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Head’s Lines: A busy term gets off to a great start

15 January 2018

The High School Snack Shop for students has opened, and this week heralds the arrival of the coffee shop for the whole school community.  The Nord Anglia Education Recruitment Fair will be held in London, and Mr. Paul gives information on Fun Day and High School Mock Exam week.  Parents and students looking for more information on higher education options will find the large number of universities visiting our High School a useful resource.

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Students across the school quickly settled down to work over the first week of Term 2. With this renewed focus on lessons and school work, there was an impressive atmosphere of learning emanating from both campuses.

To help fuel the burgeoning minds at our High School, the new Snack Shop opened in the Red Building last Wednesday providing now two places where students can purchase a wide variety of refreshments, light meals and beverages. These new offerings were well received by all and will continue to improve over time. In addition, the eagerly anticipated High School Coffee Shop for parents and senior students will also open its doors this week.

Recruitment

On Friday 26 January I will travel to London to attend the NAE Recruitment Fair. We advertised our vacancies before Christmas and have had an amazing number of applications which we are compiling into short lists. I expect to meet a wide pool of UK-based and international teachers in London where hopefully we will fill most of our vacancies.   Also, other candidates under consideration from schools in Thailand or within South-East Asia have been invited to come to our school for a day and teach demonstration lessons so that they can really get a feel for the type of school we are should we decide to appoint them.

I am glad to be able to say again this year that our teacher turnover is low,  so we have looked at a whole range of skills and subjects that would really support our development going forward as we seek to pull together the timetable for the next academic year. This does seem a long way off, but we have to plan far in advance to ensure the best team is in place by next August.

Fun day

On Saturday 3 February St Andrews will hold its annual Fun Day on the Primary Campus. The PTG have been hard at work along with our Estates staff to make this great event as successful as years past. Please keep a look out for information about how you can get involved with this event, and be sure to circle the date in your diary so you can come along and enjoy this great community day at school.

External Examinations

While most of High School will be enjoying their residential visits next week, Year 11 and Year 13 students will be sitting mock final examinations.

Year 11 have been studying a wide range of IGCSE courses for the last 18 months and will sit their final external examinations in May and June 2018. These are British-based courses following a set programme of study which then has external examinations sent from and returned to the UK to be marked by external examiners.

Year 13, our graduating Class of 2018, have been studying a wide range of courses many of which are International Baccalaureate courses. The International Baccalaureate Organisation has its headquarters in Geneva Switzerland and sets and marks the external exams for each of their courses making up their full IB Diploma.

This mock examination period is a very good experience for all students. It helps them to anticipate the exam pressures they will be under and gives everyone time to really work on improving their performance for their actual final exams later in Term 3.

College & University Updates

Since the first day of school, we have welcomed over 80 visiting colleges and universities from all over the world to our new High School. Each and every one of our visitors has not only been impressed with our new campus facilities but also with our students. Many of these visiting university representatives have been meeting and conversing with our students in the Atrium during lunch time.

On Wednesday, 17 January,  we will host our largest group to date in the Atrium! Twenty-seven institutions from the UK will be on hand to engage with our community. If your son or daughter is contemplating tertiary education in the UK, this is an excellent opportunity to meet with them. Furthermore, we’ll have a professor from the University of Nottingham speaking to our Business Management students on Friday at lunch time. Next week we will have a visitor from Tokyo International University who will address our Japanese and Business students.

On Saturday 20 January, the Big 8 Universities from Australia will be hosting an event at the Westin Hotel from 10am - 4pm.

Please also note that Carleton University from Ottawa, Canada will visit St Andrews on 5 February. On 27 February there will be a mini US fair and on 5 March a mini Canadian fair. All of these visits will happen at lunchtime in our fantastic Atrium!

As the Class of 2018 finalize their applications and wait on their offers, the Year 12 students will kick off their tertiary pursuits after they return from their residential to Vietnam. These are certainly exciting times for all.

Here is a list of the institutions from the UK who will be visiting on 17 January : Bangor, Bradford, Dundee, Durham, Essex, Glasgow, Kent, Leeds, Leeds Beckett, Lincoln, Liverpool, Plymouth, Queen’s University Belfast, Queen Mary University London, Reading, Regents, Robert Gordon, Sheffield, St. Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde, Surrey, Swansea, UWE, Winchester, York.

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