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Year 7 News - 17th June 2016

17 June 2016

I find it very hard to believe that this is my last newsletter to you all. What a fast and enjoyable year it has been! Looking back on the journey that has been this academic year, I can clearly identify so many highlights; the recent Summer Fun Day, Beauty and the Beast and of course Yangshuo.

As our final week draws upon us next week, I am sure the events planned will go towards our Year 7 highlights of the year. Year 7 are scheduled to be taking part in some fantastic interactive activities, which I am certainly looking forward to! Below is a reminder of what is planned for Year 7 with the details sent to you all electronically last week. Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me if you have any questions concerning any of the events.

Monday 20 June: The Amazing Race

Tuesday 21June: Everybody Writes

Wednesday 22June:  Film Making Workshop


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On Wednesday, Secondary held its ‘IB Learner Profile’ assembly. This was an excellent opportunity to recognise those students who have shown outstanding IB Learner Profile traits throughout the year through both academic and social means. Many would say that the IB Learner Profile traits not only represent a well-rounded learner but also a well-rounded person. A massive well done to the winners in Year 7 who fully deserve their awards and recognition for all their hard work over the year.

Inquirers - Hyuk Harry Kim

Knowledgeable - Yvonne Xinmeng Chen

Thinker - Jonathan Yu Yang Lua

Communicator - Erik Arts

Principled - Brightly Shen

Open-minded - Kana Yoneya

Caring - Marcus Lo

Risk Taker - Minato Kuba

Balanced - Ludovica Fabbricatore

Reflective - Angela Yang

As we draw a close on this academic year and wish you all the best for the future, whether it is here or in pastures new, we now look forward to next academic year. With the natural movement and change that occurs in an international school, we must think about forms for next year. This is obviously a very sensitive subject for our students and one that we must get right for both academic and social success. With this in mind, students have been asked to put forward three friends that they would possibly like to be in their form. I have asked students to think very carefully about the friends they choose and ask themselves the question ‘is this a good working buddy’? It may not be possible for all friends to be together but we will try our best to create compatibly successful forms for next year.
I find it hard to recognise those students who started Secondary life this year as the cohort of smart, knowledgeable and considerate students that are about to start Year 8 in a few months’ time. It has been a pleasure to be their Year Leader and witness their journey of growth in Year 7. I would like to thank you and your children for being so supportive over the past year. Take care and have a fun yet safe summer!   

I shall now leave you to discover some of the highlights of the year from the classroom.

A View from the Classroom


The amazing 'landscape in a box' projects produced in the first term by students across Year 7 and the skills they displayed as they presented them to their peers, identifying the ways in which different aspects of Geography combine to create unique landscapes around the world.


Mr Dawson: My highlights of the year were seeing Abe, Josi and Aryan achieve level 6 in their assessments.

7A: The determination that the pupils in the class showed in order to improve in their assessments. To begin with, only a few displayed this but, by the final assessment, it was great to see so many pleased and actually quite competitive about their results.

7B: The enthusiasm of the class towards the Romans topic. This was particularly shown by their excitement when studying the hygiene of the Romans and their reactions about the ‘sponge’!


Year 7 have collectively produced some amazing Art this year. I have been particularly impressed by Angus’ sculpture work, Brightly’s painting and Ciara’s composition and creativity.

Design and Technology

We have completed successful projects in Textiles, Resistant Materials and Graphics this year. Filippo’s attitude and dedication in the workshop must be commended as well as Amanda’s focus and accuracy. Yvonne’s isometric drawing and rendering skills have been a fantastic example of exceptionally high quality.  


SiYun Song and Antonina Manzenko have made incredible progress in Mandarin this year. Their consistent excellent performance is highly appreciated.


In Spanish, Year 7 have been working on the creation of a poster on the topic of “Mi ciudad”. Using the target language and in a very creative way, the students have written about what their town/city looks like including descriptions, the name of places and giving their own opinions and reasons in longer sentences using “porque” and “pero”, ...


In Year 7 we have been completing plans for our future summer holidays using the future tense with ‘aller’.  We are now summarising the vocab that we have learnt this year which will be used to complete our balloon challenge.


When Year 7 were asked to design book covers for the best novels they have read this year the students came up with these classics; Paper Town, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Butterfly Lion, The Sea of Monsters and Wonder. Just a few examples of many more!


My (Mr. Parrish) favourite moment of the year was when Minato created simultaneous equations with three variables and solved them to find the solution to  a Waterloo Maths problem of the week. It was the highest level demonstration of mathematical intuition I have ever seen a Year 7 student use to creatively solve a Maths a problem. 

Performing Arts

A huge highlight in the performing arts block was for us the Theatre of Cruelty that the Year 7’s have been working on. I was lucky enough to experience a few of these whole class performances and I can honestly say they made me jump a few times!! The pupils were fully committed to the roles that they had taken on and also to making the best possible, or in fact worst possible experience for the audience possible……

Dates for the diary

Fri 24 June - School ends 12 noon

Fri 19 August - Orientation Day - 9am-12:30pm

Mon 22 August – First day back for students    

Mrs. Charline Procter    

Year 7 Leader