One of the great aspects of International Schools is the ability to meet, make friends and work with people from all over the world. We see this every day in our classrooms and it is also encouraging to see the development of links beyond Shanghai too as we build contacts with other schools and organisations.
Our school hosted ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) U18 Rugby and Netball this weekend which included visiting schools from Hong Kong and Jeju in Korea. Aside from a very enjoyable competition, bonds are forged between the schools and return visits planned. In particular, I would acknowledge the way two of our students, Emiliano D’Angio and Christopher Zhang, welcomed and looked after the students from Jeju, and I know this favour will be returned one day.
We are also members of FOBISIA, the Federation of British International Schools in Asia. Next weekend, we send a team to Ho Chi Minh City for the FOBISIA Model United Nations, and next term we look forward to participating in the U13 FOBISIA Games in Taipei.
Internationalism is a belief, an ethos and the way we work with others from different nations. It is great to see that, in addition to this, our students are also participating and contributing to so many international events.
The end of term is always a busy time, for students, for teachers and for parents. I am sure everyone will be looking forward to a relaxing holiday, but before then there are many events and activities to look forward to. Please take a look at the calendar and I hope to see many of you at the numerous things that are planned for the coming weeks. Don’t forget it is the Christmas Bazaar this Sunday which is always a great occasion in our calendar. Immense thanks as ever to our Community Group who put so much work into making a day like this happen.
Although we have many special events, of course the academic focus does not stop. IGCSE Mock Exams begin on 1st December and there is an Academic Review Evening for Year 8 on Wednesday 3rd.
Finally, a mention to our Year 13 students who are busy applying to university and are starting to receive invitations to interview at Cambridge University amongst others. This is a very nervous but exciting time for these students, and we wish them all the best.