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SHRM Award

Dear Parents,

I am very pleased to announce that ISG won the Silver Award for Excellence in Talent Management and Development presented by the Society of Human Resource Management - Middle East and North Africa (SHRM-MENA). SHRM is the world’s largest HR organization representing 330,000 members worldwide. ISG is the first school to achieve an award with SHRM in the MENA region. At ISG, professional development is a priority, and winning this award is a testament to the effort and dedication we commit to in evolving how we train, teach and learn at ISG. You can read the full story here.

We were honored to host Dr. Morten Meldal, the 2022 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, as a guest speaker at ISG. Dr. Meldal was awarded this prestigious accolade for the development of click chemistry and bioorthogonal chemistry.  He spoke to over 600 ISG high school and senior students on the topic of "Motivation in Science Career Choices." Dr. Meldal emphasized the importance of dedication and having courage when pursuing one’s passion, which strongly resonated with our students.  His talk was followed by a Q&A session, autographs and pictures.

I am pleased to announce that the 2024 graduation dates for this year have been set:

  • ASD: May 25.
  • BSD Seniors Graduation: June 1.
  • ISG Dammam: June 6.
  • ISG Jubail: May 30.
  • SVS Year 6 Leavers: June 6.

During the week of November 5, ISG administrators, counselors and nurses completed intensive child protection training through the Council of International Schools (CIS). Child Protection Training is an annual mandatory requirement for all new and existing staff.

All of our schools have now conducted their first School Council meetings of the 2023-24 academic year. The councils consist of the school principal, teachers, staff and members of the student and parent community. The councils meet regularly throughout the year for updates on school-related matters, to discuss learning and growth at the school and opportunities for improvement.  Other discussions may include curriculum items, after school activities, transportation and  facilities. The purpose of our school councils is to work strategically with the principal on school improvements. Please find below the next meeting dates for each of our schools:

  • ASD: December 10.
  • BSD: February 8, 2024.
  • ISG Dammam: December 3.
  • ISG Jubail: December 4.
  • SVS:  December 4.

For more information on School Councils, please contact your child’s principal.

On November 4, 2023, the ISG U14 Volleyball teams played in the ISG Jamboree.  Boys and girls from ASD, BSD, ISG Dammam and ISG Jubail participated in a full day of competitions. These games help our students practice and prepare for regional competitions, and we are very proud of the caliber of skill and the level of sportsmanship they displayed.

On November 9-10, ISG hosted the SAIKAC U14 Volleyball tournament at ASD.  It was an exciting weekend of competition, skill and sportsmanship. A total of 20 teams of boys and girls participated: 4 teams from ASD, 4 teams from BSD, 2 teams from ISG Dammam, 2 teams from ISG Jubail, 2 teams from Dhahran Aramco School, 2 teams from Aramco Ras Tanura school, 2 teams from Aramco Abqaiq school and 2 teams from Aramco Udhailiyah school. Here are the results from the tournament:

U14 Boys

  • 1st:  Aramco Udhailiyah
  • 2nd: Aramco Abqaiq
  • 3rd: Aramco Dhahran
  • 4th: BSD A team
  • 5th: ASD A team
  • 6th: Aramco Ras Tanura 

U14 Girls

  • 1st: Aramco Udhailiyah
  • 2nd: ASD A team
  • 3rd: BSD A team
  • 4th: Aramco Dhahran
  • 5th: ISG Jubail
  • 6th: ASD B team



ASD and BSD will be hosting two Open House events this month for prospective students and their parents.

Families will attend an admissions presentation, learn more about our curriculum and programs and tour our campus. They will also have the chance to meet our administrators, counselors and admissions team to learn about each school's programs, athletics, activities and admissions process. Please share this information with friends and family and remind them to use the links above to register.

Registration is now open for the ISG Alumni Sports Meet on December 2, 2023.  Please note that the Alumni Association has changed the date, in hopes that this will allow more alumni to attend.  Spouses and children are also welcome to attend. Please share this information with your children who have graduated or attended any of our ISG schools over the years. You can find the registration link here.


Best wishes,

Michael P. Mack

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