The walk throughs are to see if we can spot and improve on how we are teaching High Performance Learning (HPL) as a whole in the school. It is fundamental to our three key promises that, after your warm welcome into the community, we continually strive for your child to have exciting experiences and achieve academic success. As we get more used to the walk though process more teachers, and eventually this term students, will get the opportunity to join them to ensure the learning experience is discussed and fed back accurately by all.
Exciting experiences that occurred in school this week that show the evolution of the school were a fantastic celebration of Shakespeare performed by our Year 9s for Year 8 students, a demonstration of flamenco dancing and the recognition of the Feria de Abril for our Spanish language students, our International Award students departed for their bronze adventurous journey and finally last night we had the inaugural celebration of the BFAs, BISS Puxi’s very own Oscars ceremony, the stars of course being the students who produced a mixture witty, thoughtful and plain scary (on purpose) films that were enjoyed by all.
The above events reflect the fantastic blend that the school is trying to achieve moving forward. We have the traditional, the international and the new skills and courses for the future. The Film and Media department are flourishing and are an example of the enthusiasm of the teaching department, providing opportunities, new skills and technology that students with a wider interest in creative and technical arts can now embrace. This will further be encouraged next year as we refurbish our Media suites and build a custom built furnished media green screen room that can be used by all departments in the secondary school.
The need for a modern curriculum means what and how we teach is under review constantly so that we can identify the needs of the students and the demands of parents, universities and employers now and in the future. The school is fortunate that it can pick and choose the best parts of education initiatives from around the world but we keep a close eye on British educational changes as the solid grounding of our training and development.
Next year we will follow the initiatives that are happening in ALL schools in Britain as reporting levels are being scrapped for students in Years 7 to 9. GCSE and IB students will continue to get the exam grades A-E or level 3-7, no change will occur here. We are working on our own initiative to make the reporting of your child’s progress clearer and more understandable and will announce this to you in the near future. I must stress however, that every year group will continue to receive the normal tracker effort, homework and classwork indicators as normal.
As you can see we are always trying to work on all areas of the school for this year, next year and beyond. As a final word we will lose our exam students next week and we wish them well, I refer you back to my previous blog post about coping with exam stress and ensuring they are organised and aware of when each exam is. We have had to make a minor alteration to some GCSE exams this year whereby the exam board insists that all GCSE students need to be supervised for afternoon exams by 1pm latest. This change is due to time zone difference effecting the start and finish time of exams around the world. Therefore all students have to be in the LRC by 1pm as an exam start time. Exams do not officially start in the afternoon until 1.30 pm but if a student is later than 1pm they cannot be entered for an exam.
Have a great weekend; don’t forget next week is a short week due to Chinese public holidays.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary