Dear Parents and friends
As is so often the case in our busy school, term is flying by! It is hard to believe that we have already been back at school for three weeks, mock examinations are already over – students will have received their results this Friday by the time you receive this newsletter – and we are already looking forward to the Chinese New Year festivities.
This reminds me of a very important facet of our school. Although we call ourselves the British School of Beijing, and we follow an internationally enhanced British curriculum up to the age of 14, we are, and aim to be, a truly international school in all we do. Our examinations at 16 are internationally recognised and we follow exactly the same curriculum (IB) from 16-18 as our American school counterparts. Our aim is to get our students into the best universities across the world, and we succeed – we had particular success last year in seeing some amazing students achieve places in top American institutions. So, British we may be, but we celebrate that we are an international school in this wonderful and thriving city of Beijing, and Chinese culture is something we hope that all our students will truly experience during their time with us.
Talking curriculum, there are important times ahead for our Year 9 and Year 11 students ahead as they make their choices for the elective subjects at IGCSE and IB courses respectively. We have information evenings in early February (5th for IGCSE and 10th for IB) along with a careers evening for Year 12 on 10th February. We very much do not want to make these evenings exclusive – Year 9 students, for example, will benefit from thinking about IB in the future as they make their choices, and any student will benefit from considering career options as they make their way through secondary examination years, so please feel free to join us at any of these events.
In the Primary School, I had the great privilege of watching the Year 4 production “The Lion King” – amazingly put together with the three week Christmas holiday in the middle. For children so young to take on such an ambitious show is a great credit to them and their teachers, and just reminds me what amazing children we have here at BSB. I see this every day – from a fantastic Year 5 class assembly last week to two Year 10 students, Sunny and Emma, giving a TED talk in assembly this morning on Utopia and Dystopia; in both cases the amount of material learnt and professionally delivered was quite mind-blowing. It is so easy to take this for granted and I hope that we never forget that these students are very, very special indeed.
And we have seen beautiful Beijing blue sky on almost every day since we returned. Or at least the vast majority!
With very best wishes