Here at BISS Puxi, one of our core pillars is Internationalism. We strive for each and every one of our students to become global citizens, who can adapt and thrive in our ever-evolving world.
Our aim is to ensure that, as a school, we celebrate global cultural events that reflect our students, families and communities.
Throughout the month of October, we celebrated Black History Month across the school, with a wide range of cross-curricular activities. We focused on understanding the importance of Black History Month, recognising that in knowing the past, we can shape the future.
Our youngest learners in Early Years and Key Stage 1 enjoyed reading a diverse collection of books, such as Look Up! and Mae Among the Stars, inspired by real-life astronaut, Mae Jemison.
Students in Key Stage 2 studied a whole host of inspirational figures, such as Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and even sports stars, such as Michael Jordan.
One of the highlights of Black History Month was being able to celebrate our very own sporting legend, Marlon Devonish, who hosted an interactive Q+A session, based on his life and achievements. Students from Years 3 to 6 were invited to share their own questions, creating an excellent opportunity for an open conversation on race, mental health and of course, winning an Olympic gold medal! Marlon’s new book, Our Race, was a central feature to our Black History Month stand and has become a firm fan favourite.
As a school, we are looking forward to continuing to go beyond events and deeply embed a diverse curriculum, so that we can empower our students and celebrate being globally connected.
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!