Letters: From the Principal

Attendance and punctuality

As we launch into a new school year, it is important to ensure we all settle back into a routine that allows us to maximize our learning and maintain our health. We are already battling the first round of viruses, coughs, and sore throats for the year, so the importance of healthy meals and a full night’s rest are upon us. These lessons must be taught and reinforced by home and school in partnership to ensure our students are reaching their potential.

These lessons about health and reaching our potential overlap with the need for school attendance and punctuality. We recognize that the concept of timeliness can vary from culture to culture and that one of the appealing aspects of vacationing in Thailand is that time can be lost in the natural beauty if its beaches and mountains. But the reality is that KPIS is a school, and as a school, we have the important responsibility of developing effective communicators, life-long learners, global citizens, and critical thinkers. Schools need a sense of order and discipline to create optimal learning environments. We have a uniform, provide a healthy lunch, build a regular, reliable schedule, and have adopted modern learning standards to maximize efficiency and get the most out of our time at school.

This leads me to my message for today…our time at school. We cannot teach about responsibility or build learning efficiency with students if they are not present and ready for the school day. I would like to ask all KPIS families to rededicate themselves to a schedule that gets all secondary school students to school before 7:30 am every school day.

For those families that have done this, thank you. Thank you for the support of our program and for teaching your children the importance of responsibility and punctuality. Thank you for taking an active role in your child’s learning. Secondary school is a time for parents to begin the process that leads to adult independence, but high school students are not adult. The transition requires steps and not leaps. Time, patience, and perseverance are as important to parents during this time as they are to our kids. Please stay involved in your child’s lives and school. Help encourage them to take responsibility for their learning by helping to value their time here at school and ensuring they arrive on time.

Yours, in principal,