“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and at some point, you will” Venus Williams
Anticipation, excitement, trepidation, nerves ...the full range of emotions were in evidence this week as our Year 11 and 13 students approach their mock exams and our other year groups embark on a variety of expeditions and ‘Week Without Walls.’ Whilst our Wellbeing classes may have been reduced in numbers this week to accommodate expedition briefings, there was a genuine sense that over the next week the true essence of the new curriculum will be felt across the whole school community.
The next week provides our students with a challenging range of experiences and activities that will facilitate real emotional and mental growth and I know they will all rise to the occasion. Through the Wellbeing Curriculum, we have introduced a bespoke programme which enables our students to develop the positive mindset needed to meet the challenges they will face head on, to develop the strengths based resilience to cope with any setbacks and to truly flourish and thrive. Whether it is the Year 7 trip to Madagui, our Year 8 students in Dalat or a Year 10 group in Con Dao, we will see all elements of the PERMAH model necessary to support strong wellbeing in action - positive emotions will be experienced, students will be fully engaged in activities, positive relationships will be developed between students and teachers, students will experience a sense of positive meaning and many will enjoy the fantastic health benefits of fresh air and countryside! They will have the chance to use the character strengths that they have identified in Wellbeing lessons and come most naturally to them - they will show bravery, teamwork, kindness, gratitude, leadership and perseverance to name but a few.
Whether your son or daughter is sitting a mock exam, attending an expedition or participating in Week Without Walls’, I wish them a successful and enjoyable week. I hope you have the opportunity to discuss the link between their experiences and the Wellbeing curriculum on their return and gain a greater understanding of the work we are doing during lessons and in Tutor Time. Should you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com
Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)
SISAC Season Sports are back
Here are just a few updates from games over the last week. With Championships Week coming up right after the Tet Break, there are already some great highlights to share.
U19 Boys Basketball vs SSIS highlights
Girls U19 Girls Basketball vs ISHCMC