BIS Principal's Newsletter 4th December 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

At the end of last week we said goodbye to Mr Bullock who joins Regent School in Abuja as Principal from January 2018. We wish him well in his new position and sincerely thank him for his service to BIS over the past two years. He will be very much missed.

The next two weeks will bring us to the close of this first term and to the end of 2017. In my first newsletter as Principal, I will start with a topic very close to my heart

Punctuality to School.

The school day officially starts at 8:00am sharp. Over the past few weeks I have been greeting the latecomers and ensuring they are registered as late. In my first tour of duty at the drop of zone, we averaged 30 to 36 late students each day. About 17 were late into lesson 1 (after 8:20am). The second week was characterized by a drop in the numbers - a mere daily average of 20 latecomers. However, only 3 or 4 were arriving into lesson 1.

Then came exam week. Over the exam period we only had 20 latecomers (10 of which were year 11s who were not sitting exams) - all were in school by 8:10am. I even began to feel lonely standing at the drop off zone.

Today was post exam day and 31 students were late. Seven were late into lesson 1, 4 of which arrived after 8:40am. These latecomers were from Lekki and Ikoyi. Nearly all said traffic was an issue but then admitted that during exam week there was also traffic yet they managed to arrive on time. Each student was told the same message:

IF YOU ARE LATE FROM TOMORROW ONWARD YOU WILL BE PLACED IN A DETENTION.

IF YOU CAN ARRIVE ON TIME FOR EXAMS - YOU CAN ARRIVE ON TIME FOR REGISTRATION.

LATENESS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

ALL ARRIVALS AFTER 8:01am WILL BE BOOKED AS LATE.

I ask you all, parents and guardians, to make sure each and every BIS student is at school on time in the future. Please help us safeguard your child here at school – if they are not registered, the fire and evacuation procedures will not be securely and effectively met.

Attendance to School.

From January 2018, 100% attendance will be rewarded with certificates at the close of the academic year. These will be for individual students who are not late to school. There will also be awards for tutor groups who collectively secure 100% attendance each month.

This term so far, 7V, 9V, 10L and 11S have 100% attendance by the end of registration.

The tutor groups with the lowest number of 'lates' were recorded by 7B and 11I.

From January, awards will be for 100% present and punctual.

Uniform

Recently we have observed a number of students attending school without the appropriate footwear. Correct footwear is black leather shoes – but not suede. An increasing number of students are wearing 'slides' or 'flip-flops' because they say they have injured their foot. Both of these choices can do more damage to the foot than secure footwear. If there is a medical reason then a medical note must be provided.

Please also note that long hair should be securely tied back at all times.

Let's wear our uniform with pride.

Boarders Dinner

Boarding parents are cordially invited to attend the

2017 ANNUAL BOARDERS DINNER

on

SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2107

in

NEW HORIZONS at 5:30pm

 Fun Day

Saturday 9 December 2017 will see BIS hosting the annual Fun Day on South Fork Field. It will start and 9:00am and close at 5:00pm. Come join us for a fun packed day of activities including: game truck; archery; rodeo bull; soap football; disco; henna; ice cream; waffles and lots, lots more.

Fun Day T-shirts, on sale for N3000 before registration each day, should be worn by the BIS students attending the event on Saturday.

Birthdays

We all love a birthday celebration and a cake. However, there have been a number of birthday celebrations during and after school where food, cake and drinks are brought on site. Please note that we ask you to refrain from this practice here on school grounds. Thank you.

 

With best wishes for a pleasant week ahead,

Yours sincerely,

Linda Potticary