As imagined, last Friday was quite an emotional time for the Year 6 children as we said goodbye to them. They had some amazing memories, with 18 children and their families being with us for the full four years since we opened. Parents and staff could see just how much progress their children had made. It was wonderful for the children to see a video sent by Mr. Noel in London, with a backdrop of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, remembering their names and characters. I have put this video on our portal as I know a lot of the children want to see it again. You can go to the special event tab using the link Mrs. West sends you for the newsletters each week.
On Tuesday, it was like visiting the theatre as Year 5 and Year 6 performed ‘Fee Fi Fo Fum’, the traditional tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. It was a book my parents read to me as a child so is a story that has lasted through the decades, it is enjoyable for children and adults. The children performed with such clarity and enthusiasm that the story was perfectly retold for our audience. I did find myself laughing away on my own in the audience with some of the English jokes but the children are used to this! Thank you to Mrs. West who was instrumental in making the show happen and to all the Year 5 and 6 staff and children for entertaining us so well.
Wednesday morning saw the hall filled with more than 500 children and parents for our Prize Giving Assembly. It is the first time parents have joined us for this celebration and it was great to hear the cheering from families when their child won a prize. We made our fond farewells to the staff and Ms. Them performed amazingly on the Dan Trang. We had tears of sadness and happiness as we celebrated their contributions to our school but it is the nature of international education we have movement of staff. It is all about being internationally-minded.
This week’s art exhibition has been a real triumph too and the quality of the art work on show is worthy of a gallery in any city. The works match much of the learning in classrooms so we have a very integrated curriculum to support the children’s learning and language. Thank you to Miss Kaye who has made all this possible, parents and staff have been amazed by the standard of the art pieces and in using so many different media. We must remember Miss Zane who supported art when Miss. Kaye was on maternity leave. She may well read this back in Europe.
Finally, I hope those who bought our first school newspaper enjoyed reading the publication, your donations will add to our charity collection to be used next year. It was all the children’s own work from their ECA and thanks too to Mr. Sayer who sponsored and covered our printing costs.
Have a wonderful summer; we can’t wait for 2017-18!
Mr Nicholas West – Head of Primary