Our exam groups in Years 11 and 13 have completed coursework and now have one last school holiday to work on past papers and have a clear and focused revision plan heading forward.
For the rest of the school we can reflect on a mixture of sporting, academic and performing arts success. We have had wonderful solo recitals, a school play that involved all year groups, academic achievement in official maths and EAL exams. We have participated and won many football, volleyball, rugby, swimming and basketball matches. Our media department had students that have won prizes at last week’s Shanghai film festival for student created, directed, acted and written dramas. Students have travelled around China in maths, science, geography and sports trips and community and global citizenship was promoted by Year 9, 10, and 12 students travelling to Tanzania to do charitable work there.
We are looking to expand our work in the community with some of our CAS students working with a local migrant school, and are encouraging our Year 9s and 10s to join them. Our students have been entered into creative writing competitions in local media and against international schools with one of our Year 7s reaching the finals in Hong Kong competing against older students.
Exciting experiences and academic opportunity and achievement are at the centre of what we do, but it is also important to continue the links the secondary school is making with the local community. This term I have had useful and productive meetings with the chairs of the PTA, international parent representatives and with the secondary room parents. This has immediately improved the school in the short term and long term as we work on issues to fine tune our web site, we are re-examining what is offered through our catering suppliers and we are making significant progress with providing support for students and parents. We are in the process of organising workshops from August next year on parenting, combating bullying and dealing with stress in Shanghai. I am also examining supporting our students further with a fine tuning of our counselling provision.
We continue to offer a wide variety of learning experiences to make our students the most creative, successful and compassionate students they can be, but after such a busy term some rest is needed for all.
Enjoy your break wherever you may be.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary