Let me start with a few words of apology. This is my first post of the new academic year and I am late in doing so. I don't really have an excuse - yes, we are busy with the new intake and analysing our CIE results, but that has never stopped me posting in the past. Anyway, better late than never, I suppose. I promise to try and post more frequently from here on.
We are now into our fifth week of the new semester and our juniors are settling in well. In fact, this coming Friday, they will get their first opportunity to strut their stuff during Cultural Performance Night. This is the occasion when juniors first tread the boards in the Great Hall and show us their many and varied talents. I am looking forward to it immensely. As part of a belated effort to get a bit fitter, Helen and I are doing a walk around the campus every night around 9.00 pm. We have noticed groups of dancers and other performers zealously rehearsing close to the New Block as well as elsewhere. I assume these are all young people ready to entertain us on Friday. I'm sure, as always, they will do us proud and give us a great night's entertainment.
CIE AS and A2 results were announced last Thursday (August 11). We are fortunate in that we get to see our grades a whole week earlier than the UK (where results are announced tomorrow). Mostly this year, we are consolidating on our record scores of 2015. Some subjects are slightly up, some slightly down, but overall, the magic figure of A*-B grades remains incredibly high. In 2015, it was 89%. This year, we managed 90%. I doubt I will ever see the day when 100% of our students get these wonderful grades, but it must be the goal for which we all strive.
What makes results this year particularly pleasing is the fact that our AS grades are much the same as always. This is despite the fact that education sections of the British press are speculating that AS results generally will be down because of new syllabus types, changes in mark schemes and the like. We are at the mercy of such changes in the examination system, but if we manage to come through with flying colours, as it is clear we have done yet again this year, this is of great credit to our students and their teachers.
Last year's seniors are now busy making plans to travel overseas. Those few students who didn't quite make their offer grades are now contacting their respective universities or crossing their fingers as they wait for Clearing House. Whatever happens, we wish everyone well.
On Saturday of this week, Helen and I will be in KL to say bon voyage to KY students who are now about to leave for Dublin as part of their twinning programme with Penang Medical College. They will spend two and a half years in Dublin and then the same amount of time in Penang. Again, we wish them every success and safe travels.
Last year's juniors, are of course, this year's seniors and I have already seen a number of them in my office with their draft personal statements. They are all now considering which universities to apply to and generally preparing themselves for the whole UCAS application process. Those intending to apply to the US have also started their SAT preparation with evening classes well underway.
We will have a January intake in 2017, with about 30 places available. Our Open Day this semester will be on Saturday, October 22, when we will also be accepting applications for next semester.
Let me close by reminding all parents that I am always available for discussion about your son or daughter's progress and well being. Just contact Pn. Zura, my secretary, to make an appointment, or arrange with her a suitable time to call me.
I wish everyone a great new academic year at KYUEM.