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Delivering On Our Three Promises

25 February 2016

I had a very interesting discussion with parents at the IGCSE Information Evening on Monday in which we were looking at the skills that our children will require to be successful adults in 2020, compared to those at present or in the recent past.  

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This was based upon an interesting blog examining a report by the World Economic Forum on the future of jobs. The top three skills identified to be successful in 2015 are complex problem-solving, coordinating with others and people management skills. The report suggests that in 2020, those most required for success will be complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity. 

Here at BISS Puxi, we aim to deliver a curriculum according to our three promises of a Warm Welcome, Academic Achievement and Exciting Experiences. It is full of opportunities in which our pupils can practise the skills mentioned above and of which the Global Challenge is a very good example – they need to be creative in their inventions, design their Rube Goldberg machine with others and then produce one that will work for between sixty to ninety seconds – a tough challenge! We are asking them to complete their collaborative designs by the end of this week and then looking for students to work together on the complex task of ‘making it happen’. It is also built around the theme of Shanghai and China, so there is plenty of scope for pupils to be creative about how it will look as a final invention. 

Another good example of how we develop these skills lies ahead with the school production, which I would ask you to support next week. The Threepenny Opera is a Bertolt Brecht play that our students will be performing in their own inimitable style. Over the past few weeks our cast of talented young actors have been busy attending evening and weekend rehearsals, immersing themselves in Brecht’s world. Our set and costume designers have re-created this world on the stage and the final result will be, yet again, another outstanding performance.  The complexity of bringing together cast and crew, set design and stage management, coupled with the creativity that our students have shown in their roles and costume, reflect our efforts in encouraging our students to be the best that they can be. This experience will genuinely prepare them for the skills that they will need as young adults. The performances takes place from Tuesday to Thursday next week and begin at 7pm. You can buy tickets through Yoopay, our partner payment platform via the following link or at reception. I’d like to thank the students involved in advance for all of the commitment that they have shown so far and to you as their parents for supporting them at this very busy time. This is our senior school production and most of the cast and crew are also studying towards their examinations at IGCSE or IB level.

Finally, and unsurprisingly, the newest addition to the list of skills that appears as an essential skill to success is Emotional Intelligence (EI). Research suggests that developing EI enables children to reflect upon their own behaviours and have better social interactions with others.  In adults, this is realised through strong leadership skills. We aim to develop this skill in our own school community and have been fortunate in welcoming back Clive Leach to the school this week to support the wellbeing programme at BISS Puxi. He has delivered workshops to students, parents and staff to develop our curriculum in this area further.  You can read more details about Positive Education, Strength Spotting and the ‘F’ Word here.

Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary


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