Internationalism is one of our core pillars at BISS Puxi. To celebrate this, our school community came together to showcase the rich tapestry of cultures represented among our students and staff. From captivating performances to fantastic lessons, the International Week truly created an inclusive and celebratory atmosphere that fostered mutual understanding and respect.
Thank you to all parents who attended the PSHE Information Evening on Monday 23 October. This was an opportunity to share ‘What is PSHE?’, ‘Why is it important to our young learners?’, the details of the programme of study and how teachers deliver the content.
On Thursday 19 October, our parent community was able to experience a taste of what it is like to be a student at BISS with our Secondary Open Day. Each parent attended two lessons in their chosen Key Stage, each of which was an entirely normal class delivered to our students. It was a real pleasure to have such an impressive turn out and, judging by the results of our exit survey, those in attendance very much enjoyed the experience.
During their Geography Rivers and Tourism field trip, Years 10 and 11 students engaged in a comprehensive exploration of both the natural and human aspects of the landscape. The primary focus of their journey was to investigate the geomorphology of a river, examining how its characteristics change as it traverses from the upper course to the lower course. This involved utilising various methods, such as assessing river velocity, gradient, bedload size and shape, wetted perimeter, width, and depth. To aid in their investigations, students employed a range of equipment, including ranging rods, metre sticks, clinometers, measuring tape, and callipers.
On Friday 20 October, the Year 9 Mandarin classes visited the Shanghai Film Studio together, which is situated in Shanghai's Songjiang District. During the visit, the students explored fully reconstructed scenic areas such as "Southern Streets" and realistic settings such as "1930s Nanjing Road" and "Shanghai Lane Residences", which provide ideal locations for film and television production. Over 30 films and several hundred episodes of television series have been filmed at this site.
On this wonderful sunny Tuesday morning, our talented artists took a leisurely stroll from school to Panlong Tiandi. Curated by the concept of “Culture, Nature, Future”, Panlong Tiandi creates a fresh blend of both East and West and ancient and modern. It revitalises Panlong, a one-thousand-year-old historic water village, partnering with lifestyle brands, such as Yuz Museum, COCO-MAT Hotel and Blue Bottle Coffee.
Global Campus can be said to be one of the jewels in the Nord Anglia crown. As an international family of schools, we are extremely fortunate to have access to our own high-quality online learning platform. In our drive to educate future-proof world citizens, Global Campus allows our students to develop their knowledge, improve their thinking skills and unleash their creativity.
On Friday 13 October, Ryan King and Alfred Creissen delivered a workshop on the importance of striking the perfect balance between play-based learning and academic rigour, especially during a child's crucial Reception years.
Last week, our Year 3 students embarked on an exhilarating and educational trip to Dinosaur World in the beautiful Gucun Park. This excursion was designed to provide children with an immersive experience into the world of prehistoric creatures. Think of a place where imagination meets history and young minds can transport themselves back in time to an era ruled by mighty dinosaurs; Dinosaur World was just that! Life-sized replicas, interactive displays, and engaging activities awaited our excited explorers.
This year, to support our collaboration with UNICEF, we celebrated World Food Day on Monday 16 October in the Secondary School. On this day, BISS Puxi transformed into a vibrant culinary hub, bringing together students, parents and teachers for an unforgettable World Food Day celebration. This joyous event took place at the Well of Knowledge and featured an array of delectable dishes showcasing our diverse community.
On Saturday 14 October, the BISS Lions Swim Team attended the SSL Round 1 Swim Meet at Shanghai Singapore International School. It was our first swim meet of the academic year, and we were all intoxicated by the wonderful atmosphere and the great performances of all our swimmers.
As teachers, one of our greatest joys is witnessing the growth and achievements of our students. Recently, our Year 3 students embarked on an exciting journey into the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). To culminate their exploration, we organised a Dino Day Showcase event for parents to experience the remarkable work their children have accomplished.
The Year 5 Greek Picnic on Friday 13 October served as an introduction to our exciting new topic: ancient Greece. Over the next few weeks, the children will immerse themselves in the rich history, mythology, and cultural heritage of this fascinating civilisation.
On Friday 13 October, not deterred by the rain, our talented GCSE and IB Art students went downtown to explore the diverse neighbourhoods of the city to gain inspiration to support them in their coursework unit.
On Saturday 14 October, twenty students set off to compete in the annual CISSA Cross Country Cross River Event. The event was attended by international schools from across Shanghai, Nanjing and Hangzhou, with over 200 students participating.
On Saturday 14 October, BISS held its annual University Fair on the Secondary campus. With over 50 universities in attendance – universities spanning the globe from Canada to Australia – the corridors on the ground floor were truly bustling.
What is a Prefect? A Prefect employs the core values of courtesy, respect, and responsibility. Prefects are ambassadors for the school and are excellent role models for other students. Their function is to represent the student body at school events and to act as role models upholding our value system.
It is not every day that parents have the chance to dive into their child's school experience and explore the subjects they are passionate about. Recently, parents of students in Years 6-9 had such an opportunity at the History and Geography Departments’ joint Parent Workshop. This event, held on Tuesday 10 October, set out to introduce how Key Stage 3 Humanities are taught at BISS.
Eugene graduated from BISS Puxi in 2022 and is currently studying BA (Hons) Architecture at Edinburgh University. In this interview, Eugene talks us through the valuable experiences he had at BISS, how international education helped to shape his future ambitions, and provides some useful advice for students looking to follow a similar path.