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Our Principal Writes: The Performing Arts Take Centre Stage

25 April 2014

Dear Parents,

  • BISS Puxi Film Awards 2014

Our students dressed up and on the red carpet for the BFAs this week.

Last week in my blog post I wrote about the importance of sport in a student’s all round education.

Balance is also an important aspect of a rounded education. It is therefore good to see so many of our students taking advantage of the breadth of opportunities available to them. Over the past week the performing arts have taken centre stage with the highest number of students to date taking music exams under the umbrella of Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) last weekend. We can look forward to hearing many of our talented young musicians performing over the next few weeks at the soloists’ recital and the summer concert. On Thursday evening following on from the highly acclaimed secondary school production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” and remarkable IB Visual Arts Exhibition at the end of last term, we enjoyed the fruits of the labour of IB film students at the BISS Puxi Film Awards (BFAs). Many of the films on show have recently won prizes at the highly competitive Shanghai Students’ Film Festival. We certainly have a very talented and skilful cohort of movie makers at the top of the school.

Once again at this event there was a wonderful sense of camaraderie amongst the students who had clearly worked very well together and supported each other with the various projects and who greatly appreciated the strengths and skills their fellow film makers contributed to the work they have produced. It was also good to see the Year 9-12 students enjoying the event and in the case of the Year 11s contributing themselves with their own short films created for the GCSE course.

These artistic undertakings provide similar challenges and development opportunities for our students and in particular they promote and engender one of the most impactful elements of our school community. This is the co-factor which in simple terms is the understanding that whilst we may be successful entirely independently of others, we can be even more fulfilled and successful if we are able to cooperate and communicate well with others, if we are willing to collaborate and work in a truly collegiate fashion with people around us. All of which binds communities like ours together. It is probably one of the things that makes me feel most proud of our school, the community spirit which is seen across the age groups and across activities both inside and outside the classroom.

Spare a thought and wherever possible a few words of encouragement, for our students in Year 11 and 13 who are presently revising and preparing for their GCSE and IB Diploma exams. They have worked well over the last couple of years and now they are working very hard with their peers and staff to make sure that they peak for the exams which begin in earnest just after the May Day Holiday. A lot can be achieved in the last few weeks of revision and like the marathon runners close to completing the race a few well-chosen words of encouragement and support can go a long way in helping them over the line.

- Kevin Foyle, Principal