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An Update From Secondary

14 February 2014

Welcome back and Happy Chinese New Year, I hope you had a good break wherever you were.

We are now in an important term for the whole of the secondary school where we have seven weeks to help our students progress academically towards their targets. The focus of course, will be on those with IB and IGCSE exams coming up in the summer and ensuring they feel motivated and prepared for a successful final push.

Students will be more aware than ever of the need to focus on achievement for the next 4 months. Teachers from all year groups are looking to push your child’s academic development in tandem with our High Performance Learning ethos as we continue to fine tune our teaching practice and our students’ understanding of the skills and mentality needed to succeed in the future. Communication of how your child is doing will be backed up with a number of Secondary Parent Teacher conferences this term.

In the next few weeks we will continue with our commitment to building a community with a wide range of opportunities for all.  It is worthwhile pointing out that the students themselves are taking a more active part telling us what they want in and out of the classroom thanks to the excellent work of the student council.

We are collaborating on providing more of the clubs and ECAs that the students want during and after school, and next week Mr Thorley, Head of Extra-Curricular Sport, will attend the whole school council meeting. He will discuss providing more opportunity for sporting clubs for those that want to participate in sports, yet do not want to prepare for the top tiers of the ACAMIS and FOBISSEA competitions.  Students will also be given a forum held in the auditorium to air their views on the school with the Secondary Senior Management Team.

Today our Year 7 to 9 students are experiencing the end of a long and enjoyable reading journey that culminates with the Panda Book awards ceremony in the Auditorium. Pupils in Key stage 3 are showing their engagement with the books by coming dressed as their favourite character from the books they have read as part of this.  

This week we also welcomed back our Tanzania adventurers and fund raisers who had a fantastic experience visiting and helping a local school as well as experiencing the local culture and wildlife of the Massai. If you have any local service partners you would want the school to help then please feel free to suggest them to me.

I look forward to an exciting production of the Crucible, our school play, from March 19 to 21 and we have trips that are heading out to Nanjing, Yungshao and Bangkok for sports and maths competitions and an environmental science research project. These experiences include pupils from Year 7 through to IB.

I look forward to positive feedback from the students on the support and new experiences they receive this term.  

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