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Secondary Weekly Update 14/09/2018 from Mr. Nick Lee

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Walking around and popping into many lessons this week, it is wonderful to see the students settled into their learning, and I am seeing many terrific lessons, full of curiosity, challenge and engagement. It is great to see and I’d like to thank all of our teachers for making the start of the school year so smooth and welcoming for all our students.

My office is below the music rooms and all week I have been hearing “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding” which is the song we are preparing for this year’s ‘Song For Peace’ project. We will be performing and recording it in a couple of weeks’ time along with the Primary students, as we have done for the last 3 years. My thanks go to 
Ms Metcalfe-Smith for all the hard work in preparing the students for this.

It has also been lovely to see the first rehearsals taking place for this year’s musical production of “Little Shop of Horrors”. Following the audition process, the student actors have been put through their paces - and it already sounds and looks great. The Art team are busily working on producing some very elaborate and complicated props upon which the production depends. It takes a lot of time and commitment from all of the actors to put on a show, and they will be working hard all term as they build to the performances in December. My thanks to Ms Hutchinson, Ms Metcalfe-Smith, Ms Corkery and Mr Johnson for their commitment to this annual highlight.

This week, we had a non-uniform day to help raise funds for the Tanzania expedition.  The 18 students that are going on this year’s expedition have to raise $300 each which goes towards the ongoing sustainable development projects that the NAE camp in Tanzania runs. It was wonderful to see the school dressed in the colours of the Tanzanian flag - blue, yellow, black and green. In the assembly on Friday the students and staff that are going on the expedition made a compelling presentation that showed the hardships that are faced in Tanzania and why their trip is so important in helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves in our global family. My thanks to Mr Gareth Owen and Ms Thao, our community service officer, for their work with the students.

Also in assembly, we were able to celebrate the Key Stage 3 and 4 Champions from the first part of our school year. The students that had been selected had shown great commitment to the school in the first few weeks 
term, and had earned many achievement points for their academic work and their support of their peers. Mr Jones and Mr Morgan were rightly proud of these students, and look forward to celebrating others through the school year.of

Lastly, I would like to thank 
Mr Andy Puttock, the Global Head of Education for Nord Anglia, who took time out of his visit to BVIS to talk to the School in assembly.

I hope you all have a great week ahead.