It is a busy time of year and our commitment to our three promises is very much in evidence all around the secondary school. Our promise to students and their families is of a Warm Welcome to our school community, plenty of Exciting Experiences for the children (and their parents!) both inside and outside of the classroom, and Academic Achievement for each child in our care.
We have recently had another round of Student Parent Teacher Conferences that are designed to inform students and parents about how students are doing in class and help to motivate the whole family to maximise the student’s chance of achieving academic success. To add to the regular consultation process we have trackers due for all students in two weeks’ time that give an update on academic progress since February.
Congratulations must go to our early entry Year 11 GCSE Mathematics students, nearly 90% of whom achieved As and A*s in the results published this week. Every day of the week we have revision classes going on or open access to the library and IB area (including weekends) for those who need to prepare for exams and we are in the final stages of planning a session next term on mental fortitude to help our students cope with the stresses of the exam season and beyond.
We have had plenty of exciting experiences this term: today we have students at the Shanghai Student Film Festival, we have had visits from Hollywood film editors and we have an upcoming visit from a university of Cambridge Historian to inspire and educate our students, not only in History but also on the application processes for Oxford and Cambridge, as she oversees all of the History applications and interviews for Clare College.
Next week we have the school production, a culmination of months of rehearsals, please do come along. On Friday an IB trip leaves to Yangzhou for scientific, geographical and environmental studies to be undertaken and on the same day a sporting trip departs for Key Stage 3 students to Brunei. 30 lucky students have also just returned from a life changing trip to Tanzania and this weekend we also have mathematicians in Nanjing at the North East Asia Mathematics Competition.
Our Key Stage 3 students have recently completed a submission for the Global Classroom Big Challenge that has linked the work our IB students do in their CAS project to the rest of the school, including students from all year groups as well as students in the primary school. You will see information and fund raising stalls at all parent attended secondary events in the future as they raise funds for the Indochina Starfish Foundation that provides education and care for disadvantaged and exploited children in Cambodia.
Closer to home our students have this week been helping with science lessons at the local migrant school that we support. Finally, the last 2 days have seen our performing arts department overwhelmed with talented applicants auditioning for the Global Orchestra, a new Nord Anglia Education initiative taking place in New York in June.
Our community of students and parents have benefited from the wisdom of our local healthcare professionals with talks on mental wellbeing for young people, and this week our students were given a very informative talk with lots of simple clear messages about the proven medical impact on the body of drinking or drug taking.
For us as parents and teachers, the big community event of this term is taking place this weekend, with the PTA’s International Food Evening which grows ever more popular and creative every year. The IFE is a great place for new parents to come and meet new people and see what a fantastic international community we are. For new parents and for those who have been here a while it is certainly a pleasure to see the warm welcome, exciting experiences and academic success continue to thrive.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary