Having worked at AISHK for over seven years, firstly in Year 6 and more recently in Year 2, the most exciting thing for me in my new role as Deputy Head for Primary has been forming wider connections within our school community. Meeting students and families each morning as they come up the steps into school, is certainly one of the great perks of the job.
During the last couple of weeks, I have been delighted to visit many Primary classes during their allocated on-campus days and have even managed to take part in some of our online learning sessions. It is certainly true to say that every day with students coming onto campus feels like a real treat, but it is also great to see how much students are continuing to thrive online. Assemblies with Year 1 and 2, although a little different from our usual format, have been a real highlight. With the fluctuations between the balance of online and face-to-face learning, our students have been able to adapt so well, showing great flexibility and resilience.
One of the things that staff here at AISHK are very excited about, is the prospect of welcoming students onto campus more frequently after the Chinese New Year break. During this second part of the term, students will be dividing their time more evenly between school and Zoom classes. I would advise that it’s a very good idea for parents and the children to sit down and talk about what the new schedule will look like. With different days allocated each week it’s extremely beneficial for students to have a good understanding of their schedule at the start of each week. This not only helps them to be as prepared as possible, but also allows them to establish good routines. Having a work area set up for home learning, as well as a visible timetable, all helps give students added confidence with which to start each week.
For now, I would like to wish all of our students and families a Happy Chinese New Year. I hope everyone is able to get outside and enjoy some nice weather and I very much looking forward to welcoming students onto campus next week.
Christopher Bird | Deputy Head of Primary