BIS Principal's Newsletter 18th September 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the first of our weekly newsletters for the academic session 2017/2018. For those families who are new to BIS, we aim to send a weekly letter to parents every Monday throughout the session to ensure good communication between school and home, to celebrate the successes of the previous week and to give advance notice of any important events that are on the horizon.

I am delighted to report that our resumption for the session has run very smoothly indeed, even despite the torrential rain on the very first day. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all new students and their families to BIS and to welcome back old friends from last year. I also extend a very warm welcome to the following new members of staff and hope that they will be very happy here:

Mr King                                   Vice Principal, Teacher of History

Mr Cecchi                               Head of Physical Education

Mr Oshunkoya                        Teacher of Music

Mr Jolaawo                             Teacher of ICT

Mrs Akadiri                             Teacher of Mathematics

Mrs Aratunde                          Teacher of Science/ Biology

Mrs Idehen                              Teacher of Art

Mr Omereonye                       Teacher of Geography

Mr Tajudeen                           Teacher of Science/ Physics

Due to visa difficulties beyond the control the school, Mr King and Mr Cecchi will be a little late in their arrival, but should be here very soon.

I am delighted to report some excellent IGCSE performances from last year's Year 11 cohort. 95% of grades awarded were at A*-C, 74% A*-B, 44% A*-A and 14% A*. These reflect very well upon the students and their teachers and I congratulate all of them on their hard work and achievement.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our support staff for their hard work over the summer holidays. A lot of improvements have been made to the campus, not least the completion of the spectator stand for the swimming pool, a full makeover of boys' boarding and the installation of a much improved Wi-Fi network.

We ask you to take note of the following items in particular:

School Calendar

The full events calendar for this term is almost ready; we have been waiting for a meeting of AISEN activity coordinators to take place over the last weekend. I am pleased to announce that we will be publishing the calendar tomorrow electronically to all parents and also on the school's website. This should be a constant source of helpful reference throughout the term.

Punctuality to School

We ask for the support of all families to ensure a punctual start to the school day by dropping their wards off well before registration begins at 8.00 am. Students who miss registration miss out on all of the important notices given by their tutors and are consequently not well prepared for the school day. We do understand the problems of Lagos traffic and take these into account in cases where lateness is rare, but equally it is disappointing when late arrival becomes more regular. I will be monitoring this closely myself over the coming weeks and hope to see fewer regular faces arriving after 8.00 am.

PTA

It was a great pleasure to attend the first meeting of our PTA Executive Committee last Thursday and in particular to meet so many new parents wishing to be involved. I am sure that once again the PTA will have a busy year with a number of key events reflected in the school calendar. In addition to help us with fundraising, our PTA is a vital link between the parent community and the school's management and the members of the Committee are always happy to advise and mediate both collectively and with individual issues.

Co-curricular Activity

A large number of parents and students attended the sign-up afternoon last Wednesday. Logistically we recognise some challenges last week and will look at putting these right next time. Co-curricular activity is a vital part of a broad and balanced education and it is compulsory for each student to take part in a minimum of one activity per week, ideally more. Miss Nnamani and her team have tried hard to increase the variety of provision this year and we are pleased to introduce a number of new activities such as the Interact Club (an activity closely linked to a local Rotary club) and Taekwondo. We ask that all parents help us by encouraging maximum participation in the co-curricular programme.

Meet the Form Tutor

Next Monday (25th September) we invite all parents of new students to meet their ward's form tutor informally in the Library at 2.45 pm, to receive feedback on how our new students are settling in socially and pastorally. Please note that feedback on academic progress will not be given - the aim is simply to put names to faces and briefly discuss how well the new student concerned has settled in to his or her new environment. We hold six parent teacher conferences each year for detailed academic feedback; the first of these will be just before half term on Friday 27th October.

 

Prefects

At our first school assembly last week, we appointed our prefects for this academic session and presented them with their badges of office. They have already made a good start in their new roles. I would like to congratulate all of our new prefects and wish them well for the year and in particular announce publicly the senior post holders:

Deputy Head Girl:       Amarachi Kenanagha

Deputy Head Boy:       Sisan Tuedor

Head Girl:                    Sonia Bendre

Head Boy:                   Habibulai Agbabiaka

With very best wishes for a pleasant week ahead, 


Howard Bullock.