Secondary School News

Dear Parents,

Last week, we completed our elections for the Student Representative Council. We thank all the students who participated in the election and presented their ideas and initiatives to their grades. We congratulate those who were voted in to serve their peers. We are looking forward to meeting the whole group soon.

It was a busy weekend for the school community. On Thursday, we had a sleepover for Grade 6. The students had a lot of fun and participated in challenging team activities that brought them closer as a group. Certainly, the photos made it look like a wonderful time was had by all.

On Saturday, the Secondary staff was in school. The focus was on bringing the practice of mindfulness to our classrooms. For our Grade 6 Teachers, they were trained on MindUP by a certified MindUP trainer. MindUP is a curriculum framework grounded in research-based practices that focus on Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Mindful Awareness and Social-Emotional Learning. It aims to teach vital and valuable social emotional learning skills that will enhance their resilience for a lifetime. We plan on implementing MindUP in our Grade 6 classes. We will also be organising a MindUP workshop for our parents in second semester, so stay tuned for more information.

Our series of MYP seminars continue this week:

  • Monday 8.00 to 9.00 (Theatre) Maths and Arts
  • Tuesday 8.00 to 9.00 (Theatre) Individuals and Societies and Physical and Health Education

If you were unable to attend these sessions, a pdf copy of the PowerPoints have been posted on Moodle under the “Students – Parents” tab.

This week also sees the start of a busy time for university visits. Some will involve selected students in Grade 12, some will involve all of Grade 12 and when we have multiple universities visiting at once, we will involve Grade 11. Grade 10 will start attending in Semester 2. This week we have one of the top ranked business schools from the US, Bentley, visiting. Our alumni who have been there rate the experience very highly.

You will have noticed on Moodle and on other platforms that we are teaming up with the International Community School in Amman to raise money to support those with Cancer and Cancer Research. This is because both schools have been so touched by the terrible condition in the last 12 months. We hope the community will support our efforts and buy T-shirts for students on the civvies day on the 12th of October. For those students who are 14 or over, we urge them to take action and sign up for the Amman Marathon. We recommend the 10km run. If you have a good level of fitness and are prepared to train properly, then aim to do the 21 km run.

Wishing you all the best for the long weekend, and for our Grade 9 students heading to Wadi Rum for their El Hasan Youth Award Bronze Expedition, a lot of challenge and fun……with some amazing moments under those fantastically starry desert night skies.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Martin and Ms. Zena