The first quarter of the school year is always special. Students come back to school after a summer break feeling not only two months older, but also in some way 'one year older' as they are moving to a higher grade. Being in Grade 7 in August as opposed to Grade 6 in June is separated by more than just time, it is also marked by personal growth and, in some cases, leaps in maturity. Grade 6 students are busy transitioning into middle school, Grade 11 students start getting the grip on the Diploma Programme, and new students start finding their way around and navigating the 7-day timetable.
The start of the year is academically challenging in all middle and high school IB Programmes (Middle Years Programme (MYP), Diploma and Career-related Programmes (DP/CP)). While the learning takes off immediately, it usually takes several weeks before students have gained enough skills to complete a summative assessment. A skill-based assessment in the MYP enables teachers to see progression and improvement over time which is very different from how we were marked in school.
It is a great pleasure to see how many opportunities our students are given to pursue their interests, learn outside of their classroom, and gain new skills.
Check out the events that took place in the past 6 weeks:
After the annual back to school curriculum evening, we've also hosted two parent engagement sessions:
The next session 'Service as action in the MYP' with Mrs Kylie Begg is scheduled for 25th October. We hope this session will be helpful to understand the purpose of service projects in the MYP. We are looking forward to seeing you all!!
Finally, thank you for attending the parent-teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday this week. These conferences provide just one of the opportunities for teachers and parents to discuss student progress with parents.
I wish everyone a very relaxing October break and looking forward to welcoming our students back on Tuesday 22 October.
Secondary Years Principal