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From our Head of Secondary: Student Led Initiatives and Exciting Experiences

31 October 2014

This week has seen a number of our staff in primary and secondary go through some intensive training in dealing with bullying, if it arises. As a community we are keenly aware of the need to work together to prevent it from happening. This community action and awareness is a key message of what Robert Pereira was teaching us all this week.

  • Students from the British International School Shanghai, Puxi visit Tanzania with other Nord Anglia Education schools from around the world

Our students in Tanzania last year, along with students from other Nord Anglia Eductaion schools around the world

The fact that we have a blue shirt day on Monday in the secondary school led and initiated by students is a timely follow up aimed at reminding and inspiring all the students of the need to prevent bullying.  On Monday secondary students can wear non-uniform and bring in 10rmb for charity. The major stipulation is that they wear something blue, preferably a shirt, jumper or t-shirt to clearly signify a stance against bullying. I look forward to seeing a sea of blue on Monday.

Monday’s anti-bullying day is an example of a student led initiative that was started last year and carried on this year by students planning and promoting the event and fundraising on the day. These students’ ability to suggest, plan and execute their ideas in school and beyond is inspiring for them and others.

It is very much a part of our Education for Character philosophy. Caring about society and other people is one of the five foundations of this philosophy. This philosophy can prompt students to suggest or work on ideas or projects through the well-developed CAS programme at IB or the student council, which is increasingly becoming more independent in planning events and setting the agenda to solve students’ concerns.  The Student Council have set up working parties on homework and food and I am informed by the Student Council Leaders that there is more to come.

We have students taking part throughout the secondary school in helping in the Qingpu Xiu Long Migrant School and we have a determined and aware eco committee working towards making the school greener. Last week I met with a range of Year 7 – 10 students after they wrote to me asking for permission to run various schemes related to their enterprise club, which you can read more about in our ECA Spotlight blog post this week, link below.  Three of our Year 7 students have been sharpening their business skills and met with SLETO, our food service providers, and arranged a mutually acceptable time to sell products the students made or sourced.  We as a school hope to be the catalyst for more independent spirit as the school year continues and I am constantly delighted when I hear of the large number of our students who, with very little or no prompting, take on projects and start something all on their own.

Finally it was announced formally to our Year 9 students today about the trip to the Nord Anglia Education camp in Tanzania. This exciting experience is asking each of the students selected to go on the trip to show initiative and raise 3,000RMB worth of funds to help fund local causes that they will visit and contribute time to. The pupils will meet and teach local children as well as sample some of the local culture and see some amazing wildlife.

This is a fantastic, life changing opportunity and the aim is to build on last year’s ground-breaking trip for seven of our students and make it an annual adventure for 30 students or more. I think the trip is excellent value as the students’ just need to raise money for the African causes and ask parents to help fund the airfare.  The airfare is still a significant outlay, so we will be informing Year 8s later in the school year so that parents and students can be aware of making financial provision in plenty of time for their opportunity in Year 9.

Please do have a conversation with your child about what they would want to see happening in and around the school: do they have a passion for something that they would like to see the school support them with? Are they keen to get to Tanzania in the future? They can take their ideas to their form tutors and teachers, Student Council reps or, as many do, directly to me and the Heads of Key Stages. We look forward to hearing them!

Have a great weekend.

- Chris Share, Head of Secondary