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International School Suva

World Class Citizens ~ Life Long Learners

Construction Updates - June, 2017

29.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 3 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Fitting rug in the bottom of Think Tank

o   Plastering the basement

  • 2. Site B

o   Digging to make an emergency egress

o   Setting up area for new AstroTurf

3.       J-Block

o   Bending and cutting steel for work in the emergency egress

 

28.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 3 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Fitting rug in the bottom of Think Tank

o   Plastering the basement

  • 2. Site B

o   Digging to make an emergency egress/fabrication of steps

o   Setting up area for new AstroTurf

3.       J-Block

o   Bending and cutting steel for work in the emergency egress

 

27.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 3 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Fitting rug in the bottom of Think Tank

o   Plastering the basement

  • 2. Site B

o   Digging to make an emergency egress

o   Setting up area for new AstroTurf

3.    J-Block

o   Bending and cutting steel for work in the emergency egress

 

 

26.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 3 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Fitting rug in the bottom of Think Tank

o   Plastering the basement

 

2. Site B

o   Digging to make an emergency egress

o   Setting up area for new AstroTurf

3.  J-Block

o   Bending and cutting steel for work in the emergency egress

 

23.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

 

The Think Tank is open as emergency egress only some works are being carried out after school. Due to rain there was a lot of work disruptions

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Touch up works

o   Leveling the floor in the basement

o   Fixing iron for basement floor

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Setting up scaffolding for pouring in column

o   Laying blocks

 

22.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 3 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

The Think Tank is open as emergency egress only some works are being carried out after school.

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Touch up works

o   Fixing in chambers for electrical fitting and water outlets

o   Leveling the floor in the basement

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Laying blocks

o   Setting up scaffolding for pouring in column

3. Ground near maintenance

o   Clearing the stockpile

o   Fitting in culvert for driveway

 

 

21.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 3 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

The Think Tank is open as emergency egress only some works are being carried out after school.

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Touch up works

o   Fixing in chambers for electrical fitting and water outlets

o   Leveling the floor in the basement

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Laying blocks

o   Setting up scaffolding for pouring in column

 

3. Ground near maintenance

o   Clearing the stockpile

o   Fitting in culvert for driveway

 

 

20.06.2017

 

We have ongoing work at 3 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

 

The Think Tank is open as emergency egress only some works are being carried out after school.

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Installing pan and cistern in toilets

o   Touch up works

o   Fixing in chambers for electrical fitting and water outlets

o   Leveling the floor in the basement

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Laying blocks

o   Fitting in the column

3.       Ground near maintenance

o   Clearing the stockpile

o   Fitting in culvert for driveway

 

19.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

The Think Tank is open as emergency egress only some works are being carried out after school.

 

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Putting in tiles for the toilets

o   Touch up works

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Laying blocks

 

16.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Correcting any defects

o   Fitting in vinyl and aluminum doors for the toilets

o   Installing night lights (sunset switched)

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Aligning in the columns for pouring cement

 

15.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   General clean-up

o   Correcting any defects

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Aligning in the columns for pouring cement

14.06.2017

 

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   General clean-up

o   Correcting any defects

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Putting in the column

13.06.2017

 

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Putting in tiles for the toilets

o   Correcting any defects

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Tying column rod

12.06.2017

 

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Putting in tiles for the toilets

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Tying column rod

o   Setting scaffolding for fitting in column

10.06.2017

 

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Painting the fence post

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Building ram to move culvert to level 1 floor

o   Fabricating steel for beam level 1

 

09.06.2017

 

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Fitting in V-drains

o   Painting the fence post

o   Putting in chain link for fence

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Steel fixing works

 

08.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Fitting in V-drains

o   Putting in tiles for the toilets

o   Painting the fence post

o   Putting in chain link for fence

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Pouring cement for  Block J floor

 

07.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Fitting in V-drains

o   Putting in tiles for the toilets

o   Running data cable

o   Fitting in retaining wall near sandpit

o   Painting the fence post

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Steel fixing works on the decking

Due to rain we had disruption to the works, in J Block works can only be done when the its not raining.

 

06.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

o   Fitting in V-drains

o   Putting in tiles for the toilets

o   Running data cable

o   Fitting in retaining wall near sandpit

o   Painting the fence post

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Steel fixing works on the decking

o   Other preparation for pouring in cement


05.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Clean-up around the think tank

o   Installing the lights and switch

o   Fitting in the railings

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Setting in final decking and rod for filling in floor

 

Most of the workers are working near the Think Tank doing cleaning and removing scaffolding.

 

02.06.2017

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.                                 

 

  1. Think tank (Site C)

o   Finishing works – painting, plastering

o   Removal left over material and scaffoldings

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleaning around Think Tank

 

2. J Block (Site A)

o   Putting in fire and electrical conduit

o   Preparing the decking for pouring in cement - ongoing

                             

01.06.2017

 

We have ongoing work at 2 places on site.

