BIS News Update: Monday 11th November 2013

Our thanks go out to all the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to meet with teachers last Friday afternoon. We hope this provided an opportunity to discuss your child's progress and what steps we can take to support them as they continue the learning progress. From my point of view, as Principal, it was gratifying to see so many parents and the feedback you provided on a wide range of issues was extremely useful as we plan to take the school forward.

The PTA Executive met last Wednesday and are very busy working towards the 'Christmas Fayre' to be held on Saturday 7th December. This funding raising event is in support of the school's swimming pool project and the PTA are appealing to the parent body of the school for support in this worthwhile project. If you feel you can support this venture in any way please contact the PTA or my office.

Last Tuesday we took up a kind invitation from St. Saviour's to talk to Year 6 parents about the education on offer at BIS. This was followed up with the Open Day, see below, and we will also attend an Educational Fair at St. Saviour's this coming Saturday.

Work on the school Panto continues and having dropped into a number of rehearsals it looks as though it will be a very enjoyable production. Watch out for details of 'Sinbad the sailor'.

The weekend was also busy with many of our students playing prominent roles as 'ambassadors' for the school. On Saturday we held a well attended 'Open Day' for prospective students and their parents. A number of teachers ran sample Year 7 lessons and students did the rest; showing parents around the school and answering questions.  As Principal I had very few questions to answer the students doing the job for me. Without a doubt our students, your children, are a real credit to us all and the type of advertising no amount of money could buy.

Saturday afternoon saw a party of BIS students at the Muson centre where they watched a production of Macbeth. Feedback from the students who attended greatly enjoyed the performance and found it particularly interesting as this Shakespearean classic was set during the dark days of the Nigerian Civil War.

On Sunday 10/11/13 a party of senior students attended the annual Act of Remembrance at the Commonwealth war Graves Cemetery in Yaba. Yet again the way they presented themselves and represented the school attracted a good deal of positive comment. The Head Boy, Deputy Head Boy and Head Girl attended a short Reception held at the residence of the Deputy British High Commissioner after the ceremony and were very much at home talking to diplomats and dignitaries based here in Lagos.  The Deputy High Commission was also extremely grateful for the donations made by our students during last week's Poppy Appeal.

In the coming week we have visits from representatives of Trinity College Dublin on Thursday and the MSDon Interhouse Cross Country/ Fun run for Boys on Friday. Representatives from Trinity will be talking to the Year 10 and 11 classes first thing on Thursday morning and parents are most cordially invited should they wish to attend. 

The run will take place on Friday afternoon followed by health talks for the boys. Our girls will return the compliment and act as stewards for the boys run and attend normal classes during the afternoon.

This week we will be closing the lists for the Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh's expedition trip to the UK to be held next June and the registration for the CMI Management course to be held for Year 11 students following the completion of their IGCSE examinations.

I will finish this update by appealing to all parents to ensure their children are collected in a timely manner. We realise the difficulties of moving around Lagos but I would urge an extra effort to ensure students are picked up as quickly as possible at the end of the school day.

Have a good week