Same, same but different.
Having recently joined Madinat Khalifa from our Nord Anglia sister school in Thailand, the above phrase is often used to describe things that are similar but also unique and individual. This is exactly how I would summarise my week, having had the privilege of visiting all three campuses within Compass International School.
As we have officially started our Year 6 to 7 transition programme, I have met with parents to introduce myself and answer any questions regarding their son/daughters exciting move into Secondary School. I wanted to reinforce the message that we are one school, even though we are housed across three campuses. As strong and well established schools, we often take time to stop, reflect and recognise our similarities but also respect and celebrate our differences. Together as a community, we are perfectly placed to offer an exciting but supportive transition for our Year 6 students. We look forward to getting to know them all in the coming weeks and I am confident that they will understand they are NOT changing schools, but continuing their great Compass International School education, just in a different building. The full programme of transition events will be shared with Year 6 parents very soon, but please take note of our new Secondary School Open Day which will take place on Saturday, 1 April 2017 from 10.00 to 13.00. This is a perfect way for, not just existing students and parents, but any family who would like to come and explore the rich and dynamic curriculum we offer at Madinat Khalifa.
Keeping with my theme of shared experiences, our Year 11 and 13 students, like many other students across our 43 Nord Anglia schools, recently received their mock examination results. This can be an anxious time for students as they find out, if the many hours of study and revision have paid off with the desired results. With ongoing support from school and home, additional revision opportunities provided by teachers, the students now need time to reflect and motivate themselves to ensure they find success in the final exams. To help and inform those next steps, Year 11 students, and parents, are invited to join us in school on Wednesday, 8 February at 18.00 for our IB Information Evening. Mr Hughes, our IB Coordinator, will share will us why the IB Diploma programme is regarded as the best academic pathway to the top universities in the world.
‘Same, same but different’ is a simple but effective way of saying that, at Compass International School, from Early Years through to Year 13, we provide opportunities you would expect in any great school, but we are also confident enough to do it in our own unique way.
It has been an extremely busy and productive start to this term and, as school closes for half term, I hope that you find time to relax and share some family time before school reopens on Sunday, 5 February 2017.