I would like to start by offering my congratulations to the very
successful FOBISIA swimming team from KLASS that took part in the inaugural
FOBISIA Long Course Swimming Championships last weekend.
Swimming is one of those sports that requires long and regular training
sessions to build up the speed and stamina required to be successful. Though a
swimmer is part of a squad, it is ultimately an individual sport that demands
commitment and hard work over many long hours of preparation. The KLASS
Torpedoes swim team do put in those hours and it is due to their resilience
that they have reaped the rewards.
Preparation is so vital to so many things that we do in school. This
week we had Wider Learning Day 3, which continued the success of the Wider
Learning Days since we introduced them to our curriculum four years ago. Part
of the reason for their success is the detailed preparation put in by staff
leading each activity, prior to the day, ensuring that the resources are in
place to enable our students to benefit from this enquiry based learning
Amongst the highlights of the day, our Year 8 students undertook an
architecture project in which they had to design, in groups, possible refits
for our temporary classroom block. The results were simply staggering. We
intend to incorporate some of their work in our future building designs.
Year 11 were introduced to their day by a presentation from Steve Laking
who inspired us all with his story of the Sophie Fund charity that he runs in
honour of his late wife. After hearing about the challenges faced in launching
a charity, the students then had the day to invent their own charity, along
with its vision, a logo and details of its intended work. The day culminated in
each group presenting to a panel of judges. Each group were marvellous, showing
some brilliant creative and caring thinking, alongside some very mature and
professional presentations. The top charity groups will now be considered to
see how best we as a school can potentially support their ideas as a long term
sustainable charity partnership.
One of our KLASS learner attributes is that of Community Minded. This
umbrella term enables us to think about how we relate to each other on a local
and global scale.
The community spirit of our swimming team and supporters; the care and
respect to build our school community buildings through creative and considered
architecture; our Year 11 charity challenge which showed the compassion that we
have at school for those less fortunate than ourselves, all of these showed to
me that community mindedness is alive and well and that we have a community of
caring citizens of which we can all be very proud of.
For those of you within our community who celebrate it, I wish you
a happy Thaipusam. I hope you all have a good week ahead.
Secondary Campus Assistant Principal - Curriculum