There are so many stand out moments in our school but I personally will remember the speech from Henk, our Head Student, who eloquently summarised just how much the students had gained from being involved in the Secondary production of Grease. The level of commitment that goes into creating such an impressive production is significant and it speaks volumes for our school community that so many students, staff and parents are willing to get involved. I can’t wait for the Primary production of Madagascar.
Please note that there will be a few facility improvements planned to take place over the holiday. This includes creating a separate entrance/exit for Nanhu parents, visitors, staff or students, which will be used when buses are moving or preparing to move. There will also be additional fences to enclose the Primary playground and further reduce risk while buses are moving. As with any new procedure this will take some time to implement and we ask for everyone’s support to ensure that the new systems run smoothly. For parents who currently collect students, once the facility changes have been completed, you will now walk alongside the lake, rather than alongside the road and will then enter the school alongside the Nanhu reception area. You will then be able to make your way to the coffee shop to wait for your children as normal, but with the added security of knowing that if your children are using the playground there will be a fence to completely separate them from the road. Parents are encouraged to wait until buses have departed before leaving, but on those occasions when you need to leave promptly, it is important to remember that you will only be able to leave by the new path/gate alongside the lake.
I am pleased to announce that we are now fully recruited for next year. It is a measure of our growing reputation that our teachers are able to achieve promoted posts within highly respected schools, including other NAE schools, when they move on. Although retention has been impressive this year, we are saying goodbye to a number of staff who have been with BSG for a significant amount of time, including Mr. Ruck. Iain Ruck joined our school 8 years ago as Deputy Head of Secondary, before taking on the role of Head of Secondary for 4 years. Iain is currently Vice Principal and during his time in BSG has been critical in helping us to become the first choice school within Guangzhou. Iain is currently considering a number of options but whatever he decides to do I know that BSG parents, staff and students will join me in wishing him every success in the future.
As we head off for our holidays I would like to congratulate Jason and Gemma (two of our teachers) who are expecting their first child in October. Jason and Gemma met while working at BSG and we are thrilled to hear that they will soon be adding to our growing family of 'BSG Babies.’
Wherever you are heading this holiday I hope that you have a relaxing break and that you come back refreshed and ready for the final term.