1. Think tank (Site C)

 

o   Finishing works - painting, plastering

o   Installing the lights and switch

o   Fitting in the railings

o   Cleanup of Think tank area

 

2. J Block (Site A)

 

o   Fixing the decking for filling in the floor for Level 2

Vacancy - Teaching

TEACHING VACANCIES

International School Suva is an independent co-educational school based in Suva, Fiji offering the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Diploma Programmes, the Cambridge IGCSE Programme and the Australian Capital Territory High School curriculum. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has a current roll of just over 600 students. The students come from 45 different nations with around 20% being Fiji Nationals.

The school is currently seeking qualified teachers for the following positions:

  • Secondary Science – Part time with a focus on General Science and SeniorBiology (IB experience preferred).  This position has a start date of 27th March  2017.
  • Primary teacher (i-taukei Language specialist) – immediate start.

A minimum of three years relevant teaching experience and international teaching experience will be an advantage.

A letter of application including full Curriculum Vitae and the names and contacts of three referees should be sent by mail to:

Hector Hatch

Interim Principal

International School Suva

PO Box 10828

Laucala Beach Estate

Suva

or emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whilst the closing date for applications is Thursday, 16th February 2017, the school reserves the right to fill the position in advance of this date should a suitable applicant be found.

Building Project Update 13

 

13th March, 2015

 

Work has begun on the wiring and installation of air conditioners and lights.  We can now recognise and piece together the building in accordance with the Architect's drawings. Exciting months ahead.

 

 

 

Vacancy - Head of Middle School

International School Suva, Fiji

seeks a new

Head of Middle School

to start in January 2018

International School Suva (ISS) provides exceptional international based education for the children of those families who come to Suva, Fiji from abroad, as well as families based in Suva looking for an international style education. We are seeking an educator with the creativity, resilience and commitment to lead the Middle School to achieve continued academic excellence and thriving student life in line with its Mission and Vision.

VISION

That every ISS student should have the confidence to be themselves, be independent in thought and action, be enterprising and prepared for life as a global citizen.  ISS will strive to become the premier provider of primary and secondary education in the South Pacific where students will be exposed to a variety of learning experiences of the highest international standards that can assist them to achieve to their maximum potential.

MISSION

ISS is committed to rigorous and high academic standards and instillation of ideals of life-long learning and responsible global citizens.  We strive to ensure that every student leaves ISS with an international understanding, an ability to think critically, act with compassion, care about themselves and others and display the attributes of School Wide Learner Outcomes.


THE ISS SCHOOL WIDE LEARNERS OUTCOMES

Inquirers

Acquiring the skills necessary to conduct research and construct meaning, stimulating a love of learning that will be sustained throughout their lives.  Demonstrate curiosity and value learning questioning the truth and principle behind concepts.

Thinkers

Exercising initiative in applying higher level thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions, to solve complex problems and to reflect on findings.

Communicators

Receiving and expressing ideas and information confidently in more than one language or mode of communication, including the language of mathematical symbols, use of computer technology, and non-verbal modes of communication.  Demonstrate effective listening skills.

Courageous

Approaching and analyzing unfamiliar situations with the confidence required to explore new roles, ideas and strategies.  Showing the courage and commitment to articulate and defend their beliefs.

Knowledgeable

Exploring themes which have global and local relevance and importance, in order to acquire a critical mass of knowledge and skills in a range of significant subject areas.

Principled

Having a sound grasp of the principles of moral reasoning.  Displaying integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice.  Advocacy for those unable to speak for themselves and for just causes.

Caring

Showing sensitivity towards the needs and the feelings of others.  Displaying self-respect, self-esteem and being enthusiastically involved in the community.  Developing the skills knowledge and compassion to empower others and serve the community

Open-minded

Respecting the views, values and traditions of others.  Seeking and considering a range of perspectives with sensitivity and tolerance.

Balanced

Understanding the importance of physical, spiritual and mental balance and personal well-being.  Taking action through participating in a wide range of cross-cultural activities including the arts and sport.

Reflective

Giving thoughtful consideration to learning and analyzing personal strengths and weaknesses in a constructive manner.

Visionary

Picturing different directions, assessing how to move forward using judgment and foresight, wisdom, integrity and perseverance.  Knowing when to be a participant or a spectator.

CURRICULUM

ISS offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary and Diploma programmes, the Cambridge IGCSE programme as well as the Australian Capital Territories (ACT) certificate.  Our student-centred programme offers a technology-rich and inquiry-based approach.  ISS offers a programme of study that allows all students to reach their potential.

COMMUNITY

ISS actively pursues a sense of community characterized by students who are cooperative, communicative, productive and responsible.  Students are encouraged to view themselves and their school as integral parts of the global community.  Our community is a partnership of stakeholders who are actively engaged in the school and collectively shape its direction and ethos.

CITIZENSHIP

We promote global citizenship and the expectation of our students is to reflect upon their own world and the world around them and to develop the skills required to make positive changes worldwide.  We encourage students to embrace the diversity present at ISS and to celebrate the fact that it makes us a richer school community.

THE SCHOOL AND CURRICULUM

ISS is a private co-education day school providing internationally-recognized education programmes for 600 children aged from three to 18.  The school was established over 40 years ago by a group of families as an alternate education provider offering broader-based, internationally-focused education.

ISS offers a unique combination of internationally accredited curricula that are not available at other schools in Fiji.  The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IBPYP) forms the framework for the primary program for children aged from three to 12.  This follows a holistic approach to education, addressing the social, physical, emotional and cultural wellbeing of children in addition to their academic needs.  Students progress into a School-Based Curriculum in Years six to eight.  Academically rigorous, it is a good prerequisite for the Cambridge IGCSE program for Years nine and 10.  Together, this five year programme places emphasis on knowledge acquisition, and the use of ideas and principles.

In their final two years of school, the ACT Certificate is taught alongside the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP).  Both are rigorous courses which are based on a combination of the principles of inquiry-based learning, academic rigor and critical thinking.  This provides a student with a Year 12 ACT Certificate, an ATAR score or an IB Diploma which provides entry to universities all over the world.

The school has a common set of e School Wide Learner Outcomes to which teaching and learning are aligned.  Whether a Primary, Middle or High School student, the programmes are aimed at engendering a lifelong love of learning and establishing an inquiring and critical thinker who is conscious of global issues and comfortable in a multicultural situation.

FACULTY

The faculty is currently comprised of nearly 80 teachers throughout the school. Most of the teachers are recruited from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand as well as from the USA, UK, France, China and other countries.

CAMPUS AND FACILITIES

The school campus is located in Laucala Beach Estate, Suva, Fiji.

In 2013 the school embarked upon a major renovation and building programme.  As a result, a new library building incorporating an amphitheatre, administration offices and a student and staff cafeteria was opened in 2015 and in the same year the dedicated Middle School was developed. At the beginning of 2017 a new, 15-classroom Primary block is due to open after which work on the second phase of development of the Primary School is due to start. It is expected that the development of the Primary School will be completed by mid 2018.

ACCREDITATION AND AFFILIATIONS

ISS has been accredited for many years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and received its most recent 6-year accreditation in 2014.  In addition ISS is affiliated with the International Baccalaureate Organization, Cambridge International Examinations, the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies and is Fiji’s EducationUSA Advising Centre.  ISS is also a member of the East Asia Region of Overseas Schools.

THE POSITION

ISS is looking for an experienced educator with strong leadership and managerial skills.

The Head of Middle School will be charged with:

Being a member of the Senior Leadership Team and working closely with the Head of Primary School, Head of High School and Head of School.

  •  Articulating the vision of the school within the Middle School.
  •  Managing the day-to-day work of the Middle School.
  •  Assisting in the recruitment and hiring of faculty.
  •  Leading the annual evaluation of faculty.
  •  Ensuring that the academic and extra-curricular programme of the school reflects the best practices of international education.
  •  Paying attention to the detail needed for the programme within the Middle School to run smoothly.
  •  Maintaining good communication between and among the various constituencies of the school.
  •  Displaying a willingness to represent and promote the school throughout Fiji.

Qualifications

  •  An advanced degree with emphasis in education and leadership is preferred.
  •  Previous experience of school leadership in an international setting.
  •  Dynamic, creative thinking with the ability to make decisions that reflect the best interests of all concerned parties.
  •  Ability to solve problems with determination, creativity and in good humour.
  •  Good team-building skills and a person who can inspire confidence and trust.
  •  Excellent communication skills as a speaker and writer.

Terms of contract

The initial contract would be for three years.  Salary will be competitive for the region.

Application procedure

Interested candidates should send an application at the earliest possible time but no later than 31 January, 2017.

Applications will be accepted in electronic form only.  Qualified candidates are asked to send all application materials in a single pdf file of 4MB or less to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , copied to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Applications should include the following:

Cover letter

  •  Resume, generally not more than two pages
  •  Statement of education leadership philosophy
  •  Names and positions of at least three references, with current and accurate email addresses

Candidates should note that, in the event an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, ISS reserves the right to bring the search to an early close.

Please refer to the school’s website: www.international.school.fj for further information and pictures.

Building Project Update 12

 

13th February, 2015

 

During the vacation work continued on our new building and we are hoping to start occupying the building in June. We are already planning a big ‘library-moving’ day when you will all be invited to school. Seeing how the building is coming together to link the primary and secondary sections of the school is very exciting and I know will add to our sense of community.