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Our Principal Writes: Exciting Experiences at the End of Term

05 December 2014

The festive season is upon us with lots of exciting events and experiences which are the culmination of lots of hard work and academic progress over the second half of the term.

  • Students from BISS Puxi donate Giving Tree bags to Migrant Schools children

Some of the Migrant School students receiving their Giving Tree bags, donated by the BISS Puxi Community

There are of course the high profile events like the PTA Christmas Fair, the Winter Concert and the Pantomime. However there are also some equally important but less public events such as the Year 6 World War II Showcase, the Year 3 Dinosaur Showcase and  the Year 10 Business Studies Enterprise Competition “BISS Does the Apprentice” to name but a few.

Christmas is also a time for giving and we have three main community service activities running or which have just recently been completed. On Tuesday, staff and members of the Student Council delivered our Giving Tree bags to the children at the Chen’s Dam Migrant School and the reports back on the impact of the arrival of these gifts were truly touching.

The Year 9 and 10 students who are travelling to Tanzania in March to continue the community service project work at the Maua Primary School and the Haruma Orphanage near Arusha are also busy creating ways to raise money to support them in their work in Africa, and lastly this weekend the Year 12 CAS students will be working hard at the Christmas Fair to raise money for the Indochina Starfish Foundation in Cambodia. These are all very worthwhile causes and it is so good for our students to be involved in supporting those who are far less fortunate than they are.

The upcoming Christmas break does afford us another opportunity to maintain and upgrade facilities. The weather does preclude a good deal of outdoor work but the painters will be in and we will be extending and reconfiguring the bike and moped storage facilities. There will also be further expansion of the coverage of the air purification work across the campus and further investment in upgrading and developing our Information Technology infrastructure in time for the start of the new term.

I look forward to seeing you at the various events and celebrations between now and the end of term.

- Kevin Foyle, Principal