It was a pleasure to welcome the children back to school this week and I think many were ready to return in order to see their friends once again. It is going to be a busy few weeks for us at BIS as we are preparing for the British Schools Overseas (BSO) inspection taking place in the final week of the term. On behalf of the British Government, PENTA, an authorised company, will carry out our BSO Inspection. As a school, we measure ourselves against the best educational standards to ensure that we continue our challenge to develop and improve. We have an amazing school community made up of exceptional students, dedicated staff and supportive parents. This was reinforced by a the outcomes of a recent survey that we sent out to all our community stakeholders. Therefore, I am confident that the inspection team will see a school community that is absolutely dedicated to continue improving itself.
One of our strengths as a school, due to being a part of Nord Anglia, is our collaboration with various exceptional institutions worldwide. Juilliard School continues to work with us collaboratively in relation to our Performing Arts programme. In recent weeks, we have enjoyed visits from Stephanie Cunningham and Paul Murphy, both from The Juilliard School in New York. Stephanie is our dedicated Drama link and Paul performs a similar role in Music. On several occasions during the school year they spend a number of days at BIS working with staff and students to ensure that we are innovative in our approach to and our delivery of, performing arts. Additionally, we have visits from Juilliard Alumni, talented musicians who, again, work with and perform for our students. Just before Tet, Jessica Meyer, a talented Viola player, visited and was very well received.
Another of our collaborations is with UNICEF and over the last couple of years we have sent students and staff to New York to collaborate with other NAE students and work with UNICEF at the United Nations and in our school in New York. This week, we announced those students who will be going to New York later this year. They were chosen after a rigorous application and interview process. I was very pleased to be with Ms. Binnington when Nina Pham (Y12) and Eugene Chang (Y11) were revealed as our BIS Ambassadors at the UN in New York in July. Congratulations to both of them – they are certain to represent the school with great pride and energy.
It is a busy weekend at the school with the Annual BIS Swimming Gala and Community Football taking place. My grateful thanks to all the students, parents and staff for all their hard work in ensuring we experience top quality events. I will hopefully see many members of our community at the events.
Have a very pleasant weekend.