Dear Students and Parents,

Welcome to the 2020 school year at the ASMS.

Every year there are changes, new students arrive, former year 12’s leave and there may be curriculum changes and refocusing. The one thing that stays the same is that the staff and governing council are always working to improve the learning experience for students and parents.

Those of you commencing your first year at the ASMS, may be wondering about the challenging times lie ahead. Those of you returning, may similarly wonder what changes this year entails. Some of you may take all this in stride, others may be anxious. No need to worry, the school staff are an incredibly excellent asset and will assist you in any way possible. Additionally, talk frequently to your support people, be they parents, siblings or close friends to keep a positive frame of mind. It will keep you in peak shape and ready to tackle any challenges that come your way.

All three of my children have gone to the school, with one still here. In the first couple of years they learned to be self-directed learners moving through an interdisciplinary curriculum that they found interesting and challenging. Sometimes they struggled coming up with good questions to research, at others with the number of assignments they needed to complete. The latter sometimes a result of not yet knowing how to best manage their time. My school time did not adequately prepare me since the traditional school system was too structured. Only quite late, struggling through my early university career taught me how to be a better self-directed student. Both my research and industry experience has taught me that being able to look at problems in an interdisciplinary way, from many angles and sides is vitally important.

Indubitably, this year will challenge the students but, in the end, it is all worth it! the benefit of attaining the fundamental knowledge, capabilities, and confidence in an interdisciplinary environment will prepare our students for the rapidly changing life of the future.

In closing, I wish all our students an exciting, fulfilled and successful year. Additionally, I invite all parents wishing to add to the school community to nominate for the governing council. I look forward to meeting you all at the Governing Council AGM.

Peter V. Amerl,

ASMS Governing Council, Chair