Students new to the secondary school have now settled into the community and are making the most of the opportunities on offer at the school which allow them to develop their areas of interest further. Our Key Stage 3 students are very busy rehearsing for the school’s first major production of the year, ‘Fool’s Gold”, which takes place later this term. It is a musical comedy full of laughter and fun, and definitely not one to miss. Our FOBISIA under 15 teams are rigorously training in preparation for the games in Hong Kong next month, where they will face challenges in football, basketball, swimming and athletics.
Year 10 Geography students are leaving on Friday to take part in their annual residential trip. They will be conducting a mix of physical and human geography fieldwork in the rivers in the beautiful Mt Tianmushan region, Lin’an County and tourism investigations in Wuzhen Town, Tongxiang County. This experience will very much bring alive the ideas and concepts that the students have been studying in the classroom and will be invaluable to their IGCSE preparation. It’s also a great opportunity for them to see more of China and develop their independence further. They will be given challenges and responsibilities that will require leadership and collaboration in and I wish them a successful time.
As I mentioned above, this is a good time for reflection on how well our children have performed in terms of settling into their courses and the academic progress that they have made. The first tracker published at the end of September gives all of us a good indication and I hope that you have had the opportunity to discuss this within your family. At school, students are now spending time with their form tutor discussing their tracker, identifying areas of strength and success, as well as ways of making further progress. These coaching discussions are designed to help students reflect upon how they might move forward themselves and for staff to suggest strategies that will help them to do this. Pupils will often work in groups and share their most successful ones. We are proud of the academic achievements of our students and this is one method of making this happen.
The term continues at pace and students will need to build their resilience as we move through the autumn term – Key Stage 3 students have been working on mental toughness and strength building in PSHE already this year, based on the work of Clive Leach – we can draw on the techniques learnt to support each other moving forward.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary