To run a highly functioning school that fosters student learning and is a safe, caring and welcoming environment takes more than teachers and administrators. What it takes is a team of dedicated professionals from multiple fields and specialties to ensure we operate to the best of our ability. We at TIS take great pride in being a community and I wanted to highlight some of the community members that make TIS what it is.
As society becomes more technologically integrated and learning using digital platforms and tools continues to grow, the infrastructure and maintenance of this system becomes vital for student learning. While we may not see the IT department in the forefront of the school, their impact cannot be understated. From the technical aspects of ensuring adequate servers, WIFI networks and device troubleshooting, to the teacher support in assemblies and digital signage around the school, they are the front line in this matter. Their technical expertise, ensures smooth learning by supporting student and teacher devices in and out of the classroom and ensuring our Gibbon information system is accessible for faculty and families. It is no small task to ensure smooth technical operation of a school as large as TIS and the importance of their work at the school cannot be understated.
At TIS, our communications team ensures that we utilize all of our accessible communication streams to provide current and important information to the school community. They manage our multiple social media platforms including the TIS Facebook page and Twitter account. They compile the TIS Insight Magazine providing a detailed publication of the different learning happening throughout the school. The team coordinates the Yearbook and school photos which is no small task with a school our size. As timely communication becomes increasingly vital in today’s environment, their ability to ensure the TIS community has the information they need from the school has been paramount. Their work provides a singular voice of the school to ensure consistent and current messaging.
Our office department consists of many branches that support the school and wider community. Without them, as with all of these departments, the school would not serve our families as well as it does. The office staff support admissions, accounting, scheduling, hiring and maintenance. This department is highly complex and works within each other and with other departments to ensure smooth operations at the school. Our admissions team coordinates interviews, supports families with the application process and helps to maintain student files. The accounting department supports the management of budgets and financing as well as tuition for families. The HR team not only supports current teachers at the school, but undertake the important task of preparing new teachers coming to Macao to join the TIS community. The entire team's knowledge of Macao, the wider systems in place and what it takes to support a large organization, is no small feat in the work that they do. They will often be one of the first people you meet at the school in the office and we couldn’t be the high functioning school we are without them.
For students to be successful, a safe and caring environment is invaluable. Our team of nurses provide multiple services to our school community to support the health and well being of our students. Beyond the day to day care of students who come to the nurses office, they offer presentations to our students about healthy habits. This includes proper hand washing and brushing of teeth to children in the younger years to build important awareness of the importance of these actions. As well, they coordinate with the health department to offer seasonal flu vaccinations and health checks at the appropriate grade levels. Finally, they are on call for our athletic events to ensure not only our students, but those of visiting schools have the necessary care if something were to arise. It is a significant responsibility to manage the care of hundreds of children and staff, but they do it with compassion, care and dedication.
As with any institution the maintenance of the facilities is vital to ensure smooth and safe operation. Our team at TIS, works diligently throughout the year to keep TIS functioning at the highest level. Over the summer, they are tirelessly working to prepare for the upcoming school year, moving furniture, supplies and equipment so teachers have what they need to start the school year right. Throughout the year, they work with staff not only on ensuring the environment is safe, but that our events are ready for the community. They support Community Days, special events at the school and make sure the staff have what they need to run these flawlessly. As with all of our departments, they are humble in what they do and yet without them, we could not be the school that we are.
You are only as strong as the team you have around you. We are fortunate at TIS to have an incredibly dedicated and dynamic team that is united in our vision of a safe, caring and welcoming school that supports student learning to the highest degree. I hope this gives insight into some of the other departments at the school and how they contribute to the overall success of TIS.