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Quality is Never an Accident

03 December 2015

I write this blog having just returned from another wonderful evening at BISS Puxi, that reminds me what a privilege it is to work with such committed and talented students. They are supported by you in encouraging them to be ambitious and coached by very hard-working staff.

  • Fool's Gold

Yesterday evening’s performance of ‘Fool’s Gold’ was truly memorable and it was great to see so many of our younger students on stage. This was the first Key Stage production of its kind and it was good to see so many lead performances, supported by singers and dancers alike.  The auditorium was full and the production was very well appreciated by all. I refer back to the quote by John Ruskin made in one of my first blogs at the school - “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.” This is coupled with the hours and hours that our students put into events such as this, early in the morning, or late into the evening. They go the extra mile and the results speak for themselves.

Earlier tonight, I bumped into Lara in Year 13. She was just preparing for a Skype interview with a university lecturer in the UK, for her chosen course in higher education. She was a little nervous before it began, but on speaking to her afterwards, it was clear that the discussion had gone well, thanks to her preparation and the support of the IB team and her parents. Again, a good example of how students are keen to succeed through hard work, dedication to their subjects and an eye to their future.

In lessons, Year 11 and 13 students continue to receive their results from their mock examinations last week. There have been plenty of successes and they will seek to repeat these in the final examinations next June. There are lots still to do and I hope that they are able to act carefully upon the advice given to them in the feedback sessions to enable them to reach their full potential.

We were treated to a very enjoyable (and sunny) Christmas Fair last weekend - thank you to the PTA, CAS students and staff for putting on such a fabulous event – and to you for attending and making it successful.  This weekend will be busy too for our Senior Rugby students who are leaving for a tournament in Jeju, South Korea. They have been training hard and I wish them every success.

Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary


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