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Welcome to the International School in Genoa.

Dear Parents and Students,

      I would like to welcome all of the new and returning families to the International School in Genoa. As a new member of the ISG community, I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you all and to give you some idea of my vision for international education and for the school that you have chosen to send your children to.

I am British and have held teaching and leadership positions in international education for 34 years in the UK, Egypt, Thailand, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Qatar, prior to arriving in Italy. I hold an MA in Educational Management from the University of Bath (UK), and a B.Ed. (Hons) from the University of Exeter (UK). While I now hold a school leadership position, I am first and foremost a teacher and I have taught Physical and Health Education, Humanities, and Theory of Knowledge in the IB Diploma programme. I am married to Lucy and we have three children. The eldest two have graduated from the IB Diploma programme and are currently studying at universities in the UK. My youngest daughter, Molly, will be joining Grade 9 in IS Genoa.

I am a strong believer and supporter of the value of a holistic education. Indeed, the choice of schools that I have worked in has been determined by a desire for my own children to experience the best quality of education that I can find for them. I value and strive for academic success, and I am extremely encouraged by the 2020 IB Diploma results of the students of IS Genoa, and also by the student placements at outstanding colleges and universities throughout the world. Nevertheless, I believe that we should not only be an academic school, and that what happens in the classroom should only be one part of the picture; it should be matched by extensive extra-curricular programmes, by an ethos of community service, and experiential learning opportunities provided by the school.

I believe that we should be striving to offer a truly “international education”, and that this is not simply a question of having different nationalities in the school. Each and every one of our students, and their different backgrounds, experiences and cultures should be recognised for who they are and for the unique qualities that each one will bring to the school. In other words, our students should not forget who they are, where they have lived, or where they come from in order to “fit in”. The importance of the individual should be enshrined within our curriculum, which in turn should be founded upon a belief in the importance of a holistic approach to education. It is my hope that the qualities, skills and conceptual understandings that the students learn through their experiences at the International School in Genoa will stand them in good stead and prepare them well for the rapidly changing world that they will enter when they leave the school.

I am very excited about the year ahead and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to meet you all, and would ask that you don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement.

David Monk