[Head of School Message] Farewell to Year 12

Yesterday we farewelled our 80 Year 12 students in a very moving Valedictory Assembly and there were many tears shed by parents, students and staff. I felt the assembly beautifully captured exactly what it means for a student to complete their secondary schooling at AISHK. Due to the size of our secondary school every single student was recognised and valued. In an education world which emphasises the importance of the personalisation of education for students this was a wonderful example of just how personalised secondary education is here at AISHK. In bigger schools this sense of valuing the individual, which is so important to us at AISHK, is difficult to achieve. Over the years I have witnessed many impressive valedictory ceremonies in a variety of different schools but absolutely none compared to the depth of feeling and connection to our school which was evident at yesterday’s event. There is no doubt that students, parents and staff feel a close connection to and love for our school.

We all enjoyed hearing Lara Schats and Ronald Au’s fourteen years of memories and the love they both have for our incredible school. Our School Captains Kaitlyn Buffon and Edmund Sze both cleverly highlighted the huge advantages that every single AISHK student gains by completing their secondary education at AISHK. It was incredible to see that 40% of our 2018 graduates completed the whole of their education at AISHK.

I want to thank the Year 12 students for being an incredible group of young adults. They have impressively led the school with distinction this year and have been an absolute pleasure to work alongside. They have been the very best role models for the younger students as they balanced dedication and commitment to their studies with representing the school in sport, community service and the performing arts whilst at the same time having fun. Our youth often unfairly receive criticism but I can honestly say that I could not be prouder of our graduating class as their behaviour has been nothing short of exemplary this year. There is no doubt that they have been a welcoming, inclusive and kind group who have really looked out for and cared for one another. A very heartfelt thank you to all our graduates.

An enormous thank you to all the parents of our graduates for placing your faith in AISHK and staying with us right to the end. I am sure that as you witnessed your son or daughter graduating yesterday you each felt a mixture of emotions but a true sense of pride for your fine young sons and daughter. I hope you all enjoy the next chapter of parenthood.

I wish all our Year 12 students all the very best with their upcoming exams. I am sure that you have all been very well prepared by your teachers and your parents. I have been very impressed by your dedication and commitment to your studies this year. Good luck!

As I said yesterday, in the years ahead I wish you good health, happiness and a life filled with much love. I look forward to keeping in touch with you over the years and I have no doubt that we will be hearing of your many successes.

As you leave AISHK, remember the words of Mark Twain “life is short, break the rules (not too badly!), forgive quickly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything”.

Take care, have fun and enjoy life!

Mark Hemphill | Head of School