Two important and enjoyable meetings this week.
Grade 11 parents ‘kick off’ meeting. Many parents came, enjoyed some food and refreshments, talked with fellow parents and heard information about the Diploma Programme. Great to share experiences and meet all of the teachers. The two year Diploma journey has begun!
Grade 10 Personal Project evening. Parents and students listened to an overview of the Personal Project (culminating activity of the MYP). Students who completed the Personal project last year came and gave their wisdom about their Personal Project ‘journey’. Thanks to these students.
A pleasure meeting with parents ready and willing to support their children through the challenging work required at SIS. School and home working together is certainly the secret to success.
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” –Ken Blanchard
Continuing in the tradition of University visits, both University College, London and King’s College, London visited our school to present their Universities. We have several graduates attending these Universities and I know these two establishments want to continue having contact with our school. It was interesting to hear what these Universities look for. Good IB scores are essential; however, most students applying to these two prestigious Universities have that. They are looking very seriously at the Personal statements submitted by the students in UCAS. The students need to answer the questions; Why does the student want to study that subject? What connection do they have to the subject matter? What makes them special? etc…
This was very early for our Grade 11’s, who have just settled into the routines of DP1; however, we hope it started a process of thinking about their future lives.
Had a lovely chat to the photographer who came to take the school photos. She told me what a pleasure it was working with the teachers and students at our school. I walked away with a big smile on my face.
The week has been busy settling back down into the routine after school camps and DP activity week. There has been some really nice signs that new students are making friends and becoming part of the SIS family. We are still receiving applications and our numbers are increasing. Fascinating with new families each with their individual story.
I sat with some boys during lunch today and joked about the lack of vegetables or salad on their plates. Then I remembered what I was like at that age. Some things never change!
Nice to see our new teachers opening up and showing the potential that we saw during the entire interview and hiring process. The teachers are the strength of our school. Warmth, competence, intelligence, purpose and strength of character are some of the many characteristics of our staff. Very proud to work with them.