Monthly Archives: September 2016
The senior boys football team played their second game of the season last night and came out victorious against a strong Uplands team. Two goals a piece from Kaheel Venga, Ryu Yamaguchi and Yee Yong Chuan saw POWIIS win 6-3. Still a long way to go this season with a lot to work on but the progress continues.
The Wednesday after school activities started off with a bang as the boisterous groups of Year 7s took part in a highly anticipated Treasure Hunt event that involved them thoroughly exploring the school and learning a little more about POWIIS in the process. The extremely enthusiastic students were split into 6 groups and gleefully sought for the answers to their questions in order to attain their House Points. It was, all in all, an eventful day for these young ones indeed!
Last night was our Senior boys’ first football match of the season. This was only a day after their first training session together as a team, a hard 3 hour session at that. We came up against a very strong Dalat ‘A’ team that have been training together for well over a month now, and played together before that. The POWIIS team has a lot of new faces and it takes time to mold together and this showed in the first half as a few lapses in communication led to the team being 3-0 down. Not to be beaten and already getting to know each other within the competitive game, the squad went out second half with more understanding and kept Dalat at bay for the entire half. The final score being 3-0 which already shows progress from our team within one game so we are very excited about what they can achieve this year. Well done to all of the boys involved and thank you to Mr Stokes for refereeing. Onwards and upwards!
90 seniors that were not in selective sport chose fitness club today and they certainly didn’t regret it! Despite a slight initial resistance to organised fitness, they bravely stepped forward and had an absolutely great time. Local fitness group Warrior Fitness & Adventure, along with 3 members of staff and an overly enthusiastic deputy principal, led the group in what might be the first steps towards a healthy balanced lifestyle. Nobody can wait until next week!
One in three examinations was grade A* at IGCSE, more than half A*A, and three quarters A*- B! All percentages up on 2015, recognising the hard work and focus of staff and students. We are confident this upward trajectory will continue in 2017 with a strong (and very large) cohort of students entering year 11 after a successful first year of the course. We, of course, allow all students to enter all subjects of their choice, so the overall results are truly a reflection of the hard work of all.
Our A level students celebrated some outstanding successes and head off to top universities around the world. Yan Kit Tan is heading for University College London, to study Economics and Business with East European Studies, after securing A*A*A*A grades, Jia Qin Lim is off to the London School of Economics with his A*A*AA grades, and top of the table this year was Erin Chan with A*A*A*AA who is considering a wealth of options. Head Boy Vince De Leon has secured a prestigious music scholarship to the Berklee College of Music Boston Massachusetts in the USA which he has deferred while he completes a host of music projects and commissions here at home.
17 students are off to UK universities, others to Australia, the US and France. We wish all our alumni as they set off for their many destinations, success and enjoyment.
The 2017 cohort at POWIIS promises even more outstanding outcomes, being one of the strongest groups the school has enjoyed.
POWIIS is truly ‘international’.