Last weekend was, as it is every year, one of the most important and memorable moments of the school calendar, as we held our graduation ceremony for the Year 13 students who are leaving us in 2016. Every year group is special to BSB, but this group perhaps particularly so, as they were the first IB cohort and they have given so much to the school and their studies, whilst at the same time having no more senior IB students to refer to, that it makes their achievements all the more remarkable.
When I first joined the school, along with Mr Lewis and Ms Pratt as Head of Secondary School and (now) Deputy Head and IB Coordinator respectively, this was the year group we needed to achieve very well at IGCSE to reverse the trend of previously poor results at that level. And my goodness, did they do so, giving their all and achieving the school’s best ever IGCSE results by a long way at the time. They then approached their IB studies with the same tenacity and commitment, whilst maintaining a fantastic sense of loyalty, friendship, passion to do good for others, and simply good fun, that was a sheer pleasure to see. This was the year group that launched CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) and did so much tremendous work for charity; the group that ran the first amazing Fashion Show; the group that made Santa’s Grotto so memorable at the Christmas Fayre; the first group to go to Tanzania (and continue the work there once they came back to school). The story goes on and on.
And yet, at the root of it all, they never forgot that their first and foremost priority, in school was their education in the widest sense, committing themselves fully to academic study but also the many other opportunities such as music, drama, debating, sports and public speaking that make them ready for the world outside and ready to attend some of the world’s top universities. At the graduation dinner, Ms Pratt spoke about each of them individually, and it was so very heartwarming to hear how many of them have been accepted to truly great universities all around the world – in some cases, the difficult choice will be which one of the five top universities who want them to finally select. They approached their IB examinations with maturity and diligence and I was delighted to speak with them after the examinations and learn that, whilst some of the exams had been hard (they always are) they felt they had prepared well and were quietly confident of success when the results come out in July. I am sure that they are right!
The graduating class of 2016 are a genuinely awe-inspiring group of young adults. As I said when I spoke to them at graduation, BSB is certainly a better place because they have passed through (in the case of three of them – Tornado Liu, Casey Cheung and Tiffany Raab – they have spent a total of 33 years at BSB, with Tiffany holding the record at 13 years!) and I know the world will be a better place because of what they will do in the future. We do set as our mission to ‘create great learning for the leaders of tomorrow’ and there is no doubt at all that these young people will be leaders in their fields.
I, along with the entire BSB family, wish them every well-deserved success in what I know will be a bright future. (Please click here to see some photos).
And so, as one weekend passes, we turn to another very busy one ahead. June 5 is our Summer Fayre and we hope that the weather will be good to us and that we will see our usual 2,000+ visitors coming to enjoy games, fun, food and drink, vendors and great entertainment throughout the event. If you are clearing out your cupboards before moving, please do consider donating unopened food and drink items to the tombola raffle (see Mrs Puttock’s email of yesterday) – this is always hugely popular with our visitors – and please don’t forget to return your paid-for raffle tickets for entry in the main raffle draw. The prizes are the best ever this year and, as the phrase goes back in the UK, you have to be ‘in it to win it’! But above all, please do join us on the day – it IS a day which raises huge sums of money for very worthwhile charities, but it is also one of our top family days of the year, when we can all come together and just celebrate our sense of belonging and community.
Please click for details about our BSB Summer Fayre, Grand Charity Raffle and Tombola items.
So much else is also going on – examinations continue, the International Award Bronze and Silver expeditions have the largest number of students ever, the Primary School Council Duathlon is on Saturday, and our inaugural trip to London leaves next week, the day after what promises to be a quite outstanding Secondary Arts Soiree, covering the Performing and Creative Arts with a display of exceptional student talent.
Today we welcome back into school our Primary FOBISIA team who have, as usual, performed with great commitment and pride, and at the same time been simply wonderful ambassadors for their families and the school. It is great to see them back and we look forward to celebrating their achievement further at the Sports Award evening and BBQ on June 14.
I look forward very much to seeing as many of you as possible at these upcoming events, and to rounding the year off in a wonderful way.
With very best wishes