By Andrew Lancaster, Principal
Yesterday, we received the news that IB written examinations will not be taking place next term, although all students will receive marks for each of their subjects and an overall IBDP score, the mechanism of how this will work is expected from the IBO this week. I know that this will be very disappointing for Year 13 students who have worked so hard throughout the last two years and under particularly challenging circumstances since February. However, I do think that it is important to keep in mind that none of this effort is lost. The skills, knowledge and values which are developed in the IB Diploma Programme will help our students to be very successful in their futures.
At uncertain times, we are always seeking clarity, and of course the one thing that it is difficult to provide during such an unprecedented and evolving situation is clarity itself. At present, the most frequently asked question I am asked is “When will the school campus re-open?” And of course the one question I cannot answer definitively is this very one! However, what I can share with you is that the school campus is well prepared, safe and ready for your return at the point that we do receive notification from the government that we are able to open again. I also get asked the question “Why don’t you insist that all of your teachers return to Shanghai, and send us a list of them?” The simple answer is that they are making difficult choices too, like everyone in the community has, about the safest options for themselves and their families, perhaps taking into account advice from their governments. Despite this, teachers have continued to offer engaging activities for our students, from wherever they are in the world. I am also pleased to say that we have more and more of our teachers returning to the city too, and I know that they are very much looking forward to being able to welcome you back to BISS Puxi in person.
In the meantime, we continue looking at how we can enhance current learning activities in our Virtual School Environment, following valuable feedback from students, parents and staff. Our Heads of Schools will send through more details about what this will look like during this week, the most significant development is that we will be adding in some live-lessons for our children, which will provide them with the opportunity to interact more with their teachers and friends.
In the meantime, I hope that you remain safe and well. I will write to you soon if we have any significant updates.