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Secondary Update – Mr Simon Graves – 03/03/2017

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The year is flying by, and it was another busy week. Thank you to all of you who attended the Year 9 and Year 11 Options Evening on Tuesday. This is such an important time in your children’s education, and it’s vital that both you and they have a good understanding of the choices they are making.

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day with fancy dress (mainly by Mr Webb!), Stop Everything and Read and an inter-house book quiz. Fahasa Books were also in for the latter part of the week and proving incredibly popular with students. Reading is so vital for so many reasons, and it was great to see so many students of all ages engaging with the books.

We also welcomed a number of universities from the USA into school on Thursday, for a mini-fair. Students in years 11 and 12 had the opportunity to talk with representatives about their future options. Next week we will be hosting a similar number of universities from the UK, and we encourage you to come along after school on Tuesday to meet with them.

On the topic of overseas, this weekend nine students travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia, with Mr Blair and Ms Ackroyd for the South East Asia Maths Competition. We have a good record in the competition and we wish the team the very best of luck.

And of course our Tanzania Team set off on the long journey to Africa this Sunday for ten days with Mr Reid and Ms Claydon. They are going to have the experience of a lifetime and I can’t wait to hear all about their adventures upon their return. We wish them safe travels.

Our Global Challenge is up and running with students across the whole school producing pieces of art work on the Global Goals of Health & Wellbeing and Zero Hunger. On Tuesday, 14 March, the Have a Heart Exhibition will open and over the following two weeks we will be giving you the opportunity to view and buy the art work on show, with all proceeds going to raise money for local children in desperate need of heart surgery. You can see more here 

And finally, some more memories of the recent Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Expedition, as put together by the students themselves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1awW6t_VSg

Have a lovely weekend.

Headteacher’s Awards

Pham Thanh Trung (Henry), 11I – fantastic work with the circus community club.

Thia Ostrander, 8B – coming first in the Under 13 Long Jump Event at the City Championship, she is now number 1 in HCMC Under 13s!

DOAN, Luu Nguyet Thu (Serena) 9V, NGUYEN, Ngoc Khanh Han (Jennifer) 9B, HO, Chau Kiet 9B and LE, Phan Tuan Dung (Justin) 9B – wonderful reading and presentations in assembly for World Book Day.

NGUYEN Gia Huong, 10V -  for achieving the highest score in the year for her recent unit test in science.

BUI Hoang Huong Trinh (Miley), 10I & Quoc Thang,10I -  for greatest improvement in science.

And finally, Le Quang Chinh (Ben), 10V – for an amazing A grade in his AS maths, despite (a) only being year 10 and (b) studying for it in half a year. He only dropped 2 marks in the entire paper!

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