For 2022-23, ISPTA launched a Chinese WhatsApp group to support parents who need extra help in navigating the English-language school communications.
The aim of the Chinese Whatsapp group is to:
1) Provide key information in Chinese
2) Direct parents to correct information
3) Facilitate the transition from local school system to ESF system
To clarify, the purpose of the group is not to discuss Chinese language curriculum, but to help parents who communicate mainly in Chinese to navigate and get familiar with Island School. Parents who feel that they can benefit from being able to ask questions or clarifications in Chinese are welcome to join., however, we respectfully ask that those who are able to navigate the English language communications with ease continue to use our English-language group.
The experience from this school year has been positive, and the Chinese Whatsapp groups has been well received.
Now ISPTA is expanding the WhatsApp group to Japanese and Korean community groups. These groups allow the communities in question to connect over year group lines, and carry out discussion in Japanese and Korean. The groups were launched after both groups reconnected in the fair preparation, and the initial experience is very positive.