Friday, 4 March 2016

eNews Issue 26

Another big week for HKA! Thanks to everyone who supported another fantastic Primary School Literacy Week, complete as usual with PJ day, the continuous reading chair and dress-as-your-favourite-character day. Our continuous reading chair went for 12 full hours this year! Check out the great photos that have been posted in our School Gallery (VC) and also via our TwitterFacebook & Instagram timelines - all of them telling a great story!

A packed week for the Secondary School, too. Grade 12s sat their mock exams, and our Grade 6-11s are now on their way back from various adventures after a wonderful week of Learning Outside The Classroom. Deviating from normal routines offers our students many ways to grow and stretch, engage in service and for some, practice their Mandarin language skills. So this is always a highlight of the year.

Service learning and thinking beyond the HKA campus are intrinsic to the HKA experience, and with that in mind, I am very pleased to announce that HKA is the newest member of the Global Citizen Diploma consortium. Please see Assistant SS Principal Richard Reilly’s remarks below for more information.

Service learning is core to the HKA mission. It complements the rigour of the academic programme by providing authentic opportunities for student voice and student action, gives students new opportunities to tap into their interests and strengths, and promotes the ongoing process of self-reflection. At HKA we believe education has real currency when learners understand and value the importance of contributing to their local and broader communities. Being caring and responsible global citizens needs to be a part of the student learning DNA. The Global Citizen Diploma encourages students to explore a range of real world challenges and develop the inclination to take action while providing opportunities to develop leadership skills and to be recognised for the results of their hard work. We are all looking forward to developing this programme at HKA.

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