We are delighted to announce that our school’s Semester 2 Conferences were a resounding success! We would like to thank all the families who participated and the teachers who dedicated time and effort to make this event possible.
Such conferences are an essential component of the FIS’s mission to provide a high-quality education that supports student growth. During these conferences, students, teachers, and parents have an opportunity to discuss the academic and social progress of students, identify areas of improvement, and set goals for the future. The IB talks about “agency, engagement and action” and our conferences epitomize this where students develop the capacity to set a goal, reflect and act responsibly to effect change. The OECD’s Student Agency for 2030 states that this “is about acting rather than being acted upon; shaping rather than being shaped; and making responsible decisions and choices rather than accepting those determined by others”. Student voice in semester conferences is essential in helping shape and drive student “agency, engagement and action”.
We were thrilled to see so many parents take advantage of this opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of their child’s progress. It was heartening to see so many families actively engaged in their child’s education, demonstrating a commitment to their child’s education.
The feedback from parents and teachers alike was overwhelmingly positive. Parents were impressed with the level of professionalism and expertise demonstrated by our teachers. They appreciated the insight and guidance provided during the conference, and felt reassured about their child’s progress. Teachers, on the other hand, appreciated the opportunity to communicate with parents and gain a better understanding of their child’s needs.
At the FIS, we believe that open communication between parents and teachers is crucial for the success of our students. Semester conferences are just one of the ways in which we foster this communication. We encourage parents to maintain an ongoing dialogue with their child’s teacher, as this can help ensure that students receive the support they need to succeed. Once again, we would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent Semester 2 Conferences. Your commitment to your child’s education is truly appreciated, and we look forward to continuing to work together to help our students achieve their full potential.
OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030 Concept Note. 2019. OECD, www.oecd.org/education/2030-project/teaching-and-learning/learning/student-agency/Student_Agency_for_2030_concept_note.pdf. Accessed 16 Mar. 2023.