As parents and teachers, we are very proud of their achievements. It was a great start to 2019 and we hope that this will be a boost to their confidence as they continue their journey in our IB Academy. They are shaping their futures as they progress through the senior school and will soon be submitting their applications to universities across the world. The competition will be tough, but students at BISS have a big advantage. The opportunities which are available here and which are built on our school philosophy of ‘Being Ambitious’, will stand them in great stead when making those applications.
The foundations of this vision include Academic Achievement, through IGCSE results and IB scores. However, there are four more – Sport, STEAM, Juilliard and Internationalism. I believe that the opportunities available under each of these umbrellas and that I have seen students take, are the ones that will make them stand out next year. They will be the defining factors in shaping what students do in their futures. Some have developed a love of swimming, netball, rugby or volleyball through participation in ECAs. Some have moved beyond participation and into competitions – FOBISIA, SISAC or ACAMIS – all of which have provided an understanding of how to drive themselves, how to get better at something and how to work together as a team. It’s the law of incremental gains – for example, beating that personal best in swimming. These are vital skills that develop a growth mind-set, that help us all to understand that nothing is really impossible; it’s just how much time and effort we are willing to put into creating our own successes.
The same is true for those who have taken the opportunities in performing arts – musical recitals, summer and winter concerts, school productions and festivals. And for those who have completed the International Award, or represented the school at MUN Conferences, those who are Language Leaders, who have explored different cultures and environments by taking part in trips to Tanzania, Madrid, Berlin or Paris. Students at The British International School Shanghai become more global in their outlook through these experiences. And they’ve become global citizens by supporting others on the planet – in Year 12 through Raising Awareness for Giving as part of their CAS project, in fundraising and preparation for this year’s visit to Cambodia and more locally, through supporting the Huaxin Rehabilitation Centre or supporting students at migrant schools through their involvement in The Giving Tree.
In all of these things, we are proud of our students’ positive attitude towards them and their passion to make a difference will define them as individuals. Their compassion, their respect and support for others and the environment in which we live, their willingness to be open-minded and their ambition will set them apart.
Thank you to all of those for attending and participating and to all our students and families. I wish you all a successful 2019.