Message from the Head Teacher
Mr Andrew Wyeth
Message from the Head Teacher
The world we live in today is a fast paced, constantly changing entity. Technology and man’s quest for more, drives society and our Sri KDU International Secondary School (SKISS) community forward. COVID-19 has changed the world and led to online learning at SKISS. It changed the way we operated as a school. We were fortunate, as by some form of intuition and hence, to an extent, ready for this new normal. The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) evolution meant that we were prepared to transition to online learning, with teachers streaming lessons and students submitting work through their Google Classrooms. We adapted procedures and routines and remarkably, our students and staff took them all in their strides. Our ability to apply a growth mindset to a real life-changing problem shone through. This response made us all feel so proud.
As a community, we changed the way in which we interacted with each other. Online meetings, assemblies, parent teacher conferences etc. all took a different approach with new rules and expectations. It was tough and some of us struggled more than others, but we adapted, coped and then began to flourish. Some even said they preferred it.
Whilst some others had stood still, SKISS moved on, embracing the need to equip our students for life in school and beyond. Our teaching and learning philosophy, summarised on our webpage, talks about the need to reflect and take considered choices, not to just jump on the bandwagon, but to cherry-pick what is right for our students and so we remain close to the cutting edge of pedagogy, driving teaching and learning forwards.
Continuous improvement is one of the main drivers of our values-based programme, which we refer to as the Learning Powered Approach (LPA). We reward students for being good at reflection because we believe that, if they can learn from their achievements and mistakes, they will improve. We embed our LPA values – Determination, Attention, Organisation, Curiosity, Imagination, Thoughtfulness, Social Skills and Reflectiveness – throughout our curriculum.
Alongside everything, leadership development runs through our veins as a school. As “Tomorrow’s Leaders; Here and Now,'' we identify its importance and expose students to leadership development and challenges throughout the academic year. Being able to lead and ensure goals are reached, is a skill and one that requires training and practice: there is no such thing as a born leader. I ask our teachers to seek out leadership threads into their lessons, where we can challenge our students to take responsibility for the performance of a small team and mini task. Beyond this, we have many leadership opportunities through the usual suspects of sport, The Paramount Championship, Performing Arts, Duke of Edinburgh International Award, Year Camps and the Key Stage 4 Leadership Development Programme to name a few. It is important that students grasp these opportunities whilst they are at school and to set firm foundations for their development and future.
As a school we had to invest more trust than ever before in our community and work, and to ensure that we were still focussed on our goals, whether we are physically disconnected or otherwise. It is our responsibility to ensure that our students are equipped with the skills, values and mindset to adapt to these rapid changes, not so they can just cope, but so they can lead us through this ongoing cycle of change. All these are part of SKISS commitment to you and your children - “Transforming lives through education”.
SKISS Head Teacher