Stand up Year 6…

This morning our Year 6 delivered their valedictory assembly to mark the end of their time in our primary school. What a show they put on! I recall a year ago speaking in assembly to them as Year 5’s and challenging them to step up as leaders after the school holidays- to come back as Year 6 students who were ready to accept the responsibility of being models for the rest of primary school- to set the tone and raise the bar. And boy have they embraced that challenge! I am both grateful to them and very proud of them.

Over the next few months we will be working our way towards the Preparatory Evaluation Visit of CIS in March 2019. This is a great (though slightly stressful!) opportunity for us to reflect honestly on where we are as a school and where we would like to be in the future. As a starting point, I have begun to look again at our Guiding Statements because our success in delivering on these is a key part of how we will be judged. The way I have approached this was to try to think about what kinds of qualities, as learners and as people, I would want a KISU education to develop in our students. What would you go for, I wonder? In drafting some possible revisions and refinements, I have found myself using adjectives like “caring”, “reflective”, “thoughtful”, “inquiring”, “principled”, “articulate”, “balanced”, “open-minded”, “knowledgeable”, “mature”, “confident” and “courageous” to describe the kinds of qualities we would like our students to demonstrate and embody. There was evidence in spades on the stage this morning that our Year 6 students already demonstrate these qualities. Of course, they are not yet finished articles and we hope and expect that very many of them will continue their learning journeys with us in secondary school next year and that these qualities will shine out of them ever more brightly as they move on through the school.

But for now, I think it is appropriate for us to pause for a moment, take stock of where we are and feel a great deal of pride in how far they have come as well as to thank them for setting a worthy and considerable challenge to those who will follow them….

…Year 5….it’s over to you! I know you can do it!

PS I hope you have all noted that next week is foreshortened by the public holiday for Eid al-Fitr on Friday. Do enjoy the long weekend!