It was a joy to see the children’s focus when racing and dealing with the challenges of competition. They conducted themselves so well, both when successful and also when disappointed in their performance; a real lesson in building resilience.
On Sunday I attended some of the soloist recitals that the Music Department organised at school. Again I felt real pride when watching the children. They performed confidently in front of an audience of strangers, and although nerves were undoubtedly present, they overcame them; a real lesson in building confidence.
But although I could see the lessons for life that the children were learning, the weekend also prompted me to reflect on the wonderful community that surrounds BISS Puxi. I should mention that on Saturday evening I also attended the ‘Touch of Sparkle’ Ball organised by the PTA. It was a great night with fun, food, dancing and of course some light ‘beverages’! Thanks go to the parents who organised such a spectacular event.
So, last weekend I was not only impressed by our talented children, but also had the chance to get to know many parents and families better. There were lots of opportunities to chat informally. I could see the friendships between families that have developed through the children, and it made me reflect on the strong community that surrounds our school. Most of our families arrive new to Shanghai, having left extended family and longstanding friends behind. Our school offers support and new friendships for parents as well as children, whether through our PTA and our New Parent Group, or our Room Parent Network. Sometimes it is simply through chatting in the playground, volunteering in school or at one of the many weekend sporting or musical events.
Our school prides itself on the ‘Warm Welcome’, one of our three promises. And last weekend I saw that in action as parents demonstrated it. This reminded me that the welcome extends to our whole school community, not just the children. How lucky we are, whether children, parents or staff to be part of the supportive BISS Puxi team.
Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary