The Fort Issue 11 March 2022 - Page 6

HIGH SCHOOL

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HS Principal

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High School staff and students return to campus following a much needed three week Winter Break, ushered in a whirlwind of events; some expected, some unexpected. I am so proud of our High School community’s resilience throughout the months of January and February as we dealt with the pandemic dramatically impacting the school day; leading to cohorts and the whole of Secondary School moving into Distance Learning Mode, students and staff getting sick and recovering from Covid, while also Grade 10 and Grade 12 learners completing their rigorous two-week Mock Exams. Program, but we are excited to usher in our first IB Careers Related Program students.

Like any start of an academic year, we have settled into a rhythm and routine that now feels very normal, if not hectic at times. Students have adjusted to new courses, new teachers, and new programs of study. They have engaged in various activities and discussions that provide a well-rounded school experience. From approaches to learning tutorials, to University of Malta medical students discussing social anxiety and attempting to return to life as “normal” after the pandemic, raising awareness and celebrating Peace Day and Neurodiversity, Student Council elections of Grade Representatives, participating in the European Hour of Code, being informed on school-local-international news in monthly STUCO news, to currently raising awareness about bullying throughout the month of November.

Already memories have been made, friendships have deepened, and we are off to a positive start for the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Ms Parker-Jackson

impacting the school day; leading to cohorts and the whole of Secondary School moving into Distance Learning Mode, While High School managed to continue moving forward with teaching and learning through this unprecedented time, we are also celebrating milestones and achievements on our campus.

Each week, more and more of our Grade 12s have received acceptance letters to Universities. The High School College & Career Counseling service, led by Ms. Colleen Currie, has guided our Seniors towards amazing post-VIS opportunities.

The first year of our International Baccalaureate Careers Related Program is off to a roaring start. Our small yet enthusiastic cohort of learners have been improving their Personal and Professional Skills, started the journey of their Reflective Project wherein they will examine an ethical dilemma linked to their Entrepreneurship & Enterprise BTEC course, gained invaluable insight on Mandarin and Chinese culture in their Language Development course, and are working towards enhancing their experiential learning opportunities in Service Learning.

VIS is proud of this years’ JAYE (Junior Achievement Young Enterprise) teams who are promoting their business products throughout High School. We are excited to see what the remainder of this academic year has in store for us on the High School campus.

We are excited to see what the remainder of this academic year has in store for us on the High School campus.

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