The Winter Music Concert on Friday evening was a very good example of the continued development of school’s extra- curricular capabilities and performance. The concert featured talented musicians from across the age groups who entertained a large audience with a rich variety of modern, classical and Christmas music. Thursday’s whole school Christmas Lunch was very well received and beautifully served by staff, and our pantomime “Aladdin” was a very funny, well written production and a great way to complete our festivities. Meanwhile the 1st XV rugby squad returned after a successful end to their season on tour in Singapore and our CAS students returned from an enlightening and demanding Community Service Conference in Thailand. Elsewhere across the school we have enjoyed nativity plays, art exhibitions, themed days and local educational visits.
I am very grateful to all of the staff for their commitment and hard work over the course of the term and for maintaining the impetus right the way through to the end of term. There is a huge amount of success and progress to look back on with a real sense of pride.
Our efforts in terms of driving up standards and helping others to thrive are not, of course, confined to the support and guidance we give to the students in our care. It is also important that staff, both local and ex-pat are given training opportunities and recognised for the contribution that they make to the life of our community. Two of our hard working Learning Assistant team, Queenie and Rachel, were recognised this week as ‘Star of the Month’ for their outstanding contribution in the classroom and on the transport system. We are always very pleased to get positive feedback from parents about our bus monitors and this month Queenie has received a good deal of praise from parents such as: “She is excellent at communicating with us and whenever I see her she always has a smile and seems to have a very good rapport with the children!”
Our security guards’ team have also been working hard on a programme of English language lessons which are designed to support them with their communication with existing parents and visitors.
Work on the development of the campus will continue over the holidays with the redecoration and refurbishment of the Primary Sports Hall and some work behind the secondary auditorium that will improve the use of the space for storage and thus free up some teaching and learning space elsewhere in the secondary building.
We are also pleased to be able to announce that we have a new date for our Winter Wonderland, which we unfortunately had to postpone due to air quality issues beyond our control. The Winter Wonderland will now take place on Saturday 25 January and promises to be just as good as the one planned for last weekend. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.
Finally, it is a time of year when we do bid farewell to a small number of staff and students who move on to new homes, schools and challenges. We wish them all well and ask that they keep in touch with us and all of the friends they have made during their time with us.
We will also in turn be warmly welcoming a number of new families to our community after the Christmas break and again after the Chinese New Year.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of the team at the British International School Shanghai, Puxi Campus.
Kevin Foyle, Principal