Dear Parents and Friends
Time flies so fast at BSB! It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating Chinese New Year and here we are just a few weeks away from Spring Break holiday. It has been a really busy two weeks since I last wrote and, as you will see from this newsletter, it is a really busy few weeks ahead! Please do have a look at all the events available and join us for anything that interests you.
This Saturday will be a very exciting day for us as we celebrate Book Week (or, as we call it ‘Portable Magic’) with our Big Read day. This is only part of a series of events in school to encourage reading, and I really hope you will be able to join us on the day. A lot of teachers have put a great deal of effort into it, and I think it will be really enjoyable. Very sadly, I will miss it myself as I am away at the FOBISIA Heads’ meeting – I know where I would rather be!
Please also note the date for the Parents’ Association Charity Ball – this is always a fantastic evening which raises a great sum of money for charity. Our PA put in so much work to support the school and it would be excellent to see a big turnout to support them in their efforts. We will also be holding our annual Charity Artwork auction in the week leading up to the Ball – our Primary classes will all be creating a piece of art (if last year’s work is anything to go by, it will be amazing) which we then auction for charity. The work will all be displayed in the Foyer in the week commencing 6 April. Please do come in and have a look.
Speaking of hard work, you know how much we all appreciate the work of all our teachers who regularly go the extra mile, and I have been struck recently by just how much commitment is given by our PE teachers and sports coaches as they put on the great range of opportunities they offer to our children. Last weekend, I was privileged to go to WAB to watch the Tiger Cup (Friday evening and Saturday) – our teams put on great performances, with the girls losing out to a last minute goal to come third, but the boys winning a highly competitive final against WAB to be crowned champions for this year. Warm congratulations to the teams and a big thank you to the teachers who give up their time, week in and week out, to make this happen. On Wednesday morning we also waved goodbye to our Under 13 FOBISIA team as they head off to represent the school in Bangkok. We are so proud of these young people who, we have heard already, are being fantastic ambassadors for their families and our school, and we look forward to them returning with great stories (and hopefully trophies!)
Inevitably, this is the time of year when we are also planning for the future, both in curriculum and staffing terms, and as we plan for future investment in our school. I am delighted to say that once again, Nord Anglia Education will be investing strongly in developing our facilities. We will be building our Early Years swimming pool, which we believe will make our swimming provision for our youngest children the best around, and at the same time enable us to lower the temperature slightly in the main pool, which will be better for competition swimmers. We will be undertaking Phase 2 of our Early Years development, which will provide the Early Years with their own toilets and outstanding classroom provision. And we very much hope that our long awaited extension will commence – as you may remember, our landlord has simply been going through the building approval process and we believe this is nearly complete. This will provide an extension to the dining room, a new indoor playground for Primary children, and another gym/multi-purpose space. We will also be investing significantly in IT, to ensure our classroom provision continues to develop. We remain committed to delivering the best for your children, and always welcome your ideas and feedback on what we can develop further.
Finally, I’d like to pass on my congratulations for a quite outstanding achievement by our school catering company, Eurest/Chartwells. The company undergoes independent food hygiene and safety checks at all of its many sites across the China region (including four of the major international schools in Beijing but also at a number of commercial sites. The BSB team are always in the top five of this grading, but this year has achieved number one spot. This is a great compliment to the hard work they put in, and also to the excellent openness they show to the ideas that come from our Food Committee (which includes parents and students as well as staff). Our students on the committee have also congratulated Eurest on the continued improvements that have come as a result and we will continue to strive for better still. Please do have a look at the food page on the website – in response to parental ideas, we have now put some more detail about the menu items on this page, and would appreciate feedback on the way we might develop this further.
With thanks as ever for all your support and comments in any field – please do not hesitate to get in touch at any stage.
Very best wishes