The children are certainly getting into the Christmas spirit at school. Friday December 7th was a busy day at BISS. In the morning Oliver had his Christmas concert and then we were back again in the evening for the school Christmas Carol Concert.
The concert consisted of 5 nursery classes and 3 Reception classes, all dressed in a different Christmas theme and singing their little hearts out! I think they might have all been over-whelmed as they were on the stage in the Theatre with all the lights on them, and the Theatre was packed full of parents! (Owen was in the UK and unfortunately missed his performance – thank goodness for video cameras!)
Different themes for different classes.
The Concert lasted about 30 minutes with lots of different songs about the Holiday season. All the children were so good – singing loudly, sitting in the correct places and generally not much crying! There were a few who got upset when they saw Mum or Dad!
Oliver’s class were Christmas presents and he was wearing a lovely top underneath. His costume was a surprise!
Oliver had also had a trip to the post office last week to send the Christmas card he had made:
Oliver’s Christmas card. It arrived in our mail box after a Class trip to the Post Office!
- The inside of Oliver’s Christmas Card.
We had Emma, Ava and Ethan over for dinner in the evening and then all of us climbed into our van to go back to school for the Carol Concert. It was a lovely performance with all years involved. We had a couple of dance performances – ballet, jazz and tap. The band played a few songs – there is a very talented saxophone player who improvised one song! And, of course, the different school choirs – from the very youngest (Rainbow Choir) up to Secondary/Senior school. At the end, it was a sing-along for everybody with favourites like Silent Night and We Wish You a Merry Christmas!
There was even an interval so we could enjoy mince pies and mulled wine!
Ethan, Ava, Isabelle and Oliver at the BISS Christmas Concert.
Monday August 27th was the first day of school for the education year of 2012/13. This year Oliver started in Reception (Kindergarten) while Isabelle is now in Year 3. My 2 gorgeous children were not at all nerves as we had all been to the school the Friday before for orientation. We met their teachers, saw their classrooms, they knew where their backpacks would go – all ready with their names! There is a new Principle/Headmaster this year and he gave all the parents an introduction to himself, the other new teachers and plans for the coming year. He also announced the results – outstanding that over 50% of the A Level class got A* or A grades and the list of Universities that the pupils are going onto are the very best in the world. Phenomenal achievements and a wonderful reflection of the quality of the education at the school that our children are at.
No nerves here! Just excitement…..
Ready to board the school bus on the first day of school
On their way…….
2 weeks into the new school year and they are both settled into class, like their teachers, are thrilled with the friends in their classes and are full of the days activities each night at the dinner table. Isabelle has more homework this year than last and that is taking some adjusting to. Oliver has started bringing his first books home to read and is all excited about learning. It was Extra Curricular Activities registration this week, and Isabelle was keen to do Arts and Crafts and Chinese Cooking. So, Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s will be a late night home for her as she will be having fun doing those.
I hope the rest of the school year finishes as successfully as the start of it……..
BISS has been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee along with the rest of the UK (and many areas of the Commonwealth). Friday was the Pudong Big Lunch (part of the global Eden Project) and the kids enjoyed a picnic at school. After lunch, all the school children let off red, white and blue balloons into the sky. they had 1 each to release. I wish I could have seen over a 1000 balloons in British colours floating away. Here are a couple of photos from the school newsletter:
The BISS Jubilee picnic
Over 1000 Red, White and Blue Balloons were released!
More Balloons. Huge British flag on display too……
Isabelle also had an ICT project to upload a photo of her face into a picture of the Queen and then type in what she would do if she was Queen for a Day:
If I was Queen for the Day, by Isabelle
I thought she did a fabulous job and think she would be an awesome Queen!
Both children came home with commemorative tea-towels too:
What a glorious weekend of weather – hot, blue skies and plenty of sunshine! It was the annual fundraiser at BISS on Saturday – all proceeds benefit a local orphanage. It was very well set up with lots of activities for the kids to do, lots of stalls for the adults to buy things and entertainment from a local group and school kids all afternoon. I was on duty for 1 hour, manning the coconut shy. Meanwhile, Owen took Isabelle and Oliver to the obstacle course and all the places to win stamps to cash in for prizes! They had fun on a surf machine and the water slides – it was nice to cool down after being in the heat all day.
The kids School!
It was an afternoon filled with fun and we came home with bags full of candy, toys and information on lots of local providers. We have bought a barbeque that will be delivered on Monday, and I have put an order in for a Norwegian raincoat (I am going to need that for the rainy season here!!) Tesco were promoting their “Finest” wine and we will be placing an order with them too! Judging by the number of people at the school, I think it will be a very healthy donation to the local orphanage.
Isabelle & Oliver by the BISS Rock