Year 11 Families,
It is with much excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the Year 11 Coordinator for 2020. For those of you whom I do not know yet, my name is Kate Freeman and I have been teaching music at QACI for almost seven years. I am looking forward to working with the Year 11 cohort this year and supporting them through the “middle-year” at QACI.
Year 11 is an exciting, but potentially restless time for students as they formally start their IB journey. These are quite normal responses, and part of my role is to help students embrace the challenges of the IB Diploma, while still maintaining their balance and well-being. The Inner Core of the IB Diploma Diploma allows students to focus on this while they engage in experiential learning as part of CAS. Whether it is through creative pursuits like the QACI Musical, activities such as QACI sport, or serving the community through volunteering, CAS provides students with some balance to the academic side of the IB Diploma and allows them to choose their path. Another component of the Inner Core that the Year 11s have just started is Theory of Knowledge (TOK). Before starting TOK, students often think that it is going to be a complex philosophy course, but really, it is just about reflecting on the process of learning in our other subjects and thinking more deeply about how we know that information. I have been teaching TOK at QACI for five years now and I hope that soon the Year 11s are enthusiastic about this course as I am!
2020 will also include some events specifically for the Year 11 cohort – their semi-formal, a well-being retreat and a leadership camp. These events should provide a reminder that school is about much more than the academic side of things, but also about having fun, connecting and growing into the best possible people we can be.
As your student’s Year 11 Coordinator, my role is to support them wherever possible. This will often include liaising between them, other staff members and home. As is the case with the students too, my door is always open, so please feel free to get in touch via email or phone.
I look forward to working with Year 11 students to support them to be the best they can be as IB learners for life!