Message from Mr. Alexander Thrower - Head of School
Newsletter 3nd December 2021
Dear Parents and Friends of HQIS
AS we near the end of the teaching calendar do spare a thought for the teachers and support staff who will still be planning for the next semester, working with the families to supply the uniforms, opening the campus facilities to outside groups including the Award Ceremony for local Music Students.
On Saturday the students have a ‘make-up’ day to compensate for a bad weather day earlier in the semester. We will run a Tuesday schedule so please make sure you are prepared. The following week is a glorious celebration of the Winter Festival and the talents of our HQIS children and young people. We are all busy rehearsing for our shows so this is a busy but exciting time for everybody and we look forward to the actual performances on the 8th and 9th.
Wednesday 8th of December at 9.30 am see the opening of our wonderful ‘Christmas Market’ and this tradition brings people together in similarly themed settings around the world. The flower sellers in Gubei are doing something similar on Golden Street. We will mix the stalls with our own Festive booths so expect to enjoy some crafts, skills, quizzes, activities and fun in our Sports Hall when we share the joy of our own winter wonderland next week.
On Thursday 9th we will offer our Upper School PBL presentations in the Rainbow Theatre. We are hoping that parents will attend the PBL presentations followed by the Winter Performance. Because we have a lot of students presenting in the theatre and not much time, teachers will be grading the exhibit before recess. After recess we will have the presentations and the exhibit for the parents. Then students in the Winter Performance will prepare to start the show at 13:30!
Please do check with the Home Teachers for more local arrangements and we know also how much the children look forward to the class parties and fun activities which mark the end of the semester at HQIS. The teachers work very hard to develop the knowledge and skills of our young people but we should remember also the great efforts we make to develop the emotional and social skills of the children and we see in their school work, their play, and also their willingness and self-confidence to get on stage and perform as individuals and with classmates for the entertainment of parents but also as a demonstration of growing maturity, shared identity and their ability to make a contribution to the school community. We commend our teachers and students for all their hard work this semester and what they bring to the school. We all have gifts to bring to our community this Christmas and the greatest gift we can bring is our generosity of spirit, our kindness to those around us, and the desire to ‘Yes’ when people ask for our help.
Happy Christmas - everybody!
Head of School