After learning Russian, Mandarin, and Basque at the Official School of Languages, she decided to complete a research Master’s Degree in Multilingual Communication at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona to further theorise her linguistics knowledge. Irene taught Modern Languages in different schools in Spain and the UK before coming to China to work at Qingdao Concord College of Sino-Canada. There, she started implementing the SIOP model for differentiated instruction and assessment in her lessons to cater for her students’ needs. She also led a variety of ECAs and took part in the organisation of school festivals. In 2016, she joined BISS Puxi to teach Spanish and French, and started collaborating in the Duke of Edinburgh expeditions as well as helping to organise Eco Club initiatives. In 2019, she was granted the role of Secondary Global Campus Leader to organise the Tanzania Expedition, lead activities promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and support the students and colleagues involved in the Global Challenge and other Global Campus competitions.
Beyond languages and communication, Irene is passionate about literature and music, and attends all sorts of artistic and cultural events to make the most of Shanghai’s enriching environment.
We recently received the very exciting news that three of our students have won special awards for their exceptional performances in last summer's Pearson Edexcel IGCSE examinations — ahead of 70,000 students globally. The Pearson Outstanding Learner Awards recognise students who have achieved the highest marks in subjects in their country or across the whole world.
On Monday 20 November, The British International School Shanghai, Puxi celebrated World Children's Day. This UNICEF initiative holds special significance, as we at BISS Puxi strive to create an inclusive environment in which every child feels valued and empowered. The Sustainable Development Goals focused on this year – that of ‘Goal 4: Quality Education’ and ‘Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities’ – also resonate deeply with our commitment to promoting academic excellence and creating a community where diversity is celebrated.
Having graduated from BISS in 2022, Joceline is now studying Fashion Design Technology (Womenswear) at University of the Arts London. Joceline reflects on her time at BISS and how her education has helped to create her future.
Charity is particularly poignant at Christmas - so what better way to mark Thanksgiving and the beginning of Christmas this year than to celebrate and support our school animal charity PAWS2? So, on Friday 24 November, that is exactly what we did!