I enjoyed two late afternoon walkabouts around campus this week. The first, on Wednesday, took me first to Big School where our external exams are taking place. Wednesday was a complex exam afternoon with eight different subjects being taken, yet the atmosphere in the cool, lofty room was as calm and studious as ever.
From there, I walked through DT where a fascinating lesson was taking place, looking at the design philosophy of Lovegrove who created a bamboo bicycle frame. Having seen bamboo scaffolding widely used in Hong Kong, I could immediately understand the clever use of this ultra-strong, lightweight, natural material.
From DT, I walked through to our Photography classroom, meeting on the way our inspirational Photography teacher, Cathy Sharp (great name for a photography teacher!) who talked me through the amazing work on display. I drank in the stunning professional-quality images and marvelled at the talent Cathy has nurtured in these young photographers.
Leaving the Art and Design Department, I moved through to Modern Languages, dropping in to the Year 10 German dual linguists class who had been busy working on a listening exam. Then on to the Confucious classroom where Year 8 were busy marshalling their revision for the upcoming end of year exam. It was great to see that they are now grappling with Chinese characters as well as pinyin.
Thursday’s walkabout took me to the beach to catch the inter-house Rosshockey in full flow. A great spectacle to see matches taking place side by side with the houses clearly defined by their brightly striped zephyrs. And then I walked over to see the Year 6 PYP Exhibition, the culmination of all their innovative and collaborative learning in the International Baccalaureate primary program. This year, the exhibition focused on Internet and digital safety and it was really good to see their measured and mature approach to the topic.
In a week where the political world has been decidedly unpredictable, it is reassuring to see students right across the school working together and extending their understanding in such diverse contexts. The future is still bright.