13 February 2017
The bitter weather and smoke of the winter seems to have lifted as we progress towards the Mongolian New Year. Keeping the school open, and with some purifiers experimented in the Junior School Classrooms, allowed ESM to hold our academic impetus at the forefront. The IB Diploma continues to prove attractive; we now have over 70 students in Grade 11, at present 55 Studying Year 1 of the IB Course, by far the largest Cohort in Mongolia.
Last week, John Cranfield, an ex OFSTED and now PENTA Inspector, visited us from London for a 3 Day Training Course in preparation for the BSO Inspection later this year. He was the Lead Speaker at a Professional Development Day held last Saturday for 75 members of Staff (Teachers, TAs and Admin) in the Terelj. Wide ranging in focus (from Bloom’s Taxonomy to the England Women’s Cricket Team, from Computer Addiction to the Role of TAs, from Nominations for Great Teachers to Sir Ken Robinson), it was a worthwhile and thought-provoking day.
The Trophy Cabinet is further crowded after a Second Placing for the Boys’ Under 19 Basketball and an Outright Win for the U19 Girls in Inter-Schools’ Competitions over the last three weeks. The Girls are now Champions for UB Independent Schools in both Volleyball and Basketball and enjoyed a great triumph at the weekend in the 3 Day ACAMIS Tournament of Mongolian and Chinese Schools run by ISU/ASU. Our Under 19 Girls won the whole Event, beating Harrow School Beijing in a close final.
Work proceeds on the forthcoming Production in April of The Phantom Of The Opera at the Academic State Theatre of Drama and last week saw the traditional dazzling Chinese Festival in the Assembly Hall, with the Japanese Festival to follow this Thursday.
Next Term we have 4 new first language English Teachers joining the school (teaching Junior Grades and Senior Science) as our Common Room expands to meet the growing requirements of the Curricula.
The Calendar for the Summer Term will appear shortly; in the meantime, Parents will be interested in seeing the new Intermezzo Video (A February Day at ESM) and The World Is Your Oyster Presentation on the Range of Clubs on offer; see our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/esmsocials
We wish the large family of ESM Parents, Students and Staff a very Happy Tsagaan Sar and Good Things for Mongolia in the New Year.
The English School of Mongolia
The ESM Family comes together again for the New School Year.
Opening Ceremony 10.00 am Thursday 18 August.
SEE YOU THERE!