The atmosphere was relaxed and happy as we tucked into a breakfast of differing foods; sushi, apple crumble, samosas, croissants - it was all delicious! The purpose of the event was to highlight the important features that signify being a Sixth Form student at BIS HCMC.
To start, some pupils outlined the work that they do in addition to their lessons. These commitments range from arranging social events for the Sixth Form students themselves, to listening to primary students read, to aiming to improve the wellbeing of students at the school, to being involved in a whole host of community projects. The time, thought, and energy that our students put into these co-curricular activities never ceases to amaze me.
For the second part of the morning some teachers came along to outline the importance of work that needs to be continued over the summer holiday. Term 1 of Year 13 is extremely busy and so it is imperative that pupils clear work over the break, allowing them to begin Year 13 in a strong position. All IB Diploma students will need to complete significant work on their Extended Essay, it would also be wise to read at least one book to assist them with their Theory of Knowledge essay and Biologists have an IA to clear. In addition to their academic work, all students have begun researching universities. Visiting campuses, creating a realistic shortlist, and drafting some essays for their applications are all tasks to be added to their summer list.
It was important for parents and pupils to listen to this information together as it will help fuel further discussions regarding these important tasks at home. Finally, it is important to recognise that being a successful IB student is not solely about academics. Ms Astley encouraged all students to get involved in the school production, as the staff involved will be sympathetic to the fact that they are in Year 13.
The morning was rounded off with some fantastic musical entertainment from Celestine, accompanied by Ms Jacombs and from Jonah, Kai Chieh and Elliott.
All in all, the morning was a huge success. My thanks to everyone who took part in some way.
Jane Hall, Head of Sixth Form