Spring is a time for new growth and fresh starts. The idea behind doing a spring clean is to embrace the new opportunities provided after a long and cold winter. It is not just about tidying out a cupboard or sorting out a messy drawer. Spring-cleaning principles can also be applied to your body and soul. Indeed, it is a much better opportunity to set yourself a new target than the many failed New Year resolutions you may have tried to meet in the past. Focusing on your achievements and avoiding activities that cause you unnecessary stress and anxiety is a sure way to spring forwards into a new future that you create for yourself, being the leader of your own destiny. With the improving weather, we are usually more optimistic and positive in our outlook. This works well for students who are preparing to sit their final examinations for IB or IGCSE and those who are fast approaching the end of year school tests and examinations. It works well for trying out a new hobby or activity. It also works well in terms of making new friendships and broadening your network of friends and colleagues.
Whilst we can look to a bright future and bright skies, it is also good to look back on past achievements. This special end of term edition of The Newsletter offers a review of some of the highlights of the past term through pictures. We have seen Primary and Secondary School productions, sporting achievements, mathematical successes and individuals excelling to new heights. We have witnessed the generosity of our students who have raised money for charitable organisations through activities including an amazing Primary School Swim-a-thon.
As I look back over the past two terms of this academic year, I am impressed with the way our teachers focus on the quality of the learning that is taking place in classrooms across the school.
I am pleased to see the improvements that have been made in our educational facilities including the provision of new equipment and more books and other resources to enhance the quality of education for our students. The new facilities established just six months ago have been put to good use and it is great to see so many students working individually and collaboratively in one of the school libraries or in the IB Learning Centre. I enjoyed the prank with the cups of water and the colourful interpretation of the school’s business dress code from our IB Year 13 students (see the photos in this edition). It is good to see that they have not lost their sense of humour but now the serious work begins in the final run up to the formal examinations after the break.
to the formal examinations after the break.
We are moving forwards on a steady path of continuous improvement. We know that there are other areas that we need to develop to make sure that every child can profit from the premium education that we provide. We live in an era of many unknowns but one thing is certain at The British School, Warsaw: we will never be complacent and we will always be looking at the next challenge to keep us up to date and focused on the needs of our students.
I wish you all a very happy spring break and look forward to opening the doors to learning once again on Monday 5 May.
Dr Terry Creissen OBE