It is a testament to their commitment in practising over the past term (or longer). We have been able to enjoy and appreciate their labours through a series of events held at the school and across the city.
To start, I’d like to thank our parents within the Korean community for their attendance at our Secondary Coffee Morning last Thursday. Firstly, for the warm welcome that James Carson, Heijin Jang and I received. Secondly, for the thoughtful questions raised in relation to James’ presentation on the ways in which we can all support students in improving their skills in English, when it is not their native language. As our Head of EAL, James was able to provide some very helpful ideas on activities that students can do at home to help in this area. Heijin Jang is our Korean Liaison Officer and if you have any questions relating to this, please do contact her at the school.
At the weekend, Key Stage 3 students were in sporting action through Rugby and Basketball. The under 13s and 15s played matches across the river and are growing in confidence and success, with a superb individual performance from Sam Bailey, who showed grit and determination whilst in action. My thanks and appreciation goes to the rest of the team for their teamwork and they are now enjoying the fruits of their training sessions. CISSA Basketball teams have been involved in some absorbing and tense games throughout the season. Saturday saw both the girls and boys in action as they visited a number of schools in Shanghai to enjoy a full day of competition. Coaches reported successes in the technical aspects of the game and all of the teams have shown progress over the course of this term through weekly training sessions and matches. CISSA Basketball has been part of our ECA programme during this term. If your child would like to take part in this programme, they will be able to sign up for CISSA Football, Volleyball and Basketball in the next academic year. There are many different levels and the teams are open for all to participate.
On Monday evening, we enjoyed the labours of our Year 11 IGCSE Art students. Despite the fact that all Year 11 pupils are in the intense period of external examinations this week, many still found time to attend the Art Exhibition and support their friends as we enjoyed a celebration of their two years of labour in producing some inspirational pieces of artwork. The quality is outstanding and with some nibbles and fine music from our talented pianists, it was a very happy atmosphere in which to study sketchbooks and interpret final pieces. The moderation process takes place this week, but the exhibition remains open for the next few days for you to enjoy on the third floor of the secondary building. Students from across the whole campus have taken the opportunity to admire the students’ efforts.
Last night, it was the turn of our vocalists and musicians to shine through the Summer Concert. They performed to a packed auditorium and a lively introduction by our Bucket Drummers began the show in fine style. This was followed by contributions from students in both the Primary and Secondary school. We enjoyed jazz, gospel and choral singing, as well as ensembles and orchestral pieces, ending with the theme tune from James Bond. You will be familiar with the words that greet you at the entrance to the campus: “Quality is never an accident – it is the result of intelligent effort”. These words ran through my mind whilst listening to the performances of our students. They have worked tirelessly in preparing for this event and will continue in their pursuit of excellence throughout the year through our musical ECA groups and the school’s peripatetic programme.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary