I am sure that many of you have enjoyed giving and receiving gifts over the festive period (I’d personally like to thank my sister-in-law for the handy socks), but what is the best gift that you can give, especially to a child?
Teaching staff have been busy at BISS Puxi since the start of the week, preparing for the term ahead. It is a relatively short half-term until the Chinese New Year in February, but there are lots of activities planned for our students, both within and outside the classroom.
On Monday we are having a visit from a woodwind duet who are both Juilliard alumni. They are coming into school to give some interactive workshops for our students in Years 7 and 8 which should be another exciting opportunity for them as part of The Juilliard-Nord Anglia Performing Arts Programme.
Next week also sees the start of our Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) programme with swimming, water polo, volleyball, football, netball, rugby and yoga as options for sports, whilst jazz, guitar, rock, show band and orchestra are offered by the music department. Film Club, K-Pop, Chess Club, Drawing, Photography, languages and revision classes are all available and I strongly encourage all students to be ambitious and challenge themselves to try something new. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet other students across year groups that you would not usually work with at the school.
Our ACAMIS basketball team will be heading to Tianjian in mid-January for a three day tournament and they will continue to train hard over the next two weeks. At the end of the month, our swim team will be taking part in the FOBISIA Swimming Meeting in Phuket.
The Mandarin staff and students are currently planning different events in the classroom and activities across the school to celebrate the Chinese New Year and welcome in the Year of the Monkey.
These are just a few of the highlights taking place this month with many more, including Model United Nations, IB Theatre Monologue Performances, a Biology Olympiad and a Year 10 Work Experience Information Evening.
Our students will continue to be challenged academically. Our GCSE and IB students will be reviewing their holiday homework activities with teachers this week and next. Year 11 and 13 pupils will also be reflecting upon their mock examination results from December and have specific areas of room for improvement. All pupils across the school will be looking with their form tutors at their tracker reports and setting themselves further challenges.
The challenge for students taking exams is to reach their golden targets through the support of their teachers and by adopting a positive mindset with a determination to succeed. Yesterday, we welcomed new families to the school community and as we discussed academic achievement with them, Carol Dweck’s quote sprang to mind and seems very apt for all of us as we encourage our children at the start of a new term: ‘If parents want to give their children a gift – the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenge, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning’.
I very much look forward to seeing you at the school soon and wish you and your family a successful 2016 in Shanghai.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary