We know that parent engagement is a vital part of a truly successful school and that children learn best when parents are meaningfully partners in their children’s education. It is wonderful therefore to reflect on this busy start of term and see the many ways that we are building this community spirit and parental engagement here at BISS.
Firstly, we must say a huge thanks and well done to our highly committed Parent Association for a fantastic Welcome Back Party on Saturday. Attended by over 1,000 children, parents and staff, this event was a perfect opportunity for old and new friends to come together and celebrate the start of the new school year. The children had a fun time, dancing and playing on the dark and mysterious sports fields, with only their neon glow-in-the-dark bracelets giving away their location. Parents too had a great time, enjoying some rather deluxe picnics in the good company of friends while listening to the band playing. Thank you to everyone involved in planning and running this even, and to everyone for coming along and making it such a great evening of BISS Puxi community spirit.
We strive to ensure that each child has a positive experience of school. And we know that for this to happen, parents need to be actively involved and kept well informed. To this end, we have already hosted a number of Parent Information Sessions and Workshops. Each of these is aimed at helping parents to understand how we approach teaching and learning in different curriculum areas and with different year groups. All sessions have been very well attended and we have very much enjoyed working with you; sharing our educational philosophy and approaches, and answering the questions that you have. As we go through the year there will also be several scheduled opportunities for parents to meet with teachers and to receive student progress reports. The first of these reports have been issued this week with Primary children receiving their Settling-In Report, and in the coming weeks, secondary students will receive their first trackers of the school year. Of course, we do encourage parents to contact us if you have a concern with any aspect of your child’s school experience; we will always make ourselves available to help resolve any problems promptly.
It has been a very lively and productive few weeks and it is great to see the school community quickly transforming into the vibrant learning environment and community hub. Just as we are getting started, we have a small interruption in the form of the Autumn Festival holiday. We hope you enjoy this short break and that children recharge their batteries ready for the great learning opportunities that lie ahead.
Thanks for your continue support.
Niki Meehan, Vice Principal