For those of you who I haven’t seen already, may I take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year. I hope 2017 is a wonderful year for you. It is certainly shaping up to be a wonderful year for the school, with examination results predicted to yet again beat our previous records, with some outstanding IGCSE and IB scores, and students gaining entry to the world’s very best universities. I do not tire of saying just how impressed I am with the attitude shown by our students, and the way they have approached their mock examinations – for IGCSE and IB – has been quite exemplary. Talent is important, but hard work, attitude and tenacity are all equally important in the quest for success, and they show this by the bucketful.
Although we are experiencing a fantastic week of air quality this week, the weather and climate in Beijing over the Christmas holiday sadly reminded us that we can never relax in making sure our facilities are the best available. As you know, we now have air quality around the school to be proud of, and we are now relentless monitoring all areas of the school to see if we can find any ‘hotspots’ which need further action. Over Christmas we began the installation of yet more air purifiers in the foyer, on some of the first floor corridors and in the link corridor to the primary building. This work will be completed by Chinese New Year holiday. At the same time, we will be commissioning our automated system which will adjust the purifiers according to need, and also allow for visible monitoring of air quality around the building.
Speaking of Chinese New Year, it has come around so quickly this year that I hope you have not missed the news of our celebratory Temple Fair on Tuesday 24 January. This was a great event last year, and looks to be even bigger and better this time around. Our Chinese teachers are also making sure that their curriculum in all year groups spends time looking at these important traditions and culture that we are so privileged to share during our time in China.
This Friday, 13 January, we are immensely privileged to have not one but two visiting artists from Juilliard who will be working with our students, and then performing for them. Dr. Benal Tanrisever Simsek is a fantastic pianist, who has also won a ‘Women of Outstanding Achievement’ award in the USA. Abby Gerdts is an actress, writer, and teaching artist from New York City. She is a co-founder and former Program Director of Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). I am certain that both will truly inspire our students, and they will complete the day by a performance to the whole of Key Stage 3 in a special assembly. Please click here for details.
I will write again shortly with details of the upcoming events later in the term.
With very best wishes