Wishing Everyone a Relaxing Holiday!
"We come to the end of another exciting year with everyone in the same campus. This has been a great change with all the advantages of being all together. As always we have had many successes and our DP students leave us well prepared for the future. Many thanks to pupils, parents teachers, bedéis, nurses kitchen staff, porters, maintenance and cleaning staff, to our community and HUG.
Wishing you all a relaxing holiday."
Shirley Hazell - School Principal
Graduations, Transitions and Prize Giving
Every end of the year is busy for us, with many different events to celebrate passages, accomplishments and transitions.
On Monday, we held the PYP 8 Moving Up Ceremony, which is when our PYP 8 students graduate from Primary years and officially move onto to the Secondary. We have 52 of pupils this year that graduated and the morning was full of touching speeches and touching for all staff and families involved.
On Tuesday morning we celebrated the Secondary Prize Giving. We recognised the effort and attainment of students in the Secondary. Awards for effort and attainment prizes were given. Congratulations to all.
We also said goodbye to the Graduating Class of 2019. This year 26 students have reached the end of this part of their education, and are now ready to face new and exciting challenges. We congratulate all for reaching this milestone and wish them well in their future. Throughout the year we have been sharing with you the exciting university offers, our students have received, and we know that whether, in the USA, or the UK, Spain or Brazil, our students will go on to be successful in their lives
We are very proud of this group of students, and we expect they feel the same pride of having been part of this community, and wish that when they look back at their St. Francis years, they do so fondly.
PYP 8 Visit Secondary
We held our yearly "PYP 8 Welcome to Secondary Day", and as always it was a great experience for our young pupils who are soon leaving Primary. Several MYP 4 and MYP 1 students acted as their guides throughout their visit, showing them around the buildings and classrooms in the form of a scavenger hunt! Many activities were held for the PYPs to experience a bit of what life in Secondary is really like.
All students went to a Design class where they had to develop analytical, functional and critical-thinking skills. These skills are used to design and develop products that have a real-world application and help solve a problem. Projects can include web design, fashion, interior design, packaging, marketing and branding to name but a few. The focus was on architecture and students learned about how trusses are used in construction. Trusses are triangular shaped beams or lengths of timber used to assemble grand structures and can be found in almost every construction project. Students in PYP 8 used marshmallows and spaghetti in an "edible construction" challenge where they used what they had learned about trusses to build a tall, yet stable tower capable of standing on its own. A unique variety of designs were presented, with students commenting on how much fun they had whilst also learning a lot about construction.
Another class some students attended was with the Science department. In Science, students had the opportunity to investigate different methods we use to observe materials and organisms. They initially used microscopes to study and draw different structures on a cellular scale. They then used flame tests to see how we can identify the different elements in solutions. A great introduction to the Science labs!
Whilst in their taster of a Secondary English class, communication skills were explored in a way that students were not expecting as it involved their oral and descriptive skills in a creative way. Partners had to describe, in a concise and exact detail, a picture in front of them which they could not show to their partner who had to draw, without questioning, exactly what was described to them. Some very interesting results were produced whilst developing these key communication skills.
PYP 8 experiencing a day in Secondary is a great and valuable experience for them before they actually go through this transition the next academic year. We do think all students enjoyed it and we thank the staff that made it happen!