Dear Parents and Friends
Happy New Year!! I hope that 2015 brings you everything you could hope for and that we continue to enjoy success and continued development as a BSB family – we will certainly do our best to make that the case. I also hope you had an excellent holiday break, wherever you may have been and whatever you were doing. Last term was a very long term and our children (and our teachers!) certainly looked ready for a break when December finally came. It is good to hear from colleagues that the children have returned looking fit and ready for the rigours of a new term.
Term starts, as ever, with a really important time for our examination students in the Secondary School as they have their ‘mock’ examinations. Although these don’t count towards their final grades, they are really essential for students in terms of revision preparation, and for teachers in assessing what needs to be done in the final few months before the actual examinations. They are also used to help us give estimated grades to universities, so please do encourage your children to spend as much time as possible revising, but also to analyse their outcomes very carefully with their teachers to help them in the next weeks and months.
Although we are only at the end of the first week, the term is already shaping up with some exciting new opportunities for our students. As parents in Years 5 – 8 will already know, we are recommencing ski trips at BSB after a couple of years’ break. We hope to extend this to other year groups from next year onwards.
At the end of this month, we welcome students from across Asia to two major events which we are hosting. Firstly, there is the ACAMIS Basketball tournament for under 19s, which promises to be a prestigious weekend of high quality sport. At the same time, we are, for the first time, hosting an AISA (Association of International Schools in Asia) Maths and Leadership Conference. We are delighted to be the venue for what we hope will be challenging but also highly enjoyable activities, and are particularly pleased to be commencing work with AISA which, as an organisation which focuses on home stay and educational events as well as sport, aims to keep costs a little lower for parents than some of the other more established conferences.
For those of you who have been following our progress with the BBC School Report initiative, we are also very proud to announce that once again we are the only international school which has been allowed to participate in this high profile opportunity. We have had some excellent coverage on the BBC website – please follow this link to keep yourself up to date with what is going on (http://bsbschoolreport.com/).
At the beginning of a new term and year, we of course welcome a number of new students to the school. Despite what you may have heard about the decline in international school places in Beijing, I am very pleased to say that we have had a strong intake of new members of the BSB family, and I very much look forward to getting to know them better as term progresses.
With my very best wishes