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Managing Change…the BISS Way

13 April 2017

By now you will be aware that with deep regret I will be returning home to ‘bonnie Scotland’ at the end of the school year. 

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It has been a very hard decision to leave the school, staff and of course the children and families that I have come to know and love so well during the last 4 years; but change comes to us all, particularly in this privileged international life we lead.

At assemblies this week I paused to look at the children and reflect how expert they are in dealing with change already at their young age.  Many of them are living in a very different culture from their homeland, many are learning in a language that is not their native tongue and all of them have to deal with the consequences of having an ever changing school community.  And as I observed them this week, I noticed how happy and resilient they are, a credit to the families and a school community that supports them so ably through the challenges of such significant change. 

Many parents are concerned when their children are faced with changes, be it relocating abroad, changing schools or even simply changing classes.  However, our children demonstrate that experiencing change is a positive learning experience that builds confidence and resilience early, and that means they are ready to take on further challenges in the future.  One only has to look at the group of bright, enthusiastic and energetic 2 year olds who have joined us this week in our Pre Nursery Bobcats Class.  They have been a remarkable cohort in the confident way they have started school and that is thanks to the support of their families, our excellent staff team’s knowledge of how best to settle young children and of course to the children themselves.  They are bright sparks!

As parents we know that our children will become adults and live in a world where increasingly change will be even more a recurring feature of their lives.  What better learning for life is there than teaching them early to see change as a challenge to be welcomed, rather than feared?  In this way they can grasp opportunities with positivity and confidence and live a fuller and more rewarding life, having control over their destinies.

And in the next weeks I will, no doubt, come to question and perhaps regret my decision to leave such a brilliant school.  However, I know I will only have to look to the children to inspire me to be positive and get ready for the next adventure.  What wonderful role models they are!

Eleanor Jess, Head of Primary