[Head of Secondary] Term 4 Week 7 Message

Transition Day is always a highlight of the year, and it was an absolute pleasure to host such an enthusiastic and effervescent Year 6 cohort for the day on Wednesday. While the transition from Primary to Secondary at AISHK is physically only one flight of stairs, the shift from being the oldest students in Primary to the youngest in Secondary is both exciting and daunting.

The Year 7 curriculum is designed to give students exposure to a wide range of subjects across eight key learning areas, so that students can gradually discover which subjects they most enjoy and excel at. Wednesday saw the students move in and out of English, Maths, Science and Design & Technology classes in simulation of what a typical Secondary day looks like, with varied learning experiences every 55 minutes. The Year 6 students seemed very positive about their day as we enjoyed a sausage sandwich together at lunchtime, and we can’t wait to officially onboard them as new Year 7s next year who will be ably led by Mr Cunningham. A big thank you to all involved – especially the new prefects – who helped make Transition Day a great success. For current Year 6 parents, I look forward to seeing you at the information session on Secondary life planned for Monday 12th December.

One of the messages both Mr Cunningham and I shared at this week’s assembly, where Year 6 attended as special guests, was the importance of involving oneself fully in school life and making the most of all the opportunities on offer at AISHK, both inside and outside the classroom. Mr Cunningham spoke about the quintessentially Aussie notion of “having a crack” – something he was renowned for at high school – meaning to try new things with open mind and enthusiastic spirit. This has been clearly on display throughout the week in our interhouse touch football competition, where students of all ability and experience levels have willingly put their hands up for house representation. Well done to the PDHPE team, House Patrons and all students for putting on such a great show on the field.

Our new School Prefects have begun their work with great initiative and diligence, emphasising their role in promoting student voice across the school. Any student who has an idea for school improvement or student-led activity should, in the first instance, seek out a prefect to discuss the concept and drive it forward. The prefects have already generated lots of fresh and creative ideas to enhance campus life for students and I’m excited by what they can achieve in the next twelve months.

Wishing all Secondary families the very best for the last weekend of November and good luck to Years 9 and 10 for their activities around Hong Kong next week.

Peter Phillips | Head of Secondary