Dear Parents and Friends of BSB
We come to the end of another amazing year at our school and, as always at this stage, it is a time of reflection, celebration, and also some sadness as we say goodbye to people of whom we have become very fond over the months and years. For me and my family, it is particularly poignant this year – many of our families stay at the school for three years because of their employment contracts, so this year we are saying farewell to a number who have been in Beijing, and members of the BSB family for as long as we have.
It has been a remarkably full year. I am very grateful indeed to a number of parents who have written in to thank/congratulate the team on the yearbook this year – it is a real labour of love for our teachers and Marketing team who actually put the book together and the comments are much appreciated. I personally have loved going through the book and having my memory jogged about the fantastic things our students have done, from the very youngest to the oldest. And I think that what has been the greatest joy is the way that all of our students have participated – from the excellent residentials, which seem to have been the best yet, through the world of sport, music, drama, extra-curricular pursuit etc to the outstanding way they have approached their academic studies.
The yearbook also reminded me just how busy we are as a school – as well as all the usual activities, new things in the calendar like the National Space Academy week (great news, they are coming back next year!), the launch of our Juilliard Music Curriculum, and the even bigger commitment our students show to volunteering, service and charity, all add to making the school a really vibrant community. This wouldn’t happen without the support of parents, for which I thank you from the bottom of my heart, but also the incredible dedication of our BSB teachers and support staff. You have heard me say it many times but the end of the year is a time to remind ourselves just how much these colleagues give to ensure that we thrive – well over and above the call of duty. I am reminded from time to time that the British system is unique in the way teachers commit themselves to activities outside the classroom as just part of their job – whether that be running choirs and plays, sports coaching, taking on the many other trips and visits such as MUN, debating, ACAMIS and FOBISIA activities or a whole host of others, or events like the recent Primary School Council duathlon and Summer Fayre. I have lost count of the number of late evenings and weekends I have found colleagues in school and always for the same reason; they love working with our children and seeing them succeed. I never take this for granted and I extend our warmest thanks to all of them. It is my absolute privilege to work with them.
Speaking of the Duathlon and Summer Fayre, I am delighted to report that the Duathlon raised 22,000 RMB for ‘Couleurs de Chine’, a charity which provides education for Chinese girls and boys who would not otherwise benefit from it, and the Fayre Grand Charity Raffle raised 50,000 RMB which will be donated to Love and Hope and New Hope Foundation charities next year.
As I mentioned at the beginning, the end of the year is also a time of sadness as we say goodbye to those who are leaving Beijing. Whether they be parents, students, teachers, or other staff they have left their mark on the school and the school is a better place for them passing through. We will remember them warmly and, in thanking them for their contribution, we extend the genuine offer to visit us whenever you can. Parents who have come back this year to visit have remarked on how much the school has changed, something that we don’t always notice on a day to day basis.
Over the next few weeks, we will be anticipating the examination results for our IB students and then, towards the end of August, our students who have taken their IGCSE examinations. They have approached these really splendidly, and I have been delighted to talk with them as they came out saying that they felt quietly confident and felt that they had prepared (and been prepared) really well. I look forward to sharing these results with parents and the wider community as soon as we can, and at the same time informing you of the university destinations of our graduates.
And so we come to the end. Thank you for everything you have done to make this year successful and special. We are already looking forward to an exciting and fulfilling 2016/17 school year. I wish you all a wonderful, fruitful, relaxing and above all safe summer period, wherever you may be, and I can’t wait to see most of you again in August.
With very best wishes
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