Throughout this last week on the Secondary Campus, we have seen so many examples of students sharing their learning with others to inform, educate and inspire. It has been so good to welcome Year 2 children to work with our Year 8 Computing Students, Year 4 students to our Year 8 Science Fair and for Year 7 students to host their Year 6 peers, who will soon be making the exciting transition to Secondary, at our Orientation Morning.
We are also always keen to learn from experts in different disciplines from beyond BIS, and this week saw visiting author Ruth Eastham with our Year 7 English students, Juilliard Musician, Eryn Wight, guide a Parent Workshop and Dr Mary Chambers, from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in HCMC, join our Year 8 Science Fair.
As I saw Year 6 students excitedly exploring the Secondary Campus at their Orientation Morning, I was struck by the similarity in their collective excitement and that of our Year 13, Class of 2022, at their Graduation Ceremony at the Park Hyatt last weekend, as they celebrated before heading off to their next exciting chapters around the world. For each Year Group, these moments of transition are about looking back at what they have achieved, feeling gratitude for the people that have helped them along the way and looking forward with confidence, guided by their friends, family and teachers.
It was particularly special to be joined at the Year 13 Graduation by a number of BIS Alumni who have now completed their Bachelors or Masters Degrees at universities across the globe. They all spoke so fondly of their BIS memories and all remarked that it seemed like only yesterday they were taking the steps from Primary to Secondary, through to their graduation. The simple message that came through in speeches and conversations on the day was that our school lives are over in a flash, so it is important we take every opportunity to enjoy all the opportunities along the way.
I am delighted that, as we head towards the last four weeks of the school year, it is packed full of such opportunities to share our learning and come together - for our Year 7-9 students in Week Without Walls next week, for our parents in the upcoming evening Parent Workshop hosted by our Counselling Team next Thursday , as well as the ‘Night of the Arts’ and ‘Night of the Musicals’ events and ‘Pre-Loved Fair in the coming weeks. It really does promise to be a full and rich end to the BIS year.
I hope you enjoy hearing about these events and more in today’s update.
My best wishes to you all for a restful weekend.
Head of Secondary
BIS HCMC Class of 2022 graduate in style
The 2022 Graduation, held last Saturday was a wonderful occasion at which students, parents, family and friends joined together to celebrate and recognise the significant achievement of our Class of 2022.
Here are just a small selection of photos of a memorable occasion made all the more special by the circumstances of our students’ unique IBDP journey. My thanks to everyone who contributed to this moving event and once again - to the Class of 2022 - farewell, good luck and thank you.