The academic year 2014-15 promises to be an exciting and memorable twelve months marking, as it does, the Tenth Anniversary of the founding of the school here in Huacao. We will soon be writing to you about a number of exciting events planned to mark the last ten years of great success we have enjoyed in the city.
I am delighted to be able to report that in spite of the very wet weather here in Shanghai over the course of the summer, we have been able to complete the ambitious refurbishment and redecoration of the primary building which we began two years ago. There are some really eye catching state of the art facilities that will make a real difference to learning environments available to staff and students over the next few years. We look forward to showcasing these for you over the coming months.
More important still we have some talented and wonderfully enthusiastic new staff who you will have a chance to meet, if you have not already done so, over the first few weeks of term. They have settled in quickly and well and are looking forward to leading and being involved in the many exciting experiences we have planned for the year and the all-important challenge of helping all of the students in our care to thrive and fulfil their potential.
Speaking of which, we will shortly be sending more detailed information about the stunning academic success our students achieved last year. I must take this opportunity to congratulate the 25% (the world wide average is 5%) of our Year 13 graduates who again scored 40+ points in their IB Diploma exams and in particular Karin Zhu and Juyeon Park who achieved the distinction of scoring full marks 45 out of 45. Around the world 135,000 students sat these exams and only 146 achieved full marks.
The new term begins on Monday and it is important that you are aware of a number of new elements of our work and that we remind you about some of the important basic systems that need your support if they are to work well.
The new school shop in the foyer of the primary building will be operating for the first time. In the surrounding Parents’ Hub you will also be able to interface with staff regarding transport, BISCAP, music lessons and catering.
Many of you will be driving to school, some for the first time and you will need to understand our traffic management system, therefore you will find a copy of the information available in English and Chinese for all drivers and car owners on our website. It is important that we all support and follow these procedures to help keep all of us safe during the busy drop off and pick up periods.
Finally we are in the process of implementing a Management Information System (MIS) and as a consequence the ID card system that was being successfully used last term is under review to bring it in line with the new system. Therefore during this period of change new parents, their ayis and drivers will be issued with the ‘old style’ card. We will be keeping parents updated with these ongoing changes and further development of our systems.
I look forward to meeting and greeting you over the next few days and weeks and I hope to see many of you at the PTA Welcome Back Party, featuring the band Studio 188, on Saturday 20 September.
- Kevin Foyle, Principal