This week, our lovely school was transformed into a contemporary art gallery. On Monday, we welcomed parents who came to admire the final exam pieces of our IGCSE and A level students. Unusually for student art, we had on display a number of installation pieces which showed the extraordinary development of our young artists. There were many challenging themes that the students explored - one looked at the effect of modern living on traditional family values, one looked at the theme of homelessness and one piece made us consider the effects of plastic waste. My thanks to all of the students who have put in so many hours to produce their final pieces, under the unwavering guidance of Ms Corkery and Mr Johnston.
On Wednesday, we welcomed fifty parents to a workshop about how to best support their children during the upcoming exam season. Led by Mr Dale and Mr Larmour, our parents were challenged to attempt an actual A Level question - to understand the depth of study that our students are undertaking. Mr Lamour, our Head of Psychology, then led a discussion on the teenage brain and how we can best help our young people through this time of high anxiety. My thanks to them both and Mrs MacIver and Mr Morgan for putting on this event.
Thursday morning saw a lovely start to the day as we celebrated the final performances of our Year 4 students who had taken part in our In2Music project. For the last six weeks, some of our Year 9 students have been mentoring Year 4 students and helping them to learn an instrument for the first time. I was once again so proud of the students involved, who have shown such patience, kindness and leadership in helping the younger students to love learning to play.
Finally, this week came to a conclusion with an amazing assembly. We were honoured to welcome the students and staff from the Nhan Chinh School for the Deaf. The community service-based assembly saw our students demonstrate how much they have developed in learning sign language and the relationships they have built with their new friends from Nhan Chinh. My thanks to Mr John Hennigan and Ms Thao Le , our community service coordinator, for organising this, and for the involvement we have had with students from the Deaf School this year.
Please note that next Friday is our last day of the term, and we will, as usual be finishing school at 12.30pm.
I hope you have a great week ahead.