Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of BST,
"Our privileges can be no greater than our obligations." - Anonymous
This half term, I have been reminded on countless occasions that culture is a crucial factor in a school's success and that the elements that create a positive school culture are many and far-reaching. Indeed, what constitutes school culture is not abstract or a mass of intangibles, but something that can be identified and developed - values, behaviours, attitudes, expectations, routines, teaching approaches, traditions and more.
That said, for me, the bedrock of all successful school cultures is positive and mutually supportive relationships. Indeed, successful schools have at their heart overlapping interactions among all the members of the school community. BST is no different to this. What makes our school such a positive environment is the role played by each individual in the success of the whole, working in common purpose to ensure that every student can grow, learn and thrive as part of a happy and proud school community.
I want to thank everyone who has contributed to a successful half term. BST staff members have been outstanding in every respect with their extensive and varied commitment to the cause. Also, parents in all sections of the school have made invaluable contributions in many different ways. In particular, I wanted to thank the Spring Fair Committee members for their brilliant work over many months. The Fair promises to be one of the highlights of the year and I am sincerely grateful to everyone involved for their collective effort.
Of course, it is our students that have continued to demonstrate this half term why it is a joy and privilege to be part of the school community. Whether in learning in class, participating in sport, representing the school overseas, performing on stage or in daily interactions around the school BST students shine at every turn and are worthy of the highest praise. With this in mind, I wanted to finish this week's newsletter by congratulating Year 4 student Runa for her success in the American Protégé International Piano & Strings Competition 2020. Runa was second in the competition and as a result, will perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City later this year. Well done Runa!
Congratulations also to Year 3 School Council members Lucia-Grace, Ami, Lucas and Rio who, under the guidance of Ms Hawkes and Mrs Weeks, delivered the ¥232,000 that BST raised at the Funky Sock Day to WWF Japan. WWF Japan will be pooling this amazing donation along with other donations to the Australia Bushfire emergency campaign, and send it to WWF Australia. Mrs Weeks and Ms Hawkes were suitably impressed by the students as they acted as excellent ambassadors for the school.
Best wishes for the half-term holiday. Given the current global health concerns, please be vigilant, wise and stay safe if you are travelling here in Japan or overseas.