[Head of School] Term 1 Week 7 Message

On Thursday evening I was invited to join a lecture by Megumi Miki (Australian Leadership Consultant). This lecture was organised and hosted by Baker McKenzie law firm. Megumi spoke very thoughtfully about ‘quiet leadership’ and its place in today’s complex world. One aspect of this lecture which resonated with me was my role as a leader of learning in a school community.

A reflection I left this lecture with would be: the importance of ‘quiet leadership’ skills being nurtured in students. Future leaders need to be able to embrace complexity and be skillful in areas such as thinking deeply and broadly, holding multiple perspectives and seeking, listening and acting on feedback. It was a thought provoking lecture by Megumi and a positive reminder for all that a ‘strong’ leader does not need to be the loudest voice in a room.

It is hard to believe we are approaching the final two weeks of Term 1. Across the campus it has been a busy and productive week of learning. The students are active, settled and engaged in lessons. In addition,we have hosted parent teacher consultations for primary parents and many secondary students have completed Term 1 assessments.

I enjoy visiting the students in their lessons and was very impressed to find the PM Reception class mastering syllables as part of a literacy lesson. These young students were confidently explaining one, two and three syllable words to me. This is a crucial skill in early reading development.

Alvin (Year 11) has completed an outstanding Randomax project piece which demonstrates coding and computational thinking. It is essentially a virtual machine that generates a unique piece of music. This is also known as generative music which is a kind of algorithmic composition that employs computational algorithms to generate music. Danny Freer (teacher) shared: It is a great example of how coding can be a creative tool that, in the right hands, can do things that are literally impossible with traditional music production techniques.” Alvin will present his learning and project to teachers at an ACAMIS conference hosted by our school this weekend. Please watch Alvin’s 4 minute video about his project – it brings the application of coding to life.

Bella (Year 5) has been awarded Best Female Dancer in Children’s Solo Contemporary Dance during a Hong Kong qualifying competition last week. Bella will travel to Portugal in June and represent Hong Kong in the Dance World Cup 2023.

Camps started this week and the daily reports about our Year 7 and Year 10 students were positive. They have been in Sai Kung this week. The weather was perfect for these students and they have enthusiastically participated in a range of challenging outdoor experiences. Congratulations to our Year 10 students on achieving their bronze award in the Hong Kong Award for Young People.

Recently, I was delighted to be a small part of their 2022 Scholars Ceremony video presentation. Congratulations to the AISHK 2022 Scholars on their awards and all the very best for the future. I look forward to hearing more from these young people through our alumni network. You may find more information about these 2022 students and their awards in today’s Head of Secondary message.

Have a great weekend and enjoy this lovely weather.

Mina Dunstan | Head of School