Nowruz Celebrations (above) in full swing on Tuesday night
Value #3 – A holistic and diverse portfolio of learning experiences
On Tuesday evening, residential students had the opportunity to learn about the festival of Nowruz (Persian New Year). Part of this celebration includes “Chaharshanbe soori” which is literally translated to the Wednesday Festival but is celebrated on the last Tuesday of each year. If you were near Baobab on Tuesday night you would have witnessed students and teachers jumping over a small fire to keep away the bad spirits and be ready for the new year. There were also small fireworks. The festival continues on Sunday evening. Nowruz, the Persian new year, begins on the spring equinox and marks the beginning of Farvardin, the first month of the Solar Hijri calendar. More than 300 million people, from all around the world, celebrate it every year. In Iran, it is celebrated ‘at the EXACT moment of the spring equinox’ so if you’re interested, join our Iranian students in the Performance Area Sunday evening around 6:15 pm.
In PYP the P6s have begun their P6 Exhibition journey. I am excited to find out what they are focusing on this year and look forward to working with another great group of soon-to-be Secondary students!
Value #5 – Innovation over perfection within a supportive community where students are motivated to embrace personal challenge and reflection
M3 students shared their explorations in science during Thursday’s fantastic Science Fair. Some real creativity and inquiry were on display as well as presentation skills. Great job M3 and Mr. Henry!
M5s have been busy all week writing their mock E-Assessments. These challenging online exams will be used as a summative assessment for 3rd Quarter and will help them prepare for the real thing in May.
Value #6 – The ambition of students to demonstrate initiative and take on leadership roles
On Tuesday, the D1 students presented the Project Week experiences to the secondary school. What a diverse collection of projects! Hopefully, the M5 students were inspired as they will participate in our second Project Week next year.
Value #8 – A shared responsibility and collective duty of care for ourselves, each other, and the environment
Continuing to improve our recycling on campus, the environmental group has introduced a recycling station near the science labs. More stations in secondary and at the back gate for residentia staff will follow shortly.
Value #9 – A healthy lifestyle and active pursuits
The House Council is partnering with the Swim Club to plan our end-of-quarter House event on Friday, April 1st. All secondary students will participate in a FUN Swim Gala. Please ensure your child has signed up for an event and is at school on time and ready to swim!