Last Thursday was an exciting day for our Key Stage 3 community as we celebrated the birthday of the great Bard himself (I believe that he is now over 450). It’s interesting as we’re not entirely sure about his exact date of birth and in fact there are some arguments in literary circles about whether Shakespeare was actually the real name of the playwright, and even whether he was in fact a she! (But we won’t go into all of that right now). What was impressive last week was being treated to Year 9 students performing their own abridged versions of Shakespeare’s plays – Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth featured and included all the students from their individual classes – an excellent participation rate! The performances stem from the study of his works in their English lessons and the quality was excellent; with creativity, humour and a true sense of understanding of the literary techniques that Shakespeare used in his original plays over four hundred years ago.
The ACAMIS Football tournament also took place last week and into the weekend, hosted at BISS. BISS Lions were in action against five other teams from across the city and further afield including Shenzhen and Qingdao (ACAMIS is an acronym for the Association of China and Mongolian International Schools). They enjoyed great success throughout the competition, progressing through to the finals where both teams won their respective games. After scoring over thirty goals in their first four matches and seemingly romping to success, the girls competed in a tough final to win 1-0 against Shekou International School. For the boys, it was slightly different, with some challenging matches earlier in the tournament and a successful 5-0 win against ISQ (Qingdao) in the final. Congratulations to all of the students involved and for their outstanding success. They’ve kept intact a record of success that the Lions have now enjoyed for five years.
Finally, this brings us to the final teaching days for our Year 11 and 13 students, who officially finished today and Wednesday respectfully. Year 13 students marked their final day, with the (now) tradition of dressing up a little differently - ensuring an eclectic mix of outfits to the delight (and sometimes surprise) of the younger members of the school community. It was a light-hearted and fun finish before the serious business of IB examinations began today. For all of our students (and their families supporting them), do bear in mind that the examinations represent your efforts over at least the last two years. Please continue to revise following the plans and timetables that you have in place, use the tips provided for effective revision, including the removal of music, regular breaks, proper sleep, healthy eating and talking through ideas with friends and parents. These simple techniques will help you to stay calm and achieve your targets. The library is also open in school on Saturdays as an alternative to home and a quiet place to study.
I wish all of the community an enjoyable weekend and look forward to welcoming all of the students back into school next Tuesday.
Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary