Last week saw the first IGCSE exams of this summer's series. As always, the first exam was Art. The Year 11 Art students spent two days putting into practice all of their ideas and preparation that they had been working on for the last few weeks.
The exam is only part of their final grade. They also submit a portfolio of work for submission. This year's topic, set by the exam board was 'similarities and differences'. The students are then free to interpret that title as they want.
The annual Art show is an opportunity to showcase not only this work but the hard work that goes on in the Art department day in, day out. Every Art student in the Secondary school had work on display in some form or another. There was a real sense of anticipation and pride in the air as students hunted for their work and admired that of other year groups.
Year 11 students, proudly displaying their exam pieces.
One of the things that really struck me was the range of media our students get to experience over the course of their time with us and the creativity and expertise they show in their finished pieces.
Year 7 showed off their pottery skills with some amazing pots.
Whilst the Year 8s displayed both portraits of themselves along with their skills with fabric and the sewing machine. For this project they had design a fashion brand with a logo and produce a bag that embodied the brand.
Year 9's work with mixed media showed a great contemporary twist, that many commented upon.
The Year 10 IGCSE students, who will be the stars of next year's show, displayed their burgeoning talent with some fine portrait work and dry printing.
The aim of this is to give you more than just a flavour of what is happening in different aspects of Secondary section life at Charter International School. We will go into more detail about what is going on in different subjects and all those cross curricula events that make the school such a great place to work and learn. Students will have a voice and explain what they have learnt, how they have learnt it and why they think it was useful or fun or interesting. Hopefully, this will give an idea as to what life is like in the school on a day-to-day basis, what we think a good school should aspire to be and the never ending journey to becoming that school.