One of the great pleasures of running an international school is the great diversity of activity that you find yourself surrounded by on a daily basis. Over the last week or so we have had an incredibly broad range of events at school with a contrasting continuum that ranges from the solemn and touching commemoration of Remembrance Day to the fun and engagement of book week in the primary school.
We have also had a rich variety of visitors coming to see what we are doing and hoping to learn from the wide ranging success of the students within our community. They provide us with different perspectives on the work that we are doing.
It is important that we celebrate and reward students’ hard work whether it be their academic success or their successes in extra-curricular endeavours. It is great to see so much high quality work on display around the school on the wonderwalls and on the display boards in corridors across the school campus. I have very much enjoyed talking with students about their work and seeing the immense pride they have in the work that they have on display.
On a daily basis staff are supporting and encouraging students in their studies through coaching, mentoring and helping them to thrive. I have the opportunity to play my part in this with the award of Principal’s Commendations to those who have been nominated for these by staff for individually producing outstanding performances. Occasionally I have the chance to congratulate groups of students who worked together to achieve a particular goal. This week it was the turn of the Under 19 Rugby team who recently won the ACAMIS Rugby and soon jet off to play in a tournament in Singapore. It was good to hear from them what they had learned from their hard work in preparation for the tournament and from the event itself.
As you know we are always looking to improve what we do and in line with this we will be launching our new website on Monday. The address remains the same as does much of the content. You will still find the school calendar and all of the letters and newsletters that we send out. However the website has had a makeover and there are some new features for everyone to enjoy. We have worked hard to have this ready to go live on Monday and we will be sending some information to help you to navigate the site.
Finally I just wanted to let you know that the primary school refurbishment programme will continue over the Christmas holiday with upgrades taking place in the Primary Sports hall and in the primary gym.
I hope you all enjoy the long weekend, Staff will all be attending the Nord Anglia Education China Regional Conference at BISS Pudong on Friday, which amongst other things will feature some important on going in service training.