|A Message from Phillip Waugh | Principal Secondary Co Head of School.|
For most of the past week I have had the pleasure of working with 18 AISHK students from Years 10, 11 and 12 who travelled with Mr Tim Kelleher, Mrs Judith Chilton and I to South Korea for Activity Week.
This was the first time this trip has been offered by AISHK and based on the experience and student feedback I am sure it will prove to be a very popular option for students in future years.
After arriving in Korea I was reminded each and every day of the immense value that the Activity Week program offers our students. While all programs 10-12 offer our students the opportunity to develop new friendships with students in different year levels, learn from others and work in teams, the Korean trip in particular demonstrated how different life is for many South Koreans, to the life those of us living in Hong Kong experience. Certainly, Seoul itself offers many of the same trappings of modern life that can be found in Hong Kong but by looking more closely we could soon see that there are constant reminders of the powerful geopolitical factors at play in this community.
Over the course of the week, students visited ancient palaces, engaged in traditional cooking and enjoyed some K pop amongst other things. However, the most powerful activity without question involved visiting the DMZ which separates North and South Korea to this very day. Here students saw with their own eyes the armed forces of the US, North and South Korea as they faced off against each other in this demilitarised zone. A living symbol of a war that has never officially ended. Our students were even fortunate enough to interview a recent defector from North Korea and in doing so gain an understanding about the issues that force people to flee their homeland and family.
Teenagers these days are often too easily criticised for their behaviour so I am very happy to note not just how well this group of students behaved, but also the manner in which they presented themselves at the various locations they visited throughout the week. On every occasion I was very proud to be associated with such a fine group of young men and women.
Thank you to all the students and staff involved in this and each of the other Activity Week programs because I know our students were offered effective and well organised learning experiences which created powerful memories that will remain with all of us, both students and teachers alike, for the rest of our lives.
A reminder to parents of students in Years 7 – 11, your child's teachers, will between now and the end of Term 1 complete an interim progress report for each subject your child is studying. This report is located in the Student Diary. It may be opportune for you to take some time over the holidays to read the comments that are available and discuss with your son or daughter their academic progress. The interim report is a brief notation on current performance, etc. and will indicate if the teacher would like to meet with you for a one to one meeting in the coming weeks.
For parents of students studying for the Higher School Certificate or the IB Diploma in Year 12, your son or daughter will be issued with their formal school Semester 1 Report in Week 3 Term 2. Year 12 Parent teacher Interviews will occur on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday 19 May.
Year 6-8 Parent – Teacher Cocktail Evening
A reminder to parents of students in Year 6 to Year 8, on Wednesday 29 April from 6:30pm, AISHK will hold the Parent Teacher Cocktail Evening in the School Auditorium. For parents of students in these year levels, if you are intending to attend and if you have not already done so, please contact the Secondary Office at the school as soon as possible to confirm your participation. I look forward to speaking with each one of you over the course of the evening.
Farewell to Co-Head of School Mrs Leonie Drew
It will be my pleasure on behalf of the school to formally farewell Mrs Leonie Drew next Wednesday morning at each of the student assemblies that will be held that day. Mrs Drew's contribution to this school has been enormous and she will be greatly missed by the school community and me personally. I wish her all the very best for her future.
Next week concludes Term 1 so may I take this opportunity to wish all our secondary students and their families a very safe and enjoyable holiday break.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding these or any other matters relating to the Secondary Division please do not hesitate to contact me directly at the school.
Until next time