A short week for our students both this week and next week, but we’re still managing to cover a lot of learning into the time we have. Today, has been an opportunity for teachers to continue with their learning and in Primary, as well as across the whole school, our teachers are all conducting learning projects that ultimately will have a great impact on our students.
One topic we have been revisiting is our PSHE curriculum (Personal, Social, Health Education). We have had some really good discussions today about how, as a Primary team, we need to adapt and personalise the current requirements of the PSHE curriculum for our specific context – an international school in Shanghai. Whilst there are some generic topics that children need to learn wherever in the world they may be, there are also those that are specific to China which may not necessarily apply elsewhere in the world. For example, we live in a city where having an Ayi is commonplace and therefore certain tasks or responsibilities that children would have if they lived elsewhere in the world may not be applicable here. Do our students understand that? Do they comprehend that if they are to move to a new country, that it may not be likely that there would be an Ayi to help at home? How could they help at home?
We also discussed what it means to be an international student in general. There are many benefits and opportunities that our students have, that not all children have access to – but what about some of the pitfalls? Do we understand what it feels like for a Primary child when their best friend has to move home, school or country in the space of a few short weeks. Do we understand how it feels if they are that child who has to move away from a home where they have grown up, from a school that is familiar to them, where they have lots of friends. How do we best prepare our students for what can be significant life-changing events?
These are issues which we, as a teaching team, have tackled today and discussed and planned how we can further improve our practice to support the students in our care. For whilst we have a responsibility to develop and challenge our students academically, we also want to ensure our students are supported and cared for personally and socially and are equipped with the skills they need to be successful in the future. This is something we pride ourselves on doing well here at NAIS Pudong, and which many of our parents praise us for, but we see no harm in striving to be even better at it.
Wishing you a lovely, long weekend with your families.
Head of Primary