BST 25th Anniversary
On 21st September 1989, the British School in Tokyo was formally opened by Margaret Thatcher, although detailed planning had begun many months before this date and the first lessons had been taught as early as January. Even by the time of the official opening ceremony the school had only 3 classes, consisting of 63 students from Reception to Year 2.
In the 2013-14 academic year we set out to complete our BST@25 Project – an ambitious series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of what has become an exceptional school providing a first-class British education to almost 900 students representing more than 60 nationalities. It is a particular source of pride for everyone associated with the project and our school community that in November 2014 BST was voted ‘British Business of the Year’ at the British Business Awards Evening hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan.
One of the key objectives of the BST@25 Project was to develop our reputation for corporate social responsibility. Central to this aim was our ambition to establish a long-term educational project in Cambodia offering lasting benefits for deserving disadvantaged children, and providing important opportunities for our own students and teachers. Working with the charitable organization United World Schools, we were able to fund the building and future development of a village school for up to 200 children in Ratanakiri Province on the Cambodian border with Vietnam and Laos. This is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the country, but it is also one of the most neglected and has a very difficult recent history. For more information about the area, see Wikipedia. In order to build the school, we needed to raise $25,000. We are delighted that we were able to raise substantially more – over $55,000! Now that the school is built, BST will work to sustain an on-going relationship with the school through annual fund-raising, student and teacher exchanges, and other imaginative joint projects.
The 25th anniversary was also a time to reach out to our BST alumni, no matter how long ago they were with us, or for how long or short a period. The sense of connection that our alumni continue to feel towards BST and the strength of our international BST community is a unique feature of this school; following on from the anniversary year, we are currently exploring ways to use this global network to create social, educational and employment opportunities for our alumni around the world.
If you would like to get involved in our alumni project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
LONDON ALUMNI REUNION
SINGAPORE ALUMNI REUNION
HONG KONG ALUMNI REUNION
VIKING ALUMNI REUNION
There were also a number of fantastic events and celebrations that took place in Japan, involving many of the current students, staff and parents:
25th ANNIVERSARY LAUNCH PARTY @ Stelatto, Shirokanedai
‘BRITAIN IN TOKYO’ @ The British Ambassador’s residence in the British Embassy, Tokyo
‘TRUE!’ the musical
BST’S OFFICIAL BIRTHDAY PARTY @ The British School in Tokyo