We welcomed many new families to the school community at the start of January and I know that students have settled in quickly at BISS Puxi and are enjoying their experiences of living in the exciting city of Shanghai. The warm welcome extended by buddies, form tutors, the room parenting network and the PTA have all helped to smooth the transition for our young people and their parents. The holiday will provide all of us with an opportunity to enjoy spending time together with family and friends and build those lifelong friendships.
Students have continued to be challenged since their return at the start of the year, both within the classroom and through their extra-curricular activities. Key Stage 3 students enjoyed musical workshops through our Juilliard collaboration and this will continue to strengthen in the future. Students from all year groups have enjoyed success and participation in many sporting events, including ACAMIS Basketball in Tianjin and FOBISIA Swimming in Phuket.
Our Model United Nations students have been praised for their achievements at the Shanghai MUN conference. Scientists and mathematicians have taken up the challenge of the Biology, Physics and Mathematics Olympiads. Our IB Drama students have completed their Theatre Monologues and the senior school production rehearsals have continued in the evenings and weekends. We look forward to seeing students perform at the very beginning of March – please reserve these dates in your diaries - if you have guests arriving in the city, then this is a great opportunity to show them the rich curriculum that our children participate in at BISS Puxi.
In recent days, we have begun our celebrations of the Chinese New Year and this has included many exciting experiences for our pupils. Key Stage 3 students enjoyed a Kun Opera performance which included very impressive costumes and some amazing performances with great athleticism and agility displayed by the performers. Students will then perform themselves in their own show on Wednesday afternoon and evening. In Mandarin lessons, students have been practising calligraphy, cooking Chinese snacks and taking part in traditional Chinese games. It has allowed the students an appreciation of the culture of the country within which they are living and growing up, in a fun and exciting learning environment.
Finally, students have just received their tracker reports outlining both their academic achievements and the effort and commitment that they show in their subject studies. I would encourage you to spend time appreciating these with them as they represent only a summary of the hard work that they have shown in the last half-term. The holiday time provides an excellent opportunity to reflect upon their progress and encourage them in their next steps.
In the meantime, on behalf of all the staff at the school, we wish you and your family a very happy and safe Chinese New Year.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary