Upon Arrival: Advice to the HR Department

The following post has basically been brewing for a few years. It is largely based on observation and the concomitant whinging over drinks with the other expat teachers. My wife Bell, no-nonsense Aussie with a very sharp eye and tongue, is the primary reason I thought I'd spend a few hundred words putting down some avuncular advice for HR departments in international schools. I'm sure you, my colleagues, have a few acid comments and terse observations to share and I ...

Getting to know you

Friday January 20th was the date of the annual LISA (London International Schools Association http://www.lisa.org.uk/) Conference. There are currently 15 LISA schools: most are international schools in and around the London area (although the International School of Aberdeen is also a member). The conference was hosted by the King Fahd Academy with almost 500 participants attending. http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article566385.ece The keynote speech was given by Processor George Walker, talking about international education, proposing links between recent writings by Howard Gardener (Five Minds for the Future) ...

They’re gonna put me in the movies

I was interviewed in the art room yesterday and filmed - believe it or not - by a genuine film crew – camera man, sound guy, lights man, interviewer, gaffer (hi Carlo!) etc. The interview was related to a film being made about our school, to be shown at recruitment fairs. It was unrehearsed and unscripted – nothing like the spontaneous  question and answer session! - and one of the questions was about the arts, and creativity in general in school and ...