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The Importance of Community in our School

12 September 2014

It has been another busy week in the secondary school; we have squeezed five days’ work into four!

Year 12 CAS students promoting charities at lunchtime this week as part of RAG Week: Raising Awareness for Giving

We have had things going on at school every night this week and virtually every two nights since the beginning of term. There is obviously the important task at this time of year of giving information and advice to parents, which is why our Heads of Key Stage have successfully delivered ‘Introduction to…evenings’, at which we have imparted top tips for how to help your family succeed while at BISS Puxi. 

It is very important early in the year to stress the importance of community. I always enjoy the regular meetings I get to have with the different parent interest groups attached to the school. This week I met the Korean Parents group and next week will meet with the room parent’s network as we continue to listen to and work with parents in the community. If you are interested in being a secondary room parent please email secondaryroomparent@bisspuxi.com">secondaryroomparent@bisspuxi.com. We also have a number of meetings with the different groups who have an interest in our language provision and parent representative committees. An on-going engagement with all is an important part of our 3 key promises.

Next Friday we have our student council election to elect this year’s student council president, after which Student Voice will be up and running to ensure that students are heard as part of our school community.

It was a pleasure to meet six of our successful IB Alumni who visited the school this week to say hello and discuss how they can help inspire our students to future success. This is all evidence of our aim for a continuous warm welcome, providing exciting and inspiring experiences and creating the right environment for academic achievement.

Research has also proven that where parents are interested and involved in the daily life of their children, academic success is more likely and we always encourage parents to come and discuss and understand the decisions that we make as a school, as well as to keep informed of what is happening in lessons through our daily ODIN email. It is important to hear your views through our committees and groups as important decisions are made on an on-going basis.

The school is keen to be seen as a central part of the local community and the room parent network and the PTA are very much at heart of that. This week I had brief discussions with our PTA co-chair about provisions and use of the school for community events beyond our normal ECA provision and I hope by now you are also all aware of the big first whole school event which is the PTA Welcome Back Party next Saturday 20 September.

We are actively looking into providing parent sessions on issues such as dealing with bullying and ‘body issues’ and on a lighter note it is great to see the school being able to welcome the Urban Aphrodite theatre company to offer a professional  production of their adaptation of The Little Prince that benefits us all.

I would like to end up with an appeal. Despite the huge amount of parental involvement we already have, and we very much appreciate your support through the PTA, room parents, ECAs and supporting sporting fixtures, attending our performances and the arts, it is always our belief that there are more talented and interesting fathers and mothers and relatives who can inspire and inform our students. 

If you know of an opportunity or of a person who can enliven and interest our student population we would love you to let us know. It can be anything from half an hour for a lunch lecture or demonstration or an hour for a session with a class or a year group to display your skills or share you knowledge. It can be done during the day or after school. Please get in contact and let me know. The chance to offer exciting experiences is one we will always try and support. Please email c-share@bisspuxi.com">c-share@bisspuxi.com at any time in the year if you have any suggestions.

Have a good weekend and please get in touch.

- Chris Share, Head of Secondary