BIS Principal's News Update 25th February 2015

Easter Break arrangements.
Would all Parents kindly note that school will close for the Easter Break on Wednesday 25th March 2015 following Parent Teacher Conferences and the issuing of the midyear reports. Teachers will be available to meet with parents between 8:30  am and 12:30 pm.
 
CMI Courses.
Following on from the success of last year we will be running two TFL/CMI Courses before the end of the school year.
Key Skills for Success a three part course for Year 10 students will start this Saturday 28th February at 10:30 am. This course is an ideal preparation for students wishing to go on to post 16 and higher education. The certificate for this course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute.
The Award in Team Leading course for Year 11 students will be held on four days directly after the completion of the IGCSE Examinations. This is a professional qualification registered directly with the Chartered Management Institute that is not normally available to students until they have completed their Year 12  & Year 13 studies and in many cases during the first year of work.
Details of both courses are available from the Principal's Office.
 
Donosti Cup.
In recent years the school has participated in this international soccer tournament held in San Sebastian Spain. Students have had the opportunity to play soccer with and get to know students from all over the world while enjoying Spanish culture. We are hoping to send teams to this tournament in July of this year. If you are interested in your son/daughter taking part in this tournament Friday February 27th is the final cut off date for initial payments and registration. Sadly if there is not enough interest we will not send representatives to this year's tournament.Check out pictures from last year's competition here: http://www.bisnigeria.org/gallery.asp?pid=58
 
Sai  Gargi.
Sai, a Year 11 student and President of the Student Council represented BIS in the Command performance of Abuja held at the Banquet Hall of State House. The theme of the performance was Building an Enduring Creative Nation. Sai presented a  Kuchipudi Dance from India and has recently received a letter of commendation from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation.See link: http://www.bisnigeria.org/gallery.asp?pid=23
 
Student Council Charity Appeal.
Our Student Council, led in this case by Hannah Goury, is currently collecting toiletries and clothes to support displaced persons here in Nigeria. Sadly, due to events in the north many Nigerians find themselves driven out of their homes or fleeing with only the clothes they stand in. Hannah produced a short film which was shown in assembly  highlighting the plight of this people. You can access Hannah's film from our You Tube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaLd9bDi4Mw&feature=youtu.be&a. 
 
Swimming Pool and Wifi
Both projects are well underway, in the case of the pool much of the casting has now been completed and we will soon be moving into the tiling stage. Wifi across the school should be in place by the end of the month.
 
Google Classroom.
Thanks to the efforts of Mrs Arole, our Registrar, all students and teachers have access to this educational tool. Increasingly homework and other tasks will be published by this means. No more excuses of I can't remember what the homework is etc! Students will be able to contact their teachers via this medium and fellow classmates. As with all other 'social networks'  we cannot always control what is put onto the site however all BIS students are fully aware of our expectations and the consequences of not living up to them. With the introduction of Wifi and the increasing use of technology in all aspects of life we believe this will greatly add to the life of the school.
 
MidYIS Tests
The ICT department informs me that most students have now completed these tests and we hope to be able to publish all the results by the end of this term.
 
Careers Forum.
This year's Careers Forum for Year 9 students will take place on Wednesday 18th March. This forum provides an opportunity for students to speak to professionals from many walks of life. If you would like to support this event by talking to small groups of students about your career path please get in touch with the Principal's Office. Our thanks go out to all who have already committed to joining us for this event.
 
Registrar's Department
Our thanks go to all members of this department for their efforts in producing a vast array of documents and reports for students looking to move on to other schools. If you require any documents from the school please give these hard worked ladies as much notice as possible.
 
School Fees.
As previously announced school fees for the 2015-2016 School Year will remain at the same level as this year. However, in order to ensure the sustainability of the school any fees quoted in US Dollars but collected in Naira will be calculated at the prevailing rate on the day of payment. Should anyone have issues with regard to any aspect of school fees we would encourage them to contact the school office as soon as possible.
 
Generator.
Due to the increasing size of the school and nature of the local power supply the school has purchased and installed a new power generator.
 
Upcoming Events.
 
28th February     Saturday CMI Key skills for Success
 
4th March             Wednesday School Valentine's Day Organised by Student Council- postponed due to uncertainty before the February 14.
 
7th March             Saturday am CMI Key Skills for Success
7th March             DoE Charity Afternoon TBC
7th March             Boarders Dinner TBC
 
5th-6th March      Thursday Friday School Photographs
 
13th March           Friday Year 9 Wedding Programme.
 
14th March           Saturday Entrance exams
 
18th March           Wednesday Careers Forum
 
20th March           Saturday CMI Key skills for Success. 

20th March           School Formal dinner for Yr7 - 11 Students arranged by PTA
 
24th March           Tuesday The Merchant of Venice School Production
 
25th March           Wednesday Parent Teacher Conferences End of Term
 
Finlay Webster.
Mrs Yates and I would like to express our appreciation for all the kind thoughts and wishes we have received on the arrival of our first Grandchild. We were lucky enough to meet the young man over the break and I can report that this Grandparents' Club is the best I have ever joined!
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Peter Yates MBE
Principal
British International School,
Lagos,
Nigeria