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Chinese New Year – The Year of the Rooster

25 januari 2017

As the Chinese New Year begins, I was curious about the attributes of the Rooster in relation to the Chinese Zodiac.  According to my (very limited) research, people born in a year of the Rooster are very observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.  

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Roosters are very confident in themselves.  They are always active, amusing, and popular within a crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the centre of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.   Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion.   Roosters are healthy and enjoy sports.

We see many of these traits in our school community – our students constantly demonstrate their hard work and talents – not just in sports, but also within performing arts and in their academic achievements.  This week, our EAL students received their results from the Cambridge English exams taken in December – a 100% pass rate for all students taking KET (Key English Test) and PET (Preliminary English Test), with most students attaining a Merit or Distinction.  Congratulations to all of the students and the teachers supporting them.  This month also saw the publication of results for students who took ABRSM Music exams at the end of last term.  Again, a 100% pass rate for all of the students, who performed on the piano, violin, clarinet cello, guitar and flute, or by singing.

Last weekend saw students attending the three day Model United Nations conference in Shanghai, where they challenged themselves to work creatively and collaboratively with other members from across the city, where they fine-tuned their abilities in delivering presentations and where they developed their role as young leaders.  They thrived under the pressure of the event and I congratulate them for their efforts and achievements.

Similar exciting experiences were evident on Friday in our Chinese Talent Show.  Thank you to all the students, parents and teachers involved in ensuring that we all had a fantastic time. All the performances were amazing and all performers deserve congratulations for the time and effort they put into preparing their acts. The audience enjoyed traditional Chinese activities from Year 8 students, including a Fan Dance and 梁祝 classical musical performance, as well as a rap lesson from our Year 9 pupils.  We would also like to thank the performers who added additional colour, culture and enjoyment: the classical music performance of gongxi 恭喜恭喜; the year 7 Chinese phrases actors, the performers of the Cui Jian song and the Chinese parents who performed a fashion show.   Finally, I’d like to thank the presenters of the show (Jimin, Pelin, Edward and Jiahui)for their competent introductions in Mandarin and English; and the Year 9 students who prepared the Chinese New Year Quiz.

We are lucky to have students who are hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented.  With the support and commitment of teachers and parents, we aim to ensure that we nurture these attributes to ensure that being a pupil at BISS Puxi is a truly challenging, creative and memorable experience.

In the meantime, on behalf of all of the staff at the school, we wish you and your family a very happy Chinese New Year.  新年快乐! Xīnnián kuàilè!

Andrew Lancaster, Head of Secondary