Community engagement and developing a social conscience in students is an essential part of school life at The British School of Beijing.
We do this through forming local connections, encouraging and supporting an active Parents’ Association and using the extensive resources within the Nord Anglia Education global community.
The pride of The British School of Beijing is our fantastic parent community and volunteers that makes us not just a school, but a family.
The Parents’ Association is a welcoming group of parents who organise events and activities that celebrate our school community. And they have a lot of fun doing it!
Through their commitment, we make closer links between the school and our community in Shunyi and across China. Major events organised by the Parents’ Association include:
Orientation Day, Welcome Picnic, Champagne & Canape Evening, International Day, German Market and Christmas Fayre, Santa's Secret Shop, Welcome Back Coffee, Chinese New Year Temple Fair, Valentine's Volunteer Appreciation, Spring Dinner & Dance, New Parent's Welcome, Summer Fayre, Year 6 & Year 13 Graduation etc.
Please click below to see more details in the PA's constitution "BSBPA ConstitutionV1".
Chatterbox Café is the central meeting point for the school community and its visitors. The café is open every school morning from 8.30am to 11.30am and in the afternoons from Monday to Thursday. Waffles, pancakes, toasted sandwiches, burritos and delicious bread supplied from a local bakery tempt customers in each day. The bread can be ordered and is delivered weekly so supporting the workers who produce it.
Chatterbox Café is run by parent volunteers and all of the money is donated to local community and charity-based organisations such as orphanages, support groups and migrant schools.
“I volunteer every Thursday morning and I enjoy the chance to chat with other parents, knowing that 100% of my time and effort is supporting very worthy causes in our community.”
Joke Van Moere, Chatterbox Café volunteer and parent
Local and China-wide connections
During the last academic year 2016-17, the total amount raised through The British School of Beijing, Shunyi and Chatterbox for charity was over 500,000 RMB! Here are some of the community service initiatives we have supported throughout the year :
Blue Sky Healing Home, Dew Drops Foster Home, Hope Equestrian Foundation, Huiling Foundation, Krankin' thru China, Little Tree Foster Home, Love and Hope, Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF), Myanmar IB CAS project, New Hope Foundation, Ningxia Schools project, Roundabout, Sew Gorgeous, Tanzania, Teachers for China, Yang Fan School for Children with Hearing Impairment, and others.
Every December, our Year 12 IB CAS students organised and helped run the Shoebag Appeal which encouraged donations of items from the BSB families. These items included hats, scarves, gloves, toys etc. and these were sorted into Shoebags for children to receive for Chinese New Year. We sent around 200 bags to a school we support in Gansu province and a further 150 to lacal migrant schools and orphanages in Beijing.
Our Global Connections
Our school has the advantage of being part of Nord Anglia Education’s global network of schools which enable us to capitalise on community service opportunities in other parts of the world. This is done through Nord Anglia Education’s “Global Campus” programmes.
ASK US A QUESTION
If you would like to get in touch with our Parents’ Association or talk to our Chatterbox Café Coordinators, please use the links below and a representative will be in contact.