Dear CIS Community,
I am happy to share some exciting news with our parents and students. For the 2020-2021 school year, we will be welcoming two new leaders to our school. Mr. Justin Rankin will be returning to CIS as an Assistant Principal and Mr. Gary Rehman will be assuming the role of School Principal.
This is not good-bye from Ms. Romyn and I yet as we still have two wonderful months at CIS and we will continue to work hard and be present for our community during this transition period. For now, we want to offer our congratulations and welcome to our new school leaders.
Ms. Guzzo will remain at CIS as the ECE Assistant Principal. We know that Mr. Rehman, Mr. Rankin and Ms. Guzzo will be an excellent team and that they will continue the legacy of exceptional education at CIS.
Please have a look at the letters of introduction from Mr. Rehman and Mr. Rankin. I look forward to continuing to lead CIS until the end of the school year and I am grateful to be your child’s Principal.
Dear Parent and CIS School Community,
It is my deep and sincere pleasure to be able to assume the role of Principal at the Canadian International School of Guangzhou beginning in August 2020. I have been married for over 35 years and I am a father of five grown children (4 boys and 1 girl). I am a proud grandfather of three beautiful girls and my entire family lives back in Canada. In my 30+ years of educational experience, my last 11 years have been in school administration (most of that was for Edmonton Catholic Schools in Alberta). My first 20+ years was as an English and Theatre teacher and a counsellor in High School. After that, I was an Assistant Principal and Principal in Elementary and Junior High Schools. My Junior High School ran some very impressive Soccer, Science, and Fine Arts Academies. I, also, joyfully served as the Division 4 Coordinator at The International School of Macau (TIS) for two years where my love of international education actually began. My students there presented two theatrical productions a year and I also taught grade 12 English.
I believe each child can learn every day and when he/she is engaged in his/her learning, success is assured. My motto is Expecting Excellence Every day. Excellence is not only an academic endeavour, but an expectation of behaviour in class, on the recess field, and in the community. I take over a school already rich in history and tradition. While our campus and buildings are world-class, it is our staff who truly makes CIS a place of rich beauty and world-class learning. We look to build upon these strengths and continue to build strong relationships especially as we come out of the COVID -19 crisis.
As the Deputy Director of International Education based at CIS this past year, I have witnessed some incredibly beautiful moments on campus. From an inspiring Orange Day commemoration to our beautiful Thanksgiving School Dinner, to our amazing Winter Festival, the hard work and love at CIS thrives not only during these special occasions but in every class every day. I have had the joy of teaching some grade 2s and the junior highs (grades 7-9) at certain times this year. These students were a joy to work with and they worked very hard. I loved their personalities and I treasured every minute of my time in those classes this year. It is a testament to the hard work that parents have done to prepare their children to be such great students in class.
As we continue to Collaborate and Innovate, we cannot help but Succeed. While we will be saying goodbye in June to some of our staff who have served this school community for years with amazing professionalism, we have our returning staff who stand ready to serve with excellence and determination. Our current Principal, Tanya Thiessen, has served the CIS school community at a critical time in its history and her leadership has allowed us to grow and become a beacon of international education in Guangzhou. We wish her well as she returns to Alberta to continue her leadership career. Our incoming new staff are extremely excited to begin their journey at CIS and we are looking forward to working with them. I am excited to continue the excellent work being done here at CIS as we build the best school possible. I thank you for choosing CIS as the school for your children. It is an important decision for you to make and I take the education of every single student here at CIS very seriously. This pandemic has made us all stronger and more resilient both as parents and educators. Please stay safe and I look forward to meeting you all.
Expecting Excellence Every Day,
This is a story about returning.
To the students, parents, staff, and faculty at CIS,
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as the incoming Assistant Principal for the 2020-21 academic year. For those new to Grizzly nation, hello! My name is Justin Rankin, and I am a former teacher at CIS. I will be returning to the school next year, this time in an administrative role.
First, I am eager to return to my former home city of Guangzhou. I have missed its many charms (especially the Cantonese cuisine) during my current posting in Eritrea. In addition, I feel extremely fortunate to be returning to the community of learners at CIS and to help continue the school’s world-class reputation and achievement standards. Finally, I am looking forward to returning to an administrative position. I was Assistant Principal at an international school in Myanmar before deciding to return to a full-time teaching position. Following three rewarding years in the classroom, including two years spent at CIS, I am ready to apply my experiences to the Assistant Principal position next year.
The Canadian International School of Guangzhou will open its doors for the 2020-21 school year with a great deal of enthusiasm, hope, and optimism. Knowing that I will be rejoining the CIS community puts a huge smile on my face, and I know that smile will be even brighter when I see you all on the first day of school in August 2020!
Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer holiday.