Friday, May 27, 2016

Chairman's Report

May 26, 2016

Dear ICS Parents,
It is my honor and privilege to have served on the P.A. for the past four years, this year serving in the role of Chairman.
I would like to share with you my reflection on what we strived to achieve during the past year. It is rewarding to record that new members have joined in 2015-2016 and positive changes were introduced with enhanced communication among students, parents, teachers, and the school management.
In 2015-2016 we have 477 paying members from the ICS parent community.
In keeping with our objective, namely committed support to the School for the welfare of students, we organized prayer meetings, sub-committees on various matters, parenting workshops, teacher and staff appreciation lunches, and snacks for student fellowship gatherings. We also sponsored the Walktoberfest bouncy house rental.  Through these activities, we managed to bring parents together to consolidate resources to support the School in whatever ways we could.
A technology sub-committee was formed to monitor the progress of using technology in schools.  This sub-committee had various parents joining and contributing their time in a monthly meeting with the school IT stakeholders. During the monthly meetings, we reviewed the usage of the 1-1 computer program, reported feedback on parents concern, and developed workshops for parents. We aim to drive correct usage behaviors and ethics for students on using technology in their lives.
A school curriculum sub-committee was formed to work with school management on reviewing High School curriculum.  We aim to develop Christian life for the students as well as being well-rounded in different subjects such that students can be motivated to develop their areas of talent.  Most important, their Christian spiritual life has to be developed, not just bible knowledge.
PA also has established a communication channel with the Board of Trustees, and the School Management Committee.  ICS Parent Association is the only recognized parent group committed under ICS.  We have the responsibility of reflecting parents viewpoints, and also giving out the Board directions to the parents.  PA will keep serving as this communication channel among parents, student, and school management.
ICS PA was also in communication with neighboring Wong Kam Fai PTA on several community matters, such as traffic control, community services, and also reflecting school concerns on the city planning.
Thanks to the Prayer Coordinators, several parenting events were organized with Dr. Esther Su.  The workshop was not only addressed to our parents, students from ES and SS also participated.  ICS PA like to would encourage parents and students keep joining the prayer meetings and workshops in order to develop a healthy spiritual life.
This year we finished reviewing the comprehensive membership model to be presented at the AGM.This model can improve our efficiency and reflect all our parents concern as a whole.  We are looking forward to more activities being done next year under this new model.
ICS PA also witnessed new leadership emerging on the PA Executive Committee, working as subcommittee point persons or members. The knowledge, expertise, and time invested by them will be rewarded by the setting up of a good documentary foundation that benefits all PA ExCo members in the future.
Last but not the least, I am thankful to all ExCo members for their hard work on organizing events, having monthly meetings with principals, joining sub-committee meetings, etc.  I also give special thanks to those ExCo members that are ending their term of services this year. Special thanks are given to those stepping down - Campus Representatives Jennifer Loh, Kinal Ng, Pippi Lo, and Polly Wong as well as those ExCo who have served many years - Becky Su, Bert Wong, and Eppie Lam. These committed parents have served on the ICS PA and their contributions cannot be ignored.  
May God’s spirit fill us and may God bless our students, parents, and school management.
And we all pray in Jesus’s name,
Eddie Tsui

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