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Transitions at NAIS Manila

Chris Pooley
Chris Pooley (20 posts) Principal View Profile

Often at this time of year, in any international school, there is one eye on the future. Whilst a lot of people do not like the word change, at NAIS Manila we often talk to students about change and use terms like development, being part of a journey or continued progression.

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We have always prided ourselves on a ‘Growth Mindset’ at NAIS Manila one of the good things to come out of the pandemic, is that we are perhaps more adaptable than ever before. Although it feels a little surreal to be writing my Principal Blog at the end of my first week (and not in August) it is written with a sense of optimism, excitement and anticipation at what the future holds for our NAIS Manila Family.

Before I get deep into my blog (and whilst still on the subject of transitions) I would be remiss if I did not pass on my sincere thanks and appreciation to Dave for his leadership, mentorship and friendship over the years.

As you will know, Dave has headed off to take up his new role with Nord Anglia Education in China. It's remarkable to think just how far the school has come under Dave’s calm, consistent leadership. Over the past 5 years, Dave has turned a school with potential, into a school that now has solid foundations, is realizing this potential and one that will continue to go from strength to strength. I know that he will enjoy watching the continued success of NAIS Manila from afar. We wish Dave, Jen and the boys all the very best. Once part of the NAIS Manila Family – Always part of the NAIS Manila Family.

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The Pandemic – Flipping the Narrative

Recently I read a fantastic interview in Forbes, from our Nord Anglia Education Director of Education, Dr. Elise Ecoff. It is well worth a read and gives a great insight into learnings from the pandemic and the benefit of being part of a global family of 73 schools, that continually collaborate and share best practice in order to get the very best for their students.

Transitions at NAIS MANILA

Closer to home, we use a saying that goes something like, "Proper preparation prevents poor performance". This saying is very apt when it comes to transitions.

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Although the year is flying by, leaders have already discussed, collaborated, planned and started to implement initiatives to give NAIS Manila students every chance to hit the ground running at the start of the next academic year.

As you can see from our school leaders, the transition between Key Stages plays an important role and as a small school is something we are very good at, because of our personalised approach.

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Mr. Barnett - Early Years and Key Stage 1 Coordinator

Moving into a new school for the first time, or moving classes for children can be a nerve-wracking experience and, for us as educators (and as parents), the aim is to make the children feel safe, secure and comfortable with their new teacher as early in the year as possible.

For children in EYFS this is made easier as their teachers create such a friendly, play based learning environment that forms the building blocks on which their educational journey can be built.  It is for this reason that a smooth transition into Key Stage 1 is so important at this age and there are many consistencies in our pedagogical approach that will help the children to make a great start from the moment they join their new class.

All of the teachers are excited to meet their new class and they can’t wait to get the 2021/22 academic year under way!

Mr. Hickman - Primary Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator

Year 6 is a crucial year for students, both academically and socially. It not only marks the end of Primary School but is also the beginning of a series of physical and psychological changes that will come to dominate teenage years.

A well-planned and coordinated approach to school life makes a significant difference to a student’s achievement, engagement and wellbeing. Transitioning into Secondary School means more than just a change of uniform.  Year 6 are currently taking specific steps to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Getting a real taste for secondary level work through in-depth study, analysis of English texts and historical research tasks
  • Introductions to many secondary-level mathematical and scientific concepts, with collaborations between Primary and KS3 teachers.
  • Having high expectations with regards to work and imbuing the children with emotional maturity.

Secondary Transitions

Mr. Gipson - Head of Secondary

The entire learning journey in the Secondary School is one continuous transition as students move from Primary to Key Stage 3, then into their IGCSE years, and finally into Sixth Form and the A-Levels programme. Understanding transition as a continuous process is deeply important.

We want students to always see room for improvement and embrace this as something positive. By framing our thinking around our school journey as being one of constant transition and development, we can foster a mindset of continuous learning and a growth mindset.

With this in mind, our approach to supporting transitions is to ensure that we have not only clearly defined sessions when students are actively guided through the transition process, but also have long-term support plans in place. The transition process to Secondary School is built on the foundation of an excellent partnership between the Primary and Secondary School.

Beginning in June, Year 6 undertake a series of tasks and workshops familiarising themselves with what life in secondary school is like. As students move into Secondary School, the transition programme continues throughout the whole of Year 7, with bespoke sessions to help students acclimatise to their new surroundings and ensure they have the skills and confidence to be successful. As students continue through Secondary School we continually present them with opportunities and support to make the transition to the next stage of schooling and life beyond NAIS Manila. The older students get, the more this transition process is framed around developing the skills and having the experiences needed to successfully transition to university study and their careers beyond.

This is done through careers and university guidance sessions, providing access to world-leading online platforms such as Uni-Frog, and generally taking the time to provide the personalized approach and one-to-one interaction and support that makes Nord Anglia Manila such a unique and wonderful school.

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As you can see, a lot of thought, care, and attention to detail goes into planning transitions at NAIS MANILA. Transitions are not just an important part of our school, but also a life skill!

Best wishes,


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