As the colder weather has finally arrived, we are feeling incredibly fortunate to have held our International Day event on Saturday 18th November. This year’s event was even bigger than last year with over 3,000 visitors. The whole event ran incredibly smoothly, with so many families enjoying a carnival atmosphere. A day like this represents significant logistical challenges and our events manager and facilities teams spent many days deciding how to get vendors, staff and guests safely on and off our site. I am sure you will join me in congratulating them on doing an amazing job this year.
In October, I attended the annual Nord Anglia Principal’s conference in Switzerland. This was an opportunity for all 46 Principals and NAE senior executives to reflect on NAEs achievements in 2016-17, and to consider ways to improve the educational offer, for our students, in the future. I was interested to hear that in 2016-17, over 1,000 students took part in NAE expeditions to Tanzania and Switzerland, that 1,300 students took part in the UNICEF Global Challenge, and that 1 in 3 NAE graduates entered one of the world’s top 100 Universities. For staff, it was also exciting to hear that in 2016-17, some 39,000 teaching positions were advertised within NAE, and that there were 100 internal transfers and 150 internal promotions. This really does emphasise the impressive number of opportunities available to teachers within NAE.
As we reached the end of October, I was pleased to note that over 90% of students from Y3 to Y13 had taken part in our residential trips. The benefits of this programme cannot be overemphasized, with students being immersed in a number of challenging outdoor pursuits and many being given the opportunity to take part in an impressive range of community service activities. It is always a pleasure to be in our school the following week, to see the way friendships have developed and note the greater awareness staff have of the students’ abilities outside of a classroom.
This term, we were pleased to host the Nord Anglia China Region Football Tournament and to welcome students from the NAE Schools in Hong Kong and Beijing. These events get bigger each year and provide our students with an opportunity to meet students from our sister schools for friendly competition. Although we did not win, I was really pleased with the way we competed and have high hopes for the future competitions.
I would like to once again congratulate our Secondary staff and students on achieving an impressive set of examination results. Once again, we achieved the best A-Level results within Nord Anglia Education, as well as a number of outstanding individual results, including Best in the World at IGCSE Maths, Best at AS Business Studies and Art in China, as well as the Best in the World at IGCSE!
With such outstanding results, we are not surprised to hear that the graduating class have been accepted to some of the world’s best universities. Marcelina, for example, is now studying biochemistry at Imperial College London (ranked 8th in the world). We hope to keep in touch with all our alumni as they complete their university studies, so I was very pleased at the start of this year to receive an email from Marc Santos, a former head student who has just received a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Marketing. Marc was keen to emphasise the impact his teachers at BSG have had in helping him to develop ‘a love of learning’. We were also thrilled to hear that Marc has been offered the chance of a scholarship to complete a Masters in Risk Management with Montfort University in the UK.
I am pleased to announce that last week I attended a ceremony to celebrate the start of the building of our new school in Maogeng. Over the next 2 years, we will update parents on the construction of this purpose-built school, which will provide around 800 students with a world-class learning environment. I am keen to emphasise that this new site is in addition to our current site alongside South Lake, where we will continue to make year on year improvements to facilities.