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06.02 Family & Student Update

Dear AIS Community,

I hope this message finds you all well and looking forward to a long weekend, as we collectively enjoy the Dragon Boat Festival public holiday tomorrow, Friday, 3 June. Each year, the festival takes place on the 5th day of the 5th month, according to the lunar calendar. The festival dates back to the 3rd century and features colorful and dynamic dragon boat races. There are a few races happening in the city this weekend, which I do hope some of you are able to enjoy.

End of Year Awards Assemblies & Graduation

As hard as it is to believe, the time is drawing near where we bring the school year to a close and celebrate our students’ outstanding learning and achievement. Due to ongoing social distancing restrictions and space limitations, we will continue with live streamed ceremonies for the 2021-2022 school year.

The schedule of events and associated streaming links are below. We sincerely hope you can join us in celebrating the many ways in which our students have excelled this year. Divisional Principals will also share these links as we approach these events.

8:15 – 9:00am — Elementary School Awards & G4 Moving Up!

9:15 – 10:00 am — Middle School Grade 5-6 Awards

10:15 – 11:15 am — Middle School Grade 7-8 Awards & G8 Moving Up!

12:00 – 1:10 pm — High School Grade 9-10 Awards

1:20 – 2:40 pm — High School Grade 11-12 Awards

Watch Livestream here: YouTube or Facebook

Please note that the same YouTube and Facebook links will be used for all of the ceremonies on 16 June.

FRIDAY, 17 JUNE 2022
9:00 – 11:00 am — High School Graduation
Watch Livestream here: YouTube or Facebook


It is my pleasure to introduce our new Head of Counselling to the American International School (AIS) community. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Aaron Louderback as our incoming whole school Head of Counseling. Mr. Louderback will join AIS in August 2022. He comes from Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A where he currently serves as the Mission HOPE Counseling Director at the C.W. Woodbury Middle School.

Mr. Louderback brings with him thirteen (13) years of experience in socio-emotional as well as career and university guidance counseling at the middle and secondary levels. Prior to becoming a counselor, Mr. Louderback was a high school humanities teacher and taught English at the university level. He has extensive experience working with international students and families and has lived and worked in China, Thailand, Colombia, South Korea, Argentina, and the United States.

Mr. Louderback will work closely with our Counseling Team to support students, conduct community and family outreach, guide the university admissions process, and implement our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, EC-12. In addition, as Head of Counseling, Mr. Louderback will serve as our Child Protection Lead.

We look forward to welcoming him to our school and know that you will extend a warm AIS welcome as he joins us in the fall!

Mr. Aaron Louderback
Head of Counselling


Ms. Kris Bumpus
Head of Counselling & Student Support

It is also my honor to extend best wishes to Ms. Kris Bumpus, our current Head of Counselling and Student Support who will be leaving AIS this year. Ms. Bumpus has served at the school for five years and has contributed to a wide range of key projects and initiatives that have greatly benefitted the AIS community. She has acted as the AIS Child Protection Lead and has led the development and implementation of numerous AIS policies and procedures, all of which provide clear guidance to AIS faculty, staff, parents, and students.

In addition to leading the work of the Counselling Department, Ms. Bumpus championed the development of a new, virtual university learning fair with Maia Learning that continues to provide opportunities for students at AIS and schools across the region to learn about potential university and career pathways. Through her advocacy, she has successfully attracted top tier universities and colleges from around the world to this annual event.

Ms. Bumpus’ impact can also be seen through the development of a comprehensive scope and sequence for AIS’s social-emotional curriculum. Families will also be familiar with the many coffee mornings, information sessions, and online learning sessions she made available to our community.

We are grateful for the many ways that Ms. Bumpus has enriched our school community, and we wish her all the very best in her future endeavors.

Enjoy a much-needed rest in the coming days, and have a wonderful long weekend, everyone.

My best,

Anita Simpson
Head of School