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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Events & Initiatives

2017 EVENTS

 

Quiz & Curry Night at the ISS Breeze Way, 6.30pm, 3rd November 2017

 

 

PTFA Halloween Disco in the ISS Multipurpose Hall, 4 - 6pm, 27th October 2017

 

 

2016 EVENTS

 

The Biggest Garage Sale in Suva, 12th November, 2016 

2016 was a fresh year for the PTFA with an all new member committee. The AGM was held on the 23rd March with a great turn out of parents and staff.  The PTFA Committee members voted in at the AGM were: President - Sharon Smith-Johns, Vice President - Candice Italiano, Secretary - Lisa Nili and Committee members, Judy Compain, Arveen Chandra and Molly Tora.  The Committee in its progressive stage has had a reshuffle in their lineup of members and this can be found on the PTFA Committee page.  

The first initiative by the new PTFA committee was a Welcome to 2016 drinks. Although the turn out was less than expected, those who were able to make it were happy to meet the new committee and share in the insights to the new school developments.

  

FUN DAY, 6th AUGUST -  Fun Day 2016 
is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the school calendar and a great opportunity for students, parents, staff and the local community to come together and enjoy a great family day out. In previous years the majority of the money raised at Fun Day was used to improve facilities for the students of ISS. The school has come a long way since the first Fun Day some 40 years ago and through the commitment of the PTFA over the years funds have helped in many ways to assist the students of ISS.

In the past year it has become increasingly difficult for the PTFA to allocate funds into meaningful projects at ISS as the school is now in a position to fund any of its own projects without the help of fundraising.  

Money collected from the Fun Day 2015 and surplus monies from previous years have amounted to over $70,000 with only minimal projects being funded in 2015. With this in mind the PTFA are proud to announce that the focus of its activities and fundraising will be for community based Action and Service programs. Keeping in mind that from time to time ISS still need certain projects funded by the PTFA 20% of funds will be put aside for the school with the remainder 80% for Action and Service programs.

Action and Service programs are practical opportunities for students of International School Suva to make a real difference in the local communities of Fiji and to learn the importance of community engagement. These programmes are central to the Mission and Vision of the school and bring our students together with people from often vastly different circumstances to their own.

This year the focus of the 2016 Fun Day is to raise funds for service projects in schools affected by Cyclone Winston.


As always, this years Fun Day was another success as it raised a net of  $26,431. The PTFA wishes to thank the students, teachers, parents and the sponsors who helped to make it a success. The day turned out brilliant with numerous student band performances, the police jazz band, the variety of foodstalls, Taekwondo demonstrations, dance performances, the magic show and all the other year level fun activities.  Congratulations to Robyn Eastgate of year 3 for winning the best Fun Day Poster. For pictures from fun day, please visit our PTFA Gallery Page.

 

PTFA INITIATIVES

Building IT Capacity–  $37,000 has been approved for the purchase of 30 laptop for student use in the school. Whilst the school has its own IT rollout programme, the purchase of these computers will help fast track this programme and give additional IT capacity to departments and classes throughout the school.

  

 

Charitable Services- In addition to ISS-based funding the PTFA also earmarked 10% to charitable and service projects. This year, the  PTFA committee agreed to assist the Fiji Paralympic Team with their preparations for the Paralympic games. The Paralympic team made an appearance at this years Fun Day and were handed the cheque of $4,000.  We wish them well at the Paralympic games.

 

 

Beautification - $1,000 has been allocated for paints and equipment to brighten up areas of the school.  

 

CWM Hospital Renovations - The Year 7s request for funds ($4,550) to help with the renovations carried out at the CWM hospital has also been approved by the committee.  The students also allocated some time after school to go down to the Hospital and paint the nurse's change rooms.  As this is still work in progress, the AFTER pics will be posted once the works are complete.

