It was lovely to see so many parents at school on Saturday afternoon for the launch of the Secondary School’s More Able programme. This exciting new programme builds upon on promise to ensure each student makes the progress they should in their time at NACIS. It was lovely to hear feedback from parents on how positive their children’s experience of the new Phase 2 facilities.
I also enjoyed meeting parents at our IB Options evenings on Wednesday. We were able to outline our pathways for grade 9, the options available in the IB and we announced that we are looking to introduce the IGCSE in Grade 9 and 10 as another international qualification to further strengthen our academic offering. The IGCSE are an international recognised UK based qualification. It is used in a number of NAE schools including my last two schools and is an excellent preparation for the IB Diploma Programme.
We were very excited to win an award for our IB results on Thursday night at the annual NAE awards ceremony. Our 37.5 average was comparable with the best scores received by schools in other regions including our sister school NAIS in Pudong.
I was delighted to present the awards from the recent NAE Young Musician of the Year competition. 4 of our students won in the various categories. The range of talent of our student is truly inspirational. As an occasional guitar player, I know the power of music as a method to develop skill acquisition, dedication and perseverance as well as it being an excellent way to relax.
Please see the attached Sports Report for information on the success of our sports teams over the last few weeks.
We have had a lot of transition activities with Grade 5 to ensure they are ready for their move to the Secondary campus in September. Parents had the opportunity to visit the campus and experience some Secondary style lessons. Grade 5 have also had the opportunity to see their new surroundings over the last few weeks. From this week Grade 5 students will eat their lunch in the Secondary canteen. This will allow them to start to feel part of the Secondary community and therefore have a much easier transition in the summer.
This week is the formal set of lesson observations for secondary staff. Our senior staff, including myself, visit all teachers to observe and review their teaching quality. This drives our training programme and allows staff to share expertise across the school. This forms a very important part of our Performance Management process. Three of our staff have been congratulated this week by our global Education Director for their work supporting the Global Campus and Nord Anglia University. Our staff have also been commended for their developing a next generation virtual school experience lesson so we are prepared should we need to deliver any teaching remotely.