At the start of the year, we brief all staff on emergency drills and, as was the case on Wednesday, the whole school practised the evacuation drill. On the website and in MyQMC you can access information about emergency procedures. I wish to draw to your attention that as part of ensuring our readiness for an event, we will be sending a test text message to your specified emergency number on Monday afternoon. If you don't receive this SMS text please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Much has happened this week with House Spirit Athletics Day, Science trips and the Ashhurst camp for Year 6. On Thursday and Friday we hosted the Wellington Model United Nations with over 100 secondary school students attending from around the region including 25 QMC senior students. Run by Victoria University senior students and staff, the theme for this year's conference is: "The changing face of sovereignty" and some of the topics discussed were Energy Independence, Space Sovereignty, Humanitarian Aid, and Representation of Minorities. On the second day, there was a debate on the Reunification of Korea. What a wonderful opportunity for young people to learn more about complex global issues.
At the start of the week we were joined by 14 girls from Wulian No 1 School from Shandong Province. They are visiting Wellington for the next two weeks along with 8 boys who are being hosted by Scots College. Joining the Languages Department and sponsored by the Confucius Society is Olivia Wu, our Chinese Language Assistante for 2014 and I warmly welcome her to the staff.