Every year, our schools have to inspire our children to learn in new and innovative ways, with new challenges placed before them in and outside the classroom. Our staff are expected to provide amazing, exciting and inspiring opportunities for learning, each and every day. I imagine that this year will be no exception as we continue to support the core values of being part of Oakridge International Schools whilst embracing the new opportunities from being members of the Nord Anglia Education family. This will allow us to grow within our core values as respectful, ambitious and courageous people, displaying integrity and being open in how we work collaboratively in the best interests of our students, colleagues and parents.
We expect our teaching teams continuously to look at ways to improve the quality of the education we provide to our students. We will use some of the strategies already in place for reviewing our practices and we will enhance these tools as we evaluate our effectiveness by adopting the Nord Anglia Quality Assurance Framework. We will encourage staff to access training options through Nord Anglia University. We hope that our teaching staff will use this on-line, professional development portal to learn from others and share their knowledge across our family of schools. We also hope that some staff will be able to engage in face-to-face training through our Senior and Middle Leadership Programmes. Our commitment to and investment in staff training, educational resources and the fabric of our buildings will build on our strengths and enable us all to be proud to be an Oakridger.
I should like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to our buildings, maintenance and cleaning staff who have been working hard to make sure our schools are looking good and provide a positive environment for learning. We have been experimenting with some new painting schemes, new designs for our science labs, refurbished washrooms, and nursery class provision. Once completed, we will use these models to develop best practice across our schools in order to enhance provision for all of our students and staff.
Our Finance and HR teams are busy making sure that all the paperwork is in order to comply with the standards set out by Nord Anglia Education. Your support in this important work is much appreciated. Similarly, our admissions and administrative teams continue to work hard to fill spaces in our schools because we want to make sure that we can give as many students as possible the chance to benefit from a Nord Anglia education. I should like to add a big 'thank you' to all of our support staff who keep us safe, keep us organized and make sure everything runs as smooth as possible for our school operations.
For those in Mohali who are already engrossed in the new academic year as well as those in our other cities who are embarking on this now, I wish you all an enjoyable, prosperous and exciting year ahead. We hope that the challenges are positive and worthwhile and that the future is one of success and joy as we teach and learn together.
Dr Terry Creissen OBE MBA MA FCMI FRSA
Managing Director, India