Year 7 Newsletter
As we come to the close of an extremely successful and fulfilling year it is my privilige to send out the last update from Year 7 for the academic year 2017-18.
It has been a year full of achievement and growth with our Year 7 students transitioning well with their move from primary into their life as fully fledged secondary students. In the comments below you can see the views of some of our year 7 boys and girls.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey through Year 7. I have learnt many new things and I’ve liked having Art, DT, Drama, Food Tech and Science as actual subjects, especially as we didn’t do them as full subjects in primary school. I have had fun learning French this year and I really like the language! I think the independence required to get to our classes on time has really helped the us all to become more responsible”.
“This year has been my best school year so far and can't wait to top the experience next year. This year I have endeavoured to try hard and push myself through Music FOBISIA, music exams, boxing and badminton”.
“I think this year school year went well and the friendships that I have developed have been amazing. I’m proud of my end of year results for all of my classes because the result are the best that I have ever had. I also feel like I have made the most friends this year and I genuinely feel like everyone in the year group is my friend which is very special”.
“This year is a year that I will never forget, I have tried new challenges and joined many clubs. My greatest achievement would have to be joining the new Student Committee for 2017-2018. I have become more confident and showed my new found confidence by joining the school play, being a main cast member in a professional show out side of school and also through joining the junior MUN”.
Hiu Tung Cheung
“Year 7 was an exciting year for sure. All the fun events we did were extraordinary. I loved events like Week Without Walls, The Swim Gala, Sports Day, Food Fair, Creative Arts Week and lots lots more”.
“This year was so much fun! I think my favorite highlight was the Thailand camp when we were running around the woods trying to get to the opposite pavilion. Even though Jasmine and I were the last people to get there, we made it eventually. I also enjoyed the kayaking with Freya. She would stand up and do all of the challenges and I would keep the kayak steady. The activities helped us with our teamwork skills and everyone had fun whilst doing them! The ECA programme also made this year really fun. I joined quite a few: orchestra, marine biology, photography club and I even tried wind band… though I decided that it wasn’t for me”.
“I think I have had a very good time since I came here in Term 1 and I think it is because of my great friends and the school’s teachers. The school is great and the lessons are fun and very interesting”.
“The highlight of my year was traveling to Jakarta to take part in the U13 FOBISIA games. FOBISIA was a great challenge for me as there was a lot of commitment and teamwork to be shown throughout the experience. I enjoyed meeting people from other schools and building a stronger friendship the Year 8s in the team”.
“The things that went well in Year 7 were mostly my understanding of subjects and performance grades in subjects like Maths, Science and Computer Science. I also really enjoyed all the fun and helpful activities that took place this year”.
“This year I really enjoyed starting my new subjects and meeting all of my new teachers! I enjoyed all of the new subjects (especially Drama and Food Technology!)”
“I think, overall through the year, that I have done relatively well. I think this because of the improvements I have made throughout the year”.
“The transition from Year 6 to Year 7 was easier than I thought. I was told by the older secondary students it was so much harder than primary and that I would get homework every lesson. However, this was not true at all, it was a challenge but not impossible or as difficult as they suggested. This past year in the secondary school was better than in primary because of all the different teachers we got to meet and have lessons with. I prefer to move around the school and not stay in the same learning environment all the time. I enjoyed Year 7 and I can't wait to take on the challenges of being in Year 8!”
“This year has been fantastic. Starting anew in secondary school was much different than I thought it would be. I feel like I have accomplished lots this year both in terms academics and sports. I also feel more open to try new things”.
With the year coming to an end it is an opportune time to reflect on hopes and aspirations for the year ahead. Having started so well the Year 7s have the challenge of reflecting over the summer and considering how they will raise the bar again for next year (and of course having a well deserved rest). They need to think about how they will grow as individuals and as a cohort. The Year 7s have matured a great deal over this past year, whilst facing and overcoming a multitude of challenges. The task now is to remain ambitious and set new targets, so as to continually push onwards and fulfill their undoubted potential. Some of the reflections and aspirations for the year ahead are shown below.
“For next year, I have a target that I will make improvements in vocabulary, so I can understand my lessons better next year”.
“Year 7 was fun, however I think I will need to work harder in Year 8. I also need to improve on my sports and music interests to help me develop even further”.
“I have a lot of aspirations for Year 8 like starring in the drama production and signing up for a leadership role. I feel like these aspirations wouldn't be possible without the help and guidance that I receive from the DBIS community, my parents and my teachers. I am very grateful to have these chances and opportunities”.
“I'm hoping for an EXCELLENT year next year!”
As you will all no doubt be aware, last week saw another DBIS Creative Arts Week. In the spirit of the school, this year’s events were bigger and better than ever before (despite the rain). A centre piece of the Creative Arts Week was the ‘DBIS Battle of the Bands’. We are very proud to announce that a Year 7 band landed the prestigious honour of winning this superb event. Winning out against a extremely talented and gifted set of performers, many of whom were older, is an exceptional accomplishment and indicative of the talent levels within the cohort. The band called ‘Rockin’ Fever’ was made up of Hana Matilde Sullivan, Jasper Alexander, Reese Acorn and Emma Meyers. We have a few words from the winners below:
“I am in a state of shock, I really didn’t think that we would win. It is absolutely amazing. I thought it was a lot of fun. It was excellent to do so well against such an accomplished group of performers. I am really looking forward to performing at Hemingways later this year”
“None of our group felt it was possible. We are so glad that we won the event. It has been an amazing experience”.
“Battle Of The Bands was an amazing experience that was very fun to both perform in and prepare for. I enjoyed using my experiences to create music”.
Through our English and Humanities lessons the Year 7 students have been studying the concept of ‘Resilience’ as part of an interdisciplinary unit focusing on inquiry and ‘Concept Based’ learning. The culmination of their unit of study focused on a reflective piece entitled ‘what is resilience to me?’. As a faculty we were blessed with a wide array of inspired creative pieces showcasing stop-motiion filming, cartoons, art pieces, poetry and short stories. Our students have submitted some reflections on their experiences below:
“I have been in year seven for couple of months and it was great. For my resilience project in humanities, I received nice comments from my classmates. It made me feel great”.
“This year has been very good as my resilience topic went very well. I think I put in a lot of effort and it turned out extremily well”.
“I have enjoyed showing what I personally think about Resilience and showing it in a play to an audience”
Hiu Tung Cheung
We also have some examples of some of their work as well.
Amy (Hanjoo) Koo
With the end of the year comes the ‘End of Year Awards’. A few Year 7 students stood out amongst this extremely hardworking and talented cohort. The winners are listed below:
Maths and Computer Science
Science and Technology
Sports Under 12 Boy’s Award
Sports Under 12 Girl’s Award
We also have a few words from a couple of our award recipients shown below. We are very proud of all of our students and their accomplishments. The awards allow yet another opportunity to celebrate our students, their learning journey and their continued pursuit of excellence.
“Winning the Maths and Computer Science Award felt extremely good, I wasn’t expecting it. I was so proud to win as it they are my favourite subjects”
“Winning the School Spirit, Language and English awards was amazing. I feel extremely honoured to have won the awards, especailly in view of the previous winners”.
We must also celebrate one of our Year 7 students winning the Creative Arts Scholarship. The Scholarship Programme is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting excellence in the arts, academics and sport. We are honoured to award the scholarship to Reese Acorn.
“Winning the Creative Arts Scholarship was a big surprise, but I feel honoured to be given this opportunity”.
To finish we would like to announce our student leadership representatives for next year. As a school we are committed to building the leadership skills and capacity of our students. In addition, we always strive to encourage student voice and participation. In the list below we have a group of students who stood out amongst their peers and successfully won leadership roles for the year ahead. We are sure they will develop their abilities and help the school community improve even more in the year ahead. One of our new class representatives Sofia Leach encapsulated the level excitement amongst the cohort in relation to the new roles and opportunities.
“I am very excited to start my new role as Year 8 Tutor Representative and Social Commititee member next year”.
Student Leadership Representatives
Well- Being Committee
Hiu Tung Cheung
Hana M- Sullivan
Hiu Tung Cheung
Student Council Tutor Representatives
Student council - Tutor representatives
That is all from the Year 7 team. We have had a wonderful year and wish you and your family a delightful summer.
Gareth Wills and the Year 7 Team.