As we come to the end of another long and busy term, I just wanted to write briefly and thank you so much for all your continued support and contribution to the BSB family. This will not be a long letter as it comes on the back of a very full newsletter indeed, giving details of so much that has been going on in school recently. If you haven’t seen the newsletter, here is the link to remind you:
BSB .Connect Newsletter Issue 12
I do however want to pick up on just a few things from the newsletter which I think deserve extra special mention. As you know, a couple of years ago, one of our big aims in school was to take our Music Department and make it one of the best around. Thanks to the inspirational work of Ms Haley Clark and her team, along with Mrs Cecily Godward who has done amazing things with Drama, we have seen progress beyond our wildest dreams. This has of course been hugely helped by our formal partnership with the Juilliard School, and the contribution of a large number of staff and parents who share this same vision. In the past few weeks, we have seen our first large-scale Primary production for a long time – Ali Baba and the Bongo Bandits. As I said when I spoke after the performance, we use the word ‘ambitious’ a lot, but never has it been more appropriate. 82 children from Years 3-6 showing outstanding commitment and quality at every turn! We are so proud of them and I know you are too.
And then, this past weekend, we have also had our largest ever contingent of students attending the Primary FOBISIA Music Festival, this year in Hong Kong. Their dedication, behaviour and attitude were exemplary at all times, and the quality of what they produced was stunning. I am told that the video will bring many tears to the eye – I can’t wait to see it.
Of course, the willingness of our colleagues and students at BSB to do so much more than they are asked is something we see every single day, but which we never take for granted. From the debating competition to the wonderful FOBISIA Games which we hosted here last week, through the extreme generosity of the annual shoebag appeal to the phenomenal work being undertaken as part of our Nord Anglia Global Challenge in partnership with UNICEF to strive for the UN sustainable goals, we continue to be inspired by those around us to always do better yet ourselves, and for our world.
I also wish to extend my sincere thanks for the highest ever return on our parent survey, with well over 50% of parents responding. The analysis is complete and I will give a full report immediately after the holiday. Suffice it to say that we had over 90% approval rating in almost all areas, and most importantly 97% saying that their children are safe and happy at school. There are of course some areas where we need to improve and I look forward to sharing these with you, and working with you on these, next term.
With my very best wishes