When will I know my child’s schedule?

Students who join NIST in August are provided with a class schedule on the first day of school. Elementary students who join in January will receive it from their homeroom teachers. Secondary students who join in January must first select their language and arts classes, at which point they will receive their schedules.

The 6-Day Cycle

NIST is on a 6-day cycle. Each school day is lettered from A to F. NIST follows a published calendar for the 6-day cycle, which is included in this document and updated on the school’s website. The 6-day cycle was implemented to avoid the disruption caused by public holidays, which often fall on the same day of the week.

How can I connect with others in the NIST community?

We strongly believe that schools should be hubs for the community, places where you can connect and learn from others. Dozens of events are hosted each semester to allow you to meet administrators, teachers and other parents.

  • NIST Parent-Teacher Association (NIPTA): More than any other group, NIPTA provides a way for you as a parent to be involved in the NIST community and meet others who share your interests. In addition to hosting regular small events such as coffee mornings and luncheons, NIPTA also organizes major annual events such as Pinktober and Starry Nights, both of which generate funds that are directed toward charitable causes.
  • Cultural Groups: For parents who wish to connect with others who share their languages or backgrounds, cultural groups are an excellent way to network and become involved in many events both inside and outside the school.
  • Community Learning Hub seminars: These information and discussion sessions are organized throughout the year for both elementary and secondary parents. Topics range from positive parenting techniques to training sessions that provide guidance in accessing school information. Each Monday an e-newsletter is sent highlighting upcoming events, and most presentations are archived in the NIST Parent Portal in Veracross.

Where do I find information about the school and my child?

NIST uses several online systems to provide information for both parents and students. The main website provides an overview of the school and programmes. However, the most valuable resource for keeping up to date with our community, as well as information specific to your family, is the NIST Parent Portal in Veracross, a one-stop system for all school information. Every new parent will receive a welcome email with your Veracross login information, which will also be used for the NIST Catering Campus Online. Along the top of the portal, you will see numerous menu items that we encourage you to browse, as they contain additional information and resources:

  • My Children provides information specific to your child(ren), allowing you to check on attendance, grades and report cards.
  • Calendars shows you a household calendar tailored to your family, as well as others for sports and the school as a whole. The one-page calendar is a document that can be printed out as an easy reference for all school holidays.
  • Requests & Services lists links for ECA and NIST Music Academy signups, details about our Chelsea FC International Development Centre partners and other key services, including NIST Catering (where you can place meal orders).
  • Resources provides information about specific programmes and facilities within the school, as well as links to the handbooks.
  • Directories lists all staff members based on their departments and roles. You can also find information about key contacts, school leaders and school governors.
  • News breaks down the news feed on the landing page based on school sections.
  • Community provides details about the NIST Parent-Teacher Association, cultural groups, giving and getting involved with the school.
  • Systems allows you to change your password, read guides and, for high school parents, access our college counselling system.

Additionally, two key emails are sent each week: the Community Learning Hub Newsletter on the first day of the week and NIST News on the last day of the week. These respectively focus on seminars and events for parents, and general news and updates.