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Secondary News Issue 6

Friday 27th September

Dear Secondary Gecko Parents,
As we headed towards the Fall break our students have been actively engaged in their academic pursuits in most of their courses, many of which are nearing the end of the first unit.  Consequently, students have been undertaking a range of assessments over the last few weeks and progress reports will be available online (through Gecko Portal) at the end of the week after Fall break (Friday 11th October). 

Please mark in your calendar Tuesday 15th October as this is our Parent, Teacher, Student Conference Day and a great opportunity to enhance the connection between home and school around how your child is progressing in their academic studies.

Our Global Issues Network (GIN) group met for the first time this year and we look forward to seeing what projects they will engage in to help us understand the issues facing our society and how we can find solutions to these issues.

On Wednesday our Counselors held their first coffee morning for a very enthusiastic group of parents.  The key areas of focus were around Boundaries and Connections.  Two areas that all parents find hard at times as your children grow into young adults.  It was a constructive conversation around the fact that finding connections with your children is critical for healthy relationships and setting boundaries, that adjust as children get older, are important to establish norms and shared understanding around family values.

Last weekend we had six secondary sports teams playing in a variety of Pearl River Conference tournaments, well done to all our players, coaches and thank you to our parent chaperones and supporters.  Congratulations to our High School Volleyball boys for winning their competition, the Middle School girls Football for a valiant second and the High School Volleyball girls who placed third.

Week without Walls is coming up quickly and you should have all received information by email from the relevant trip leaders with instructions for registration (due date is today - please complete them at your earliest convenience as they are very important) and the packing list.  We have a parent information session on Wednesday 9th October at 5:30pm in the Bayside Amphitheater.

Secondary Photo Day is happening on Tuesday 7th October our first day back from the Fall break.  We are excited to inform you that Pret-a-Portrait will be visiting the school on to take fun, professional pictures of the students. Pret-a-Portrait is an international school photography company that has been working within China for many years.
The day your child has their pictures taken they will bring home a slip which tells you how you can view your pictures. Pre-register your details when you receive this slip and Pret-a-Portrait will email you when your pictures are ready.  Orders can be placed via their website or via WeChat with the assistance of their customer service team based in Shanghai.
Physical orders such as prints and framed items will be shipped out within 10 working days and are delivered to the school for you to collect. If you choose to order digital files, these will be emailed to you within days where you can share, upload or print at your leisure.  You can view the full range of products in advance via Pret-a-Portraits website:

We hope all our families have a wonderful Fall break and enjoy time together connecting and sharing new and interesting experiences.  Our children grow up so quickly so take the time to be with them and share common interests.

All the best

Craig Ortner (HS Assistant Principal)
Nathan Lill (MS Assistant Principal)
Phil Rogers (Secondary Principal)

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