There are lots of interesting places to visit within the city itself and much to enjoy in this vibrant and diverse city. If you would like to find out a little more about the Huacao and Honqiao neighbourhood and other areas of Shanghai, I suggest visiting our community guide here. There is a wealth of useful advice on things to do within the city; eating out, shopping, healthcare, getting around and learning Mandarin.
The atmosphere in the secondary school on Monday was exhilarating as new friendships were formed and stories shared between pupils about their exciting summer holidays. New students met with their buddies for refreshments mid-morning and staff supported lots of icebreaker activities within their tutor groups to ensure that everyone was included. I know that these friendships will thrive in this environment and I am certain that new pupils will very quickly settle into the school community. Our ECA sign-up programme has already begun and there are many to choose from, including Sports, Music, Drama, Arts and Computer Science. Why not try something new, for example supporting at the Qingpu Xu Long Migrant School, or if you are in Years 7, 8 and 9, audition for ‘The Muppets Christmas Carol’, our Key Stage 3 production taking place in December.
Our GCSE and IB students have started the term at a brisk pace. There is a strong focus on achievement and for many a reflection upon their holiday homework activities. We treat our students like academic athletes who we are able to challenge every day to improve upon their personal best. The challenge for these students taking exams is to reach their golden targets through the support of their teachers and by adopting a growth mindset and a determination to succeed. On Tuesday 30 August we are hosting an event at 1800: “How to Succeed at IGCSE”, which will provide both parents and students with advice on academic achievement whilst leading a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Our younger students at Key Stage 3 have enjoyed a number of exciting experiences in lessons this week; our Year 7 students in particular begin the challenge of new subjects. We aim to ease them gently back into their school routines and allow them time to build new friendships through cooperative learning opportunities. I am sure that they will be able to tell you about the different learning experiences they have had this week and how enjoyable working together has been.
I very much look forward to seeing you at the school soon and wish you and your family a successful year in Shanghai!
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary