[Head of Secondary] Term 3 Week 8 Message

What a special time it is for our Year 12 students, with tonight’s Valedictory Dinner and Monday’s Valedictory Assembly being both joyous and sad occasions for our most senior students as they bid farewell to school. A real highlight this week was Wednesday’s assembly, when the School Captains and Vice Captains expressed gratitude on behalf of Year 12 to their teachers – a yearly tradition at AISHK. While there were some inevitable moments of “roasting” as the captains reflected on their teachers’ varied mannerisms and idiosyncrasies, what came through most clearly was the deep levels of trust and respect between senior students and their teachers. We pride ourselves on our strong sense of community at AISHK, and this is none more evident that in the tight bonds forged in the final year of school.

A more formal way that all Secondary students provide feedback to their teachers is via our annual MMG survey, conducted earlier this week. Created by one of Australia’s leading educational consultancies, MMG, the survey allows students to comment on their classroom experience in all subjects and share observations of what their teachers do well, and where improvement can be made. It always impresses me how seriously our students take the survey, offering feedback in an extremely thoughtful and mature way. The survey results, which are shared with teachers in Term 4, allow us all to reflect on our successes and strengths and set goals for enhanced practice for next year.

With the end of term in sight, students in all year levels continue to be mightily busy, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Mui Wo yesterday where Year 11 have enjoyed a wonderful retreat this week at the Silvermine Beach Resort. Special thank you to Mr Pilgrim and all the teachers who have helped make this such a memorable experience for the students. We look forward to next Tuesday’s final day of term, when Secondary students will either wear mufti clothes (donation required) or PE uniform.

It’s AFL grand final weekend – a special time for many AISHK families – so enjoy the game if you’re watching (and go Swans!). Otherwise, best wishes to everyone for a fun and rejuvenating time with family and friends.

Peter Phillips | Head of Secondary