We are all looking forward to sharing this event with them as well as the graduation dinner which takes place at the Shangri La Hotel overlooking the Bund next Monday evening. They have been a very good senior year, they have been very hard working and excellent role models for the rest of the school and they are now ready to move off out into the big wide world and I look forward to sharing their results with them in July.
The last couple of weeks have been as busy as ever at school with numerous events, large and small, the Year 11 and 13 Art Exhibition, the Summer Concert, the KS2 Sports Day, various educational trips across the age groups (taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather) and little exciting experiences like the charming Nursery Bear’s Cookie Shop which I was lucky enough to be invited to visit last week. There has clearly been lots of very important and impactful learning in recent weeks on site, in Shanghai and beyond.
There is still a lot to enjoy as we enter the last couple of months of the school year, but at the same time we are looking forward to next year and the challenges ahead.
The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) is an important element in the success of any school. It is not always easy to find the right people to take on the responsibilities of leading and running the PTA and ensuring it continues to thrive, developing a sense of community, supporting the integration of new families and raising some money for good causes. Therefore I am delighted to report that we have in place a full team of individuals committed to roles on the PTA Committee for 2016-17 led by Mrs Cindy Liddard and Mrs Debbie Bricker. I am grateful to all of those who have volunteered their services and I am confident that with this team in place the PTA can look forward to another successful year. This seamless transition is also a great credit to Sabrina Galasso, Petra Herbertz and the rest of the current PTA team who have done such a good job this year running so many memorable and enjoyable events for new and existing parents.
It will not, I am sure, have evaded your attention that the traffic in Shanghai has become slower and heavier in the last 6 months or so. It is clear that there will, over the next couple of years, be some challenges in the area of transport, road safety and traffic management. Something similar happened in the lead up to the World Expo in 2010 and with it the creation of the Hongqiao Transport Hub. Over the next couple of years there will be quite a bit of road infrastructure development in our area with the construction of the Jinfeng Road Tunnel and the elevated road on Beiqing Highway both of which will in due course significantly improve the flow of traffic through, over and under Huacao. We are liaising with colleagues at SAS and with the local authorities to look at the impact of this work and its associated traffic on our transport system and on road safety for families travelling to BISS Puxi from compounds like Westwood Green and Stratford that are in and around the project area.
We are currently looking closely at our bus services for next year. We are looking to expand and improve our service and this is to a large degree dependent upon parental demand and location. We are already committed to one important change and that is the introduction of express bus routes from Hongqiao. We already have very popular and successful express bus routes in from Gubei and we will introduce something similar for families living in the neighbouring suburb. All of our bus runs will take into consideration the on-going need for safe pick up and drop off points and the need for swift uncongested routes into the BISS Puxi campus.
We are then expecting to be very well prepared for the inevitable challenges of the next phase of the development of Huacao and the rest of Greater Hongqiao over the next couple of years.
Kevin Foyle, Principal