As we reach the end of December, we are already looking for teachers for next academic year. The recruitment of highly qualified teachers, who share our values, is key to our future success. Fortunately, retention of staff in the British School is relatively good, compared to many international schools. However, we will be saying goodbye to a number of teachers, and wish them every success in finding a successful position for the future.
This year, we will say goodbye to our Head of Primary, Mr. Chris Wathern. Chris has only been with us for two years, but in this short time has impressed the Primary staff with his work ethic and his passion to provide our students with the very best opportunities. While we are sorry to see, him go, I am delighted to announce that he has been appointed to a Head of Primary position at the British School of the Netherlands. Chris, Selina and the boys will be sad to leave Guangzhou but excited about this new opportunity in Europe. We wish their family every success in the Netherlands and know that they will be missed. I can also reveal that the search for a suitably qualified replacement is underway. We have already shortlisted a number of excellent candidates and are hoping to complete the final interviews before the end of the term.
One growing feature of Nord Anglia is an increasing number of regional competitions. We were very excited to see our football teams compete so successfully in Shanghai this term, and in January are looking forward to the Performing Arts Festival, the Sports Olympiad and the MFL Olympiad, which will take place in Shanghai. Later in the year, we will host Nord Anglia’s Under-11 Regional Games and will welcome students from Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Nanjing to Guangzhou. Our students have demonstrated impressive commitment by regularly attending team training sessions, and are looking forward to the opportunity to test themselves against other Nord Anglia schools in the region.
I would like to once again congratulate our Secondary staff and students on achieving an impressive set of examination results. Once again, we achieved the best A Level results within Nord Anglia, as well as a number of outstanding individual results, including the following from the Edexcel exam board:
• The highest Art and Design iGCSE score in China from Karina Chiang
• The highest English Language iGCSE score in China from Angel Lee
• The highest English Literature A-level score in China from Sum Yi Yiu
• The highest Fine Art A-level score in China from Tim Huang
This amazing achievement is in addition the awards received from the Cambridge Examinations Board
• The highest A-level Business Studies in China from Lisa Riensche
• The highest iGCSE Business Studies score in the world from Angel Lee
The fact that our students are achieving such incredible results is testament to their commitment and sense of responsibility, as well as to the impressive support that they receive from our dedicated teachers. I am sure you will join me in congratulating the students and staff. Their academically ambitious approach to learning is a credit to them and an example to others — well done indeed.
A number of parents will have attended our recent Arts Festival held in the Heights earlier this term. This event showcased student artwork, musical talents, drama and dance performances. For me, it was one of the highlights of the term, and I looked on with a sense of pride to see students demonstrating such courage to perform their individual pieces. It was impressive to see the difference that has been made by the introduction of a dance specialist to our dedicated team of teachers, and I look forward to future events of this nature. The quality of performances was outstanding this year, and an example of what can be achieved by the combination of dedicated teachers, supportive parents and motivated students.
To finish, I am pleased to announce that building work on our new Olympic Park site in Maogeng Road, Huangpu, is ahead of schedule. This area will provide purpose-built facilities for up to 800 EYFS and Primary students, and will be in addition to our current site alongside South Lake, where we will continue to operate an educational programme from toddlers to Year 13. As the new school nears completion, we will be inviting a delegation of parents to join us on a visit prior to the opening day in August 2020.