There is a good deal of evidence to show that whilst reading, hearing about things and seeing things all contribute to our learning, doing is an essential part of the process. Modern teaching practice encourages active engagement and student activities as the core of the learning process. No longer are teachers the sole source of knowledge and opinion, we have access to a myriad of sources on line. Students are increasingly being empowered to take ownership of their learning and it is truly impactful because once they fully understand what they need to do to move to the next level they can start to adapt and develop their own performance. In fact we see each of the students as academic athletes, each focussed on improving their personal best but also aware that staff and fellow students have an important supportive role to play in this on-going day to day development.
Inside the classroom on a daily basis you will see students working collaboratively in pairs and groups as well as working on their own to develop their skills and thinking.
An example of this sort of work outside of the classroom is the support and guidance given by our Year 12 and 13 Sports Leaders who provide invaluable help in coaching and developing younger students. They are themselves highly proficient games players who thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to work alongside staff sharing their expertise and enthusiasm to help bring on the next generation of players. They coach, umpire and score as well as learning to manage and motivate others. This is a good example of the wonderful cooperation and supportive interaction that is making such a difference to the quality of the learning experience at BISS Puxi. The older students learn so much from this interaction about their own sporting and interpersonal skills, and younger students who look up to and admire the older students as role models have lots of great input and support that helps them to develop more quickly.
Another very good example of student leadership was the work undertaken by the Year 12 CAS students in the organisation and running of the Winter Wonderland event last month. Working alongside the members of the PTA and staff they played a very important part in the success of that event and in the process learned a great deal about the work required to plan and run a major school event. These contributions are important preparation for life beyond school.
There is a strong focus on student leadership and indeed student voice (feedback from students on school life and in particular their learning). This comes from formal and informal feedback via staff and the very active Student Council. This sort of feedback is invaluable in fine tuning what we do and how we support the students and continue to do our utmost to help them to thrive and to be the best that they can be. It is feedback on a range of school areas, from food through to community service and on to the learning experience inside and outside the classroom.
Our students are the best testimony to the on-going success of our school community and their leadership, feedback and thoughts are hugely important in the development and future success of our school.
- Kevin Foyle, Principal