Whilst many will be enjoying the company of family during the holiday, a group of our secondary pupils will be visiting the UK for a study tour based at The Globe Theatre in London. The value to pupils from our exciting collaboration with The Globe is ever more evident and is another example of the unique benefits which a Kaiwen Education is able to offer. Not just those who are joining the trip but all of our pupils are having their English language and speech skills enhanced, by this deep engagement with the traditions of English literature and theatre. The study tour group will also visit Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well as having the chance to see the sights of London and the opportunity to spend a morning at City of London School, one of the UK’s leading Independent Schools and current holder of The Times London Independent School of the Year. We hope and expect that our students will have an excellent trip and we wish them safe travels.
When the school returns for Semester 2 it will consist of a larger student body than ever, as we welcome a number of new families to CKWA. It is exciting to see the school grow so quickly as our reputation grows. With the new arrivals we will be opening an additional Reception class and also restructuring some of our secondary classes so as to ensure that our class sizes remain small enough to ensure the individualized support which we consider such an important part of an outstanding education. Additionally, we will be opening a separate secondary school dining facility in the new semester, which will further raise the quality of our food provision. This welcome development will also allow the school to make valuable improvements to the school timetable. In particular, those in the secondary school will be able to eat lunch a little earlier in the day and to enjoy a better balance of lessons between the morning and afternoon. I and others will speak more about the improvements which we are making to the secondary school timetable at next Thursday’s meeting for secondary parents, which you will have received a separate invitation to attend. At the same time, changes in the new semester will allow us the opportunity to make further improvements to the primary school timetable with, in particular, a designated period in which all of the children can work on English reading and phonics at the start of every day.
I wish you all a very enjoyable Chinese New Year holiday and look forward to seeing all the children back with us at the start of February.
Deputy Head at CKWA