Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of BST,
"Don’t stop movin' to the funky funky beat” – S Club 7
Fragments of the same 1990s pop song have been repeating in my mind all this week rather than the usual eclectic mix of genres. Not that I have ever been a devotee of the 1990’s British pop group, but S Club 7’s popular lyrics seem to capture the school’s feel and mood over the last seven days. Indeed, there have been countless examples of dynamic, challenging and above enjoyable learning taking place every day this week. Highlights have included Year Five’s excellent Viking Assembly, Year Three’s reciprocal visit to Tokyo Jogakkan and a sneak peek of the Secondary Production, The Addams Family. It has also been a busy week of sporting competition with BST teams involved in various hockey, football and basketball games. While this weekend BST primary and secondary students are representing the school at the annual Harrow Sevens Tournament in Bangkok. Indeed the vibrancy of the school at the start of term augers well for the year ahead.
The theme of school pride has also been prominent this week with school uniforms in the spotlight. It was pleasing to see the response of our students to the heightened focus upon school uniform expectations. As noted in my email to parents on Wednesday, we will be extenuating every opportunity to show pride in our school moving forward this year. As such, I passionately believe that wearing a smart and presentable uniform not only promotes a sense of pride but also engenders a sense of community and belonging towards the school. Additionally, as I have previously noted, the BST uniform distinguishes students in and around the city; as such, the BST uniform should be a representation of the school's high expectations and standards. Thank you, therefore, for your support in this endeavour.
Continuing with the theme of pride I’m delighted to make you aware that the Federation of British International Schools in Asia (FOBISIA) has accepted BST’s application for membership and will be sending representatives of its Executive to the school in April to ensure that we meet the necessary criteria. Following the visit, we hope to have our membership confirmed relatively quickly and as a result, the school will be able to access the countless opportunities provided by the organisation for students and staff. More information on FOBISIA and its benefits for BST is available at the following link: https://www.fobisia.org/
I think we would all agree that reading is such a strong feature of BST school life and as a result, we are aiming over the next 12 months to refresh and enhance the primary library environments at both Shibuya and Showa campuses. Starting with the Shibuya library this year, the intention is also to ensure the library space becomes more accessible and available for children to use independently, in small groups or as a class. The PTA Committee will be supporting Mr Steven and the Primary Leadership Team with this exciting development. With this in mind, I am pleased to let you know that the PTA Committee has generously agreed to focus their fundraising efforts for this year on the Shibuya library enhancement project.
Finally, a reminder that I will be hosting a series of interactive workshops for parents on the “Why of BST” later this half term. The purpose of these sessions will be to evaluate the school’s existing guiding statements, including BST’s mission, vision and goals. If you intend to join the sessions, please sign-up using the following link. http://bit.ly/feb2020forum
Best wishes for the weekend.