BIS Principal's Newsletter 12th January 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are delighted to welcome everyone back to school for the new term and wish all students and their families good health and happiness for 2017.
Last term ended on a high note with our production of Idia Warrior Princess. It was a lovely and colourful performance and my thanks and congratulations go to everyone involved in it, especially Mrs Oloyede who was the director. Around 90 students were involved which reflects the increasing popularity of the performing arts here at BIS.
We are currently putting the finishing touches to this term's calendar and the key dates for this will be published in my letter for next week.
Please note the following items of current importance:

English Department
Ms Koroye, teacher of English, left us at the end of last term to take up further study. We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her contribution to the school in a number of different areas and wish her well for the future.
We are currently in the process of appointing another English teacher and we hope to secure this very rapidly. Some temporary arrangements have had to be made in the interim to ensure continuity of teaching. If there are any concerns regarding these, Ms Tomlin, our Head of English, will be happy to discuss them on an individual basis as would Mr Okosodo and myself.

Mock Examinations
Mock examinations begin next Monday (16th January) for all students in Years 11 and 12. The examinations will last for two weeks, ending on Friday 27th January. As in previous years, students in Years 11 and 12 will be allowed study leave during this period, which means that they are only required to be present in school when they have an examination. However, our students are always welcome to be here and can use the library for silent revision purposes and also consult their teachers on any academic issues causing concern.
Students in Year 10 will take mock examinations in English and Religious Education, but will not be granted study leave for these and must attend school as normal.

Early Morning Swimming
We are pleased to announce that our swimming team of advanced swimmers will be able to take advantage of an early morning training session. Specific details will be given to those involved. Our teams did very well in galas and competitions last term and this additional practice time will pay dividends in events during the coming months.

With best wishes,
Yours sincerely,

Howard Bullock.