Xinnián kuàilè, that’s Happy New Year in Mandarin Chinese. This week we celebrated the new Year of the Pig in an assembly presented by four members of Year 12. As we entered the hall I heard a very familiar sound that took me back to my time living in China and Malaysia. It was one of the songs which is repeatedly played in shopping malls and restaurants from the beginning of January ‘gong xi gong xi’. If you have ever been in China for New Year I am positive you would have recognised it too. We also learnt about the Chinese traditions at New Year and particularly the giving of hóngbao (red envelopes) which are traditionally given to younger members of the family with money inside. The envelopes were given to students who had their birthday in February instead! A big thank you to our Head of Mandarin, Dawn Hull, for arranging the assembly.
Today is the 6th Form play ‘Teechers’ by John Godbar which I am very much looking forward to and I hope to see many of you there, 19.30 in the Senior School Hall.
We are delighted to see our Year 13 students continue to receive offers from a growing number of universities and for a variety of courses, from Oxford, Cambridge to Hong Kong University and the University of British Columbia in Canada. Courses range from Motorsport, Biomedical Engineering, Biology with Arabic to Art History with Visual Culture, reflecting the diverse interests of our students.
Our Year 12 guidance program is in full swing with students looking in more detail at some of the competencies useful for their applications whilst continuing to research new universities and courses. The students will be participating in a ‘guidance day’ on March 5 where they will have the opportunities to listen to and mingle with a range of university and career representatives. We hope that you will join us for the finale of the day, a university panel event in the evening. Full details can be found on our website.
And finally I would like to draw your attention to an upcoming event which three of our Year 12 students are helping to organise:
Thursday 14 March 12-1pm - Laura Bates, author - for Y9-Y13 students and parents.
"Everyday sexism, feminism and social media in schools."
There will be an interview panel led by our 6th form students who will be interviewing author Laura Bates, who set up The Everyday Sexism Project. She will be discussing her new book 'The Burning' aimed at young adults Year 9 to Year 13.
Although fiction, it is based on real life experiences of women, and looks at negative consequences around photo sharing on social media.
Alongside the story of how a teenager copes with negative photo sharing, Laura uses a literary device of famous witch-hunts in Scotland during the 17th century. The book explores whether we have changed our attitudes to victim blaming and shaming in 400 years. There will be a Q&A, and this event is a ticketed event for parents and students.
Copies of the book will be available to purchase in advance and more details will follow. The venue will be confirmed nearer the time but please do keep the date free.
This term in the Sixth Form there are 16 sports on offer, everything from fencing and volleyball to zumba and squash. The enrichment programme is full of variety and we have a number of talented individuals participating in a wide range of sports. With the introduction of CCSS we are hoping to be able to push a few more team sports and begin to build more and more opportunities to represent the Foundation within a team environment. Anglia Ruskin continue to provide top quality coaching in volleyball and basketball and we are certainly aiming to put out some teams in these sports over the coming months.
There has been some fantastic cross country running across the Foundation and the Sixth Form running club continues to be well attended. Particular congratulations go to Francesca T who recently finished 16th in the Regionals and is now waiting to see if she has done enough to be selected for the Nationals.
Due to parent demand, PFA members are pleased to be running a Second Hand Uniform Sale on Friday 1 March from 15:45 to 17:00 at the Senior School (Union Street entrance). A wide selection of good quality second-hand school uniforms from the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior, as well sports equipment, will be available for sale. Parent volunteers will be on hand to help those students requiring assistance in case parents are unable to attend.
Alumni Reunion Saturday 15 June 2019 - 12.30 - 5.00pm.
Parents of students who are also alumni of the school, are warmly invited to attend our annual alumni reunion, for a full buffet lunch with wine, refreshments and afternoon tea. There will be tours led by our Year 10 Student Leadership team, and the GCSE and A Level Art Exhibition will also be open for a tour.
Tickets for parents can be purchased using your existing Wisepay login here. All alumni are welcome, but groups celebrating their anniversary of leaving are especially welcome. This year our groups are leavers of 2009, 1999, 1989, 1979 etc (this would be the year you would have left Year 13, so if you left in Year 11, add two years to ensure you come with your peers!).
If you are an alumna, and are not in touch with our alumni office, you can update your details on our online form, or email our Alumni Officer, Melissa Santiago-Val, for more details.