We started the week with the different houses showcasing their chants, manifestos and flag designs. Students have been working on these for the past two weeks and have produces some fantastic work to develop the House philosophy for this year. This will see a widening of participation of the House system to include more sporting and academic team events. We have already had volleyball, and will soon have basketball and football. We will also be celebrating a Curriculum Cup where the different subjects will also feed into the system. This will allow those students who choose not to participate in the sporting events, to do their bit in house poetry, drama, chess and science. I am looking forward to mathletics. We are looking once again to hold our Sports Day at Aspire and planning has begun in earnest for that. This will see the first 'House Week' where we will be holding daily events to enhance the house and school spirit. We will be looking at how to involve parents into this, please contact me for any ideas that you may have.
Last week also saw the parent-teacher consultation evening of Years 10 and 12, as well as parent forums for the older years. There was excellent feedback received by both us and the students. IGCSEs are a two-year course and it is imperative to realise this at an early opportunity. Some students do leave it to too late in Year 11 to pick up their work ethic to the required standards. Madinat Khalifa takes this seriously and lays the foundations, not in Year 10, but Year 7. We start with the rigour and demands of the specialist subjects, the knowledge retention and retrieval skills needed and the learning and revision skills required to succeed. The Key Stage Three then have a strong foundation for IGCSEs at Key Stage Four. Ensuring the students are ‘future proof’ is a key part of our job, not just excelling at the academic demand. That is where our Compass Character comes in and the opportunities on offer for the students. I am carrying out some research on this currently that I will be looking to share with you soon.
The IB students welcomed the European Universities Fair last week. The students got the opportunity to be inspired by potential academic institutions and hear first hand the requirements that were needed to study at their university. We are developing our future careers counseling in MK and will be starting the process in Year 9 to ensure all students are fully aware of requirements in all countries and to be ambitious from an early stage as possible.
Head of Secondary, Madinat Khalifa