As our school year comes to a close, notice that many of our events are used to mark our progress and successes... like milestones on a journey. We see them as 'rites of passage' or even a moment of closure. We look at activities like exams, promotion ceremonies, graduation, and even our beloved China Trips. Some are celebrations and others are designed as tests, challenges to prove that we have accomplished something. For each grade, the challenge is a little different.
The Grade 6 students head out to QianDao Hu (Thousand Island Lake). They will have opportunities to explore team building and some water activities. The grade 6 students have also been doing an amazing job working with our Grade 5 students and helping them transition to the upper school next year. We hope to make this a new tradition for 6th graders. What an excellent way to learn about servant leadership.
The Grade 7s are excited about their upcoming trip to Guilin/Yangshuo. Their first week away with the school will be filled with an exploration of raft building, high ropes, and team initiatives.
The Grade 8s will have their promotion ceremony on June 29th. But before then, they will have their China Adventure in Xiamen complete with High Ropes and Farming activities. They will also complete their Community Projects on June 8th.
The Grade 9s are closing their first year in high school with their trip to Lijiang. They are also preparing for their World of Work Internships. If anybody would like to host them at your workplace, please contact Mr. Liam O’Shea. We would love to hear from you.
The Grade 10 students, mark the end of their MYP journey. They have already completed their Personal Project Exhibitions and are now ready to take their China Trip Adventure to Inner Mongolia. Behind the scenes, they are filling out their course selections for their classes next year as they near their final 2 year preparations for life after high school.
Our juniors, grade 11s, are now about to take their exams which will measure the learning of this first year of the DP program. It is the midpoint of their 2 year program filled with milestones such as their TOK Exhibition (May 26), Extended Essay Exhibition (June 20), Group 4 (science) Exhibition (June 27/28), and finally, their trip to Li Jiang. We invite you to come and see what great learning these 11s have ready to share with you.
And finally, our seniors who have just finished their IBDP Exams, marking the culmination of not only their DP careers but their educational journey from the last 12-14 years. The immediate outcomes are a mark or score that determines which college they can attend but on a greater scale, the exams are just one piece of the puzzle that they have been assembling over the past 12 year. The content they study is embedded in over 10 years of projects, tests, homework, and activities. They not only stand on the shoulders of their DP teachers but they also stand on a scaffold of teachers who have lined the road from Lower School, through Middle School and culminating with High School. Most importantly, before they can cross the stage in cap and gown, marking their crossing of the ‘finish line’, they will do their SENIOR PRESENTATIONS, in which they will look back on the journeys they have walked and reflect on their accomplishments.
Each one of these events marks a moment in time, a moment of growth, and a moment of learning. They are academic, emotional, cerebral, and often out of our comfort zones. They force us to take a step in a direction we may not want to take. They require us to move forward on a path that may be filled with the unknown, hazards of doubt. But in all cases, our teachers and staff are there to support them. All along the way, we have a community to encourage them on their journey, wherever the road may take them. Whether they are in grades 6,7,8,9,10, 11, or 12, they will put one foot in front of the other.. whether it is on a rope high in the air or across the stage at commencement. Let us put our hands together to applaud their steps, whether they be small or large, so that they feel the courage to take the next step, and the one after that.
For some, we only have a few moments left before we go our separate ways... So don't count the minutes.. instead, make the minutes count.. And let's turn every minute into a moment that marks another milestone on our journey together!!!
ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE AN HIS DRAGON!!!
On Wednesday evening this week, we will be having our Fine Arts Curriculum evening at 6:00pm. Be sure to join us for a variety of events at all grade levels. Choir, Band, Orchestra, Visual Arts, and Theatre Arts – ALL WILL BE ROCKIN’ THE HOUSE!!!!