4th July 2015
Dear Parents, Students, Colleagues and Friends of BIS,
Sitting in my office on a very quiet Saturday morning, most unusual for BIS, I have a few
hours to organise my thoughts before enjoying my last experience of Lagos traffic on my way
to the airport.
Leaving is always a bitter sweet experience as you look back and look forward. I can
honestly say I have enjoyed my three years here at BIS and if I have had a positive impact on
one of the children you so kindly entrusted me with it was all worthwhile. Of course I hope
that I have had a slightly greater impact but the sentiment remains the same.
As Frank Sinatra said, I did it my way, not always with the agreement of everybody but never
without support as we all had the same thing in mind creating a better tomorrow.
The students at BIS are the best I have ever worked with, completely mad but in a most
delightful way, and I will miss them and many others who have contributed to the growth of
My last weeks have been busy with successes in the Microsoft Competition, various debates
in school at which our students have always shone and the mad rush, or so it always seems, to
the end of another school year. Having been through this 38 times I wonder if I am a glutton
for punishment or a slow learner. Joking aside, which many of you know is quite difficult for
me, I love working with young people who want to learn and thanks to them I retain the same
enthusiasm, if not the same stamina, as I did when starting my career so many years ago.
Evidence of the lack of stamina being my utter failure to contribute usefully to the football
match held in my honour a week or so ago.
Lots of events have been held in my honour over recent weeks and I can only thank you all
for the very kind send off. Sarah and I have been must touched by the depth of feeling people
have shown for us. I do believe that should, and they will, BIS students grasp the levers of
industry and power here in Nigeria the nation has a great future. We had a brief glimpse of
the future when Phillipa Osakwe one of our pioneer students presented the prizes last
week and spoke most eloquently to the student body. I believe that Phillipa and her fellow
students who have been so successful are merely the vanguard of the advance of BIS and
So Sarah and I bid you farewell for the last time, we will be in Malawi but there will always
be a place in our hearts for all associated with the BIS family, and thus my last words as
Principal of this great school are directed at the most important people in this schoolÂ the
If is to be it is up to me!
Very best wishes to you all