The April school break provides a chance for everyone to recharge their batteries and a launch pad for the start of another busy term. The clear aim at the beginning of this term is a swift return to the normal running of the school day and the systems that support it and therefore to a programme full of exciting experiences with lots of academic progress. In the secondary school there is a sharp focus on exam preparations for those in Years 10, 11 and 13 who have public examinations to wrestle with. A variety of revision and additional study options have been available and eagerly attended by students. With places at high quality, prestigious universities like Oxford, Duke, Cambridge, Carnegie Mellon and Hong Kong at stake this commitment is perhaps no surprise. In fact this week has already seen public examinations underway with modern language speaking and PE practical exams taking place.
Away from the classroom on Tuesday, in very tough wet and windy conditions, the boys’ Division One football team completed their league season with a draw with our neighbours SAS. This completed an outstanding undefeated regular season in the Shanghai League of nine wins and one draw and their success in winning the league was matched by a win in the Shanghai Cup. The Division One girls’ football team has also been very successful and they completed their league programme with a 5-0 win against the same opposition and a creditable third in the league. This weekend’s finals, along with the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools’ (ACAMIS) Tournament in Beijing next weekend complete the season for these teams and again they hope to return with further silver ware.
This weekend the on-going commitment of staff to their own training and development, which spans the year, is self-evident in staff’s involvement in a second SOS International First Aid Training Day, and School Counselling Training led by Dr Becci Dow.
Next week is full to the brim with exciting educational opportunities. We have a third visit this year from Mr Clive Leach who has already had, through his work with staff, students and parents, a significant impact on our approach to coaching and mentoring and to the all important issue of mental well-being within our community. This time his work will be focusing on Building Mental Toughness and Coaching Conversations in the sessions that he is running for parents.
We will also be hosting a visit from Juilliard during which we will be launching The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme, which culminates in an information evening for parents including performances from some of our leading dancers and musicians and alumni from the Juilliard School including renowned violinist Stephanie Song.
If that was not enough, on Wednesday and Thursday we also have a visit from the Splendid Theatre Company, an Award Winning UK Theatre Company who have performed at all the major theatres in the UK. They will be performing “Woyzeck’, which is their new creative adaptation of Georg Büchner's unfinished classic novel.
Year 6 is off to Linhai next week on the first of our Summer Term Residential trips where they will experience a wide variety of exciting outdoor educational experiences and challenges.
Last but not least, on Saturday 18 April we have the Tenth Anniversary Garden Party here at BISS Puxi, which promises to a memorable occasion marking the founding of our school and all that has been achieved over the last decade.
It is great to be back and we look forward to seeing you at school for these events.
- Kevin Foyle, Principal