[Head of Secondary] Term 4 Week 1 Message

The passage of Tropical Cyclone Kompasu to the south of the city on Wednesday and its impact on this week’s classes affirmed that life in Hong Kong is anything but dull and predictable! It meant that the final week of secondary school for our full Year 12 cohort was shorter than hoped, but of course unexpected disruptions are nothing new to this year group. We look forward to celebrating with Year 12 students and their parents tonight at the Valedictory Dinner, with a final, formal farewell bid on Monday at the Valedictory Assembly. We are extremely proud of this group of young men and women, especially the way they have handled the challenges of the last two years with such resilience, grit and good humour. They depart AISHK as excellent role models to the whole school community.

On display in the auditorium this week has been the Year 12 art exhibition, showcasing the major works of our HSC and IB Visual Arts students. While the official opening planned for Wednesday had to be cancelled due to the typhoon, it has been wonderful to have such a visible reminder of our students’ immense creative talent on campus. Warm congratulations to all the student artists and of course their dedicated teachers, Mr Allante and Mr McLean.

School life in secondary continues to be busy with an increasing sense of normalcy returning to our operations. Today our Year 11 students led by Mr Murphy took to the coastline of Tai Hang Tun in Clearwater Bay for an exciting day of teambuilding and outdoor challenges. Once again we partnered with EdStart to provide this opportunity to our students, the same company behind the Year 8 camp last term.

Next week we see a welcome return of sporting competition for our students, with friendly matches in volleyball and soccer organised against the International Christian School. With all the major school competitions in Hong Kong still on pause, these friendlies offer a chance for our student athletes to don the green and gold once more and represent our school. Friday Activities are back in full swing both on and off campus, and today I spoke with many excited students as they headed off to play squash, cook and do F45 fitness training, among many other options.

As the new Head of Secondary, I am very much looking forward to working with our brilliant students and staff to ensure this term is a highly successful one in all respects. If you have any suggestions for how we can make the educational experience for your child better, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Peter Phillips | Head of Secondary