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November 5th 2014
Looking Ahead
As you will have seen from the announcement this week from our CEO, Andrew Fitzmaurice, this will be my final term at BISS Pudong prior to taking on the role of Principal at the British International School Abu Dhabi. Although I am excited about a new challenge I know I will miss BISS Pudong a great deal and the wonderful community we have here.

Our school is in a strong position in so many aspects, perhaps easiest described along the lines of our School Promises. The academic standards are at their highest ever and I believe we will see them continue to rise at all levels. The quality of the teachers and their passion to help students learn is really helping students to Achieve Academic Excellence. Opportunities beyond the classroom continue to expand, both in terms of activities on offer, and in terms of the leadership roles that so many students now undertake as they Learn to Lead. We also see such a wonderful contribution to others through our Service activities as students not only Make a Difference to others, but also to themselves as they develop their own social understanding and appreciation of the world around them.

The main strength of any school does not lie within buildings or resources, it lies within the people. I have great confidence in the team of staff we have in place, the systems which help support student learning and the excellent relationships between teachers and parents to enable this to happen. Above all though, what makes our school truly special are the wonderful students themselves. I have no doubt that they will continue to work hard and inspire us all each and every day.

I know Lesley-Ann Wallace well from our time together within Nord Anglia Education and I am certain she will be a fantastic addition to the team here. Lesley-Ann is an experienced principal, is very familiar with the ethos of Nord Anglia Education and also has the added benefit of having worked in Shanghai previously. I am sure we will see the school maintain and build upon its high standards and it will continue to go from strength to strength. The transition to a new Principal will be very smooth and of course our priority each day remains ensuring the students experience the best educational opportunities possible.

Two final things to mention this week. Firstly, we have just welcomed back all the students who were away on Project Week, working with others in various locations across China. The students have come back with so many inspirational stories and you can see the growth in confidence and also the pride they have in their achievements. I would particularly like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution from all the members of staff who make these amazing trips possible.

Also this week we are beginning to see the preparations for our end of term events and concerts. The sound of children learning and practicing songs is very evident, as is their joy in doing so. Please take a note of the dates of the various performances from our calendar and I do hope you will be able to attend. These events are always very special and I am sure we will finish 2014 on a real high.
 
Reminders and Notices

Design a Bookmark Competition Ends This Friday
Enter The Learning Centre's 'Design a Bookmark' competition to earn House points and see your artwork in print. Find out more here.

We're on Weibo!
Finding out all about BISS Pudong is now easier for Mandarin speakers with our new Weibo account. Find out more here.

First Aid Talk Monday 10th November
Join the Community Group for an informative talk on First Aid led by a doctor from Shanghai East International Medical Centre. Find out more here.

Early Years School Photographs
Mark your calendar for the Early Years school photographs on 11th and 12th November. Find out more here.

School Holiday Friday 14th November
Friday 14th November is a non-school day for students as it is a staff training day.
Caucusing and Lobbying at Model United Nations
Led by the President of Security Council 3, Kiesha-Marie Chong, our delegates made an impressive start at the Security Council deliberations at the SMIC MUN Conference last weekend.
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University Fair
On Monday, we held a London University Fair at BISS Pudong where staff from leading universities spent over an hour talking to our Upper School and Senior School students about their plans and possibilities for future study.
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Project Week Roundup 2014
Last week saw Year 6s painting run down village school walls, Year 7s meeting with the Yangshou town council and buying recycling facilities and Year 8s planting mangrove seedlings to stop soil erosion.
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Bonfire Night and Goodbyes - Community Group News
After several hectic weeks, it’s been a fairly quiet week for the Community Group and many of the hard-working members decided to let their hair down to enjoy yesterday’s Melbourne Cup lunch which was sponsored by BISS.
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Our thanks go to the vendors who supported the amazing stalls at our International Food Fair 2014. The food was delicious and gratefully consumed! Find out more about our kind sponsors here.
Thursday 6th November - Year 10 and 12 Academic Review Evening
An opportunity for parents and students to discuss progress with subject teachers. Find details here.

Saturday 8th November - Bonfire Night 2014
Don't miss this fun night which is open to all. Bring along your friends and enjoy the spectacle of a huge bonfire and fireworks. Read more here.

Sunday 9th November - Multisport Winter Swimming Gala
BISS Pudong will host this fifth annual swimming invitational for all Multisport swimmers across Shanghai. Find details here.

Tuesday 18th November - Jiao Mile
Start collecting your coins now for this fun all-school fundraising event. Find details here.
Collaborative Play
We encourage the children within Nursery to play collaboratively and to learn to be collaborative with each other. By this we mean, working together, sharing resources, being kind and thoughtful and acknowledging the needs and wants of our friends and teachers.
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Halloween in Early Years
Early Years students thrive in an environment where they can make choices and engage in play which is of special interest to them. During this Halloween week, children have explored and experimented, role-played and been creative.
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Witches and Wizards Attempt Creative Writing in Year 2
This week in Literacy, students worked hard at developing their creative writing skills. We continued looking at stories with familiar settings and worked together to discuss and write about problems, resolutions and endings in stories.
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Halloween Across the Curriculum
There were some spooky Halloween happenings in Year 1 last week in Literacy and Numeracy. The children are learning how to follow and write instructions and we made a witches’ potion by following the step-by-step instructions; pouring in slimy pond water and sprinkling in fairy dust.
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Talk Like a Roman
On Wednesday the mighty, mighty Romans (also known as Year 3A) talked, walked and sang us through some fascinating facts about the Romans, their Empire and their feat of conquering the land we know today as England.
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Year 5 Healthy Eating
We have had an exciting week in Year 5 because we started our new topic, The Human Machine. During our Science lessons this week we have been revising our knowledge of food groups. As a class we created a huge food pyramid on the carpet and worked as a team to sort the food into the correct groups.
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Bamboo, Bus Rides and Brushes
Year 6 students had plenty of variety on their Project Week trip to Conghau. There were fun activities like bike riding and hiking, but also the very tiring but rewarding job of brushing back and painting a schoolyard fence.
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Cycling and Recycling in Yangshou
Day 3 of Project week saw Year 7 students enjoy some team building exercises, caving and cycling, followed by an afternoon working on their service project at Yangshou Middle School where they worked collaboratively on issues related to rubbish and recycling.
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Year 9C Fundraising Day
On Tuesday October 21st, Year 9C had their amazing fundraising events to raise money for their Project Week experience. Before the day, the students put together three ideas and the class was divided into three groups to run each activity.
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Beautiful People
As teachers, we enjoy moments when our students show aspects of their characters that touch us deeply. These may occur when a student achieves academic success... But sometimes students make a profound impression simply by being beautiful human beings.
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Year 13 Core Focus
What a busy week it has been for our Year 13 IB students! I am sure that there are many relieved students this evening. And they have much to be proud about. The extended essays were submitted; an important milestone on their journey as IB learners.
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The Clean Slaters Get to Work!
Year 12 Project Week group, The Clean Slaters, had a busy final day working to clean up a turtle sanctuary as well as completing their school library makeover.
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Girls C1 Football Undefeated!
The C1 Girls took on Dulwich last night for the third time this season. It was a tough match, but they proved up to the challenge and have maintained their undefeated streak.
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