Throughout this week our Year 4 and Year 5 students have been on their residentials to Oriental Land and Sanshandao Island respectively. If you have managed to see any of the photos on our Facebook page, or as one of the children’s parents, had access to the Class Dojo pages you will have seen just how much fun they have had over the past four days.
The purpose of both trips, as well as having fun of course, has been to develop independence by being away from home; being responsible for getting up, dressed and washed each day and looking after their belongings. Teamwork has also been an important element of the residential and from day one, the students were assigned teams and encouraged to develop team spirit – whether creating a chant or song, or team name. As a member of a team, they have then worked together to participate in challenges, activities and competitions. There are so many to mention, but some have included hiking, dragon boat racing, bridge crossing, fruit picking and soap box racing. Whilst they might not have realised it, the students have been learning an awful lot too. They may not be learning the expanded written form of multiplication or the difference between an adverbial and a noun phrase, but these life skills are equally as important as their academic skills and will be needed throughout their whole life no matter what career path they find themselves following. Our students are very lucky that they can develop such personal and social skills in a place and with people they will remember for years to come.
Also having an experience of a lifetime this week are three of our Year 6 students and a former Year 6 student. Jada, SeungWoo and Conlan from Year 6 and Phoebe from Year 7 jetted off to the US last weekend, prepared for an unforgettable week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, more familiarly known as MIT. As you will know our Nord Anglia schools work in collaboration with MIT and as such over 100 of our students from a variety of our schools across the world had the opportunity to attend one of the world’s most prestigious colleges this week. It has been absolutely fantastic keeping up with everything they have been doing, including visiting the MIT Museum, Boda Borg Boston, attending sessions with MIT Professors in order to create new products, learning about virtual reality and attending a gameblox workshop. The activities they have been participating in have been astounding and I think we are all in awe of our four fantastic students and this opportunity they have had.
Their most challenging task is yet to come however. As we have asked them to join our upcoming parent workshop taking place on Wednesday 17th May. We thought it would be good if our parents knew more about our collaboration with MIT and find out what happens when we have one of our STEAM days in the Early Years and Primary; and who better to talk about it than our STEAM experts who will have just returned from MIT. Following our parent workshop our students will be participating in a STEAM day on Thursday 18th May, and who knows maybe some of them will be in the next cohort to visit MIT.
Before then, we have several events taking place at school, so please do check the Week Ahead for your child’s year group’s relevant information and future dates in the diary.