It was wonderful to see so many parents at our information evenings this week. We welcomed over 100 parents over the three nights in which we explained more about how we are supporting your children in their learning journey from Year 7 to Year 13. There were many questions asked and I hope those that attended felt that they left the evenings knowing more about the school and its processes. The highlight of each evening was the chance to meet and talk to the tutors of each form group.
The tutors play such an important role in the lives of each of our students. They are the first person the students see each morning, and it is they who have a primary role in overseeing the welfare of each and every student. Please do contact them via e mail if you have any concerns or questions and they will be more than happy to answer. Their e-mail addresses can be found in the Parent Handbook or on the school website.
My thanks go to Mr McKie, Mr Morgan, and Mr Dale, the Key Stage Coordinators of Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 for their presentations. It is they who oversee the tutor system and guide the work that tutors do. Next week, we shall be giving our students the opportunity to take on leadership roles throughout the school. We have started the process of appointing Head Students for the year, from our cohort of senior Year 13 students. The Head Students will be ambassadors for the school and role models for all of our younger students. They will be chairing the Student Council and liaising with me, Mrs Murray-Smith, and other teachers in developing the school further.
For all other students, we are offering them the chance to apply to become members of the Student Council. This is a forum for students to voice their opinions, organise events and contribute to the way that we develop as a school. All students are welcome to apply and we have shared with them the details of how to do so.
I hope that as many students as possible are involved in these two opportunities. To be successful, they have to demonstrate how they live the values of the school in showing:
Integrity, Respect, Caring, Enquiry, Perseverance and Reflection.
These are attributes that are not only valued by us at school, but by everyone in Vietnam, especially as we break for the long weekend to celebrate Vietnam National Day. As I have toured the school this week, I have witnessed inspired and inspiring teaching, purposeful learning and happy children. This has only been our first week of school - what a wonderful way to start.
I hope you all have a great national holiday.