I hope you all enjoyed the Tet holiday and managed to spend time together as a family enjoying the festivities.
It has been lovely starting back to school and into such an important week.
We welcomed The Year 11 parents on Tuesday to the school to discuss, with their children the progress they are making and what they need to concentrate on in the run up to the May and June final exams. They have worked very hard this year and had some very pleasing results from the January mock exams. So they are on track to do very well in May, but now have to concentrate on looking after themselves, completing the rest of their courses, revising well, eating well, exercising and of course, sleeping well.
The Year 12 students know only too well the pressure that the Year 11’s are under. However they can tell you that it is all worth it. On Thursday we had the great pleasure of hosting the CIE IGCSE Certificate presentation evening, held at the UK Embassy Residence. It was wonderful to see so many students, parents and teachers at the event. It was a great chance to celebrate their achievements and reflect on how far they have come. Despite these certificates being awarded for last summer’s exams, nights like that give a chance to think back to how each student overcame the pressure of the exams - a lesson that they can use well in preparation for their forthcoming AS exams.
My thanks to the UK Ambassador, Mr Giles Lever, for hosting the evening and for his kind words of congratulations to our students.
On Tuesday we were also very honored to welcome Mr Daniel Berdichevsky, the CEO and founder of The World Scholar’s Cup. Since the first Cup that took place in 2007, this annual event has seen thousands of students from hundreds of schools from all around the world take part. Daniel gave our Year 7 to 10 students an introduction to it, and the types of skills that the competition is trying to develop in our future world leaders. It was an assembly full of humour and he left us all feeling very inspired. More information can be found at www.scholarscup.org. We will be joining this event this year for the first time, and any students who are interested in taking part should see Ms. Bower for more details on how they can take part.
Next week I am looking forward to our second Enrichment Day. Being that it is on the 14th February the theme of this day is ‘love’. The students have chosen workshops to attend on the day, which once again are being taught through an enquiry based learning approach, and I can't wait to report next week on the many exciting projects that they will have been involved with.
After all, in the words of The Beatles…… “Love Is All You Need”.
I hope you have a great week ahead.
Mr. Nick Lee - Head of Secondary