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Principal's Message

28 October 2016

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Our partnership with MIT truly kicked off this week with our STEAM themed day which saw students tackle challenges that brought together Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths. Working collaboratively with students of different ages, both the Primary and Secondary teachers created challenges that made our students think across subjects and create ingenious solutions to problems. As I walked through the school I saw hoop gliders, spaghetti and marshmallow Pearl Towers, waterproof shelters and buildings made from different materials being tested for their strength. Seeing students thinking across subjects reminded me of a concept which is prompting a lot of discussion within education, the concept of ‘Mastering’. To show mastery of a skill you have to be able to use it in different situations and contexts, thus ensuring deeper understanding.


We have seen students doing that today; taking their understanding of mathematics and applying it to the construction of bridges. Applying their knowledge of Science to the making of boats and making toy cars go faster. During this week we also saw Primary students learn beyond the classroom by visiting one of the fastest trains in the world and another exploring the manufacturing of chocolate at Shanghai’s own chocolate factory. Both trips remind us that STEAM is being applied all around us and that our link with MIT and the opportunities that this brings, will equip our students with the type of thinking and skills that will prepare them for whatever the world looks like in the future.


We are very proud to welcome students from around Asia over the course of this weekend for the ACAMIS Rugby and Netball tournament.  The games will be played over Friday and Saturday so we would love to see as many supporters as possible to give encouragement to all involved. We also have our younger teams travelling to Wellington College to play football and again any support possible would be appreciated.

Next week sees our students in Years 6 to 12 travelling around China as part of our school’s amazing Project Week. This is a great chance to develop close bonds with their peers as they face time away from parents, the challenges of adventurous activities and the inspiring opportunity to take part in service activities. I am sure all the students will relish their time on Project Week and I wish everyone an enjoyable and safe journey.

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Whilst Project Week students are away, we are also delighted to welcome the UK National Space Academy to our school again to work with a mix of local schools, universities and our own students. Representatives from the academy will be running workshops for our Year 3, 4 and 5 students, which is a great opportunity. There will also be a lecture for Primary age pupils and their parents on Thursday 3rd October (6-7pm) on how humans travel to space, why they might want to go there, and what dangers and treasures they might find out there. We hope to see you there.