The final two days of the school's first academic year were marked with a series of presentations.
On Thursday morning, our Preschoolers gave a performance of a selection of the songs they learned during the year which tied in with the topics they learnt about. The parents and older children who made up the audience were very impressed with the confident performances and the announcements made by the children themselves before each item.
On Thursday morning we were also honoured to host a visit from our Honorary Patron, HM Ambassador Andrew Page, for his first visit to the school. The Ambassador kindly said a few words to the school at the end of the Preschoolers' Assembly and then stayed to meet the teachers and students. For all of Thursday and Friday, we were pleased to welcome our Guest of Honour, Dr Jonathan Long, formerly Principal of Aiglon College in Switzerland and about to take up the post of Principal of the United World College in India. Dr Long spend the whole of Thursday with the classes, where the children gave him an insight into the topics they have covered during the year.
Thursday afternoon was devoted to our End of Term Party, which included traditional games such as pass-the-parcel and some limbo dancing.
Friday morning started with an address by our Guest of Honour. Dr Long explained how important it is to focus on the right things and also encouraged everyone to think outside the box. He showed us how to balance a broom on one finger (look at the tip, not your finger!) and told the story of an impromptu hot-air baloonist who got into trouble over LAX airport.
The next item on the agenda was the launch of the first Annual Review Yearbook. Every student and teacher receives a copy of this 144-page hardback book, which includes photos taken throughout the year. There are portraits of everybody and examples of the children's work. After the launch, there was an hour to leaf through the book and for everyone to write a personal message and sign each other's copies.
A musical presentation followed in the Music Room, which gave the children an opportunity to show their parents what they have been doing in Music lessons through the year and how this supports their learning.
The climactic finale to the morning was the Termly Review and Presentations. The Headmaster led the community in recalling and reviewing events which had taken place through the previous term. Each student had an opportunity to explain to those present the significance of a photo displayed on the Promethean interactive whiteboard. Dr Long and the Headmaster then presented certificates to those leaving the school to return to their home countries, as well as those "graduating" from Preschool and the Primary Section. Those who were leaving also received a memento from their classmates, who said a few words of appreciation. Next, presentations were made to adults who have helped in the school during the year. The final presentation of the Founder's Award for Special Achievement was awarded to Billy Branks for his extraordinary progress over the whole school year.
A glass of champagne concluded events and the families departed for their summer holidays, to return on Monday 24 August.