Academically, our Year 11 and Year 13 students have been very busy with their revision programme and this will begin to pay off as they embark on their mock exams, beginning this week for Year 11 pupils and next week for our Year 13 students. It is a serious commitment for individuals to challenge themselves in being ambitious and setting themselves high, yet attainable targets. I’ve already written about the importance of supporting them through the revision and examination period; thank you for continuing with this at home. In the coming weeks, as students receive feedback on their performance, staff will be on hand to offer guidance and support within each subject. All grades will be reported within the end of term tracker in December.
On Sunday, over thirty of our Year 9 and 10 students began their expedition to Arusha, in northern Tanzania. They have arrived safely and this week have been working within the local community, installing solar lighting, smokeless stoves and even building goat sheds. These were completed to a very good standard and will make a significant impact on the lives of the occupants. They have also visited a local school and took the opportunity to hand out some of the donations that the students brought with them. This went down very well! They will be heading out on safari and working within a nearby school as part of their community service during the rest of their stay at the Shamba Kipara Farm Camp. I am sure that this will prove to be a very memorable experience for both students and staff and we can look forward to hearing how exciting their journey has been in future newsletters. In the meantime, you can follow their progress via the school’s own blog posts.
Last night was an opportunity for us to reflect and celebrate the success of students who took their IGCSE exams in the summer, through a short ceremony in the Auditorium, one in which they received their official examination board certificates. Our Year 12 students helped to plan and prepare this event and thank you to those of you who were able to attend. We were treated to some excellent musical performances, on the piano, guzheng and guitar, accompanied by high quality vocal contributions. It was interesting to listen to student perspectives on their journey through IGCSEs and to reflect upon their experiences as a year group with some well-prepared videos of their favourite times. It is always good to take a brief moment in a busy school calendar to look back at their achievements, to celebrate and to provide them with encouragement for their steps in the IB Diploma Programme.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary