It has been a long but terrific term at EP and as I am preparing to speak at the Easter assembly, I am once again amazed at how much we have managed to achieve together. From wider learning days to success on the sports field, from DoE expeditions to MUN conferences - our students have once again embraced the many opportunities that we offer.
The theme of the assembly is ’new beginnings’ which sums up the turning of the northern hemisphere winter into spring and summer and chimes nicely with the story of the Easter festival for Christians. Anyone who has experienced a northern winter will understand the hope and aspiration that the longer days and warmer weather can bring.
My Grandad would often quote a poem to me at this time of year: “Spring is sprung, the grass is ris and all around the birdies is”, and I hope that there is a spring in the step of all of us as we embark on our Easter holidays.
Some students will be experiencing new beginnings as they leave us to move to pastures new. We wish them and their families all the very best of luck as they start again somewhere else.
Our Year 11,12 and 13 students will be using the Easter break to concentrate on revising for their upcoming summer exams which we hope will lead eventually to new beginnings of their choice, be it Sixth Form or university. I wish them all the very best for this Easter as they put in the hours of revision.
This week we were very fortunate to welcome Keith Power and Alex Phillips to our campus. Keith is the National Performance Director for Malaysian Sport, and Alex who works for UEFA is currently seconded to the Asian Football Confederation. They were in school to hear the final five teams from Year 10 present their feasibility studies on the question “can Malaysia host the Olympics or FIFA World Cup?” For the last few weeks the Year 10 option 5 students have been researching the feasibility of a major sporting bid by Malaysia and have been taught explicit presentation skills in order to help them communicate their arguments. The finalists were selected on the content and power of their argument, as well as the nature, skill and clarity of their presentation.
Keith and Alex were very impressed at the analysis and research that the students had undertaken and the student’s performances were really inspiring. Well done Year 10.
So to all of our families, staff and students, I would like to thank you for all the effort that we have collectively put in over this last term. I wish you all a safe and happy Easter wherever you may be and look forward to joining you in the new beginning of the summer term.
Have a lovely Easter break,
Secondary Campus Assistant Principal - Curriculum, Acting Principal
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