26 October, 2023

Reflections on another fantastic half term at BSY

We have enjoyed a thoroughly busy and action-packed first half term of 2023-34 and one of my first communications with parents highlighted the Global Nord Anglia Conference which I attended in Switzerland at the end of SeptemberThis is an annual event and one which draws on all that is unique about being part of the Nord Anglia family of schools. Giving all the senior leaders of NAE a focused weekend of collaboration and strategy building, we work together for the benefit of our students worldwide. This year we focused on:


  • Professional Learning 

  • Artificial Intelligence 

  • Wellbeing  

  • The NAE Alumni Programme 


We were joined by Nord Anglia Exco; CEO Andrew Fitzmaurice, COO George Ghantous as well as the NAE board of directors and central London and all regional teams who support our schools across the world.  


We heard about our new sports collaboration with IMG Academy and how this is planned to benefit our staff and students as well as participating in workshops and initiative building activities and hearing from highly acclaimed experts in their field:


  • Dr Elise Ecoff - Group Education Director 

  • Lord David Puttnam - Chair Nord Anglia Educational Advisory Board 

  • Dr Steve Munby - Advisor, Nord Anglia Educational Advisory Board 

  • Sir Michael Barber - Chair Nord Anglia Unviersity

  • Brent Richard - President IMG Academy 

  • Professor Rose Luckin, University College London, Advisor Nord Anglia EdTech Division 


BSY: Going from strength to strength


Our second year back on campus and we are planning and introducing more and more initiatives and activities for our students.


We are intent on delivering the best of teaching and learning provision and outcomes and have welcomed some exceptional new teachers to the team this year. All our teachers are expatriate and in Primary are supported by local teaching assistants, all of which make a truly exceptional combination to ensure BSY students get the best out of their time with us.


BSY sports teams are emerging victorious in so many of their matches. With consistent and high-quality coaching and the dedication of the teams and the PE department, not to mention the supporters, our teams are growing in confidence and winning more and more of their matchesIt's not all about the final score though; the teamwork, sense of good sportsmanship and being dignified in defeat are also valuable lessons for life.


We value our community and want our parents to be an integral part of the learning journey. As such, our Parents in Partnership sessions attract more and more parents as they come to listen to how we assess, teach and inspire their children in school. Our new School Events and Sports Bulletin boards in the Grand Hall, keep everyone up to date and informed during the busy BSY terms.


This term also saw a revamp of our House system. A competition launched amongst students, staff and parents saw the winning entry for new House names coming from a student. The whole school was excited to find out the new names and logos which are named after constellations and stars: Polaris, Pegasus, Phoenix and Perseus. A new House Points board proudly displays the house points for all to see near the bakehouse.


October was MIT Challenge month and the whole school got behind the launch of 'Build Better Plants'. The students worked with their peers across the year groups and came up with some incredible designs and innovations. Kicked off with a coding challenge to help the teams bond and get to know each other and ending with a grand finale MIT Expo where students presented their ideas and prototypes to staff and parents. It was an incredible showcase of the importance and value of teamwork, resilience, creation and our MIT / NAE unique collaboration. Watch out for the next MIT challenge coming up in December.


Coming up…

International Day 


As we prepare to celebrate our diverse student and staff body, we will be looking for parent volunteers to help us build on the success of last year. Culture and diversity are highly valued at BSY and we can't wait to see the outcome of our vibrant and diverse community as we come together to celebrate International Day.


BSY Careers Expo


Our first ever Careers Fair will be held in November and we are delighted to be welcoming a range of speakers to come to the school to talk to the students about their careers and career pathways. 


Ski Trip 


We have over 20 students heading to the Swiss Alps in February on our very first Nord Anglia Snow Sports Expedition - bound to be a truly fabulous holistic experience. For many it will be the first experience of snow! 


This is just a snapshot of what BSY is up to. So many aspects of a successful and vibrant school happen without any fanfare and we have dedicated and professional teaching and admin teams to thank for that. We live through our values of integrity, adventure, courage and kindness and bring these to the fore in all that we do.


We are BSY!