Welcome back to school after the Chinese New Year break. I hope you all had a lovely holiday and Gong Xi Fa Cai!
I would like to start today’s message by looking back at some terrific events that have taken place since the last edition of KLASS Times. The Sixth Form Charity Dinner was a wonderful evening with high quality student performances and great service. A good time was had by all, and all the students and staff who worked tirelessly both in preparation for the dinner and on the night itself have every reason to be proud.
Thank you also to our PTA for organising the Key Stage 3 Valentine’s Dance last weekend. Close to a 100 students attended and they had a lovely evening. There were live performances from our KS3 band, Wojez, and Key Stage 4 band, Pears Take Offence; and also great music provided by our resident DJ, Andrew T, from Year 9.
Also our annual residency with Frantic Assembly, a UK based professional theatre company began last weekend and after 4 days of much learning, inspiration and huge amounts of work, the performance was held after school on Monday. It was simply captivating! The enjoyment of the students was clearly evident throughout the performance and from their feedback:
‘I’m aching and exhausted but it was so much fun!’
‘I wish I could do this every weekend!’
Thank you to our Drama team and of course to Frantic Assembly!
This Wednesday we held our House Swimming Gala and Basketball competition that was postponed from Term 1 due to the haze. It was another brilliant day on campus with students, staff and parents involved in a myriad of ways. Luckily there was a breeze which helped to cool down the pool area and the basketball court. Thank you to Ms Rose, Mr Bromley, Mr Potter, the Sports Team, our Heads of Houses, all the external coaches as Officials, all staff, parents and last but definitely not least our students, who were an absolute credit to themselves and the school, with their engagement and participation, and support of their House.
Yesterday morning I was delighted to begin the day with a talk on leadership with our Key Stage 4 student leaders. This discussion kick-started a Student Leadership Retreat which was designed, developed and led by our Head Students and Prefect team. I was immensely impressed with the questions that I was asked and I know that their knowledge and understanding of leadership will have been even further developed through the activities that the Sixth Form Student Leaders had put together with the support of Mr Morris. To see such strong student leadership so evident in every part of the day - from both workshop leaders and participants - was both wonderful and humbling. Our students are leaders now and will certainly be the world leaders of tomorrow.
Today and tomorrow we are proud to be hosting a FOBISIA JAWS (Job Alike Workshop) for Pastoral Care and we welcomed into school teachers and leaders from the region. With presentations and discussions on topics such as Developing a Growth Mindset, Using Data, Dealing with Stress, and Safe-guarding in the Digital Age - I know that all participants will leave this weekend having had a purposeful and enriching learning experience and with practical strategies to employ in their own schools and their work with students. Thank you to Mr Allan and Ms Stewart-Williams for their vision and planning for the workshop and Mr Lazaro for his on-going support behind the scenes.
All the best to our students participating in KLMUN this weekend. Also please don’t forget our Senior School Production Medea is taking place next week from Monday to Thursday. We promise high quality evenings of Drama.
Finally, next week we are proud to be co-hosting the annual SEAMC Maths competition with Garden International School and we will welcome over 250 students and staff from more than 40 schools to our Secondary Campus on Friday. More news on this event next week!
Have a lovely weekend!
Principal Secondary Campus
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