  

  

    

PTFA EVENTS

The Quiz & Curry Night - 21st October, 2016 - The 70s themed Quiz and Curry night brought together more than a hundred people from the ISS community of parents, teachers and friends.  At the Royal Suva Yacht Club we took a trip down memory lane on Friday the 21st October as parents and friends turned up in numbers dressed in their colourful retro 70s gear.  Knowledge of the 70s movies, politics, sports, music and more was the advantage of the night ending with lip sync battles that rocked the club.  The night even saw everyone jive to the time warp taken from the movie - The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

The PTFA Social committee organizers were led by Lisa Nili, and included Tracey Armstrong, Simone Todd and Shelley Kennedy. Together these pink ladies worked tirelessly to ensure that the night ran smoothly with their MC and T-Bird, Ed   Armstrong.

The PTFA Social committee wishes to thank the school canteen for providing the delicious spicy curry, the hardworking maintenance team, Kini and her team of dedicated ladies, Mr. Tim Ulacake for the music and sound and last but certainly not the least Shirin Ludher of Illumine for the 70s themed decor.  Everyone who came enjoyed the night as it ended with disco dancing to the 70s hits.  Pictures from this event can be found on the PTFA Gallery page.

 

The Primary Halloween Social, 27th October - The Event that every primary student looks forward to.  This year the PTFA Social committee, Lisa Nili, Tracey Armstrong, Simone Todd and Shelley Kennedy brainstormed and together put on a thriller of a halloween party for the students.  With activities like the Sasa broom race, the photo booth, the apple bobbing, face painting, Tattooing, art & craft, dancing and the famous trick or treat stations, the primary students enjoyed themselves right into the evening.  

The committee wishes to thank everyone that helped out, the Middle School students, parents who brought in delicious ghoulish cupcakes, fruits and biscuits and a special acknowledgment to the Primary teachers who worked well to ensure everyone had fun.   Pictures can be found in the PTFA Gallery.

 

2015

With the emphasis of bringing the school-wide community together, the PTFA organise a variety of social events and forums that suit the diversity of stakeholders.  Our hands-on PTFA committee including school management, teachers, staff, school maintenance and parents are all tremendously valued. We cannot thank you all enough for your assistance in the past and again for the upcoming events!
There are different events. Some of the events are organised for our school community and there are several fundraising and community events where we invite the general public in Suva to participate. Our largest Fundraiser of the year is the Annual Fun Day and this is considered the best day out in Fiji as it offers a great variety of international foods, entertainment, activities, games and shopping for all. The raised funds are invested back into the school to benefit our students and teachers. It is agreed that 10% of this budget will be allocated annually for the benefit of charities. It is the PTFA’s position that the first priority be given to charities that the students are involved in during their after school programs. Anyone can submit proposals for charities as well as school project allocation of funds to benefit students.
 
Please check the PTFA webpage and the PTFA calendar on the school website which is regularly updated. You can also follow us in the school newsletter (Talanoa), International School Suva PTFA face book page and Linked n group.  ISS now has an online email group where you can find the minutes and reports from committee meetings and event updates. To subscribe go to http://j.mp/sub-issptfa and click subscribe. 
 
MONTHLY
PTFA THE BOOK CLUB
The ISS PTFA book club meets once a month to discuss parenting books. We talk about how these books may change our own parenting practices as well as how implementation of these ideas may differ as expats versus parenting in our home countries. Suitable for bookworms and idea lovers, it's a great chance to talk about issues that affect our third culture kids and us as international parents. We meet at 8:00 AM in the ISS boardroom on a monthly basis, conveniently right after morning drop off. Coffee and tea are provided.
 

Example of former sessions:

Monday 23 March Book: The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman

Monday 20 April Book: Hands Free Mama by Rachel Macy Stafford 

Tuesday 19 May Book: The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler

TuesdayJune 16 Book: Third Culture Kids, a book by David C. Pollock. 

Monday 27 July: Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dadsby Rosalind Wiseman book 

Monday 24 August: How Children Succeedby Paul Tough

Monday 14 September: The opposite of Spoiledby Ron Lieber

Even if you don't attend the meetings you can subscribe to our bookclub mailing list  at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/issbookclub. List members can reach the bookclub at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is also a list of suggested books there
Please contact Amerika Grewal who is coordinating this initiative at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are willing to help somehow or need more info.

