Dear Parents, Staff, Students, and Friends of BST,
From my perspective, the first half term of the year has disappeared in a flash. My advancing age will have contributed to this perception, but there is no doubt that the nature of school life has been fast-paced since September 1st. Above all, energy and enthusiasm pervading the campuses have been palpable and furnished us all with a sense of optimism for a great year ahead.
Much of this energy emanates from our students who have embraced school life this year with conviction. This week has been no different, with highlights including secondary sports day, farewell assemblies and this afternoon's Concerto Competition.
Staff have also tackled the term's events with aplomb. This week's events have included parent/teacher conferences, professional development training and various forums.
Trustees' Strategy Evening and Service Award
Last night the Board of Trustees gathered in the Showa Secondary library for the annual strategy evening. The evening's focus was the future of Secondary school, with much discussion late into the night around facilities and curriculum.
The evening marked the end of James Hollow's superb tenure as a Trustee. Throughout his time on the Board, James has exemplified the concept of service and is an outstanding role model for our students. For 10 years, James has invested his time, energy and expertise without asking for anything in return other than the school's success and the very best for our students. To mark James' exceptional commitment to BST, I am delighted to make you aware that the Board has established a Service Award for students in his honour. The Award will be presented at our first annual Award Ceremony in June and every year after that.
BST and SWU Liaison
The strategy evening followed the first of this year's round of BST and SWU liaison group meetings, including SWU Chancellor, Mariko Bando, Chair of the BST Board, Comino Tamura, and members of the BST Leadership Team. The first meeting of the year was held in the BST building and included a tour of our facility. The meeting also focused on facilities at the SWU campus and further collaboration on a range of educational projects.
New Developments after Half Term
With an eye on the start of the next half term, several other new developments associated with the second year of our Strategic Vision and Plan will be launched. The first will be the school's recent Annual Report, which will reflect school life yearly. While the second will involve the launch of the Annual Fund designed to support our developmental agenda and ideas for different student experiences. More about both of these exciting developments after the break.
Unquestionably the school's shining stars are our students, and I wanted to finish today's edition of the Lion by celebrating the achievements of several of whom I had the pleasure to talk with recently.
At the beginning of the week, I enjoyed listening to Year 3 students Shanaya Saxena, Nell McVeigh, and Haron Mokhtar proudly and confidently talking about their extended writing. All three were worthy of praise as they wrote in the third person with clarity, detail, and impressive vocabulary. Their reading was terrific too!
While yesterday I met with Year 11 student, Yutaka Takaku, to congratulate him on reaching the finals of the Fukui Harp Competition. Yutaka is an accomplished musician who has played the violin, piano and harp since the age of seven. He is also an impressive young man who is hardworking, humble, and thankful for his support from teachers and family. A video of Yutaka playing his competition pieces can be enjoyed HERE. I think you will agree that he is an exceptional talent.
If you have any questions about today's topics or would like a meeting, please get in touch. In the meantime, best wishes for the half-term break.