Greetings from the desk of the Head of Year 7 and welcome to our inaugural newsletter. The Heads of Year wish to keep you up-to-date so that you know the happenings within our respective year teams. We’ve had a positive start to the 2017 school year. Year 7s are settling in well and no one is getting lost on the 6th floor anymore. Staff have been giving the Year 7 students rave reviews, particularly in regards to their enthusiasm and demeanour. We are still developing Year 7’s time management and organisation.
This year we are piloting a new programme called “Friday Friendlies”, where students spend Friday registration with their Houses. Each student is placed in a “vertical homeroom” with students from their House from each year group. During this time, students complete team building and creative thinking activities. This was an initiative brought in by this year’s Year 12 prefects, with a view to create community cohesion between year groups. Ask a Year 7 to show you their group’s “secret handshake”!
Next term I will be setting the activities for Fridays. It will be a term-long project that will allow students to gain a greater understanding of individual Character Strengths and how to work with others who may have different, but complementary Character Strengths. We also have a wellbeing lesson every other week, alternating with secondary assembly. We use this time to run programmes that will help students build their confidence, social skills, and community spirit. Our lesson this week was a group meeting followed by a celebration of snack foods “Snack Attack”. This is an opportunity for all of Year 7 to get together and celebrate something everyone loves – snacks!
Speaking of snacks, Year 7 Camp is coming up and students have been asking about snacks. They are, indeed, allowed to bring snacks. Students are encouraged to bring something to share, however, please avoid sending snacks with nuts, as there are several students with allergies. I’m now finalising the organisation of Year 7 Camp and will be in touch regarding any missing paperwork. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in contact with me. I will update the Year 7’s with an FAQ next week and send a follow-up email to parents regarding camp pickup conformation as well.
As mentioned earlier, I am a big supporter of student voice so if your Year 7 child is having any issues, please encourage them to see me. I’m very happy to speak to parents, but I also want to build confidence and self-advocacy skills. Open communication is key. I am always available to students in the mornings, Wednesday during lesson 4, and Tuesday lunch. Students can also email me to book in meetings outside those times.
Leadership and Representation
We have a most fabulous and caring team of Year 7 staff who are supporting the Year 7’s every step of the way. Our homeroom teachers are Ms. Kelly of 7H, Ms. Bennie of 7E, Mr. Mui of 7W, and Mrs. Sze of 7J. We also have Mrs. Sarah Joseph, who is the teaching assistant supporting Year 7 and Mrs. Veronica Dy who is our parent year group representative.
Part of our Year 7 team is our Student Representative Council (SRC) members. They play a vital role in being the voice of their peers and linking students with the administration. AISHK is very keen on offering students opportunities to take leadership positions, and I personally believe in student voice and encourage community involvement. I’m pleased to announce this semester’s SRC representatives:
7E Yasmin Franicevic & Jorge Cooney
7H Tiarnan Breeze & George Cheng
7J Emily Busby & Martin Dy
7W Eshaan Balani & Morgane D’Argent
The Year 7 team wishes everyone a very happy camp and an even happier Easter holidays!
Christina Carini | Design Teacher, Head of Year 7