Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the weekly newsletter. I am excited to update you on our week’s events.
Jack is delighted to have received two offers this week, both to study Business Management. The first is from Babson College and the second Connecticut College, which is recognized as one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial universities. Jack is very excited and continues to closely assess his options before committing.
House debating competition
After a fierce series of interhouse debates, Honesty and Fortitude faced off in the finale. Although the competition was close, Fortitude who are captained by Rachel, were judged the victors. Congratulations to Fortitude for victory, and congratulations to all of our House’s for taking part.
Grade 11 university guidance
Our university guidance counselors delivered another successful parent’s information session on Wednesday 24th. Parents in attendance found the session highly educational and were happy to learn so much about the university admissions process. Learning how to best support the application process and what it is that students can do to give themselves the competitive edge is of vital importance. Due to the success of the event we are likely to run another session in the near future; I will share further details as they are confirmed.
China Thinks Big Competition - Results
You may remember from the newsletter on the 11th of March that students from our school have qualified for the China Thinks Big competition. I am extremely proud and excited to announce the next set of results from the qualifying rounds; Grade 11 student Sara’s team won the national first prize and Alice’s team won the national second prize. From Grade 10, student Kayla won the national first prize with her team.
For NAICS that’s two first prizes and a second prize against National competition! Well done to the students for all their preparation, hard work and success.
I will leave you with two student reflections from the week.
Head of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
This Monday, I participated in the school debate event. A few weeks ago, our house, Honesty, defeated Serenity to move on to the final. For the final, the motion was “In a world recovering from COVID-19, should sustainability be made into constitutional law”. We prepared for one week and on Monday, the final came, and we were sitting on the stage, in front of almost the whole secondary school, waiting for the competition to start. We were introduced to the audience by Ms. Musa, and then we got started. The debate was really intense, both sides have excellent arguments that were well rebutted by their opponents. In the end, our opponents came out on top. It was not the result we wanted but it was a fun & useful experience for all of us.
Under the supervision and encouragement of all teachers, I finally realised the good intentions of the teachers, and realise how I can improve. Since this week, I have been active and serious in class, actively answering teachers' questions, and actively helping students to explore and think. I am determined to continue to grow in this month, to the students of the student union, seniors close, do the little helper of teachers, students a good example. Finally, I want to say to the teachers who trust me, encourage me and cultivate me: "Teachers! Thank you! "