Nurturing these talents through expert coaching and teaching produces outstanding results. We have been celebrating the talents and interest of pupils throughout the year groups this week.
On Tuesday evening, Rus Ekkel treated us to a night of glitz (Hollywood style) as we celebrated the fantastic work of our Film and Media Studies students in Years 10 to 13. The red carpet, smart tuxedos, glamorous dresses and of course polished presenting were on show to a very appreciative audience.
This year, we had music video entries from Year 10 students for the very first time, and although they have only been studying the technical aspects of compiling footage and music for a few months, the outcomes were incredible. A well-deserved BFA was awarded to Yuen Ning Chang, Chloe Ngan and Ivy Mulan Chen for ‘Carousel’. Next up, we enjoyed the filming genius of our Year 11 and IB students. All of their production pieces form part of their coursework submissions to the examination boards and reflect their combined efforts of filming in various locations (both in Huacao and downtown Shanghai), as well as adding voiceovers (it was nice to hear Sir David Attenborough’s voice used in a documentary on Shanghai’s population). Music featured in almost all of the films and was used to great effect – to add suspense and terror in the Film Noir category – and evident in ‘Bloody Mary’, which was also shortlisted for an award at a regional level in Singapore.
Audience participation featured in the form of a vote for the most popular film and the accolades deservedly went to ‘Safe and Sound’, written and produced by Kirsty Tytherleigh, and starring Harrison Thomas and Laura Van Tilborg. A great evening to celebrate the achievements of all of the students and my thanks to all of them for their hard work in putting their films together – their awards were very well-earned. Key Stage 3 students were inspired by the efforts of our senior students through a special viewing session held for them yesterday. This was a great way to showcase and encourage them in their own endeavours.
On Wednesday, we held our annual Sports Award Ceremony. Participation and success in sports is promoted throughout the school and we encourage all students to challenge themselves each term through our ECA and BISCAP programme in a wide variety of sports; including football, netball, basketball, volleyball, rugby, swimming, cross-country, tennis and of course FOBISIA Games. For some students in Years 11 and 13, and for those pupils leaving the school at the end of this year, it was also an opportunity to reflect upon the time, energy and commitment that they have given to our sporting achievements during their school career at BISS.
Our teams are always represented as BISS Lions at sporting events across Shanghai and further afield in other international schools. All of our participating students received certificates which recognised their commitment to being ‘Part of the Pride’.
We also heard from some of our coaches as they reflected upon their memories of training and coaching over the course of this season; these were entertaining and inspirational. I hope that for the students, their speeches will drive their ambition further in the sports in which they compete.
At this stage, I’d also like to thank parents for their continuing support of the children in their chosen sports. The Sports Committee has been very active this year and thank you for providing support for the coaches, for communicating important messages within the school community, and for ensuring a warm welcome for visiting schools. The food, in particular, has been delicious for pupils at training sessions, as well as at the FOBISIA U15 tournament here at BISS! Thank you too to those I see at school either early in the morning, or later into the evening - supporting your children (and others) in training sessions or cheering them on in competitions.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary