TEDx events are all about spreading good ideas by speakers with something important to say and Charlotte Jaquemin, one of our student speakers, summed the experience up very well, saying of the chance to speak "We have a voice, which as a powerful tool, I believe we should take advantage of and use with purpose”. She certainly left a lasting impression on the audience with her thought provoking talk around belonging and Third Culture Kids.
Speakers this year included students teachers and event culminated with the privilege of welcoming award-winning film producer Lord David Puttnam to the stage. Lord Puttnam is the chair of the NAE Education Advisory Board. It was of huge interest to hear from him that after an 18-year hiatus from film production, he is now returning to the silver screen with a focus on climate change. Lord Puttnam delivered an outstanding commentary on man’s use of resources, our actions to change for the better and how action is what “makes a nation great”.
Could the week get any better?
Well, our pride and sense of community as one school could not have been stronger as we gathered together once more, on Tuesday, at the Early Years Campus for the official opening by Lord Puttnam. Our warmest congratulations to the Early Years and Infant team for a truly wonderful event. The very positive comments made by Lord Puttnam as he opened the campus will be a great source of inspiration and pride for the EY team (and us all!) as they continue to build a truly fantastic environment for our youngest students to thrive in.
Naturally, the best schools understand that students empowered with a strong voice in their own education learn best and also engage more positively in their community. So, to follow on from last year’s #KidsTakeOver on World Children’s Day this year (Tuesday) under the theme of Student Voice we brought together representatives from our Secondary, Junior and EY&I Student Councils, including our newly formed Year 2 Mini-Council to celebrate Student Voice initiatives and make sure that children are aware of the impact that they have in our school. This was complemented by activities throughout the week including assemblies on Student Voice and lessons on the Secondary Campus exploring the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Nothing brings people together like good food and so when the wonderful PTG invited the teaching team to lunch for Teacher Appreciation Day (also on Tuesday) it was always going to be a memorable event…the International Buffet provided was a real treat and on behalf of all teachers and teaching assistants I want to say a huge thank you..we loved it!
The soundtrack to the week has been influenced by the iconic Great British sound of The Beatles as we prepared and rehearsed for this year’s Winter Concert (Wednesday). The quality of music and atmosphere created was just stunning and a credit to the Music Team lead by Ian Alexander and our student musicians who played and sang their hearts out. The finale of Hey Jude will be a lasting memory for all that joined us I’m sure.
The FOBISIA Team departed earlier in the week and already making us proud at the ‘Friendly Games’ in Phuket in competition in Phuket…watch this space for a full report on how our students fared but if you can’t wait stay in touch with all the action at https://twitter.com/BISHCMC_PE
Go BIS – we’re right behind you and so proud of what you’ve achieved already!
Tea with Lord Puttnam
When one of our students invited Lord Puttnam to join a discussion about his environmental work she didn’t truly expect him to agree but on Wednesday afternoon that’s exactly what happened.
Enjoy the reflections of some of those who joined the discussion over afternoon tea...
Lord Puttnam’s life lessons and dedication to be a part of the solution, which he was eager to share with us, was incredibly inspiring. Through the conversation with him, I realized that it is with this passion and effort that a single person has the power to accomplish a great deal in their lifetime. The experience also taught me that sometimes, you really should just chase someone down the elevator to invite them for tea. Charlotte Jacquemin
I thought today's discussion with Lord Puttnam was so inspiring– the way he spoke about passion I found especially inspiring. As an IB student, there are times where I get anxious about my future, where I fear that my 'path to success' won't be such an easy one. To hear him speak about resilience and remaining calm in the face of adversity was reassuring and will definitely be something I will carry with me from now on. Also, I thought his answer to my question on education as well as Ratul's question was very unconventional yet insightful. His suggestion of proposing some sort of collaboration between us and the local community in order to educate was particularly significant to me, especially considering how detached we actually are from our local community when we try to assist in conserving the environment. Vy Nguyen
For a 17 year old, to be able to have a discussion with a person who is as celebrated and environmentally prudent as Lord David Puttnam was truly an eye-opening experience. His passion for education and environmentalism sparked an inspiration for young students like myself. I will never forget that moment when he shook my hand on the TEDx stage and said to me with sincerity: "You're an entrepreneur, it's up to you to solve the (environmental) problem now." Minh Phung
"Change is not a microscopic thing, it is macroscopic. You may not see it now, but later when you zoom out, it's there. It's about making sure the changes you put in place today remain tomorrow, it's about achieving sustainability in whatever you do." Ana Samudio