Our teachers are busy writing reports on students’ progress as well as marking the exams that give a good indication of what stage the students are at in their learning journey. Next week it is very much business and lessons as usual before students leave for activities week or undertake work experience. Here at BISS Puxi we aim to keep our students academically focused until the last day of term and therefore we like to stress that, while it is natural for people to look ahead to leaving dates or holidays, if students don’t stay focused on school work, it can really undermine important opportunities to learn, bond and experience new things.
We would appreciate your help with encouraging your children to check that they have all their textbooks, instruments, kit and school equipment. In the next week we will start to ask for all these things to be returned as well as lockers to be cleared. Finally, if you are starting to think about what you need for next year, you can refer to the secondary school parent handbook on the website. If your child is in Year 11 moving into IB next year, there is information there also about the IB dress code. Very little will change next year in terms of what to wear or what to buy but it is worth noting that for IB mathematics students it is easier to buy the recommended calculator (the TI-Nspire CX) abroad. Please don’t forget that from next year iPads will be issued to all students in Years 7 to 9 as part of the school fees.
Talking of students preparing for next year, next Friday we are looking forward to welcoming the Year 6 students over from primary for their transition day. They will spend the day with us, take part in subject lessons and generally get a feel for what it means to be a secondary student.
Many thanks for your help in keeping the students organised and ensuring we do not waste time and effort searching for or replacing expensive equipment, and that we can continue to focus on the learning and exciting experiences.
Have a good weekend.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary