Speaking with Nils (Year 13) on Jinguang Lu as he headed to his bus at the end of Tuesday, he reflected upon the papers that he had taken and the revision that lay immediately ahead that evening. He knows this week has been tiring, yet very productive. Next week, students will get valuable feedback on their attainment, which they will use to deepen their knowledge of topics or strengthen their skills of analysis. This whole process of ‘mocks’ will help them to be thoroughly prepared for the external exams in May 2016, only sixteen school weeks away! By adopting a positive mindset with a determination to succeed, I am certain that they will challenge themselves to improve upon their personal best.
On the way back into school, I found Harvey, Kai and Michael sitting with their heavy rucksacks around them – they had just arrived back from their trip to Tanzania and were clearly very tired! From our ensuing discussion, it has clearly been a rich and memorable experience. They will no doubt reflect upon this in the coming weeks and the community service that they have achieved as a team to make a positive difference to the lives of people 10, 000 kilometres away. I thank all of the students, staff and parents that spent many hours fundraising for this expedition, and representing the BISS Puxi school community so well. You can read their stories on our blog pages.
Finally, the end of the week will see preparations for the Christmas season and you can expect to see the reception area decked in some amazing baubles designed and created by our Art students, as well as a Christmas tree and some beautiful Poinsettias that will greet you as you arrive. Students from across the whole school have had their own Christmas cards published and these are also available at our receptions – all monies raised will be given directly to the Indochina Starfish Foundation in Cambodia. Our Year 12 students will be working with their school in Phnom Penh during Activities Week next year – please support us through buying a set. They are very bespoke and will be well-received by your family and friends! On Saturday we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Christmas Fair, where there are many activities for children and parents alike. The exciting experiences continue into next week and on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings our KS3 students will be performing in our school production ‘Fool’s Gold’ – good luck to them all!
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary