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The Importance of Looking Forward

A warm welcome back to Shanghai for parents, staff and students who took the opportunity to get away, a welcome to those new families we are happy to see arriving in this great city and, if you stayed here over the holiday period, I hope you are rested and well.

This is a short but important term where our exam students focus in the short period ahead and as a whole the school continues to provide opportunities for our students to progress academically and to try something new or continue with extracurricular activities.

We have interesting field trips coming up including to a robotics parks for our GCSE computing classes, we are hosting the ACAMIS basketball in school next week where we are very much hoping for a home win, and of course we have our rescheduled Winter Wonderland that has now evolved into a joint celebration with Chinese New Year on Saturday 25 January.

At the end of every term we issue trackers and feedback to students and parents. While this is useful in diagnosing performance looking back it often gets forgotten as an important way to stimulate effort and change for the better at the beginning of term. Parents and students should reflect on any weaknesses that trackers highlighted and continue with any outstanding effort put in, so that students do not rest on their laurels. Please do dig out the trackers from the last term and remind your children this week on the areas that they need to consider improving and continue to encourage them to perform at the highest level.

Teachers are also increasingly using the principles of high performance learning as we have had more training, discussion and equipment provided to help us make your child thrive and achieve to the highest expectations. As I mentioned this is a relatively short term, but even so at the end of January another tracker will be released to you to see if we have made any improvements from December. I look forward to a Western New Year that leads to Chinese New Year with continuous improvement and achievement for all.  Happy New Year.

Chris Share, Head of Secondary