What exciting lives these young children lead and what enthusiasm they show for each new escapade. We are also delighted to welcome so many new families into our school community and warmly welcome you all - we will of course continue to work closely with you to ensure that you feel supported as you transition into life in Shanghai and your children settle at school.
The start of a new year is a great time for us all to reflect on the past and set ourselves new resolutions for the coming year. In assemblies, we talked about the Roman God Janus and how he was considered to be very important as he had two faces, allowing him to both look back into the past and also forward into the future. We are encouraging the children, and ourselves as adults, to reflect on the past year and to think carefully about the new possibilities and challenges in the year ahead. We want to consider what our goals are, what we need to do to achieve them and what obstacles might make this journey tricky. We have talked about the need for hard work, perseverance, a positive mind-set and of course the fact that if we work alongside others we can support and motivate each other.
So with all this in mind, the children have been thinking about goals that might involve them; learning something new, perhaps by starting a new ECA or taking up a new hobby; changing some habits - perhaps to stop biting their nails or to develop better reading habits; regularly doing something to help others at home or within the community; or working hard at a skill to get even better at it, whether this be playing football, learning their times-tables or making delicious cupcakes. Please speak with your children and work together with them to identify a few realistic and meaningful targets for this year and put together some practical steps that you can work together on to help them achieve these targets. As we all know, keeping resolutions can be a hard task but there are positive gains and a real sense of achievement when we finally accomplish our goals.
The term has got off to a very busy and productive start with students immediately being stimulated by exciting learning experiences and the launch of new themed learning topics. Next week our ECA programme begins with a rich range of activities for students to further develop skills or try new things. We have tried hard to give each child opportunities to participate in the activities of their choice but ask for your understanding where it has not always been possible to meet all requests. You will have received confirmation of ECAs today and if you have any questions, please contact Ruth Hanson firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com.
I look forward to another active and exciting term and am confident that each one of our students will be challenged and have exiting learning experiences that enable them to make great progress in their learning and be highly motivated to come to school each day. Welcome back and let’s get started on trying to achieve our goals for 2015.
- Niki Meehan, of Primary