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It is hard to believe that we are now halfway through the school year. Many positive things have happened in secondary with our students becoming more confident as IB learners, more independent learners and the Grade 12 students now preparing for their final few months in school. It's a good time to reflect and also to look forward, make new resolutions and aim for even better things in the next few months.
Last week saw the wonderful exhibition by the Grade 10 students of their Personal Projects. All of the students talked clearly and with a passion for their chosen topic, demonstrating what strong IB learners we have at SWIS. Yoyo Chan from Grade 10 gave a confident and informative speech at the opening ceremony, I hope the Grade 9 students in the audience felt inspired. The exhibition this year was three-quarters of the way through the project, this allowed the students to gather feedback on their product to enable them to write an informed reflection on their process and product for their final report which is due in March.
Last weekend our MUN students had a very successful time at the regional MUN conference in Guangzhou, congratulations to the team and their supervisors Ms Maria Chaytor and April Dalbello.
Last week was also the submission of the Extended Essay for the Grade 12 students, with the Rose Ceremony in a whole school assembly to celebrate. This is a huge milestone for them, the culmination of many months of research and writing, but also the final piece of the three stages of the IB journey starting with the PYP exhibition in G5, the Personal Project in G10 then the Extended Essay in G12.
Secondary met Grade 5 parents for the first Grade 5 transition presentation, on 24th January. The focus of the presentation was on looking at a summary of the curriculum for MYP, pastoral issues in secondary and time to answer some questions.
The secondary student council have organized many interesting activities in the week leading up to the Chinese New Year break, I am looking forward to seeing what happens and enjoying both the school and the Chinese culture.
Wishing you all health and good fortune for the New Year.
Secondary Assistant Principal/ MYP Coordinator
More highlights from the Grade 10 Personal Project