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Muppets, Mocks and Mulled Wine

07 December 2016

I write this blog having just returned from another wonderful evening at BISS Puxi, that reminds me what a privilege it is to work with such committed and talented students.

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They are supported by you in encouraging them to be ambitious and coached by very hard-working staff.

This evening’s performance of ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’ was truly memorable and it was great to see so many of our younger students on stage.  This was the first Key Stage 3 production under the direction of our Head of Drama, Marta Cotrim, and it was good to see so many lead performances, supported by singers and musicians alike.  Exciting special effects and lighting techniques were used that really helped emphasize the spooky nature of Scrooge’s Christmas Eve experiences with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future!  Our auditorium was full and the production was very well appreciated by all.  I refer back to the quote by John Ruskin made in one of my first blogs at the school - “Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.”  This is coupled with the hours and hours that our students put into events such as this, early in the morning, or late into the evening.  They go the extra mile and the results speak for themselves.  Congratulations to all of you.

In lessons this week, Year 11 and 13 students continue to receive their results from their mock examinations.  There have been plenty of successes and they will seek to repeat these in the final examinations next June.  There is still a lot to do in their studies and I hope that they are able to act carefully upon the advice given to them in the feedback sessions to enable them to reach their full potential.  Students will receive holiday homework in the form of past papers to hone their techniques in answering exam questions.

We were treated to a very enjoyable (and sunny) Christmas Fair last weekend - thank you to the PTA, CAS students and staff for putting on such a fabulous event – and to you for attending and making it successful.  This was a great opportunity for some of us to do a little bit of Christmas shopping and enjoy time with friends – the smell of mulled wine only added to the festive atmosphere.  If you would still like to buy a desktop calendar for next year, please do drop by either of the receptions – they are bespoke and contain original artwork by BISS pupils – all money raised goes towards the Year 12 students’ work with the Indochina Starfish Organisation in Cambodia.

Next week will continue to challenge students in and outside of the classroom and one that will also allow pupils to enjoy each other’s achievements.  Our tennis players are currently attending a tournament in Bangkok and I will report on their achievements in my final blog of the year.  We still have the Winter Music Concert to look forward to next Wednesday; pupils are busy in the final stage of rehearsals at this moment in time.  Pupils and staff will all enjoy a Christmas lunch together too in order to celebrate as term draws to a close.  I know that many of you will be making plans over the holiday period, I hope that these are progressing well and that you are looking forward to spending time with friends, family and relatives.

Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary