Once again, this year, all of the people I have spoken to thoroughly enjoyed this community event and were full of praise for all of the PTA team who again worked so hard to create this special occasion.
Being away from school does have one very important redeeming feature. It gives you a chance to look at, reflect upon and evaluate the work of the school and its communication from a distance. At the same time when, as I did, you visit other schools, in this case leading exclusive Swiss boarding schools, you get the opportunity to compare and contrast what we have to offer students at BISS Puxi with what other schools provide. There is always something to learn and admire that can be adapted and brought to bear on the work that we do here in Shanghai.
It is also good to see how other schools in the Nord Anglia family are approaching the Global Campus challenges we are currently involved in such as the bucket drumming challenge “Thinking Outside the Bucket”, the Global Campus Writing Competition and the Rube Goldberg Machine Competition.
The news of exciting experiences, successes and academic progress reached me on a daily basis via a variety of media including blogs, newsletters, emails and social media. We have again enjoyed a good deal of success in prestigious external events over the last week or so, for instance the Hong Kong Young Writers Awards, the North East Asian Mathematical Competition, the FOBISIA Maths Team Challenge and Shanghai MUN XVII, all of which have required ambition, commitment and drive from both students and staff. It is also lovely to receive a steady flow of emails written by colleagues thanking and congratulating others on their hard work and success. Finally, almost every day I have had the pleasure of receiving nominations for Principal’s Commendations from staff for students who have done something extra special. I look forward to awarding these personally at break time again this week. All of this communication serves to maintain the positive momentum and energy that underpins our commitment to help others thrive.
We are, at the time of writing, enjoying another busy week with visits from new Principal Dr Neil Hopkin, our Juilliard visiting teaching artist Andrea Lee and a variety of events including the FOBISIA Under 13 Games in Seoul. Next week, the last week of term, we have the International themed week to look forward to, including the international parade and the ever popular international food fair for both Primary and Secondary students. I look forward to welcoming you to the school during the course of the week.
Kevin Foyle, Principal