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Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 15/09/17

15 September 2017

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I can certainly relate to the words of Albert Schweitzer, Humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, who said: “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing you will be successful.”

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As I have said on many occasions, I am proud and happy  to be the Principal of this great school. The main aspect of my role that makes me happy is the contact with people, particularly students.

Last Friday, I participated in  the Primary assembly at APP and talked to the children about one of our key attributes, ‘care’. Their reactions and understanding of this key attribute was impressive.

Next week, in two Secondary Assemblies, I will speak  to our students about another key BIS attribute, ‘perseverance’. This is  something that they will need in abundance in order to achieve their post-school dreams. Perseverance  is required in large doses in relation to all areas of school life and I am looking  forward to speaking to our Secondary students.

Hopefully, with me being happy in my role as Principal of BIS HCMC then success will follow. However, it is the students who  are the key people in our school community and everything we do as staff and parents aims  to ensure that they are successful in school. But I firmly believe in Albert Schweitzer’s words  in that we need our children to be happy in school first and foremost and that success will then follow.

As you are all aware, we are a part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools. This brings us many benefits which you will have seen over the past few years. However, four of our schools were affected by the two recent hurricanes that hit the USA and are in our thoughts  at the moment. Therefore, please see the following message  from the CEO of NAE, Mr. Andrew Fitzmaurice:

An Update from Nord Anglia Education Following the Severe Weather Conditions in the US

As you are aware, there have been two severe hurricanes in the US recently. I am pleased to share that following Hurricane Irma last weekend, all reports are that our students, parents and staff at our schools in Florida, North Broward Preparatory School and Windermere Preparatory School, are safe and well and our schools will re-open later this week.  

Hurricane Harvey caused great destruction and disruption in Houston, significantly affecting families at our two schools in the city; The Village School and the British International School of Houston. Although I am pleased to report that our students, parents and staff are safe and well and our schools are now open, there is still a long way to go before everyone has fully recovered.  Nord Anglia Education will be supporting both school communities through donations of funds to aid the relief efforts already underway.  We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support and best wishes at this difficult time. Our communities at Village and BISH truly appreciate this support.

Andrew Fitzmaurice

Thank you for your understanding of the above and may I take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal