What an extraordinary year it has been. When the school year began last August, nobody could have predicted what was to unfold. The pandemic that has enveloped the world since January has forced all of us to re-evaluate how we live our lives.
I know that the impact of the pandemic has had significant consequences for us all. Throughout all of these difficult times, the school made a series of commitments. In particular, we said that students would continue to learn and that we would keep members of our community safe. Working together as a community was at the heart of us honouring these commitments. There have been difficulties, for sure, but throughout BST has been resolute in its response to the crisis.
Indeed, as I reflect upon the school year, I am grateful for the resilience and patience shown by the school community. The BST community, which we are all part of, is built on the cooperation and commitment of our staff and parents. It is through working together that our students can thrive in the way that they do. This is personified of course by our fantastic PTA Committee who this year have continued to support the school in a myriad of ways.
I know that the summer that lies ahead will be unusual. For many of us, the break is usually a time to head to catch up with family around the world and to spend time with our friends. While the majority of us will be spending the break here in Japan, I hope that you still have time to do all of these things - even if technology still has to play its part.
For those families and staff leaving BST today, I extend my very best wishes to you all. Thank you for your contributions to the school during your time with us. You will be missed, but please remember that you will always be part of the BST community wherever you are in the world.
Finally, during the summer break, we will be preparing for the school campuses to reopen fully with all students back in class at the start of the new school year following a regular schedule. This will mean that online learning and modified timetables will cease. We will, of course, continue to monitor the situation in Tokyo closely over the coming weeks and I will write to the entire community on August 17th to confirm final arrangements for September. In advance of this, I encourage all members of the school community to read the information again here as it explains the school’s response to a range of different scenarios in the future.
I hope everyone enjoys the summer holiday.