Over the past two weeks, members of the senior leadership team have been relishing the chance of fine dining with our students across different phases of the school. Last Friday, Mr. Holmes and I spent a lunch time with students from Year 4, discussing such topics as favourite pizza toppings, global diversity of our school and countries we have travelled to. The afternoon provided a very different experience as I shared afternoon tea with Year 1 students at the Early Years Campus. Disney music played softly in the background as Ms. Hay and I found out about children’s plans for the weekend as well as what jobs they aspired to do. It appears that we have future pirates, dancers and princesses in our school!
Dialogue with students took on a different perspective again when Mr. Bentley and I met with students from Year 11 yesterday. Dining over pizzas, we discussed current affairs, managing the stress of exam pressure, the global pandemic, uniform designs and what constitutes good preparation for life after school. Today, it is the turn of Year 6 for fine dining. As always, the dinner guests will receive a special invite to join the fine dining table. Selection of students is made by teachers and year leaders who seek out students who are embodying respect in their everyday school life. Embodying Respect is one of our key values and links with our personal learning goals and IB learner profile.
Sparking curiosity is a further key value which we actively promote. Last week, students in KS3 were involved in our Extended Enquiry project which really challenged students to find and research areas and topics which are of particular interest to them. Whilst some chose a passion, others researched specific pathways to achieve their dream and the variety of projects was truly diverse. Following a structured process of preparing an action plan, checking the validity of sources, collecting data through the use of surveys, and drawing conclusions, the whole process really promoted a genuine sense of curiosity, debate, analysis and collaboration. The presentations on Monday were engaging and students articulated their findings and opinions to a series of visitors who marked project contents against a set of criteria. The finalists have been selected and will get the chance to present once again to a panel of judges next week.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those parents and teachers who gathered for our PTA Quiz evening last Friday. Great fun was had whilst our quiz master, Dr. Latkowski led us through a variety of rounds as we enjoyed an Indian buffet. The evening raised 4,430 PLN for the charity AITYS (An Initiative Touch Your Souls) and will support a school, in a remote village in Uttarkhand, to build much needed toilets. Further funds will be raised through our annual chocolate tombola.
This week also saw the launch of our annual Christmas Giving Tree which is always tremendously successful in helping a local organisation, Fundacja Pankracy. This year, we hope to raise 45,000 PLN to improve the lives of 73 children in Poland.
I hope you all wrap up warm this weekend and stay safe as the COVID cases continue to rise.