On August 31, 2016 Haileybury Astana School’s Headmaster Mr Alister Bartholomew wished a warm welcome to our Knowledge Day celebration and particularly to those new parents and close family members who were with us for the first time on that day. He also welcomed all our new staff and their families to Kazakhstan and to their new lives in Astana and wished them well in their new teaching roles.
At Haileybury Astana we are a close unit with strong relationships between children, teachers and parents. We share a strong vision for excellence in education and we all seeks those goals together.
Haileybury Astana is now five years old and we move forward into a new phase of our development. This year we welcome the arrival of Jane Knight our new Head of Primary who has huge experience in management at that level and will add to the structure and quality control element that is already so successful in our school. Our younger children make rapid progress in school and we are very proud of their achievements at such a young age.
This year we will see our Year 11 students complete their IGCSE courses which culminates in some very important examinations in May. In November we have our final inspection for our accreditation to become an International Baccalaureate Diploma school and we will begin the process of opening our Sixth Form for Years 12 & 13 ready to start in August 2017.
In this regard our headmaster was delighted to hear of the excellent examination results that were achieved this year by our sister school in Almaty in both Years 11 and 13. Those results were better than many top UK schools with students achieving places at Cambridge, at University College and Imperial Colleges of London University and many other top universities in the UK and the USA. Some of these universities are ranked in the top ten in the world.
Therefore Mr Bartholomew’s message was simple: “ Although we are a younger school in Astana we will strive to achieve the same excellent examination results here and I know with our multitalented staff and ambitious committed students that we will succeed. So you should leave your students with us to complete their studies….do not take them away at age 13 or 16 – we are better (and cheaper) than other options in the UK and the USA and, as I mentioned on Speech Day in June….by leaving your children in Astana they have a better chance through the international student quota system to get places at top Ivy League universities in the USA and universities like Oxford and Cambridge in the UK. The IB Diploma is an excellent preparation prior to university and many universities prefer its breadth of study”.
Our music, sport and extra curricular programme in school is an essential element of school life and it is our headmaster’s expectation this year that all students will take an even greater part in the wide range of activities on offer.
Please, follow the link below to see the photos from our Day of Knowledge.