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Next Stop - Tokyo and Jakarta

09 March 2017

A warm welcome back to all of you in the BISS Puxi community!  I hope that you have managed to find the time over the long weekend to relax together as a family and are collectively ready for the challenges that lay ahead this term.  I know that many of you took the opportunity to travel with your children around China and Asia.

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Our Year 11 and 13 students are entering the final period of lessons and revision over the next seven weeks, before they begin their written examinations at the very end of April.  This month, many of them will be taking the speaking components of their language exams and I wish them success as they embark upon this phase of their assessment.  Please continue to support them at home by ensuring that they are well-organised; with routines for revision, exercise, relaxation and rest.  We are preparing students with additional revision sessions at weekends and after-school, to ensure that they are fully ready.  Our GCSE PE students took last Thursday as an opportunity to experience a ‘mock’ examination – consisting of a practical element and an interview analysing performance and other aspects of the course.  This was a valuable simulation that will no doubt pay off on their April exam day.

Whilst many of us were relaxing this weekend, a small number of highly committed and energetic students attended the North-East Asia Mathematics Competition (NEAMC) in Tokyo with Mrs Graham and Mr Housham.  They performed very well, and whilst we are waiting for the final team results to be confirmed, there were some excellent individual performances, including that by Har Vey Yuen.  Pupils enjoyed an exciting Maths Trail, which provided both a cerebral challenge and a fun way to enjoy the spirit of the competition.  The team also had the opportunity to experience some of the Tokyo scene. My thanks and congratulations to students and staff alike.

Early on Tuesday morning, our U13 FOBISIA team headed off to Jakarta for the annual games.  The competition started in earnest yesterday and initial reports from Mr Fudge suggest that the team had a very successful first day.  Like the NEAMC challenge in Tokyo, the students have spent months preparing themselves for the challenges that they will face; both personally and as a team.  I am certain that the successes that they will enjoy are a reflection of the commitment and positive mind-set that has been adopted by each and every member of the squad.  Thank you to parents who supported the preparation by ensuring that the children were attending early morning training sessions; also for building that team spirit with some healthy and delicious looking breakfasts at school!

We have plenty of exciting experiences to look forward to in the very near future.  This Saturday sees the BISS University Fair taking place at the school – an opportunity for students and parents to attend and speak to top universities from around the world – students will be able to gather advice on degrees, qualification requirements and the opportunities that are open to them through a university education.  A great motivational event which may help solidify some tentative thoughts that our pupils in Years 10-12 may have about their next steps – and a good way to spark conversation within your family about the future. 

Further into March our senior production takes place – I will include further details in next week’s blog, but essentially BISS Puxi’s West Side Story has been fully produced by the students themselves - everything from the script and songs, to the set and costumes were designed and carried out by the pupils.  Please come and support them on Monday 20 and Tuesday 21 March in what will be a wonderful, hugely enjoyable and thought-provoking experience.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate some of secondary students who have just received the news of their success in passing their ABRSM Music Examinations at a range of levels and in a number of disciplines.  So, well done to Kyra Ke and Jennifer Xie (Piano), Angela Leung (Violin), Bhavya Ahuja (Singing) and Katharina Steirfof (Violin).  Having seen them perform on numerous occasions, I am always humbled and amazed by their talents and this formal recognition of their accomplishments is well deserved.

Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary