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An Update from our Principal - 19 April, 2016

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Dear Parents

May I begin by thanking the many of you who have supported our various events in school over the past couple of weeks. A number of you came to our Wednesday morning workshop to meet our new Primary Headteacher (from August) Mrs Nonie Adams, and I was delighted to see the easy way that she interacted with parents, and your response as she talked about her experience and beliefs. Thank you also to those parents who attended my Principal’s Briefing event last week, where we covered subjects as wide-ranging as the outstanding improvement in secondary standards, the way we recruit and develop teachers, the reasons behind the curriculum we choose (and why the IGCSE/IB curriculum is such a great choice for universities across the world), to updating parents on our AQI measures and what is happening with power cables. Please click on the link below if you would like to see the Powerpoint presentation that accompanied the talk:

Principal’s Update Presentation 13th April

And then, last Saturday, we had a really enjoyable parent outing to the Hongluo Temple in Huairou. This was the first time we have chosen this for one of our outings and all the parents who spoke to me seemed to have really appreciated it. If you have never been, this is definitely a recommended spot for a few hours visit.

But I should like to focus the majority of this update on MUSIC AT BSB. Last week, we had the music circuses to showcase the talents of our students in Years 3 – 6 who have been undertaking the Primary School PIPS programme. I have to say that these were remarkable performances and showed such great improvements on previous years. We know that we have seen very significant development and progress in our music programme across the school since Ms Clark joined us as Director of Music and put together her new team, but here was true evidence of this improvement in action. I believe, and many of you have told me, that music has always been great for those who engage and perform, but not so great for everyone else. We are now really seeing a huge increase in both the quality and the numbers performing and this applies at Secondary level, where we have seen real growth, as well as in the Primary School.

To tell you more, we have set up a briefing workshop this Wednesday 20 April at 8.45 am in the Theatre, to which we would like to invite all parents who want to hear more about what is happening in Music, and also for us to hear all your views and comments in return. At the meeting, we will also be talking about some changes to the PIPS programme next year, which we believe will lead to even further improvement. If you have a view about music, or would simply like to hear more, I warmly invite you to join us on this occasion.

Elsewhere in the school, the IGCSE and IB examinations are starting in earnest, with orals and practicals at the moment, and written examinations starting in just a few weeks. This is when we will see our students’ phenomenal hard work come to fruition and we really do wish them every success.

With very best wishes

Andy Puttock

Principal

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