BIS Principal's Newsletter 25th April 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Another busy week has passed as we move into the examination season for our Year 10 and Year 11 students. The calendar was updated following a meeting of the relevant committee and clearly states the dates of internal examinations for Years 7-10. These are promotional examinations and will play a key role in informing us whether students are ready to move to the next year group.

Gillian Hopwood and John Godwin
We were delighted to welcome Gillian and John to BIS last Friday. Originally from the United Kingdom, they are both renowned architects with many key buildings in Lagos to their name. They arrived here in 1954 and have remained ever since. Their purpose on Friday was to speak to those students studying English Literature in Years 10 and 11 with reference to Chinua Achebe's novel 'Things Fall Apart.' They gave a fascinating account of the last years of the colonial period, the events leading up to independence and the development of modern Nigeria. The keenness of the students to ask questions was a fitting tribute to their engaging presentation.

Earth Day Assembly
At the initiative of some of our Year 9 students, we held a special assembly to mark Earth Day on Friday of last week. We were delighted to welcome representatives from the company Recycling Integrated Ltd who gave an imaginative presentation of how many materials are wasted each year and the use to which we can put recycled materials. We hope to work practically with Recycling Integrated to reduce waste at BIS over the coming months.

Study Leave
Today marks the end of formal schooling for Year 11 students as study leave will begin tomorrow. We ask that all parents and students note the following guidelines regarding study leave.

All students may work at home if they do not have an examination, but equally are very welcome to come into school for private study or to see their teachers regarding their studies.
Students coming into school must wear full school uniform
Students who are not taking examinations, but who are present in school, must sign the entry and exit register in the Library. They are not required to be present in school for the whole day and may come in and out according to parental wishes.
Teachers will be present in their classrooms during the times that lessons would have taken place on the timetable for consultation, help and advice
Year 11 boarders will be instructed by house staff as to their study leave arrangements.
It is imperative that all students arrive no less than 45 minutes before each examination. CIE and Edexcel are stringent in their requirements that examinations begin and end in full accordance with their published timetables..

Leavers' Ceremony
A reminder that this important occasion will take place on Friday of this week (29th April). We ask that parents of students in Year 11 arrive at 12.30 for a 1.00 pm start. The ceremony will take place in New Horizons. As always it will be a mixture of taking the opportunity to say goodbye to our Year 11 students as well as enjoying their reflection of their time at BIS. A reception will be held in the Library for those leaving and their families immediately after the ceremony.

Appleby College Visit
Representatives of Appleby College in Canada will be visiting BIS on Wednesday of this week at 2.45 pm. They will be available to talk to Yr10 & 11 students and their parents in L4 in the Library.

May 1st Holiday
As May 1st falls on a Sunday this year, we have not yet been officially informed whether a public holiday will be given for Monday 2nd May. Should a public holiday be officially granted and published through the media, BIS will close for Monday 2nd May and resume on Tuesday 3rd.
 
With best wishes for a pleasant week ahead,
Yours sincerely,
  
Howard Bullock.