Well, we’ve made it to the end of Term 3 and what an interesting term it has been!
We’ve been closed for a Typhoon 8, we’ve experienced a very long warm summer and we’ve all learnt to navigate the uncertainty of the current unrest and disruptions so that there has been very little impact on school.
In the midst of many false rumours, I thank you for your patience, goodwill and common sense as school and families worked together to ensure that life goes on as normal for our school and community, irrespective of what might be happening elsewhere.
This week we formally farewelled our Year 12 students by celebrating with our Valedictory Dinner on Monday night and at our very moving and emotional Valedictory Assembly yesterday. Both of these special events highlight the strong bonds and connections between the senior students, the teachers and the parents. For those families who choose for their children to complete their schooling at AISHK there is no doubt about their support for the school, and the unique experience it provides. The opportunity to develop strong, meaningful bonds and friendships with classmates and teachers is a key feature of an AISHK Secondary education. There are few schools where the sense of being known, appreciated and valued as an individual is as strong as at AISHK.
We wish our Year 12 graduates the very best of luck in their upcoming final exams next term. We hope that they leave AISHK with many fond memories of their time at our school, with many lifelong friends, a great appreciation of how incredibly lucky they are to have attended AISHK and to live in this amazing city, and that they feel confident and well prepared to enter the next very exciting phase of their lives. We thank them for the many contributions they have made to the School, and for being such an incredible group of senior students and school leaders. We also thank them for their loyalty, support and friendship over many years.
As we finish up our term today, I hope that you all get some time to relax and spend quality time with your families during the break. Try to take at least a day or two to go ‘off grid’ and disconnect from the pressures of the world. I look forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday 8 October for an action-packed Term 4.
Safe travels, take care and relax!
Mark Hemphill | Head of School