Chris will be succeeded by Matthew Cox. Matthew was previously the Head of Garden School in Guangzhou, and before this was Head of Elementary at UWC in Singapore. Matt will be involved in our transition programme for the remainder of the year, to ensure he is fully involved in all decisions that impact on Primary.
As well as saying goodbye to key members of staff, I would like to congratulate Danielle Mckenna and Paul McConnell, our Heads of EYFS and Secondary, for an exceptional first year in post. Danielle joined us from the British School of Beijing, after taking over from Katherine Weir-Davis. Mr. McConnell has clearly enjoyed himself after taking over from Garry Russell. I’m quite sure that they will both be looking forward to the summer break.
The British School has come a long way since it was founded in 2005, and is now considered by many to be the number one international school in Guangzhou. We remain committed to making year on year improvements to facilities, as we continue to work towards our goal of becoming the number one international school in China. I am proud to announce that in August 2020, we will open a new purpose-built campus that will provide an alternative option for EYFS and Primary students.
Current facilities are at capacity and we are very much looking forward to the opening of the Olympic Park School. With a large gym, dance studio, theatre, two canteens, an indoor pool and dedicated STEAM, IT, art and food tech areas, we expect demand to exceed supply for the 800 available places. This will have the added benefit of creating space for Secondary growth in Nanhu, which demonstrates Nord Anglia’s willingness to invest in BSG. We look forward to providing parents, students and staff with an opportunity to view the new facilities to allow them to make an informed choice.
I want to take a moment to congratulate our PE department for providing students with so many options to improve their skills and to take part in competitive sports. I was very impressed to see our students perform so well in the Nord Anglia Games in March. Our year 7 students achieved an impressive 2nd overall, with a number of students also receiving gold in the individual sports.
March was also notable for the Secondary production of ‘Back to the 80s”. For the last 4 years Alex Hughes has been responsible for producing our Secondary performances and this impressive final show was testament to her ability to inspire our older students. Over the last 4 years, Alex has inspired students to perform in 4 successful productions. Those of us who have been lucky enough to see Hairspray, Sweeny Todd, Grease and Back to the 80s I am sure you will join me in thanking Alex and wishing her every success in her new role at Bromsgrove International School in Thailand.
As I reach the end of my message, it’s fantastic to learn that our A-Level graduates have already received 15 university offers for next year, including three unconditional offers. I look forward to hearing how they have all got on after the summer break.
For now, enjoy time away with your families and I look forward to seeing you all again in August.