I hope you had a wonderful Chinese New Year break and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and prosperous Year of the Rooster.
I have this week had one of those very many experiences which just remind me why I get up every morning – the joy of working with young people is something that I (and I am very biased!) cannot imagine finding in any other sphere of work. As you know, we as a school (and as part of Nord Anglia Education) have a partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT – and as part of that partnership some of our younger students have the opportunity to visit each year. This week I formally interviewed a number of Year 6 students who had expressed an interest in the trip and I was completely overwhelmed by their quality, and also their desire to make the world a better place through education and more particularly, in this context, education in the STEAM subjects. I left the interviews inspired and with a smile on my face that will last for a long time!! As I have said before, this is only typical of what I see our young people do every day, and with every passing day I am more and more proud to be associated with them.
You should have recently received an email from the school asking you to participate in this year’s parent survey. Please do take ten minutes (I have tried – it literally is that long) to complete it for us. I always say to my colleagues that we are only really good if we believe we can do better, and your feedback is so important to us in helping us to continuously improve. If you have not yet completed the survey, please follow this link in order to do so:
When I wrote to you at the beginning of term, I expressed how optimistic I was about the mock examinations being undertaken by our secondary students. I was right to be optimistic! Their results are excellent – we knew they had the potential to be our best examination results yet, in the summer (continuing the trend of continuous improvement over the past few years) and these students are well on track to achieve that, so long as they continue with their excellent hard work and attitude. Our IB students are also excelling and we fully expect maximum or near maximum points scores once again in 2017. I have to repeat that, bearing in mind we do not select our students on entry to the school, these are now the best results in Beijing in terms of the progress individual students make from their starting point when they join the school, whether they are already an academic high flyer who goes on to achieve a string of A* grades, or someone who realises potential they didn’t dream of before.
I was very alarmed (although extremely thankful to the parent concerned) to speak with a lady recently who told me that a number of parents were not aware of the exceptional air purification measures we have in place to keep the air in the building clean and make sure the air quality stays really safe for your children. I am so pleased with the success of our system, which now keeps our air fresh on the most polluted of days – and we continue to improve it during almost every holiday to make it better yet! Please follow the link below for more details:
Our Air Quality Policy
I began with best wishes for the Lunar New Year, so may I end by warmly congratulating all of our Chinese teachers, and the many parents who supported, for this year’s wonderful Temple Fair shortly before the holiday. It has universally been acclaimed as our best ever CNY celebration, and it wouldn’t happen without a lot of dedication and hard work. Our sincere thanks go to all of them.
With my very best wishes for the coming weeks and months – it is a long half term before Spring Break but we are already seeing warmer days and consistently better air, and soon we will see Beijing and Shunyi turning green for the summer months ahead.