary and Senior sections will be expected to be in classes until 2pm from Monday to Friday. We are no longer finishing at 12.30 on a Friday. The IGCSE students have also had their day extended to 3.15pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday to ensure we can meet the curriculum requirements.

Term dates

The academic year term dates are available either in school or on the website.
Please be aware that some changes may occur. Please note: Next week is a short week with both Monday and Friday being a holiday.

English Classes

The after school English classes will re-start on 12th September 2016. These classes are designed to build English speaking and grammar skills to enable students to take part in the Cambridge tests (YLE, KET, PET) If anyone wishes to enrol in these kindly let the office know of your interest. There is a cost to each English class. Please ask in the office. We will also be offering individual classes for those students in need of extra support. Your class teacher will inform you of any arrangements.

Swimming

Swimming will resume on Wednesday 14th September for the Primary 2/3/4/5 and Senior students. We are currently negotiating use of the pool for another day so that Kindergarten 2 and primary 1 students can resume classes. I will inform you as soon as we have the day and instructors arranged. Students require a towel and swimwear.

School clubs

Clubs for this term are as follows.

Monday English / Dance (modern) Mrs Hislop / Miss Mary
Tuesday English / Choir Mrs Hislop / Mr Curtis
Wednesday English / Art Mrs Hislop / Miss Menna
Thursday Surfing Mr Rob and the team at the Surf Shack.
Friday Football Mr Greg ( This is to be confirmed )


Surfing Club

Surfing club will be run from The Surf Shack in Dewata. There is a cost of Rs1000 per week for this club which includes the tutors and the transport to Dewata. The club will run from 2.30 to 4pm and the students will be working in small groups according to their level of skill with a trained instructor. Students will also need a surf board. If you do not have one one can be hired at the club at a cost of Rs500 for the session. If you wish to register your child for this club, please do so in the office. Surfing can be a high risk sport therefore a registration form must be completed for insurance purposes.

The children will be transported to the club in the school van but will need to be collected from the Surf Shack at the end of the session.

Parking

We do have a parking area in front of the school. Please park cars at an angle, pointing towards the school to enable more cars space to drop off children. Tuk Tuk’s and bikes have a separate area marked with a sign. We have an ‘in’ and ‘out’ gate to assist you and again, please use them accordingly. Space is tight so please be vigilant and take extra care when entering and exiting as children are moving to vehicles and sometimes out of sight!

School transport

The school van from Ambalgoda / Hikkaduwa is now full. If you are looking for transport from this area, please contact me as we may be able to arrange another vehicle. I am also being asked about the possibility of transport from the Unawatuna / Thalpe area. Please inform me or the office if you are interested and we can see if it is possible to arrange a van.

Trail SL (www.trailsl.com)

Some of you may be aware of a huge walk from the north to the south of Sri Lanka in aid of a cancer treatment centre in Galle. I have entered the school to take part with the hope that we can raise several hundred US Dollars towards this centre. We will be walking on Monday 31st October with some of the senior students along with Mr Curtis and several other teachers. We will take part in the section from Unawatuna to Welligama and would be so pleased if you could come and support everyone.

Our school is registered under my name, Victoria Hislop under the day walkers section. Now is the time to send all the details to your friends and family and encourage them to support this amazing project.
https://trailsl.com/walkers/?walker=440
This link should take you directly to my profile for the school where you can donate. We are all very excited about this event and would really like to raise some serious money!

Mosquito protection

I would like to remind parents to protect their children each day with mosquito repellent. The dangers of Dengue seem ever present and while our area is free, it is important to continue to offer protection. The school is sprayed monthly but this is still no guarantee of a mosquito free zone!
Odomos seems to be the best we can buy here in Sri Lanka and is available in most pharmacies and supermarkets.

Fees

Fees are now due for this academic term. If you have already paid, thank you, if not can you kindly arrange to pay the same as soon as possible.

As always, I am available for any discussion or clarification.

Very warm regards

Victoria Hislop
Principal



September 6th 2016

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June 3rd 2016

Primary & Senior trip to camp Thalassa
26th-28th May

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April 29th 2016
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to term 3 of our academic year.
Hope all of you had a lovely new year and I wish all of you lots of prosperity and happiness. I would like to formally welcome all our new students and trust they will all enjoy their time with us.

Senior School

We are delighted to announce the completion of our new building that will house two classes as well as a much awaited and well deserved staff room for our teachers. Now we are waiting for the electricity board to connect us to the grid. Once this is completed we can then move the students and begin the preparation of the old building to create a new science laboratory.

Cambridge Evaluation

The one other thing we at GIC are all proud of is that we passed the Cambridge inspection and evaluation that took place this week in flying colours.
The students are making wonderful progress in understanding fundamental principles and concepts which then can be applied across all levels. We are excited about the formation of our IGCSE class who will immediately begin their studies for `Cambridge exams next May.
The other very heartening development is the inter personal relationships that they seem to be nourishing amongst peers, other students as well as the teachers.

Primary Schoo

We have a new class in the Primary division which will be taught by Miss Carol. We warmly welcome her to the school and I can see already that she has many skills to offer the children. I will continue to teach the middle primary (years 2/3) for Maths and English and the children will join together for Topic, PE, dance and Drama.
Contracts have also be signed for two new members of staff for September. Mr Robert Challens will be joining us from the UK. He will be teaching the Middle Primary (2/3) and Miss Alice Chatelais will join us as Head of Kindergarten. Both these teachers have excellent qualifications and I know will be a real asset to our team.

Kindergarten

It is a great pleasure to welcome back Miss Sabrina this term. She will be joining us again after a short break. Many of you know her already and I know you will be pleased to see her back in the Kindergarten.

Thalassa Camp

We have had to postpone our trip to Thalassa due to repairs of the pool that were confirmed just at the end of our term. I am now awaiting confirmation of the completed work and availability of the house so that we can take the children on their adventure!
I will confirm the new dates as soon as I have the details.

Term dates

The third term for this academic year started on the 25th of April and will end on the 15th of July.
We will then re open for the new academic year 16-17 on the 5th of September 16. Kindly make note of this date as we would like all our students in full strength when we kick start the new year. I am attaching a copy of the dates for the forthcoming academic year. Please be aware that some changes may occur.

English Classes

The English classes will start next week and go an as usual until the end of this term. If anyone wishes to enrol in these kindly let the office know of your interest.

School clubs

The clubs will go on as usual:

Monday – art
Tuesday – choir
Wednesday – athletics - Yoga (Students will need a mat for Yoga!)
Thursday – dance

Parking

We now have a new parking area in front of the school. Please park at an angle, pointing towards the school to enable more cars space to drop off children. We have an ‘in’ and ‘out’ gate to assist you and again, please use them accordingly.

Fees

Fees are now due for this academic term. Kindly arrange to pay the same as soon as possible as we have lots of infrastructural expenses that need immediate attention.

We have been receiving many enquiries from parents who seem to be keen on admitting their wards in the GIC for the following academic year. If you have friends who might feel the same do request them to pay the admission fee and block the seat for their child as there are chances that we might run out of seats.

There are challenges that we face on a day to day basis considering the fact that we are a young and growing school, but the camaraderie of the staff, the tremendous interest pouring in through mails, visits and volunteers from different parts of the world and most importantly – the tangible, all round development of our children – which is the most satisfying aspect of all, keeps me going with gusto. I am looking forward to a very engaging and fruitful term.

We are always available for any discussion or clarification.

Very warm regards.

Victoria Hislop
Principal



January 10th 2016

Clubs

Monday: Art and English
Tuesday: Choir and English
Wednesday: Athletics and English
No clubs on Thursday and Friday
Please contact the office if you wish to book a place for your child for the English classes.



December 7th 2015

Dear Parents,

Preparations are well underway for the Christmas production and I am sure you are going to enjoy seeing the children perform. The show is on Thursday 10th December at 6.00pm in the Samoda Reception Hall, 357M Baddegama Road, Dangedara, Galle. This is just down the road from the school. If you need directions, please ask in the office.
The nursery children will preform ' Shine, star Shine' first, followed by a short interval with a snacks for the children, and then the primary and senior students will present ' Stable Manners'. Father Christmas will hopefully arrive at the end of the show to present the presents.
The tailor has now finished the last of the costumes and we are asking for a contribution towards the cost of these. The children can then take them home at the end of the show if they wish.
The children will need to be at the venue by 5.30pm so that costumes can be fitted.
We are all looking forward to seeing you there and hope you will enjoy the show.



November 2nd 2015

NEW ADMISSION

Dear Parents, please note that you can register your child for the new term in January 2016 from this week onward.
The office is open from 8.00am - 2.00pm from Monday to Thursday and from 8.00am - 1.00pm on a Friday.



October 21st 2015

Senior students field trip to camp Thalassa
16th-19th October.

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October 15th 2015
Late comers

Dear Parents,

Several issues have occurred during the past couple of weeks regarding the safety of children in school.
Parents arriving late are going to classrooms and leaving doors and gates open as well as taking the teacher's attention away from the class.
This is interrupting the daily routine in school and is very disruptive for the other children.

From now on we kindly request that all latecomers hand over their child to one of our office staff who will then take your child to the class room.
This also applies to any parent wishing to collect their child before the end of class.
All visitors must first report to the office before entering the school during school hours ( 8.00am-4.00pm).
School starts promptly at 8.00am.

Please make sure that your child is in school at least 5 minutes before the bell rings.

The kindergarten classes finish at 12.30pm. The children will be brought to the front play area where you can collect your child.
We hope you do appreciate our new rules for the safety of your child and to ensure a quiet and calm daily routine in school.

Kind Regards,
Mrs. Victoria Hislop



October 15th 2015
Halloween

Dear Parents,

Our Halloween celebrations will be held on 22nd October 2015 starting at 1pm to 6pm. We have a "Spooky Disco", Haunted House and several fun Halloween games for the children.

Tickets are available for this event priced at Rs. 500. For this your child will have a plate of food, a drink and access to 6 games. If you wish to buy more game tickets they will be available in the office.

If parents wish to purchase a food plate for themselves, they will be available at Rs. 150. Please inform the office in advance so we have enough food for you.
There will also be a bouncy castle, free of charge, so everyone can have a bounce.
Don't forget to come in your costume!
We look forward to seeing you here.

Thank you.



September 7th 2015
Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the new academic year. I trust you all had a good holiday and the children are feeling refreshed and ready to begin a very busy term. This term we have opened a new kindergarten class due to high demand. This class will be run by Miss Niwanka who has been training with us for the past 8 months. She is a very welcome addition to our team.

The Senior School Mr Curtis has now taken the lead as Head of Senior School and has already settled the new students into the new timetable. We warmly welcome the new students too. It is important the students complete homework on time and present their work as neatly as possible. This is essential to enable each and everyone of our Senior students to achieve their goals and work at a pace that suits them. The introduction of new subjects and expectations is challenging, however I have every confidence that our students will be successful.

The Primary School I am pleased to welcome Miss Thakshila back to join the team. She will be teaching Reception / Primary 1. She is extremely well organised, as well as being very creative, so I am confident the children will make good progress and have a wonderful time.

I will be teaching Primary 3/4/5 this term together with a super team of classroom assistants. Miss Paige is an English teacher, Miss Ruwaida has been assisting in the school for two years and also we have Miss Sewwandi a student teacher who will complete her training with us. The older year 6 students have now moved to the Senior classroom with Mr Curtis.

The Kindergarten team has been working very hard over the Summer under the watchful eye of Miss Sabrina. They have prepared a wonderful topic filled with songs, games and activities. Our team is now very settled and I am pleased to inform you that all the teachers have now completed their training courses. Many of you will remember Mithma who has now graduated from our school and has become a helper in the Kindergarten. She is a delightful girl, very kind, very gentle and is already loved by many children.

Swimming will begin this week for Seniors and Primary children on a Wednesday morning. Please ensure children have the correct kit. We are currently negotiating a time for Kindergarten 2. I will keep you informed of this. I know many kindergarten parents are asking for swimming again and as soon as we have organised the pool, I will inform you.

The Extended English School offering classes in the afternoons for children is mostly full. We have few places left for the older children so if you wish to enrol your child or know anyone who would like extra lessons, please speak to Miss Fahama.

Halloween will be a fun event this year with fancy dress, haunted castles and crafts items for you to enjoy as well as a movie. Nearer the time we will be looking for helpers and also contributions for a Halloween Picnic. As half term is a little later this year, the event will be held on 22nd October at 6pm.

Junk Items: we are in need of your empty boxes, plastic pots, newspapers and cardboard rolls. If you can save these and bring to school it would be much appreciated. The children are making very exciting models with the waste items and our stocks are running low.

After School Programme will continue this term, a timetable was sent out on Friday. Please ensure you have booked a place as some classes can only have a set number of children. You will also see we are offering some classes as part of your term fee so no extra charges. If you have any queries or questions you would like to ask, please don't hesitate to come to the office.

Yours,

Victoria Hislop
Principal



July 11th 2015
Pinnawella is the house cup winner this year. Congratulation!

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