WOODFORD International School in Honiara has initially started off its 2018 academic year as off this week despite building renovations been underway at the school compound.
In a welcome statement to parents and guidance, Executive Assistance for the Head of School Brenda Sade said despite the current bad wet weather that impacted on the school building works, preparations are still well on track.
“Work on the new toilet block has been started, some classrooms have been painted, a newly positioned guard house is nearly completed, the top parking and drop off areas leveled and water and air conditioning have been checked and maintained,” Mrs. Sade.
She added there are few changes, which regards to toilet use, parking, and security – all of which will be explained clearly over the coming days.
Mrs. Sade said some of the school’s offices have also been moved to a new building such as the receptionist, sickbay, office of the Assistant Head (operations) and Executive Assistance for the Head of School, whilst the Finance Offices remains at the back of the wooden building, which is mostly being designated as the new Library/Media Centre.
Meanwhile, she said amongst other capacity building strategies the school also undertakes a thorough review of school policies and procedures, improving teaching practice through the HITS (High Impact Teaching Strategies) and preparing for the whole PYP visitation and self-study process.
“It has also been a far from relaxed time for the office and maintenance staff. So I would like to express my sincere thanks to all of those people who have worked to such good effect, in often very difficult circumstances, to prepare the school for re-opening.
Mrs. Sade also appealed for parent’s patience as there will be a few issues and hiccups over the coming days especially in terms of slight increase in expected enrollments but this may well put a little pressure on human and other resources in the opening weeks.
Meanwhile, many local private schools have also started their academic year as of this week, whilst most of the government schools are expected to start their academic year next week.