Dear Parents and Friends,
So much has happened since I last wrote to you that I just wanted to spend a few moments reflecting on a momentous few weeks here at BSB.
In our daily life at school, our staff and students put so much effort into everything that they do, it is very easy to take it for granted. Over the past few weeks, we have seen our annual house competitions taking place in football, and the level of commitment shown by students (almost everyone participates) is quite stunning. I often say about students at BSB that whatever challenge we set them, they always seem to surpass it, and these competitions are no exception. As was the Year 6 production of the life and times of William Shakespeare – it is so easy to exaggerate praise when talking about student productions, but this was quite simply one of the best I have ever seen in my 30+ years in teaching – the delivery of the lines, the singing, the sense of comic timing, and the general professionalism were all quite remarkable.
Then, last week was truly a week to remember and, in this case, I cannot remember a more enjoyable week for a school community. The week began with our International Day which was an amazing affair, starting with the parade of nearly 60 nations, attended this year by a huge number of parents who then mingled with the students after the parade, followed by a festival of internationalism throughout the day, where parents and friends combined to celebrate their nations at over 30 stalls, and also provided a range of superb entertainment in the foyer. Our warm thanks go to every single parent, friend, student and teacher who made the day such a success.
This was closely followed by three days of art in the foyer, as the whole school entered into the spirit of the Big Draw. On Wednesday the Primary School completed their enormous work of Art, and were followed by similar masterpieces from Secondary students on Thursday. With hardly time to display this work, we then moved into the Community Big Draw on Saturday, when hundreds of students, staff, parents and friends joined to work together on a fantastic collaborative piece. We often talk of the BSB family and this was that family in action – from the youngest to the oldest, and with great support from Chatterbox café throughout the day, I think everyone agreed that the outcome was way beyond even our wildest dreams. Our challenge now is how to display the three pieces of work, which are both enormous and of very high quality.
We are also hearing great reports of our Year 12 IB students who are currently in Tanzania. They have completed their service and action projects with great commitment, and have been greatly touched by their work with the school and orphanage which Nord Anglia Education support in Arusha. They will come back with great memories but also with great commitment to continue their service work, and they now head off on a two day safari to complete their week.
All this of course goes alongside the ‘bread and butter’ of the school, which is about creating great learning to ensure our students achieve the very best academically. We have just received the first set of tracking data for Year 11 students and I have to say I could not be more impressed. Our mission is to be a school which achieves outstanding academic results at every single age group (our students deserve no less) and these results show that the current cohort is well on track to the level of excellence we expect.
There are times, as with the last newsletter, where I need to write to parents about important administrative matters, but I also make no apologies for sometimes writing to you in a purely celebratory fashion. As I said at the beginning, our students, supported by their teachers, show pride, commitment and a passion to excel that is quite exceptional. It is our privilege as teachers to work with them every day, and my privilege to reflect on just a few of these daily highlights.
With best wishes