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Our Principal Writes: Opportunities Beyond The Classroom

06 March 2015

Last Tuesday’s visit to the Shanghai Film Museum for the Chinese premiere of the award winning film adaptation of Michael Bond’s story of “A Bear Called Paddington” was a truly memorable experience.

  • Students at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi meet Prince William and Paddington Bear

The five successful  young artists from Years 1-6 accompanied by Ms Meehan and I were treated to a red carpet reception, a chance to meet and greet HRH the Duke of Cambridge and other VIPs and explain to them their winning art work, as well as see the first showing of the film. There were lots of exciting elements to the experience but the most enduring emotion was one of pride in the exemplary behaviour of our students. They were smart, composed and patient .They were very comfortable  in the glare of publicity and polite, warm and welcoming during their opportunity to speak with the future King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland about their eye-catching artwork. They were a credit to the school. 

The exciting experiences at BISS Puxi continue to be delivered on a weekly basis. On Wednesday 11 March we have a visit from award winning film producers Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday who run an LA based film company called Inflatable Films. They will deliver a film screening with a Q&A session and they will be running workshops for our Media and Film Studies students. You can find out more about the film and watch the trailer on their website. There are also still places available for parents to come to the screening at 8:50am in Stage One, if you would like to reserve a spot please email events@bisspuxi.com.

We have another important high profile specialist visit taking place later this month (25 and 26 March) when Dr Hester Vaizey  who is a lecturer in Modern German History at Clare College, Cambridge University as well as the Director of Studies in History responsible for the college’s selection and admissions policies visits the school.  Dr Vaizey will deliver lectures and workshops to our students on aspects of 20th Century German history and also deliver a talk on university admissions. She will also be delivering an evening history lecture open to the community, more details of this to follow next week.

Our secondary school play this year is Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, the four performances will take place from 17-19 March. This promises to be a very amusing and entertaining production. It is a piece that can be enjoyed by all age groups although the length of the play may be too much for very young children. You may wish to remind yourself of the story by viewing this 6 minute video. Tickets are available from primary and secondary reception.  

There is a small admissions charge for this production as there are for most of our performances. The primary reason for this is to ensure that there is a genuine commitment to attend. We have a large secondary auditorium with nearly 400 seats. However when we have issued tickets for such events without an admissions charge we have had events over subscribed and/ or half full due to people ordering tickets which they have then not used. This has caused upset with parents unable to attend due to the performance being fully booked although on the night we have not had a full house. Please if you do book tickets for school events but then find that you cannot make it, let us know so that we can reallocate them to other people who can attend instead.

On Saturday 14 March the PTA will be holding their very successful annual International Food Evening. This festival of food and beverage has grown in popularity and is definitely not one to miss if you like sampling great food from around the globe.

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