One of the strengths of being part of Nord Anglia Education is having the capacity of all the schools co-operating and collaborating for the benefit of all the children. This is most obviously shown in the Global Classroom.
Mr. Robinson, who teaches English and History, is also our Global Classroom Leader and is very enthusiastic about our pupils making the best of this opportunity.
In the same way, I recently led a delegation of our staff to attend our company’s Regional Conference in Beijing. This gave us the chance to hear about the latest educational and company developments as well as to attend good practice workshops and share ideas.
As a result, our teachers have made valuable connections with other schools in China and the Principals were discussing different sorts of co-operation, including organising a joint Music School. I was very proud of our staff whose work was recognised as good practice and other schools wanted to know more about our teaching methods. I look forward to the co-operation bearing fruit and providing new opportunities.
We are now truly getting into the Christmas spirit! Every second Monday our Assembly is for singing and it is a great start to the week to hear hundreds of children singing Jingle Bells and Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer! This will help prepare them for the Inter-House Singing competition, the finals of which take place on the last day of term.
In the meantime, a House competition to design a Christmas card is underway this week and the Year 1 and 2 pupils are preparing for their Christmas performances. Year Group and a whole School photograph is being taken and there will be class Christmas Parties in the last week. Year 3-7 pupils are looking forward to the Great Sleigh Debate and we finish on the last day with a Whole School Assembly, the choir, the orchestra and our singing competition.
All of this activity is to give our pupils opportunities for participation and enjoyment as well as to understand what Christmas represents. We plan to do the same for Chinese New Year and to have other events in the school supported by the PTA, which has just been established.
I look forward to seeing the pupils perform and to welcoming parents who are able to attend.