If all points of the triangle perform their role to the best of their ability, then the child will make optimum progress and achieve great heights of ability.
Whilst this is true for each individual student, it is also true for the school as a whole.
Our students perform better when they understand the importance of their sense of responsibility and accountability in their education. We have an abundance of students, of course, that understand this and respond to this challenge very well, as our fantastic academic results show.
Of course, our students also perform better when ‘the school’, i.e. the teachers, assistants, leaders and administrative support staff all understand the importance of their role in supporting students’ progress. This is why every task in school, no matter how large or small, is performed with the knowledge that it helps create the right atmosphere and conditions for learning to be at its very best, and is the reason why our teachers are the best trained in Shanghai.
Finally, our students also perform better when they enjoy the exemplary support of their parents, encouraging them and challenging them as they develop on their journey towards adulthood and maturity.
So, both school and parents help students. However, the school and parents can also help one another. At one of my recent workshops, a parent remarked to me how much she enjoyed our discussion around how to support her secondary aged child’s study skills and how much she wished her partner had been able to attend to hear my presentation. So, starting in the next academic year we will continue the seminar series entitled ‘How We Learn What We Learn’, every fortnight with one in the morning and one in the evening, so that as many parents as possible are able to attend. It is just one way in which we hope to support parents as they reflect on how best to support their children.
In turn, parents can support the school by contributing to the discussion on strategy and operation. The primary and secondary heads of school have their operational consultation groups, and I meet with a Principal’s consultation group, where we discuss how best to keep the school at the pinnacle of performance. However, we also have groups that support Sports and Performing Arts.
If you would like to contribute to the school development by joining either our Sports or Performing Arts Groups, we would like to hear from you. Both groups are comprised of positive, supportive and talented parents that give their time to help us refine our offer and continually strive for excellence in all that we do. If this is an area that you feel you could support, please do contact my PA, Catherine Sharman so that we can help you to take your place in that magic triangle towards success.
Dr Neil Hopkin, Principal