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Secondary Weekly Update 31/03/2017 from Mr. Nick Lee

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Dear All,

On Tuesday night at school we had the first of this year’s music, drama and art soirées. It was a rich evening of drama and music performances, of both small group pieces and individual monologues and solo acts. Outside of the drama room was an exhibition of artwork highlighting the tremendous talent of our Year 10 art students.

It was a wonderful evening and my thanks go to all the students who performed and exhibited, and to Ms Emma, Ms Olivia and Ms Pogson for organising the night. One of the highlights of the evening for me was the shadow puppet theatre performance. With the use of a giant screen to project their shadows the Year 9 students interpreted their understanding of life in Vietnam in a very funny and poignant way. It was a top quality act and a very different way of expressing
themselves.

Last week, I was on the Year 10 trip to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. We toured the sights of HCMC and explored the region of the delta, learning more about both the far and recent past of this amazing area. Whilst in HCMC, we were lucky enough to attend a performance of the
A O show at the Saigon Opera House. This performance was a piece of physical theatre, reminiscent of the work of Cirque du Soleil and Stomp on life in the villages of Vietnam. I implore you to go and see this show if you are ever in HCMC, and it was the work of our Shadow Theatre students that reminded me of this professional performance. The trip to the Mekong saw us exploring the rivers and bywaters of the area, sampling the local cuisine, understanding how the delta has created cottage industries, and learning about how people live. We visited the Cu Chi tunnels and several historic pagodas. We stayed in a lovely homestay in the middle of a coconut plantation, and all of the students, I believe, had a great time.

Term 2 has been a very busy one and when I think back to all we have achieved I feel very proud of all the staff and students that I work with every day. For our Year 11 and 12 students, they will now be using the two week holiday to do some serious revision. The IGCSE and AS levels exams start on May 2nd and so this is their last holiday to prepare themselves for the final exams. I wish them all the very best of luck and hope they use this time as well as possible.      

Easter is a traditional holiday in the UK where families get together and we eat ‘hot cross buns’ and chocolate eggs. I hope that, even in the absence of any hot cross buns, that you all have a good holiday. Term 3 starts on Monday April 17th and I look forward to welcoming everyone back to school then.

Have a great break together as families.

Mr. Nick Lee - Head of Secondary

 

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