 

PTFA SOCIAL - 2015

We meet at the Grand Pacific Hotel on the second Wednesday of each month for a social hour. All parents and Teachers are invited. It’s a perfect opportunity for parents who are fairly new to the school/country and got to meet our other parents. The objective is simply to have fun together.

 

TERM 1

BULA VINAKA PARTY

At the beginning of the Year, the PTFA throws a Bula Vinaka Party to allow parents to socialize. This is a wonderful avenue for new parents to meet other parents and get more acquainted with the school. This year we offered a reception right after the Primary and Secondary Parent Information night organised by the school.

             

PRIMARY SWIMMING CARNIVAL

The PTFA supports the school and children by providing healthy snacks and drinks at the Primary Swimming Carnival. Snacks include fresh fruits and all natural juice ice blocks along with water, fresh coconuts and fresh lemon juice. Justine Ryan has gently offered to organise this event.

        

TERM 2

SCREEN ON THE GREEN (New in 2015)

This year the PTFA is taking the initiative to have a Family movie night at the school on June 12th. The event, Screen on the Green, is an enthusiastic approach to strengthen our school community by inviting our students and their families, teachers and staff to watch a movie under the stars. We plan to have a set up where all you need to do is bring your blankets, pillows and picnic baskets. There will be popcorn and drinks for sale at the event. Please watch out for the poster at school and on the PTFA Facebook page to confirm times and movies.   Please contact Amerika Grewal or Lydia Sprankle who are coordinating this initiative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are willing to help somehow or need more info.

 

TERM 3

FUN DAY

It is the most fun day of the year for the entire school and the largest PTFA fundraiser event. Parents, teachers, students, staff and the community work hard together leading up to the event. School premises are abuzz with excitement, laughter and lots of people. Last year there were over 4,000 people that attended Fun Day. There is live entertainment, international food stalls, shopping in our white elephant (second hand) and the book stalls, Magic show and Haunted House, many more games and activities for children of different ages and our Theme Basket Silent Auction. 

Like in past years we will need your help to prepare for the 2015 Fun day which will be held on the 8th August. We thank all the parents, students, teachers and staff who have already volunteered for this year’s event and to those that have helped us in previous years. We also work very closely with donors and sponsors in the school and outside the school and we are very appreciative of their continued support.

Please contact  Myke Leahy who is coordinating this initiative at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are willing to help somehow or need more info.

TERM 4

THE QUIZ & CURRY NIGHT

You don’t have to be a brilliant quizzer to come along for that evening. Our Quiz masters promise to give us all a night of fun where you are guaranteed to enjoy yourself and learn some interesting or useless facts along the way so why not? So whether you want to be the Quiz Champion or just have a fun dinner with your friends, this is a night out for you. Please come, enjoy and support this fun fundraising night. Tickets will be sold in the ISS business office.

Justine Ryan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Gary Frost and Georgina Cope have gently offered to organise this event. Please contact them if you are willing to help somehow or need more info.

 

 

           

GARAGE SALE

Finally, closer to the end of the school year, we host the biggest Garage Sale in Suva. With over 50 tables sold to parents and our local community, there is quite a variety of second hand items for sale and at much discounted prices. This event is a great opportunity for you to empty out your cupboards, get some extra cash and involve your children in the experience of selling goods. A notice will go out to parents and staff prior to the event giving them first priority to purchase a table.  Please contact  Lydia Sprankle, PTFA Social Coordinator attambua96@gmail.comif you are willing to coordinate this event, help somehow or need more info.

    

FAMILY SPORTS DAY (planned for 2016)

Another PTFA initiative  for next year is a Family sports day. This event is in the process of being planned but will include a fun filled day full of physical activities that will bond our school family together. Our Family Sports Day. Stay tuned!  Please contact  Chris Wild  who is coordinating this initiative with the teacher Joe Hedditch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you are willing to help somehow or need more information.

