As parents arrived for the event they were treated to a glimpse of life on a busy campus as our Head Student team delivered an assembly to our Year 9 and 10 students.
The session began with Mr Carl Mincher, Head of Secondary Campus, sharing the details of the impressive facilities updates for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Whilst we all depart over the summer holidays to homes and holiday venues around the world, the school doesn’t stop working, and it’s going to be another busy summer on campus. We saw the plans for our BIStro area which have been developed in liaison with our Student Council team and will provide more dining options and an extended relaxation space, as well as the renovation designs for the ground floor changing rooms and the pool area. We were also given a sneak peek at the new Computing area which will mirror the look and feel of The Curve development and provide bespoke computing laboratories, a STEAM room, a mid-sized training space, and two IBDP classrooms. We will be supporting student learning in Computing through thoughtful and originative use of technology, as well as fostering future cross-curricular STEAM projects. There are also behind-the-scenes upgrades taking place to our IT infrastructure which will support the innovative use of technology across the whole school.
We were then given a brief introduction to our new information management system by Mr Steve Porter, our SIMS Manager. From August we will be using a platform called iSAMS to support the management of the school, including recording and reporting, daily bulletins, calendar and news items, and so on. The iSAMS Parent App will be of particular use to parents as it provides easy access to the different areas of the platform. Further workshops on how to use iSAMS and set up your device will be delivered in August.
Finally, parents were informed about some exciting changes to our Wellbeing and IBDP Core curriculum for next year from Mr Robbie Alexander, Head of Year 11, and Ms Amy Murphy, Deputy Head Teacher. Our current International Life Skills (ILS) program is under review and will be replaced with a Wellbeing Curriculum built around Martin Seligman’s Positive Psychology PERMAH framework. This is focused on positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning, accomplishment, and health, all of which contribute to a healthy body and healthy mind. This curriculum will enable students to develop resilience and the skills to cope with life challenges, thus supporting them in their academic lives as well. Alongside this, our IBDP students will experience a change to their IBDP core programme, with two lessons per week dedicated to the Theory of Knowledge curriculum, the research and referencing skills required to excel in the Extended Essay, the reflection element of Creativity, Activity, and Service, and a university guidance programme to assist their future plans.
Following these presentations, parents were invited to take a self-directed tour of the school to take a look at the learning that takes place on campus. It was lovely to see so many of our parents in our classrooms, experiencing first hand an element of their children’s daily lives. We look forward to opening our doors once again next term with more year group specific Open Mornings.
Lauren Binnington, Assistant Head Teacher