I am pleased to be able to report that my mother, who was taken seriously ill, is now on the long, slow road to recovery.
When faced with these kinds of difficult situations we inevitably reflect upon our lives and the people we share them with. I was particularly grateful for the support of our friends and my colleagues over the last ten days or so. I strongly suspect that the vast majority of people were completely unaware of my absence; such is the high level of skill and experience within the team at BISS Puxi. I was able to leave at very short notice confident that the school would continue to function perfectly well even at such a busy time of year with public exams commencing and Year 11 and 13 finishing their formal timetabled school commitments.
It also struck me that we are very lucky to live in such a warm and supportive environment. The strength of the community lies not just in the teaching staff and their ability to support each other and the students entrusted to their care, but also in the parent body and the extended school community. Over the last year eight years I have seen the school community grow not just in terms of numbers but also in term of the warmth and quality of the support and encouragement it can provide for new and existing families. There have been, and there still are, a number of very tough family and personal situations that have seen the community individually and collectively at its best rallying round and providing much needed comfort, support and advice.
The Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) at BISS Puxi is a very important part of the welcoming and supportive nature of our community. There has again been significant progress in terms of this body’s unity of purpose and continuity. All of us have reason to be very grateful to the PTA for the on-going work that they do in building and sustaining our sense of community, in welcoming and supporting new arrivals through the cultural transition into Shanghai life and in terms of raising money for some important and very worthy charitable causes. I am delighted to report that the PTA has never been in better health and next week we will be announcing the PTA officers for 2016-17.
While I was back in the UK, people, as always, ask what you do and where you live and they never fail to be surprised and amazed when you say you live in Shanghai. What they don’t and can’t appreciate is the genuine warmth of the community we live in and the lifelong international friends and contacts that we make and that we have to look forward to seeing again in years to come.
Kevin Foyle, Principal