The meeting is always a very interesting and worthwhile experience, not least because of the opportunity to meet other Principals from our now 42 schools around the world, some of whom are new to the organization. There is always a great deal to learn from their work and the challenges they face in the various corners of the globe where they operate.
We work together during the four days to develop our family of schools and further enhance the educational opportunities we provide to the more than 30,000 students we support. The conference is also attended by the teams from our Head Office, the regions and the education department who also provide invaluable input.
Many exciting new initiatives have been announced this week.
The latest developments in our relationship with the world famous Juilliard School are the commencement of an after school provision, initially in our Chicago schools, and then in the other ten pilot schools including BISS Puxi and the first Juilliard summer camp next year in Switzerland.
The NAE SLT meeting is taking place in the mountains just above Lausanne at the newly refurbished Les Martinets Mountain Camp in Les Plans sur Bex. This is the second NAE camp that will be available to students across the family of schools for experiences such as expedition training and mountain treks.
There have also been further developments in our long term relationships with King’s College London and next week there will be a formal announcement of some additional exciting professional development opportunities for our staff through the collaboration between KCL and Nord Anglia University.
There are further equally impactful initiatives with world renowned organisations that are currently being developed and will be announced in the next few months.
A good deal of work has also been undertaken in terms of strategic planning and looking at international education in the 21st century in order to make sure that what we offer will continue to provide students across the NAE family of schools with a premium, contemporary and high quality educational experience.
In the meantime it is great to hear about all of the purposeful work taking place back at school inside and outside the classroom with student teacher parent conferences, sports fixtures, field work trips as well as educational visits by Primary students.
I am looking forward to being back in school with you all on Monday.
Kevin Foyle, Principal