Dear Parents and Students
As the Tanzania Expedition forms an important aspect of this week’s e-Newsletter, I will focus on ‘Community’ as a key area within our development plan. Our strategic goal states, “The NAISAK community is communicated with in an appropriate manner ensuring engagement in school life.” Within this, we agreed on a milestone where we aim to provide the community with exciting learning opportunities and the chance to step outside of our comfort zone. I was pleased to see that our uptake on the annual trip to Tanzania has been growing with student numbers doubling from 4 in 2015 to 8 in 2016 and up to 15 students this academic year, which is brilliant news. When I think back to my days in school, it is not the typical lesson where I learned about the quadratic equation that I recall, rather, it was the experiential learning opportunities that educational visits off campus provided. In speaking with many of the students who took part on the trip to Tanzania, I am sure they will have fond memories of their trip for many years to come, as they undertook meaningful service work that will make an impact on their global perspective and how they view themselves. Please join me in congratulating all of the students who took part on the journey.
Our strategic development plan highlights how we are looking to improve the way in which we engage our entire NAISAK community. Thank you to everybody who has downloaded the NAISAK app from iTunes or the Google Play store. I am delighted to report that it has been downloaded over 370 times since its recent launch.
We are also looking to further enhance the learning opportunities we provide our students outside of the classroom. We have begun discussions around this topic within our Leadership Team during the last two weeks and will continue to explore our offerings early next term when we finalise our calendar for the 2017/18 academic year.