A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step, so wrote Lao Tzu, the Chinese philosopher and it is fitting that I now start my own journey with Taylor's International School Puchong and have taken my very first steps. I mentioned this to the new parents and the new boys and girls in the assembly on Monday morning, drawing the parallel that they also are embarking on a new journey, and so it is for all of you who have been here longer, with the moving up of your sons and daughters from one grade to another, representing yet another journey of self-discovery.
 
I cannot express in words how excited and enthusiastic I am about the new challenge of serving as your Principal. I am committed to your children’s education, I am committed to building a community with you and I am committed to continuing the development of TIS Puchong into a school that we can all be proud of. We are on the right track, there has been so much good work done by my predecessors but more importantly by the staff who are still here and who are dedicated to this journey. I will also need all your support, patience and expertise and be sure that I will call on you from time to time .
 
I have to thank all of you, all the students and my staff for making these first few days such an amazing experience. It is no small achievement that to commence on a single day on an organization the size of ours and yet on Monday, the first day of school, we had 1300 students, plus their parents in many cases, congregating in the school, and all contributing to the smooth opening of the year in a positive spirit. I am very appreciative.
 
Please know that we are all working hard so that your lovely children are safe, happy and learning. Research shows that if the child is happy they will learn quicker than one who is not.
 
I ask you kindly and perhaps as a favour to please respect our rules. These rules have been thought through and are not there for the sake of rules. These have been designed and implemented for the smooth running of the school and for the safety of your sons and daughters. Everyone from the guards at the gate, the teachers, the canteen staff and  cleaning staff are doing their best so I would really appreciate that you bear this in mind in your daily interactions with all. Please a reminder that from next week you will need to access the school by the basement. Also for your information next week on Tuesday 15th at 8:00am there will be an  announced fire drill. If you arrive later than this please wait patiently until the all clear is raised. As you are aware fire safety practice and education is very part and parcel of our children’s education.
 
Lastly, I extend a warm welcome to all of you, indeed, as I have stated in several meetings with you.  I look forward to meeting you, to working with you and getting to know you. If you have any suggestion for the improvement please do come and see me.  Please know that my door is open even if you just want to come in and say hello or discuss anything of more substance with me. I wish you all a wonderful 2019.
 
Selamat Tahun Baru.
 

Kind regards
Stefano Piumatti
Principal of Taylor’s International School Puchong