WOW!! What a start to the year. With new elective classes and some new teachers, the Year 9s have entered the 2017 academic year with boundless enthusiasm. The chatter around the lockers is always positive and full of energy. Many staff have mentioned that they are delighted with the vigour that the students bring to each lesson.
At the moment, the students have completed their training hiking camps for the Hong Kong Award for Young People (AYP). Now having experienced the rigour involved, they are a little nervous and very excited about the challenges of the AYP.
While listening to Ella Bindley perform James Bay’s Let it Go at a recent assembly, I was in awe of her talent. As Mr West said, ‘Ella had the school in the palm of her hand’. It got me thinking that there are so many things that our students achieve without public recognition. Here is a snapshot of the activities some of our Year 9 students are involved with:
- Oliver Smeaton and Ethan Briscoe played in the New Year’s Day in their respective Under Age Hong Rugby Union Carnival. Max Walker was unlucky not to make one of the teams, having made it to the last cut. All three boys are still in contention to play in the upcoming HK 7’s teams.
- Ella Fraser recently competed at the Queensland State Swimming Championships, achieving personal best times, and will soon compete in the Australian Age Nationals.
- William Thorley finished first at the NSW State Swimming Championships in the 10km race and second in the 5km and 15km at the Open Age Nationals.
- Rohana Utamchandani will perform in Face Productions performance of ‘My Fair Lady’ to be held in June.
- Gordon Chen plays in the YIPS orchestra, accompanying famous musicians. He has also entered several Mathematics competitions.
- Alex Milet participated in a variety of gymnastics competitions.
- Selena Lau completed her Grade 8 Piano examinations.
- Ian Liu recently built his own computer and uses it for various internet uses.
Looking forward to a successful 2017.
Anthony Murphy | Head of Year 9