BIS Principal's News Update: 16th June 2015

Dear Parents, 

The last few weeks of the 2014-2015 Academic Year will be busy ones for the entire BIS family.  Before providing you with a list of dates I would just like to update you on events in school. 

Work on our swimming pool continues and we hope that weather permitting the tiling will begin soon. The good news is that the pool is clearly water tight, the bad news being that the rain water will have to be pumped out before tiling can commence. The Library roof has now been fully repaired and we are now in the process of putting the school library back in place. We hope to complete the process in the next week or so. 

The Education committee of the school is continuing the search for a new Principal but is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Fiona Bain as Vice Principal from September 2015. Ms. Bain is a very experienced educator having worked in Australia, Europe and the Far East, this will be her first experience of Africa but she is very excited by the prospect of joining such a high performing school. 

Life at BIS continues at a pace and we have now said farewell to our Year 11 class. On Thursday of last week a number of students sat the final IGCSE examination. We all look forward to reading of their success when the results are published in August. The final event for the current Year 11 class took place on Saturday Night with the Leavers' Ball, kindly organised and run by our vibrant PTA.

On Saturday 6th June, BIS was well represented as almost 200 students from six schools came together in New Horizons for the Nigeria Britain Association Akinlola Williams Youth Debate. At this debate the students came up with a series of proposals based on the premise that they had been appointed President for one week. Judging by the quality of the discussions and the passion to make this country a better place Nigeria has a bright future. All the adult delegates that took part were particularly complimentary about the contributions made by BIS Students. 

On the same day a number of students too part in the Microsoft Specialist World Championships held here in Lagos. We are delighted to announce that BIS took, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Powerpoint Category and 2nd place in the Word category. One of the younger competitors, Sonia Bendre of Year 8 finished just outside a winning places. Michael Okeme came 2nd in the Word category. In the Powerpoint Category, Sushovit Razdan came 3rd, Chike Onyia second and Sidhant Bendre first. The results mean that Sid will represent Nigeria in the Microsoft Powerpoint World Championship to be held in Dallas, Texas later this year. Our congratulations to all those who took part and represented BIS with such applauds. We also wish Sid all the best of luck as he takes on the rest of the world - we have high hopes but are extremely proud of your success so far.

And so onto the end of term events that will follow the exams, week of 15th June to 19th June, and the necessary follow up. I cannot stress the importance of students and their teachers following up on the exams to identify areas of strengths and areas for development. This is all part of the preparation for the IGCSE exams students will sit at the end of their Year 11 studies. 

To mark the completion of this years' exams the school will hold it's annual Variety Show on Saturday 20th June. This event supported by our vibrant PTA will be between 2pm and 6pm in New Horizons. 

A number of Year 10 students will be out of school between Wednesday 24th June and Tuesday 30th June taking part in the annual Duke of Edinburgh International Award Expedition. Just prior to their departure on Tuesday 23rd June we will be holding our annual Maths Day. 

In the coming day a detailed programme of events taking place in activity week will be published. The activities will include the inaugural R. Baker Debate Competition to be held on the 29th June.  
The year will be rounded off with the Annual Prize Giving to be held in New Horizons on Thursday 2nd July at 1.00pm. All parents and friends are most cordially invited to this event. 

Our year will end with the Parent Teachers Conferences and the distribution of reports on Friday 3rd July between 8.00am and 12.30pm after which the school year 2014-2015 will come to an end. 

With best wishes 

Peter Yates