[Head of Secondary Message] Week 6 Update

Secondary students continue to demonstrate success and good communication via their online lesson conversations with their teachers. Despite the challenges and the limits of the medium, there are still opportunities for their creativity to shine through and for many, a greater sense of independence and self-determination in their learning experiences.

At the start of this week, Secondary students had a ‘catch-up’ day which has universal support from the students as it allows them to manage their project and assignment work at their own pace, without having to jump back into screen time. The next scheduled ‘catch-up’ day is Thursday 10 September.

In our Secondary assembly next Wednesday 2 September, we will be celebrating Book Week through some student presentations and a focus on reading. Mrs Haymes will also present the results of the Nano-Story competition before we ‘drop-everything-and-read’. So, have a book close at hand, as we will dedicate some time to personal reading and it will be a great opportunity to turn away from screens. All are welcome to join, with the assembly live-stream starting at 12:00 noon.

Please find below my message, news to students about our Term 3 Virtual Gym and inter-house sports competition, in which students will be connected to PE class ‘open door’ choices and a chance to earn House points for activities. Also, there has been a strong response to Mr Emery’s Friday afternoon online cooking class with a successful bake-off last week, and I believe that ‘spaghetti carbonara’ is on today’s menu. Yum!

With the small relaxation of Hong Kong distancing restrictions from today, it’s good to have a sense of progress in the city’s management of COVID-19 precautions. We continue to practise current government Education Bureau requirements and await communication about proposals and preparations for the future return of students to school.

Best wishes, and I look forward to sharing some reading time with you at next week’s Secondary assembly.

Howard West | Head of Secondary

Virtual Interhouse Sports Competition

Hot on the heels of the Primary PDHPE Virtual Gym, Mr Cunningham has designed a virtual gym for our Secondary students.

There will be four virtual doors in our gym which will lead students to different activities – The Lion Rock Challenge in the Level 6 Gym, AISHK Party Room and the Chill Out Room.

Activities include HIIT workouts, Just Dance challenges, meditation and mindfulness, step challenges and even making healthy snacks at home.

Students will participate in an activity and then log their active minutes, with points allocated to each activity. These points will be used towards a House Challenge and some friendly competition between PDHPE classes and year groups!

We look forward to providing students with this innovative approach to PDHPE, wellbeing and an opportunity for some friendly competition!

Kath Ellis | Head of PDHPE