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, which began this week for Year 11 pupils and start 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 in the end of term tracker in December.
The U15 FOBISIA students have demonstrated their ambition during the tournament at the school at the beginning of the week. After many weeks of preparation, the games got underway on Sunday with a morning of exciting track and field events, followed by an afternoon at the pool where we saw many personal bests achieved in the swimming competition. Basketball and Football followed on Monday and Tuesday where our competitors were cheered on by students from across the whole school throughout the day. There was much to celebrate at the end, not only through the medals achieved by the teams, but also the spirit in which the pupils participated – energetic, skilful and respectful of each other. We are very proud of the way that they represented the school throughout the tournament. Hosting an event with as many teams as this has taken many months of planning and I would also like to congratulate the staff who have helped to organise this year’s FOBISIA event; including the teachers who have supported the students in their development and coaching sessions. Finally, I’d like to congratulate the parents who have supported visiting teams with events and activities, excellent refreshments and who have been there throughout the tournament helping our visitors and cheering on their children.
Tuesday evening was also an opportunity for us to reflect and celebrate the success of students who took their IGCSE exams in the summer, through a 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, with high quality vocal contributions from Bhavya, Phoebe and Ebba, flute playing by Katharina and Leon, and Pedro on electric guitar. It was interesting to listen to student perspectives on their journey through IGCSEs and to reflect upon their experiences as a year group. 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