The school continues to be abuzz with activity and energy. We have a lot of prospective parent visits at this time of year and it is always good to hear the feedback from people who are visiting us for the first time. One of the things that has come through in the last month from these conversations is how much people like the atmosphere here at school and specifically what they comment upon is the energy and enthusiasm of the staff even at this late stage in the school year. This is a great credit to the commitment and passion of our staff.
There continues to be much to be celebrated and enjoyed. The KS2 production of Treasure Island was a real triumph and again showed what talented and well -motivated students we have. It was a very high quality production much enjoyed by the large audiences who packed into the secondary auditorium on Wednesday and Thursday evening and the culmination of a great deal of intelligent effort.
Last week Year 5 enjoyed a fruitful and memorable residential trip to Nanbeihu. This week “Activity Week 2014” has resulted in some excellent extended education opportunities for our secondary students in Year 9 who have travelled to Vietnam, in Year 8 who visited Inner Mongolia and Year 7 who migrated south to Guandong. We are able on a day to day basis to deliver exciting educational experiences in the classroom, however the residential trips provide our students with outdoor educational and cultural opportunities we cannot create on campus all of which broaden and deepen the students’ knowledge and understanding of the region and its people.
Year 11 fresh from the completion of their IGCSE and GCSEs have returned to the classroom to begin a pre-IB course designed to acquaint them with the IBDP course and some of the skills and approaches they will require to be successful over the next two years.
Meanwhile the Year 12 students have ventured to Cambodia for the annual Community Action Service (CAS) trip. These trips over the last few years have made a real impact on our students who come to appreciate how lucky they are and how much their visit, their manual labour and their teaching mean to the street children they are supporting through their work.
Lastly the Year 10s have been undertaking a week of work experience at various businesses across Shanghai. We are very grateful to the large number of parents who have supported us with this by offering placements to our students. It is so good for students at this age to experience the world of work.
The other important business that takes place at the end of the school year is the preparation of students for transition between phases of the school. So at the end of last week Year 6 enjoyed a day in the secondary school and the Year R students experienced life upstairs in Key Stage 1.
I look forward to seeing many of you over the last few days of term as we celebrate our students’ successes at the various prize giving ceremonies and end of year events.
- Kevin Foyle, Principal