Another busy term ends… Looking back, I am sure colleagues, students and parents will identify their own highlights of the past couple of months. These could be the International Award expeditions or the sports fixtures, the Global Campus challenges or the QNSCC Scratch Coding competition, the majestic Science Fair at school or the STEAM day in AKIS, the mesmerising first whole-school production or Pi Day at Qatar Leadership Academy, World Book Day or World Poetry Day, the Student Council elections or the student-led assemblies, the PTFA barbecue or our House events… or also our Parent-Teacher Meetings, our mock examinations with our Year 11 and 12 students, or again our end-of-term assessment week at Key Stage 3!
Personally, the trip to Tanzania and the richness of the experiences lived over there, whether with the people who welcomed us into their culture and way of life or the staff and students from other NAE schools who shared those incredible moments with us, have left a lasting memory in my mind and thought process. On another personal note, the visits by our Juilliard teaching artists Brian Drye, Joshua Palmer and Liam Day have reminded me of what healthy ambition is, and what hard work and commitment have the potential to make happen. How inspirational those experiences have been, and how lucky we are to have enjoyed them!
The above reminds us that the data contained in your child’s end-of-term report (which is going home today) does not define what a young person is but only reflects one aspect of their achievement. There is so much more! What matters is the feeling of self-accomplishment, fed by the knowledge that one has done the best one could.
Our older students are finalising their preparation for the IGCSEs and AS Level examinations, which means we will have some busy weeks ahead. Our Y10 students are also polishing their revisions for the mock assessments a week after the new term starts and our Y9 students are gearing up for their Checkpoint examinations. On that note, and to support that feeling of self-accomplishment, I would like to reiterate the critical role a strong attendance plays in a child’s success. I understand success as being a holistic concept, not purely academic.
As we carry on our journey through the implementation of Positive Discipline across the whole school and a strengthening of our learning experiences, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of you, the parents of our students, for supporting us support your children. I hope you have a lovely break, wherever it takes you, and come back to start the Summer Term ready to work with us and tackle the stimulating challenges ahead.
Head of Secondary School