December 2018

Dear Parents

I would like to use the opportunity of the end of my first term at St. John’s to thank you for your support throughout these first months. And what a whirlwind fourteen weeks they have been. I have had the chance to learn so much about St John’s and this great community of people; I have appreciated all of the conversations, individually and in group,  whether it has been in person, by letter or email. The passion and commitment that you have for the school and your children’s education shines through in all these interactions.

It truly is a privilege to get to know your children and see so many of the great things that they are involved with and excelling in. There have been so many highlights already, some of which I have touched upon in my (more or less!) weekly blog. Thank you, everyone, who has discovered it and became regular readers. I have only recently found out that I can view statistics on my blog’s readership; it has been fascinating to see that beyond the many readers in Belgium and the UK, I have a pretty loyal following in the US, Canada and South Africa. The rest of my readership is truly global spanning 27 countries, including Finland, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Australia, Mauritius, and India. https://stjohnsinternationalhead.com/ if you would like to take a look!

One of the areas which has come through very clearly from the feedback we received, is the need for St John’s to improve its communication with parents. Much of this is centred around the frustration with the multiple platforms, several of them very difficult to navigate. I am therefore pleased to let you know that Inspired have agreed to support St John’s transition to a new Management Information System (MIS). The new MIS will give us much greater flexibility, not only to integrate our systems, but to also provide us with a more efficient and intuitive platform. We are finalising the timeframe for this transition, but as you can imagine, I am doing everything I can to get this in place for the next academic year. Our new Head of Marketing, Admissions and Communication, Sebastian Dohmen, is also keen to bring an online school calendar to you much sooner than September. In fact, we hope to be able to roll it out in the early part of 2019.

As 2018 draws to a close, the only thing that remains for me to do is to wish you a very happy and restorative break with your families and all good wishes for the new year.

With kind regards

Elaine Purves, Head of School

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