As MIS ended its third academic year for the summer holiday last week we look back on an amazing year.
First Day of Term 2020-2021
MAS Signing Ceremony
Chinese Traditional Drama Performance
A Taste of Scotland
Hilton Hotel Christmas Gathering
Juniors Christmas Performance
Winter Christmas Market
Tug of War
Chinese New Year Performance
Chinese New Year Temple Fair
World Book Day
Clan Football & Basketball
Student Council Easter Egg Hunt
Come Learn with Me
Dr Tod, Head of School arrives
MISPA Parent Courses
24 Hour Charity Cycle Challenge
Strategic Cooperation with Tencent
Prize Giving 2021
Closing Speech from Dr Tod
It has been a very odd academic year, for most children in most countries in the world! And we all must remain hopeful that the end is in (relative) sight on the Covid front. In educational terms, with my recent experience in the UK / Malaysia and now China, I can vouch for the fact that school communities across the globe are yearning for a return to traditional elements of school life. Of particular importance is that we all want young people to experience all the joyful elements of education too – the participation in big school events, the abundance of sports matches, the involvement in musical and drama performances…all in addition to the rich development of their pivotal academic studies.
Let us all hope that we can return to that world of educational potential soon.
Although I have only been at MIS for one Term, I have been impressed by the wonderful array of opportunities open to our students. They have been fortunate in taking advantage of superb sporting facilities, as well as the great bounty of Co-Curricular activities. In all these fields our Merchiston students have been excellent and I have been especially bowled over by their commitment on the basketball court!
Ultimately, though, good schools are judged by the academic culture they possess and by the determination of the school community to always drive forward with developing academic standards. To that end, although Covid-19 restrictions meant that we were unable to host a full Prize Winners event at the end of Term, we still wanted to commend all the academic work produced by the students. Holding individual, mini, Prize Winner events this week, by individual year groups, has been an unusual end to Term but a most rewarding one.
Our students deserve this recognition, and we are proud of what they have achieved. Indeed, in a similar manner we held a recent Year 13 Graduation event, and it was wonderful to applaud all that the older students have achieved in their time here and also to uphold the next steps in their careers, as they venture onto new and exciting university challenges in the UK and elsewhere.
The end of the academic year also brought an opportunity to refresh and revitalise our Merchiston Values, such as resilience, independence and kindness……In addition to hearing these attributes espoused in Assemblies and other forums, the MIS values were beautifully illustrated in a 24 Hour Charity Bike Ride, by Mr Mikey James (one of our Juniors’ teachers) in which he cycled non-stop around the school campus for 24 hours, raising a vast sum for our chosen Charity (Outreach). It was wonderful to behold and Mr James deserves huge credit for this undertaking & his actions represented the very best ideals of service and charity. In this he was fully supported by all parents, students and colleagues, and it was a most fitting example of a community in action.
I am already looking forward to the return of everyone associated with Merchiston, in August 2021, and we will then embark upon the next chapter of this exciting school: to emerge from the Covid-19 world with a vibrant and dynamic school community, with academic attainment at the very forefront of all our ambitions. I am very much looking forward to playing my part in this target and I have overt optimism for the path of travel ahead!