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Reflections on my first weeks at LCIS

12 September 2014

Chris Jarrett, Head of Secondary, reflects on his first weeks at LCIS and shares his experiences of the secondary school at the start of this year.

This week it has been an absolute pleasure to walk through the classes that have been taking place to be able to see at first hand the excellent work being done by both the teachers and by the students. The quality of the teaching and the excellent attitude of the students towards their learning has truly impressed me. With this combination, I am very confident that the students will achieve a great deal over this, and coming, academic years.

When I spoke two weeks ago on orientation day, I emphasised how welcoming everyone had been towards both myself and my family. It has been very pleasing to see that this warm welcome has been extended not just to myself but also to the other new members of staff and to the new students who are joining the school community this year. I hope that all of these new members of the school feel fully integrated into the life of the school.

Although a couple of reminders have been necessary with respect to shirts being tucked in, it has been very pleasing to see the students looking so smart in the new school uniforms. It really adds to the sense of community that was already are such a strong feature of the school. I am also pleasantly surprised to see the number of ties are still being worn; I hope this continues.

The food in the dining hall is fantastic and is proving to be a great hit with both staff and students. The range available, and the quality of the offerings is truly outstanding. It is also pleasing to see so many of our students eating so healthily. For me, I have never eaten so much salad in my life!

The gym area continues to be a very busy place at break times and at lunchtimes although seemingly less popular than it was in the first few days of school. Many of our students are enjoying the Zone de vie at these times and hopefully appreciate this fantastic space and the views it offers. It has very quickly become a real hub of the school for the students.

I have very much enjoyed welcoming students to the school at the side of the building in the mornings. It has been a pleasure to see how they arrive at school with a smile on their face although I don't know how much longer I will be able to do it without a jacket! It is also a great way for me to get to know parents and please feel free to ask me any questions at this time of the morning should you have the time.

Next week is trips week for the secondary school with MYP students and DP 1 students all out of school on visits for much, or all, of the week. I am hoping to pay a visit to some of the years, although the Ardeche may be a little bit too far to manage in a day, and look forward to seeing the students outside of their usual school environment. Good luck with the packing this weekend, and I hope you are able to enjoy what may be a quieter week for you at home. I am also very grateful to all of the staff who are accompanying the students on these visits as I know what a tiring and demanding week it is for those teachers.

Best wishes for the coming weekend and please do feel to contact me should you have any questions.