[Head of Secondary] Term 4 Week 8 Message

It’s been a week of creativity and collaboration in Secondary, with lots of varied action both on and off campus. Year 9 have experienced a highly enjoyable and challenging week of activities, with most students based at Clearwater Bay Country Club and honing new skills in golf, tennis or sailing. The remainder of Year 9 have been visiting Peng Chau each day for a pottery workshop at Sunroom Studio, and parents can look forward to seeing the finished products brought home soon. Having missed their AYP Bronze Award camp earlier in the year, the group will have the chance to complete this important qualification next March as Hong Kong continues to normalise. Some students may even choose to later pursue the Silver Award, with Dr Hill the key point person at AISHK for all AYP-related queries.

Year 10 students have also enjoyed an action-packed week: a Maths excursion to Ocean Park on Monday, a careers program run by the OWN Academy on Tuesday, and water activities in Sai Kung the past two days. While yesterday’s chilly weather proved slightly challenging, the sense of achievement and teamwork experienced by the students sets them up for great success next year. The day with OWN Academy highlights the growing importance of careers guidance for students on the verge of beginning Year 11, and our Careers Advisors, Mr Murphy and Mr McGunnigle, continue to lead robust conversations with the students on post-school possibilities.

Today saw our Year 11 design students – both HSC and IB – participate in the annual Dragon’s Den event, pitching ideas for new products and services to invited industry professionals. The presentations that I saw were exceptionally engaging and a credit to the creativity of the students, Ms Carini and all the Creative Industries team. The act of receiving feedback and refining one’s concept, over and over, is at the heart of the design process, but also critical to progress in any subject or sphere of life. Often a student’s willingness and ability to take on board feedback and use it to hone their approach is the biggest factor in their academic success.

Next week promises to be equally busy, with a special assembly planned for Wednesday to farewell departing Secondary staff. With packed social calendars and end-of-year catch-ups the norm for December, may all Secondary families have a joyful and festive weekend with family and friends.

Peter Phillips | Head of Secondary