 

2015 PTFA INITIATIVES:

 

CAREER SPEAKER SERIES

The objective is to give year 10th, 11th and 12th students the opportunity to better understand the career opportunities that await them after they finish high school.Choosing a career path is a big decision. 13 years old children have to choose different subjects in their curricula that may affect their studies at university and consequently their professional life.

 

Would you be interested in speaking over the lunch hour to our high school students about your academic and professional journey? ISS High school students require your support. They need professional advice from you. Do not worry, it will be short and informal, but will provide these young students  with a look at the many roads the leaders of our community have taken in their lives.


What single piece of advice would you give your teenage self if he was listening to you today at ISS? What are you most passionate about professionally? How did you arrive in your current career field? What path brought you here? Simple questions and honest answers which will bring light to all of them. 

 

  

                     Baia Morthylunch talk                                                  Ellen Whippy lunch talk

 

In late January, the PTFA started asked parents to volunteer to speak to our students. A number of lunches have been orchestrated so far which are scheduled for Wednesdays from 12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Volunteers do not feel alone in this experience . An ISS student hosts the speaker’s campus visit and introduces him to the attendants.

 

Tentative Calendar of scheduled Career Speaker Series:

Date

Professional

Profession

March/11/2015

Juana Lovell

Biological Services Fiji

March/18/2015

Baia Morthy

Human Resources.

March/25/2015

Latileta Quoro

New CEO for the South Pacific Stock Exchange. Former ISS Head Girl

April/22/2015

David Dugucanavanua

Auditor, Ernst and Young, LLP

May/6/2015 

Laura Itzkowitz

Pacific Regional Health Delegate at Australian Red Cross.

May/20/2015

Ellen Whippy Knight

Executive Director, Fiji Fashion Week

June/3/2015

Loretta Jackson

Event Company Manager,Communications Fiji Limited

July/15/2015

Nick Hobgood

Development Aid Worker, International Trade and Development

July/29/2015 

Elise Huffer

Cultural Advisor, SPC

August/10/2015

Nick Hobgood

Development Aid work

August/19/2015

Lara Phillips

Librarian

September/9/2015

Dr.John Fatiaki

FCGP President

September/16/2015

Dee McLean

Business& Finance Consultant

October/16/2015

Shane Harris

Engineering

 

Amerika Grewal is coordinating this initiative to help with the career and college readiness of the ISS students. Please contact Amerika atAmerikag@gmail.comif you are willing to help somehow or need more info.

 

THE OVERSEAS BOOK ORDER

Coordinated in 2014 by Deborah Singh-Smith. The primary students look forward to choosing their well priced books from the colourful brochures and the school gains free books for the Library; a superb win-win service we offer at school.

 

ACTIVE KIDS IN ACTIVE SUVA
The database ‘Active Kids in Active Suva’ is another new service published in 2014 and updated in 2015. The list of extracurricular children activities organised in Suva, outside ISS, is continuously growing and is especially a valuable tool to new families who in the past had difficulty discovering the many activities available in our Suva. We would like to thank Diane Adams for the effort in updating this document.

 

THE NOQU SUVA POSTER

A new ISS souvenir ‘Noqu Suva’ was developed as a fundraiser project. We printed posters of our ISS amongst the typical Suva landmarks. The original commissioned artwork is painted on masi (tapa cloth made from the bark of a tree) by the well know local artist Vili who works at Matenga. Its details depict a Fiji lifestyle that many of our families leave behind when departing our shores. Posters are sold at PTFA events for FJD$10 or $15 depending of its size.

The original piece was donated to the school at the New Building Opening Ceremony on 22nd July 2015.

 

PAST INITIATIVES:

The ISS COOK BOOK Project 2012-2013  

This book won 3rd Place in the global 2014 Gourmet Awards in the Pacific fundraising books division.

What a success achieved with our cookbook! It involved some dedicated time to create, but has sold out and out of the  400 books printed, there a only a couple left in the library. They are a great souvenir of ISS and the Pacific, and for all to cherish for years to come as it truly highlights the grand cultural mix we have within our school . It was a entire school and community project that we can be proud of! All profits went to the PTFA and 10% to a Charity initiative.