From the outset, a visitor to MKV is struck by the international and multicultural nature of the students and their families. In consonance with the multicultural nature of Newmont employees, the International School of Ahafo (ISA) epitomises an international community with students, staff and parents from around the world, and this diversity enriches the school culture and community. Parents and students alike articulate, passionately and enthusiastically, their appreciation for the cultural diversity and inclusivity at the School.
The staff at ISA are experienced, passionate and committed. They appreciate the talents, curiosity and joyfulness of their students and acknowledge that their devotion to the school arises from deep respect and affection for the students. The staff is as diverse as the student body, hailing from South Africa, Ghana and the United Kingdom. As a result, the students “learn to learn” from a panoply of internationally minded teachers and to recognize the benefit of this culturally diverse staff. The school also enjoys a healthy rejuvenation of its teachers and endeavours to provide competitive employment benefits to them.
Although the formal Parents, Teachers and Friends of ISA (PTFA) is not functioning now, individual parents support a variety of programmes and events at the School and help to build the community through running clubs, joining fieldtrips, making costumes for school events, cooking for school picnics, supporting families and teachers new to ISA, decorating the Library for Christmas Concert, among others.
The Board of ISA is attuned to the roles and responsibilities of a healthy governing body, is clear about the needs of ISA today and into the future, and eager to provide support to the new Head of School. The Board is made up of the General Manager and Newmont senior managers, including parents, all of whom bring a talented and intelligent commitment to the school.