[Head of Secondary] Term 1 Week 2 Message

As the Year of the Metal Ox draws to its close, our first full week of online lessons has again seen our Secondary students display impressive flexibility and resilience in their learning. Secondary teachers have reported high levels of attendance and engagement and a readiness from students to “get on with it”. Feedback from students has thus far been positive with many thoughtful and constructive suggestions as to how we can further hone our practices.

At the beginning of the year, Secondary teachers identified the continued development of 21st century skills and capabilities in our students as a key priority for 2022. Even with online lessons, this has been evident across all year levels. Whether it be the creativity shown by Year 7 students in conducting science experiments in their kitchens at home, or the communication skills displayed by senior English students debating issues in Google Meet breakout rooms, our focus on building those essential skills for life beyond school remains. So too does our emphasis on connection and positive relationships, and full credit to our wonderful School Prefects who are working closely with their designated Home Rooms to ensure this continues through fun and interactive online activities.

I am very much looking forward to meeting with Year 7 parents on the evening of Thursday, 10 February in our online information session. The Head of Year 7, Ms Emily Wilkie, reports that the students have so far leapt into 2022 with great enthusiasm and positivity and this session will be a chance for parents to ask any questions related to their child’s transition into Secondary. We will share details of opportunities for other year levels to meet online with the Secondary leadership team in coming weeks.

My very best wishes for your Chinese New Year celebrations, from my family to yours. May the year of the Tiger bring great fortune and happiness to you all!

Peter Phillips | Head of Secondary