BIS Principal's News Update: 23rd January 2015

23rd January 2015


Many of you will have already read the success of Eseosa Idemudia who sat the IGCSE Examination at BIS last June.

Eseosa, who is now studying at Sevenoaks in the U.K, was awarded two Top in the World Awards for the highest score in two subjects, Economics and Business Studies. This is a tremendous achievement that acknowledges an outstanding student and the role played in this achievement by the school. Eseosa has set the standard that all BIS student aspire to.
This month, we have been holding entry tests for 2015-2016 Academic Year. On Saturday 17th January, the scholarship entry test was held and the candidates from a very strong field have been identified as possible Kabiyesi scholars. The award of the scholarship will take place after each candidate has met with the scholarship interview panel.

More entry tests will take place on Saturday 24th September and in March. School places are still available for the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year, please contact the Registrar for details.

Year 11 students are now coming to the end of the Mock examination season. Results of their examinations will be published on Friday 30th January when Parent Teacher Conferences for all IGCSE candidates will be held from 1.35pm to 4.30pm in New Horizons. This meeting will give parents the opportunity to review their son's/daughter's mock examination performance with tutors.

Now that the mocks are finished, all students in Years 7 - 10 will be sitting MidYIS tests. Completed online, these tests will measure student performance against international norms. The results of these tests along with a learning skills report will be published at the Parent Teacher Conferences to be held on Friday March 27th. However, if any parent wishes to meet with teachers on any issues, they are welcome to do so at any time by appointment.

The Ebola crises at the start of the school year rather curtailed inter-school sports activity. We are pleased to report that inter-school sports activities are slowly returning to normal. Our junior and senior Soccer teams were in action last week playing Dowen College. The BIS boys came out on top in both games with 1-0 wins. A number of other inter-school sporting events have been planned for this term by Mr. Van Dijck and his team. In addition, thanks to the efforts of Chike Onyia and Sidhant Bendre of Year 10, students have been given the opportunity to enjoy a professionally run Soccer coaching class on Fridays after school. 

Work on the Swimming Pool complex continues with the Changing Rooms gradually taking shape. The steel is all now in place for the pool and the concrete should be poured in next week or so. As a further development, we are delighted to announce that a contract has been signed with Corenet to provide a Wi-Fi service across the school and upgrade all our internet connections. This development will allow BIS the opportunity to further enhance student ICT skills and provide greater access to learning resources. Once in place, we will be looking at how the use of tablets and other devices can contribute to the continued success of the school.

In conjunction with the P.T.A, the school will be running its annual Health Forum for students in Year 7 - 9. A number of guest speakers have been invited to talk to our students on health and wellbeing issues. This will be held in school during the afternoon of Wednesday 28th January, should any parent wish to attend, they are most welcome.

Other events to watch out for in the coming months include the Year 9 Religious Education Wedding Project that will culminate with a display of wedding customs and costumes on Friday 13th March. Also at a date to be confirmed towards the end of Term 2, the Drama Department will be staging the Merchant of Venice.

A number of parents have asked about the school's situation with regard to the upcoming elections. Can we thus confirm that the school will work as normal during this period closing on Friday 13th February for Half Term. Should any changes to our calendar be required, we will inform all parents  as soon as possible. 

On a final note, may I say thank you on behalf of Mrs. Yates and myself for the very good wishes we have received on the occasion of the birth of our first grandchild. Finlay Patrick arrived on the 16th January 2015, he and mother are doing well.