It hardly seems five minutes since we were starting the academic year and yet we are well over 2/3 of the way through with lots completed and lots to look forward to before the summer break.
As myself, Mr. Lewis and Mr. Puttock spoke about at the parents meetings last week, much has been achieved in school and much is planned for the future. To that end we inevitably even at this stage start turning our minds to the organisation of next year and the subject of classes.
As a relative newcomer to the international school scene, what has struck me is the even greater need to ensure resilience is built into the children over their time in the school. The transient nature of international schooling means friends are easily parted, meaning a key component in a child’s life is to be able to work and play with lots of other different children. In addition to this, there is the key factor of balance within classes, which can start the year almost as perfect as we can get them and yet by Christmas be totally imbalanced; by gender, nationality, first language etc.
All of this means that as a school, we have to take a proactive approach to the make-up of the classes for a new academic year. To that end we will, over the next few weeks, once we have established returners/leavers etc, be looking at redressing some of the imbalances that have built up over the year. We will be adapting and adjusting the current classes in all year groups in late May ready for the August term, to ensure the correct balance of languages, nationalities and gender are evident. We will be giving the children (and parents) the opportunity to tell us if there are friends they would like to be with, or for parents to tell us of any concerns about friendship groups, and we will do our very best to make sure that they have at least one classmate of choice in their new classes.
As the process develops we will keep you informed of the progress.
Update from: Mr. Phil Allman, Head of Primary