BIS Principal's News Update 6th February 2015

Election and Half term arrangements.
 
School will close for half term on Friday 13th of February at 12 Noon as published in the annual calendar for the 2014-2015 school year. Classes will resume on Monday 23rd February 2015.
In the light of the likely increase in traffic in and around Lagos over the coming week, starting 9th February 2015 there will be no after school activities with school closing after normal classes at 2:35pm.  Could we please appeal to all parents to ensure their children are collected promptly from school at 2:35 pm so as not to detain staff who must travel across the city to get home.
 
BIS Swimming Stars.
Two BIS students recently took part in the Lagos State Secondary Schools Sports Festival – the IBILE GAMES 2015 and enjoyed great success in the swimming pool.
 
Feechi Odinkalu of Year 7 swimming in the Junior Girls Competition.
                200m Freestyle                                 Second Place
                200m Individual Medley                     Third Place
                100m Freestyle                                 Third Place
                100m Butterfly                                  Third Place
                50m Freestyle                                   Third Place
                50m Butterfly                                    Third Place
 
Adeoyin Adewunmi of Year 7 swimming in the Junior Girls Competition
                50m Backstroke                                Second Place
                200m Freestyle                                 Third Place
                100m Backstroke                              Second place.
 
Congratulations girls on great performances and we look forward to even greater success when our pool is opened later this school year.
 
School developments.
The pool project continues with the pouring of the concrete this week, the changing rooms have been built along with the pump and filter house. We hope the pool will be in operation by the start of the summer term.
 
Corenet Engineers are currently in school installing a school wide WiFi system that will give students and staff access to the latest teaching materials. The Education Committee is currently looking at an Acceptable Use Policy which will govern how the system can be used by all members of the BIS community.  We will also be looking at how we can integrate more technology into our programmes.
 
Making the best use of available technology we are looking into the development of Google Classroom as a means to pass on work to students. Once this is in place students will be directly download and upload school work. Should the school have to close for any issue this would be the means by which we will distribute work.
 
Some of our students have already shown themselves to be able users of various forms of technology. Most recently Chike Onyia and Sid Bendre used Skype to talk with a school in Singapore about life in Nigeria. Hannah Goury has also produced an excellent video, to be put on our website, in support of the Student Council Appeal for toiletries and clothes for displaced people here in Nigeria. Our Student Council is very keen that we as a school do our bit to support Nigerians less fortunate than ourselves who have been displaced by the sad events in the north of the country- well over a million people who have lost everything except what they can carry.
 
Following the completion of the Mock IGCSE Examinations Year 11 students now have a very clear idea of what will be required in the real exams that start at the beginning of May. A number were pleased with their results while for others it showed how much work is required if they are to aspire to the highest grades. In preparation for the coming examinations staff have organised a series of ‘top up’ lessons to help students prepare for this important step in their lives.
 
Students from Year 7-10 will be sitting at their computers over the next few weeks completing MidYIS Tests from the CEM Centre at Durham University. These tests will give us a measure of how our students are developing and faring against recognised international norms. All the evidence clearly shows we are a very successful school at IGCSE, these tests will help us sustain our success at IGCSE by showing us areas of strength and weakness in every student’s performance. Another tool in our growing armoury of Assessment for Learning, best described in the quote- feedback the breakfast of champions.
 
Over the last week we also had the pleasure of hosting two Canadian Schools, Ridley and Trinity, needless to say our visitors were extremely impressed by the quality of BIS students. The same sentiments were expressed by Mr Mark Barber the Cambridge International Examinations Development Officer for Sub Saharan Africa who was in school last week looking at our facilities.
 
Thanks to the good offices of our exceptionally vibrant PTA we held our annual students Health Forum last week during which a series of experts spoke to our students on various aspects of teenage health. Doctors spoke on the topics of skin care, hair care, eye care, tooth care and emotional health. None of our presenters baffled the audience with science but gave very sound advice on healthy living. Alongside the health talks students enjoyed a roller blade demonstration and a Zumba session.
Useful numbers thrown up during the afternoon by a paediatrician were as follows for good health:
9              hours of sleep
5              portions of fruit and vegetable  a day
2              no more than two hours in front of a screen, TV, lap top etc.
0              carbonated drinks.
Students also enjoyed a talk from  Strap and Safe a NGO committed to child safety in cars. Throughout this talk the stress was on what students can do to keep themselves safe in cars, using the seat belt, ensuring younger siblings are seated properly and observing the driver. Almost the spy in the cab but a worthwhile one if all our children are safer on the roads.
 
Saturday 31st January was a important day in the history of the school as, with the support of the PE Department, the Boarders under the leadership of Kitti Opesanwo organised and ran a very successful soccer tournament to raise funds for Boarding house projects. Many students gave up their precious Saturday morning to come to school and play this tournament. Another example of BIS students taking up the reins of responsibility and making things happen- well done Kitti.
 
Following on from successes in previous years the Religious Education Year 9 Wedding project will come to fruition on Friday 13th March. This occasion is always greatly enjoyed by the students who take part and the parents who come along to watch. A very good excuse to dress up, practice speaking in front of an audience and to learn a great deal about other cultures.
 
The following Wednesday we will be holding our annual Careers Forum for Year 9 students. In the forum we hope to give students a taste of the real world through the experiences of our various guests. If any parents would like to come and talk to small groups of students about their career paths and give us the benefit of their experience they are most welcome- please contact the school office for details.
 
Other dates for your diary.
 
Saturday              7th March             Boarders Dinner
 
Friday                    20th March           All School Formal Dinner
 
Wednesday        25th March           The Merchant of Venice- School Production
 
Friday                    27th March           Parent Teacher Conferences and end of Term.