Dear Parents, Staff, Students, and Friends of BST,
As I write today’s piece for the Lion a clear blue sky has replaced Thursday’s dark, misty and wet conditions, and my colleague Mr Webb assures me that the day will only get better with a forecast temperature of twenty-eight degrees. Hopefully the glorious weather will remain as we start the weekend and have an opportunity to step away from our electronic devices and enjoy some fresh air.
Managing devices time was one of the themes of Mr Crummie's webinar this week for Primary parents. Yet again, the attendance at the session was excellent, and I’m sure all concerned found the discussion useful and informative. We are currently redrafting our electronic device policy for the whole school, and this will be discussed by the leadership team later this term before it is published in Term 1 on the new school year.
The work of our UWS Ambassadors, including today’s dress casual day and the Read-A- Thon, has been a highlight of the week across both campuses. The UWS student team, under the guidance of Mr Sewell, are an outstanding group and their passion and commitment to supporting our partner schools in Nepal and Cambodia has been exceptional. Thank you to all the students, staff and parents who have also participated in this week's events, as your support has also been invaluable.
Board of Trustees
This week the Board of Trustees met for an extended session online. This week’s meeting was slightly different to the norm as we looked ahead with a focus upon long-term strategy. Much discussion took place with lots of creative collaboration as we used Miro, an online visual collaboration platform.
School Advisory Committee
On a similar note, the next School Advisory Committee (SAC) meeting is scheduled for 31st May and the members are keen to receive items for discussion. The minutes of the previous meeting can be accessed HERE, and suggestions for the next agenda can be sent to the Committee using the following address. firstname.lastname@example.org
Later today, I am attending with a group of BST senior students a session held by the BCCJ to welcome the new British Ambassador to Japan, Julia Longbottom. The ties between BST & The Embassy are already robust and we are thankful for the Ambassador’s team’s ongoing support and advice – particularly the fantastic work of Greg Mulheirn and Sue Kinoshita as BST trustees.
This week in the evenings, I have also had the pleasure of attending an online conference hosted by the Council of British International Schools (COBIS). You will be aware that the CEO of COBIS, Colin Bell, is also a BST trustee. Our association with Colin and COBIS is priceless as it provides BST with access to ongoing support and insight into educational developments within the UK and various government departments.
During Term 1 of next school year, BST will be one of the first schools internationally to complete the new COBIS Patrons Accreditation process, which will be a mark of distinction and provide ongoing quality assurance concerning the education we provide. More of this in due course, as my new colleague David James will be leading this process and the Council of International Schools (CIS) accreditation process for BST next year and in proceeding years.
If you have a question about any of the topics in today’s newsletter or would like to arrange a one to one meeting, please do get in touch.
In the meantime, best wishes for the weekend.
The British School in Tokyo