The premises of our school buzzed with excitement on the 12th of September as parents and their children came in their numbers for the commencement of a new academic year. To reveal their enthusiasm, our students, parents and staff were seen carrying little placards with expressions such as “happy to be here,” “I love it here,” “first day of school,” “back to school,” etc.
Our theme for the new school year, “IGNITE #Deeperholisticlearning,” was also featured in some of the placards with words like “Ignite to Learn” and “Taking my learning deeper” to showcase all readiness to act on the new theme.
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In a message to the school community, our Deputy Director of Education, Mrs Feyisara Ojugo revealed that the new theme is a build-up of last year’s. Furthermore, she highlighted initiatives that will complement the new theme and how the theme contributes to our goal of raising children with a well-rounded education.
In her words, “The theme was inspired by how far we were able to go last year with our ‘Future Ready #DrivenByValue’ theme. We introduced many initiatives in the previous school year, like coding in all class categories, Value-Based Education (VbE), Nigerian Languages in Preschool, the establishment of Centers of Excellence on different campuses and a host of others. As we dug into each aspect, it became clear to us that there was still more depth to go, particularly in the production of tangibles to showcase our students’ learning. This inspired the new school year’s theme to deepen our holistic educational approach.”
Some of the areas that we plan to deepen learning include extending coding classes to involve building humanoid robots and tangible projects through a partnership with Coderina.org; hosting a grand “STEAM Week” where our students would showcase their works/talents in science, technology, coding, art and mathematics; and expansion of Value-Based Education through Service Learning initiative, which allows students build portfolios and earn recognition for their service contributions in their communities.
Our Deputy Director of Education furthermore disclosed that staff will also go deeper in their personal and professional capacity through relevant training and online resources that will be provided in the course of the school year.
Overall, she remarked that all parents should expect a lot more parental engagement this new school year and a renewed effort at delivering on our promise to develop well-rounded, functional young students who are being equipped yearly to be responsible global citizens.