Dear Parents & Students,
It is my honor and pleasure to welcome you to Capital International Schools. On behalf of the Board of Directors, and all staff members, I would like to express our profound appreciation for opting CIS as your child’s school; we are truly humbled by entrusting us with your children. The demands on the Head of any school in this Era of Accountability are as extensive and daunting as ever. Fostering a healthy environment for our students that would help nurture young confident, open-minded, resilient, and knowledgeable citizens is quite a challenge.
With the advent of the 21st Century and the leap in inventions and technology, it is our role to prepare students for jobs and careers that do not even exist; therefore, we only act as facilitators in our children’s learning journey. In any organization, there is always a need for a vision that acts as a compass which, in the case of a school, guides it towards its goals/destination. It is imperative that we assess the needs of our school community. In order to create a positive school culture, it is vital that we reassess the needs of the community members to ensure that all members/stakeholders are satisfied, feel secure, and valued.
Capital International School is committed to preparing well-rounded students, who will be equipped with the essential 21st century skills and knowledge to excel in a future of their choice. The school promotes a climate of trust and respect among all stakeholders. All resources: human, financial, or technical, will be geared to fostering an environment that is conducive to productive learning and working. The school acknowledges the diversity of every individual; it is responsible for improving and developing its curricular and co-curricular programs to make provisions for this diversity.
As the school leader, it is my role to help all stakeholders develop sufficient knowledge about the need for a school-wide improvement plan so that all stakeholders are able to make informed decisions. Ownership is a vital part of collaboration; all stakeholders need to believe they have a stake in the successful operation of the school. For Capital International Schools, the stakeholders are the students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members.
There will definitely be barriers to promoting or maintaining a positive school culture; however, this could be easily overcome with, what I call the 3Cs, these motivators that positively contribute to a school culture are: Commitment – Caring – Communicating.
All stakeholders are committed to the beliefs and values of the school. Modeling this commitment is vital not only to disseminate respect and trust, but also to ensure that all members of the school’s community have the end product in focus: meaningful learning.
In this fast paced world, it sometimes eludes us, as human beings, to notice the little gestures that leave a strong impact on others or even on ourselves. In our personal lives, as daughters, students, wives, employees, or even employers, we cannot underestimate the power of feeling cared for, protected, and appreciated.
One of the most important elements for the success of any organization is good communication. The smooth flow and consistency of communication in schools are vital for keeping all stakeholders updated and aware of matters pertaining to the school. Accordingly, a solid communication policy will be established and adhered to in order to avoid discrepancy or misunderstanding. Modeling sound communication skills with our students, parents, and peers is essential to nurture a culture of respect.
These motivators are powerful elements that help all stakeholders understand the honesty and integrity that assists in the re-building of a positive school culture. Building and maintaining trust of all stakeholders is necessary to encourage them to be involved.
In conclusion, it is my role, as the School Superintendent to ensure and develop high quality learning experiences in every classroom for each child. The quest for continuous improvement starts at the top, and as the head of school, I set expectations for excellence on all levels; this demands an openness to sharing, and connecting. Accordingly, we operate with an open door policy; parents are welcome to set appointments with me on Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Looking forward to a successful and fruitful year with your
support and collaboration.
Sherine Z. Galal, M. Ed.
CIS School Superintendent,
Teacher Trainer, &
AdvancED Review Team Member