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Secondary School

09 December 2018

For a change…

Today’s Secondary School e-Newsletter is all about change. Change is a puzzling concept to say the least. Some people like change and the stimulating new prospects a change may bring, while some others are apprehensive of change due to the level of uncertainty and unfamiliarity all changes bring with them. Change, as a concept, fits perfectly with the ideas of growth mind-set and ambitious learning that Nord Anglia Education (NAE) promotes. Our school has undergone many changes throughout its development but those are not today’s focus. Today’s focus is on what we can do as individuals to make things better.

NAE recently established a charitable organisation, the Nord Anglia Education Foundation, and a global campaign centre to help transform not only the NAE students’ lives but also the communities they live in. Equipping students with the skills to turn their passions for giving back into meaningful, systemic change is at the forefront of this foundation’s list of aims. NAE is developing an exciting, creative and bold global change maker programme. With a network of incredible teachers and students, the hope is to bring together the best minds and existing resources to prepare students with the mind-sets and skill-sets to make change happen. Our Year 11 Global Perspectives students are taking part this week in a webinar and digital hive to support the creation of this global change maker programme. Being the only NAE school in the Middle East taking part in this webinar, our students have the immense responsibility to convey extremely accurately their ideas and understanding of what change is and what change is needed. The objective behind the webinar is to help the foundation understand what students are passionate about and inspired by, so the change maker programme is tailored for greater impact and success.

The involvement of our Y11 Global Perspectives students in such project falls perfectly in line with the Team Projects that they are currently working on as part of the requirements for their course. Some are focusing on raising awareness about hunger in the world or contagious diseases, others on how to make the most of arising opportunities or what is available locally for people to increase solidarity.

This webinar ties in well with the release of the invitation letters to take part in the Tanzania trip. 14 of our 15 available places were filled within a few days, demonstrating once more our students’ willingness to get involved and make a difference.
Although well-known, the following quote is a constructive reminder to all of us: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’ (Mahatma Gandhi). Watch this space and our Facebook page for the change the Y9 students are taking responsibility for as they prepare to enjoy the Exit Point of their IMYC Responsibility Unit this week!

Lydie Gonzalès
Head of Secondary