Dear Parents and Friends
It has been a very exciting couple of weeks at BSB (are there any weeks that are not?) as we have seen some genuinely awe-inspiring activities outside the classroom to match the excellent academic progress that our students continue to make. We have also seen unseasonal rain and the first snow of winter! There are more details of most of this elsewhere in this newsletter:
- Subject to final review by Guinness World Records, we are now the proud holder of a world record in Mathematics. Having missed out on a technicality last year, we created the world’s largest mathematical puzzle this year, with over 3,500 pieces compared to the previous record of 1,000. Best of all, though, was the fact that we had students doing ‘hard Maths’ for 24 hours non-stop, and loving it. The fact that we raised nearly 25,000 RMB for charity at the same time was the icing on the cake;
- Our under 19 Boys Volleyball team are ACAMIS champions for the first time ever! Despite the standard being much higher than previous years, the commitment, tenacity and talent of our boys won through. In fact, coaches from other teams said openly that BSB was the side they didn’t want to play, because we simply didn’t know the meaning of the word ‘beaten’ in any point. The girls team also did amazingly, finishing fourth against very strong opposition;
- At the local under 11 football tournament the same weekend, three out of the four BSB teams came away as champions, with the fourth placing very strongly. This is a huge credit to all the players and their coaches.
- Our Primary footballers have just returned from Phuket, where they competed in the biggest tournament of its kind in Asia, with approximately 1600 players from 38 international schools. The teams acquitted themselves very well, playing with pride and passion, even in the rain.
- And then, during the whole of last week, the school was filled with artistic excitement as we saw the 2015 version of The Big Draw. All of the students who study Art in the Secondary school and whole classes from the Primary School spread themselves around the Foyer and produced the most wonderful, and huge, interpretation of ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’ with the theme of ‘Space’. On Saturday we invited all our students, staff, parents and community to join together for one of the best days of the year – Community Big Draw. We had close to 200 artists of all ages (and all abilities) working together to produce this year’s masterpiece, and having a lot of fun together at the same time. My sincere thanks to all of you who supported it, and my only sadness is that I couldn’t be there as I was at the annual FOBISIA Heads’ Conference. Our hope is, as we did last year, to display as much as possible of the art, but also sell some for charity, and use many aspects of it as artwork to support our production of ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ in the spring.
Auditions are already under way for this major musical production (based around Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ with a host of classic rock and roll songs along the way) and it seems that the standard is getting higher and higher every year. I know that the team of teachers involved is really looking forward to it already.
Of course, all of these exciting aspects of school like underpin the day to day business of making sure our students achieve at the highest level academically. Over the past two years, I have seen the ethos of the school change considerably, and the work ethic that pervades the whole school now is palpable. Last week, I took the opportunity to observe a lot of lessons around the school and the atmosphere of learning is exactly where I would want it to be at this stage of the year. I am particularly impressed with the feedback I am getting from Year 10 and Year 12 teachers. We know that we have great examination results in prospect in Year 11 and Year 13, but it is the way students commence these examination courses that really matters, and the Y10 and Y12 students are simply exemplary in their attitude to study. We have high hopes of matching or exceeding our record breaking results from last year with every passing year – and our students definitely want to beat last year!
School Nurse needed
One of our excellent school nurses, Mrs Jess Morgan, will be taking maternity leave after Christmas. This therefore leaves us with the need to appoint a part-time school nurse (approximately 50% of the school week) from that time. If you, or any of your friends, are a qualified nurse and would be interested in this position, please see the details on the school website (click here) or email me personally on firstname.lastname@example.org.
With very best wishes