In true BISS Puxi style, it has been packed with exciting experiences for our students to challenge themselves with and enjoy.
Our Key Stage 3 pupils returned from their Activities Week trips on Friday afternoon and evening. I have spoken to many of them this week and they clearly had a very enjoyable week in Yangshuo, Inner Mongolia and Sanya. A lot of friendships were strengthened and new ones flourished as they took part in the many team-building activities of each programme. During this week, many of them have been reflecting in lessons upon their time last week and have produced projects linked to the places that they visited.
Year 8 students embarked on an Historical Fiction Day on Monday and Tuesday in the History department. They learnt about ways of forming characters in narratives, as well as how to create opening and closing sections of a story. This led to the outcome of a number role plays based upon the key events or episodes in modern Chinese history, including the Great Leap Forward. Students performed these extremely well in the Auditorium in a fitting finale to the programme.
Our Year 10 students spent a busy week on their work experience placements. Most were working in Shanghai, with a small number further afield in Nanjing, Hangzhou and even Austria. Over the course of the week the students experienced how it is to work in the real world. There were students working in hotels, veterinary clinics and kindergartens, to students working for the chemical industry, wineries and as sports coaches. The time spent out of school experiencing the world of work will have been an invaluable time for them and I hope it will have given them an insight as to what they may, or may not like to do in the future.
Our Year 12 students had a wonderful time in Cambodia and for some of them a delayed flight back into Shanghai. Despite this, they had a fantastic time engaged in the CAS part of their IB Diploma Programme. I know that the service that they carried out at the school in Phnom Penh to support the Indochina Starfish Organisation will have had a profound impact upon them and I thank them for fully participating in this project. Since their return, they have been completing their TOK presentations and so will need a good rest this weekend!
Finally, I would like to wish the very best to the students, staff and parents of the BISS Puxi community who are leaving this week and moving on to new challenges. I do hope that you take with you some very special memories and that you have enjoyed the challenges and successes that living in this great city brings. I hope to learn of your new adventures later this year through your friends and their parents returning in August.
School starts for all students on Monday 22 August 2016. We have an Orientation Day on Thursday 18 August for all of our new students in Years 8-12. On Friday 19 August, we have an Orientation Day for all Year 7 students, both new to BISS Puxi and those joining us from the Primary school.
In the meantime, I’d like to thank all of you for another successful year at the school for our students and I wish you a restful, safe and enjoyable summer holiday.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary