Principal's Message



Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of BST

Student Leadership 

Today candidates were interviewed as part of the process to confirm next year’s Head Prefects. All the candidates impressed the interview panel, including Mrs McCallum, Mrs Trachonitis and the current Head Prefects, Oscar Raudkepp and Minami Street and me. Each candidate explained why they were proud of BST and the ideas they hoped to implement if successful. It was genuinely heart-warming to hear the candidates' passion for the school and their commitment to making a difference. Reflecting on the process, I am confident whoever is chosen early next week will fulfil their roles with distinction and build upon the outstanding work of our current Head Prefects.

Council of Overseas British International Schools (COBIS)

This weekend and early next week, the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) will host its 40th Annual Conference in London via the online platform, Whova.  Each year, the popular COBIS Annual Conference is attended by senior leaders from international schools worldwide, school council members, education businesses and suppliers, regulators, investors, and representatives of global ministries of education. This year's option of attending online will positively impact the environment, if not my sleeping patterns. Sacrificing a few hours of sleep will be well worth it, considering the array of workshops and seminars available looking at innovative thinking and research in education from the UK and internationally. 

Trustees Parent Survey

The COBIS Conference theme this year is "Connect, Reflect and Explore", which links to the ongoing work of the Trustees and Leadership Team as we broadly evaluate the school and, specifically, its curriculum.

Your feedback is crucial to this evaluation process, and we would appreciate it if you could do so by completing the Trustees Parent Survey, accessible here by May 17th. The survey’s outcomes will be published later this term and will be returned to as a focus for various forums and workshops this and next year. 

Teacher Recruitment

In last week’s edition of The Lion, I promised to share the list of new teachers joining the school in August. We still have one position to confirm this week, but I am delighted that recruitment this year is nearly complete and that the quality of our new staff is exceptional. 

I will make you aware of the teaching staff leaving this summer in an upcoming edition of the Lion.


Student Achievement

There were over 200 entrants in this year's Sakura Photography Competition, where the quality of submissions was outstanding. Congratulations to everyone who participated. The winning photographs can be accessed here on the BST Hub. 

I wanted to end this week by recognising the exceptional achievement of Year 9 student Luna Miyajima who recently performed in the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Nissay Theatre. Initially scheduled for 2020, the musical was performed in Tokyo for the first time last month and unsurprisingly received excellent reviews. Luna performed brilliantly, and she is undoubtedly worthy of enormous praise for her dedication, resilience, and talent.


If you have any questions about the topics in today's newsletter or would like to meet with me, please get in touch. In the meantime, best wishes for the weekend.

Paul Tough