Bringing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to life, One World Week marked the mid-point of our third and final term of the year. We now approach a flurry of events before the crowning of our graduating cohort and the end of a gloriously uninterrupted year.
Delivery of a Year 4 production, a flurry of secondary school selection meetings with parents of students in Year 5 and an international schools fair all lay immediately ahead. The arrival of the Board of Governors, a celebration of learning in Early Years and a grand summer concert are all just around the corner.
The graduation of Year 6 students will land shortly after the hosting of a community barbeque on Saturday 24th June. An opportunity to bring families and friends together on campus, it will lead us neatly into what is expected to be a rather busy summer period.
A meeting with our School Management stood at the heart of a week crowned by the delivery of a final round of recital performances on Thursday evening. With renewal for the upcoming academic year also now finalised, we can focus upon the arrangement of a calendar set to feature a new workshop programme designed to give parents greater insight and support.
On Monday, we open One World Week, an initiative that drives us directly towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and marks the formal launch of a new framework for the study of Global Citizenship and Intercultural Learning. Arising from interconnection with the Council of International Schools, delivery will act to challenge, engage, affect and inspire our young students.
With a flurry of performances and productions also now on the horizon, the final six weeks of the school year are sure to deliver on entertainment.
A more administratively centred week has drawn focus primarily towards the completion of two reports. While the first will drive internal dialogue within an upcoming meeting with the Board of Governors, the second looks out, towards the visit of our assigned Council of International Schools Support and Evaluation Officer later in the year. Thanks to the sensitive and considerate approach undertaken by our Steering Committee, we are in excellent shape.
Concluding with the visit of Grace Garden for their annual Sports Day, we now look forward to the hosting of tours with prospective parents tomorrow morning. The gathering of the Education Committee at the British Chamber under new stewardship for the first time in over five years also lies on the horizon. A reliably grounded point of engagement, I have drawn a great deal from meetings at this level and can point to the leadership of Mark Loasby as critical to their productivity - he deserves every credit and departs having gathered much admiration.
The first new monarch in seventy years, we draw the week to a close at the dawn of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III. Events are scheduled to run over the full course of the weekend - they will live long in the memory.
Back on campus, we can reflect positively upon the successful hosting of a Battle of the Books semi-final, the delivery of a digital tour to an impassioned group of prospective parents and a productive meeting with our very own Shrewsbury Parents Association.
Next week, I look forward to concluding a first cycle review of the report due with the Council of International Schools later in the year, to hosting of friends from Grace Garden Kindergarten for their annual Sports Day and to meeting fellow school leaders at other British international schools in the region. More tours will follow on a busy Saturday morning and a meeting with the Education Committee at the British Chamber is also now just around the corner.
Opening with a riotous cacophony of a Times Tables Rockstars battle week launch, we conclude having now secured the four distinct charitable relationships that will stand at the centre of a service programme designed to challenge, engage, affect and inspire our young students. While requiring considerable refinement, the delivery of an emergent five-phase programme will directly support our efforts pertaining to Global Citizenship and Intercultural Learning and link directly to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We'll return from a long weekend to a flurry of Operational Plan review meetings, the results of which will furnish a third and final report of the current school year to the Board of Governors, and the continuation of a second round of academic recruitment.
The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III also just around the corner, I'm very much looking forward to marking the occasion in the company of the British Consul General and his team.
The resumption of Co-Curricular activity this week saw us quickly into our stride on approach to the warmer summer months and the conclusion of another spectacular school year. Having just opened the book on a final report to the Board of Governors, I am able to reflect with particular fondness upon an evening engagement with the Headmasters at Packwood and Shrewsbury, Rob Fox and Leo Winkley, as Earth Day dawns.
Huge thanks to visitors from the Africa Centre and Lumivoce for their support this week and for friends at the Palace Museum for what has been a productive partnership meeting this afternoon.
Next week, we look forward to the delivery of a special Times Tables Rockstars assembly, the hosting of another Digital Tour and the gathering of our academic committees for discussion on all things curriculum, assessment and pedagogy related.
With students back in for the start of a third and final term of the current academic year, we were thrilled to be able to welcome parents of children assigned to Early Years classes onto campus this morning for an exhibition of learning in Chinese, Music and Physical Education. With demand rising and places for August now increasingly limited, no doubt we'll see similar levels of enthusiasm from among a prospective group at the International Schools Fair hosted by friends at The Standard tomorrow.
Next week will see the resumption of our Co-Curricular programme, the arrival of visitors from the Africa Centre and Lumivoce and the delivery of a webinar featuring the Headmasters at Packwood and Shrewsbury School, Rob Fox and Leo Winkley. It will conclude with a visit to the Palace Museum to explore partnership opportunities and the marking of Earth Day.
A thrilling swim meet hosted by trusted partners and friends at Eliteswim marked the end of a first holiday week and we can now look forward to the return of students on Wednesday 12th for a third and final term of the current academic year.
It promises to be an eventful phase. We look forward to a flurry of class assemblies, prior to the hosting of a dramatic production by students in Year 4 and a summer concert. The graduation of the Class of 2023 also now looms on the horizon, with an announcement on their successful placement for Year 7 now imminent.
The heat of the summer will soon be upon us - and planning for August at the forefront of our minds.
Concluding with the news that Anise have roared into the lead in the race for the House Cup this year, I reflect positively upon a term of great endeavour and strong progress on all fronts.
The opportunity to reconnect with 2021 Academic Scholars, Yazhuo and Vison (now at King George V and the Chinese International School respectively), stands as a particular highlight of our final week and we can now look ahead to a much deserved break ahead of our return on Wednesday 12th April.
A three-day run will lead neatly on to attendance at an International Schools Fair led by friends at The Standard on Saturday 15th - another engagement with the School Management Committee also lies close on the horizon.
Between now and then, I hope that students and families enjoy a restful and nourishing break.
Following attendance at an extraordinarily enriching conference alongside colleagues from the Federation of British International Schools in Asia, this week saw the conclusion of a second round of Parent Teacher Conferences and the presentation of a thrillingly hilarious production from students in Year 2. Performed in front of parents and friends yesterday evening, we now look ahead to the final week of what has been an enormously rewarding term.
The return of 2021 Academic Scholars, Yazhuo and Vision (now at King George V and the Chinese International School respectively), will provide food for thought as we warm up for 2023 nomination, while a meeting with the Shrewsbury Parents Association will allow for the finalisation of plans leading up to an Annual General Meeting, scheduled to take place on 21st June.
We wrap up on Thursday 30th March and will be ready to welcome students back into school on Wednesday 12th April. Earth Day, One World Week and a flurry of seasonal performances and presentations await, alongside the eventual graduation of the Class of 2023.
It seems strangely fitting to conclude the week in which the last remnants of a programme of measures designed to ward against the regional risk of Covid contraction were withdrawn outside of Hong Kong. A first business trip in three years, Thailand has already proven enormously hospitable, as have colleagues from across the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA).
Having safely navigated a busy opening agenda, we now move into a series of Keynote presentations to mark the 29th annual FOBISIA Leadership Conference.
I'll be home for the dawn chorus on Sunday and then back on campus to Chair our weekly Senior Leadership Team meeting on Monday afternoon. The conclusion of a productive second round of Parent Teacher Conferences and delivery of a dramatic performance entitled There's A Sunflower In My Supper led by students in Year 2 are sure to be highlights, with the end of our second term now fixed on the horizon.
Opening with lunch at the private residence of the British Consul General and concluding with the departure of students in Key Stage 1 for an Athletics Meet in Sai Kung, we've enjoyed another varied week of activity and engagement, mid-March.
The steady emergence of a service programme likely to involve partnership with an exclusive set of regionally based charity groups has also drawn attention, as has an upcoming engagement with the School Management Committee.
A journey to Bangkok for the Federation of British International Schools' Annual Conference next week will be my first out-of-region business trip since a recruitment round conducted over the course of a few frosty Shropshire days in January 2019. I greatly look forward to re-engaging with colleagues and drawing upon their experience and camaraderie. Next week will also see the arrival of a second round of Parent Teacher Conferences and the delivery of another class assembly from students in Year 1.