25 Sep 2017

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents & Guardians,

As you will know we are just beginning a week of learning with a difference. The College has been abuzz since Friday with students departing for differentparts of the world on their CAS Week adventures, as well HK-based students settling into their various activities. No matter where in the world, the learning for the students this week is considerable.  The resilience and self-knowledge gained from learning in new and often challenging environments, in addition to many students working in multi-age groupings, can have a profound impact on student confidence, well-being and development.  It has been a real joy to experience my first STC CAS Week. It is clearly a well-developed programme with sound learning objectives, and best practice in terms of experiential learning opportunities. I am looking forward to the rest of my week with genuine enthusiasm.

Sadly since I last wrote to you one of our Year 11 students, Tiffany Ho, has died.  Tiffany’s loss to our community has been profound and we continue to monitor all our students and staff to ensure they feel well supported. I would encourage you to contact our counselling team here at the College if you notice your child is having difficulty sleeping or concentrating. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can impact children dealing with loss and grief and our counsellors will be best placed to offer additional support.   With Tiffany’s funeral this week I know you will join me in passing on our sincere condolences to her loving family at such a sad time.

The last several weeks have been vigorous and fun-filled and the culture of community so valued by all members of the Sha Tin College community has been very much in evidence. Swim Gala was a triumph for our student leaders and House spirit was intense. Year 7 students have enjoyed a very cool Friday evening disco as well as an outstanding field trip to hear how science and history interact with Egyptian mummification.  Art and PRS have also run field trips and this type of learning experience for students is a vitally important aspect for student learning. Teacher learning is also a feature of Sha Tin College and it was an honour to be able to host 450 international IB educators at the College for three days of professional learning in early September.
We have also recently had some excellent news for two of our Year 12 students who were awarded top IGCSE grades in Hong Kong in the 2017 exam session.   Dorothy Wong came top for CIE IGCSE English as a Second Language and Laura Chan was top for CIE Coordinated Sciences (Double Award). Huge congratulations to both students on such an exceptional achievement.
The end of this week of course will bring a one-week mid-term holiday and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations. This will be an excellent time for students to recover from their international travels, catch up with friends and family and get some much-needed sleep. The coming ten-week term will be a demanding one and a well-rested and recharged child makes for a more productive learner when we return on October 9th.
The above is only a flavour of what is happening at the College on a daily basis. If you would like to follow life at Sha Tin College more closely please follow our Twitter and Facebook posts as well as our new Instagram accounts!
Kind regards and a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival.
Carol Larkin
Principal – Sha Tin College
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