It is a timely holiday for us at school as it has been such a busy term that this holiday will provide everyone with a welcome break from the pace and demands of school life.
When a child finishes school for the day, it is quite common for parents to ask them what they did and what they learned. And the response is quite frequently a bit vague and along the lines of, “Just Stuff!”. So what is this “stuff” that the children are doing that keeps them so busy, so engaged and so ready for a well-earned break?
All of our students, from 2-18, have been working very hard with their learning and the many activities they take part in, both in and out of school. The calendar has been full of events to engage, inspire and challenge our students. Each week at BISS Puxi, the “stuff” that goes on is so varied and provides each child with such a rich education, academically, socially and physically. When I consider what has being going on in the last week (which is typical of any week) you will see that the learning experiences of our students are not limited to the exciting and challenging classroom based lessons but are so much more!
We love to extend learning beyond the classroom and take the students out into Shanghai on educational visits. Over the last few weeks, several groups of students have had varied offerings of quite diverse trips; our tiny Nursery children had a really exciting trip to the Fire Station where they got to explore the Fire Engines and see how a real life fire station works; our Year 5 students learned more about all things Science at the Science & Technology museum while the Year 9 students had craft workshops at the Jin Ze Art Centre to learn about Tibetan culture; not to mention the Year 6 outdoor activities residential to Lin An and the IA Bronze adventurous journey.
We also place great emphasis on children gaining the confidence to present and speak in front of an audience. There have been a series of fantastic class and year group assemblies led by the students, and the Shakespeare’s Birthday activities hosted by the English department allowed our students to get on stage and demonstrate their theatrical skills and their confidence to perform in front of an audience. Our BFA Film awards were an outstanding success and a great evening to showcase the amazing creative and technical abilities of our young Film makers. Meanwhile the KS2 Drama group are working hard on their preparations for the Annie production and this is shaping up to be a great event with children developing their talents in drama, music and dance.
Our Primary students have enthusiastically taken part in their annual sports days, using lots of energy and skill to tackle the circuit of fun athletic activities. They were also supported by our secondary students who showed great leadership in being stationmasters and helping the younger children to follow the instructions and be motivated to try their best.
Most notable this week was the mixed emotions expressed on Wednesday by our Year 13 students who marked their last day of school - ever. All their efforts over many years have brought them to this place – ready to sit their final IB exams – ready to take a big leap into the post-school phase of their lives. They began the day with mischief where they played a variety of tricks on the teachers, rearranged some of the furniture in rather creative ways and greeted the teachers as an army of water gun wielding warriors. But they finished the day with determination to succeed in their exams and excited by the world beyond school that awaits them.
So over this May Day weekend, we want our students to rest, recharge their batteries, and reflect on their labours and successes throughout the year to date. We want our Year 11 and year 13 students to get focused on their exams to ensure they reap the benefit of all their hard work and we want our other learners to come back energised to make the most of this last phase of the school year.
Thanks to all parents for your continued support of and partnership with school. Have a great extended weekend and enjoy this time in Shanghai or on travels beyond the city.
Niki Meehan, Vice Principal