Back in August, we gave a warm welcome to our new families, and I hope that you have all settled into the school community with the wider support offered by all of the BISS Puxi pupils, staff and parents. For those of you returning and who have been in Shanghai a little longer, I trust that this has continued to be a rewarding experience for your family.
This term, we have seen achievements in many different ways; a testimony to the commitment of our students, parents and staff alike. There have been a myriad of opportunities across the Key Stages in which our students have been active participants.
Within our Performing Arts faculty, students have demonstrated their musical and acting skills in soloist recitals, in the Winter Concert, in Year 11 and 13 performances of ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ and ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ respectively, and last week we were treated to the KS3 production of ‘Fool’s Gold’.
As well as the regular ECA sporting activities in which pupils have trained and competed, a number of key sporting events have included ACAMIS Volleyball in Xiamen; ACAMIS Rugby and ACAMIS Netball competitions in Shanghai; CISSA Football tournaments and the U19 Boys Football League; the senior rugby tour to Jeju, Korea; our Swim League Meetings, including the inaugural competition at BISS Puxi, as well as the FOBISIA U15s in Hong Kong. We saw great success across the board and this is a testimony to the many hours our students have dedicated to training this term.
There have also been expeditions for our International Award students to Hangzhou (Gold) and Ningbo (Silver), taking part in kayaking, trekking, cycling and camping. In November, Year 9 and 10 students visited Tanzania for both community service and safari activities. Geographers travelled to Tianmushan for fieldwork and closer to home, carried out urban studies in the Zhongshan Park area of Shanghai.
In school, our Year 9 students have witnessed success in the Youth Speaks competition and the Film Club continues to be an important Friday evening event within the Film and Media Studies department, supported by a visit to the Shanghai Film Studios. Our MUN students performed exceptionally well at this year’s MUN Conference in Shanghai. Maths pupils across all years have taken part in the global Maths Challenges and Olympiads and our IB students have participated in the sister Physics Olympiad.
The IB pupils have engaged fully in the CAS programme and early in the term they promoted the charities that the school supports through RAG week (Raising Awareness through Giving); implementing this work through the Giving Tree Appeal. Those of you who supported this charity have helped to bring a smile to over six hundred migrant pupils at the Peaceful Stone School, Jiaxing. We have hosted visits from a large number of prestigious universities from around the world, which has helped our Year 13 students complete their applications toward the next important steps in their education.
Our Year 11 and 13 students have recently completed their mock examinations and will have received accurate feedback on their success and the areas for further development, some of which will mean that they need to commit time during the next three weeks to their studies through completion of holiday homework. I encourage you to support them in both taking a rest, and a structured approach to their learning to ensure that they maintain a balance that enables them to relax and yet arrive back next term having completed focused homework tasks.
The PTA has been very active and has organised a very successful PTA Ball and Christmas Fair, which we have all very much enjoyed, and I thank the committees for their hard work in pulling the community together and giving us all an opportunity to meet each other in an informal setting.
Those of you that have been into the school in the last few days will have seen the great work that the Art students have produced, festively designing Christmas Cards and creating Christmas baubles which adorn the reception area. As we approach the last day of term, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support of the work that we do at the school and the help that you give your children in supporting their academic progress and the wider welfare of the BISS Puxi community. If you are holidaying during this period, then I wish you safe travels and a restful and peaceful Christmas time; we look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary