Our Secondary School team is growing and our new members are helping us bring to life intentions that have been previously cultivated at NAISAK. One of them is the design and establishment of a well-structured pastoral programme at Key Stages 3, 4 & 5. Pastoral care is primarily concerned with enhancing and supporting effective study and learning by students. Through Personal, Social and Health Education activities, our pastoral programme will widen its impact and also focus on assisting our young people with individual problems that they may encounter both at school and as part of their daily lives.
Mr Russell (our new Head of Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9) and Mr Chris (our new Head of Upper Secondary – Years 10, 11 and 12) have worked collaboratively to create a weekly pastoral programme that will support our students become well-rounded citizens of the world, in line with our High Five values. During our ‘Show Respect’ Tutor Time sessions, our students will explore local and world news, thus developing an understanding of issues facing countries and cultures in the twenty-first century. The ‘Work Hard’ moments will revolve around the Literacy for Life programme where students and Form Tutors will engage in active reading. Together with some mini-House events, watching motivation videos and debating over relevant topics will form part of our ‘Aim High’ sessions. Our ‘Be Nice’ skill will be developed through Community and Global Campus learning opportunities, where links with other young learners will be woven and learning moment shared. Finally, our students will sharpen their ‘Accept Responsibility’ skill as our Form Tutors encourage them to reflect on their performance over the previous week and their display of our High Five values, as described on page 5 of our Communication Book.
In order to further support your child at home, the Secondary School Communication Book offers a multitude of essential information. One aspect is an Approach to Learning Rubric found on page 17, which presents the different attributes that students making positive choices towards their learning will display. Please make the most of this document and engage in productive reflections and discussions with your child at home. There is no more powerful aspect in a child’s performance than a natural and strong alignment of home and school expectations.
In saying so, I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Meet the Tutors afternoon on Tuesday 18 September starting at 16:00.
To conclude the Secondary School section of this week’s e-Newsletter, and in line with our intention to nurture our students into becoming impactful world citizens, I am humbled to present an article by Suhasini Saravanan Ruckmani and another one by Vanshi Pathak, who travelled to New York in July to represent our school at the UN Summit.
Head of Secondary School
The 2018 New York Student Summit
This year, the United Nations have been focusing on Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Over 80 students from every corner of our planet were gathered from various Nord Anglia Schools in New York. We all came with one goal: to make the world a better place for everyone. Every single student was determined to achieve something better and worked hard to present it.
We had Model United Nations, where we talked and disused some of the major problems people face on a daily basis. We debated on issues like slums, environment pollution, lack of education in certain countries, etc. We tried solving them in committees, created resolutions and presented our thoughts and ideas on how to treat them.
Next, we visited UNICEF and had a chat with some of their employees regarding education and plastic over consumption and recycling. What other countries face as challenges and how our small actions could aid them. We also visited the UN, toured around and were educated on some of the current issues in action. We were guided through and were taken to see some of the most important headquarters where the UN takes place. Some of our questions were answered and some changed our perspectives on what and how we see things.
Other days we worked in workshops in groups of our school regions where we created presentations and lessons for the upcoming youth, teacher’s day, world earth day, inequalities, etc. We took part in The World’s Largest Lesson where we had the opportunity to work with some amazing and open people, who gave us speeches on the SDGs.
Basically, all our actions were aimed to help and spread awareness of the SDGs. I really appreciate the fact that organisations like UNICEF are now ready to listen to us, students, the future, when trying to achieve a better life. That week was an amazing experience and once in a lifetime opportunity, that has taught us ways in which we can be smart, resilient, collaborative and creative. Thanks to everyone with whom I had a chance to work with and have fun during that one week!
Secondary School Student
NAE Global Summit 2018
UNICEF and NAE annually invited Nord Anglia student ambassadors to present their ideas on Sustainable development goal (SDGs) at an event during the United Nations High Level Political Forum, which takes place at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City from 6 to 13 July 2018. It is a once in a life time opportunity for me and the other Nord Anglia students to contribute to the discussion and influence policy at the highest level. 6 critical global issues that affect the world day by day are Community Development, Conservation, Personal Development, Sustainability, Volunteering.
Probably part of the reason most people are not immediately ready to jump into action is that there appear to be so many problems and no simple solution presents itself for any of them. Even when children are attending school, the quality of their education is likely poor. This means that they might leave school without the necessary numeracy or literacy skills required. It is estimated that approximately 600 million children are not mastering basic maths and literacy while at school.
Students across Nord Anglia Education family of 55 schools were at work throughout the academic year raising awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create solutions for sustainability issues. This trip to New York City, attended by selected student ambassadors, serves as the capstone event of Nord Anglia Education’s annual work on the SDGs, including action taken as part of the World’s Largest Lesson throughout the academic year. The SDGs are a collection of 17 goals set by the United Nations regarding social and economic development issues. The idea is for nations to tackle these goals by 2030 to make the world a better place with the help of citizens, companies and students. This year, Nord Anglia students focused on meeting:
• Goal 11, which seeks to ensure sustainable cities and communities; and
• Goal 12, which is all about responsible consumption and production practices.
What I learned:
For us, students, it was necessary to know what type of sessions, short or long, or workshops, we could attend, since the programme mentioned that all of these were aimed at a specific group of attendees. The colloquium is not only for experts in health research or evidence-based medicine, but also offers activities for those who are starting on the road.
It was not all about the trip alone, I learned to be independent, to be resilient, creative, to be able to collaborate with other NAE ambassadors and of course to represent NAISAK, Qatar in this global experience. My goal is to bring knowledge to as many people as possible, inspire students to get involved and make them see that doing what we do is not as hard as it seems. I came away from this experience feeling privileged to have participated in the NAE Global Goals Student Summit. An enormous thank you to all attendees, organisers and venues for having made this unique experience possible for all 87 NAE students.
“UNICEF is thrilled that schools such as those in the Nord Anglia Education family are using the World’s Largest Lesson to teach young people about the SDGs and inspire them to take action,” said Shannon O’Shea.
The success of the SDGs rests on the children and young people being involved. This is essential for our own personal development as responsible global citizens, as well as for the vibrancy and health of our communities and countries.
My reactions after this programme:
I wanted to create awareness between students and people in the community, but I had an unexpected opportunity to give a speech to teenagers and share my experience between young people and students in Indian schools! Answering their questions conveyed an important message to them. I suggested ideas to come with solution for these global problems, and persuaded them to make daily changes in their life and to see what is safe for the environment.
Suhasini Saravanan Ruckmani
Secondary School Student