What an incredible term and a half it has been for Year 9! It has been fantastic to see the amazing positive attitudes that all of the students have in Year 9, allowing for them to thrive in our school environment. The students have had the chance to get fully involved in trips, extra curricular days, International Day and most recently, represent the school in Thailand for the U15 FOBISIA games. We have also had the chance to launch our student leadership programme that gives students in Year 9 the chance to make an impact on the school directly and the wider school community. It is great to see life return to normal again and the students being able to take part in so much that they have missed for a long time.
Firstly, the Year 9 students were a pivotal part in our International and Extracurricular day. The students were able to wear their national dress for the day and parade this around school for all of the other students and parents to see. It was amazing to see all of the students with huge smiles on their faces and demonstrating such pride in their cultural heritage. Some students were even selected to be a part of the band that led the parade around the school.
Following this, Year 9 were involved in a whole key stage project of making rangoli for the festival of Tihar. They had the chance to learn the story behind the making of the rangoli and created wonderful pieces of art around the school. It was great to see all of the students working together as a team and encompassing so many of our 5 C’s in the creation of their designs.
Our TBS Year 9 students visited Thailand for the U15 FOBISIA tournament. Since Covid, this is the first time the tournament has been able to run in the last three years, and it was amazing to see all of the students so excited to get to play other schools from across the world. The students put a huge amount of work in prior to the tournament to ensure that when they got to the tournament, they were ready to compete. The U15 team came away with numerous medals in all of the four disciplines: Athletics, Swimming, Basketball and Football. TBS won the Boys Basketball; came second place overall in the Athletics; achieved 2nd place in the Girls Basketball; 2nd place in the Girls Football whilst not conceding a goal and 3rd place in the Boys Football. It is safe to say, we are hugely proud of all of the achievements our students managed whilst in Thailand and look forward to seeing the other year groups replicating the same!
Y9 Mandarin has been surprising Ms Wong with their dedication this year. Particularly in reading, they can now read much longer texts in Chinese and be able to understand the meaning. Here are two examples from Kaustubh and Triral:
They have also been practising their vocabulary about colours in Mandarin and have got 98% correct – impressive!
Well done Year 9 on such a fantastic start to the Year and keep up the amazing work!