BIS Principal's Newsletter 12th January 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

A very Happy New Year to you all and welcome to 2018.

Punctuality to School and Late Detentions.

A good start this term - 10 students late on Monday and Tuesday and just 2 students late on Friday. Thank you very much parents in helping us become a more punctual school. I've given a week's grace to latecomers this week and the daily detention cycle will commence on Monday 15 January 2018. Each latecomer's parent will receive a phone call from the school informing them their child will be in late detention. Any student who is due to attend an extra-curricular club must attend the detention and not the club.

Reasons for lateness are dominated by 'traffic' - this is the nature of roads in Lagos and therefore must be planned for. I do not accept lateness from the staff who travel through the same traffic and you would not be happy if your child turned up to school to find no teacher present to take the register or teach a lesson. So please add 15 to 20 minutes to your journey time if your child has arrived late to school. A second common reason is 'we dropped my sibling to school'. Again this can be planned for. Parents of our frequent flyers will be asked to attend an interview at the school if avoidable lateness continue.

Finally, on my favourite topic, please note, from Monday 15 January 2018, cars dropping late comers to schoolafter 8:15am, will be required to enter the school site through the normal access procedure, i.e. be stopped at the gate by the security guards when a visitors card will be given to the driver, the student will then be dropped at the admin block and the driver will leave the school campus via the roundabout. 





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.

100% Attendance Certificates.

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.

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

Mock examinations for Years 10, 11 and 12.

Mock examinations commenced on Wednesday 10th January and will conclude on Tuesday 23rd January.

Year 12 students will resume lessons on Monday 22nd January and Year 11 students will return to class from Wednesday 24th January. 

Year 11 and 12 students may only have study leave if they have returned the parent consent form to the Form Tutor. 

Erasable Ink Pens.

We have recently experienced students using erasable pens in exams and then changing their answers after marking and the return of scripts to the student - this is unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated. Please make sure that students only use indelible ink pens for classroom and exam purposes.

NCUK public examinations.

Year 12 students studying the NCUK qualification for accelerated entry to university will have their first public examinations in the week beginning Monday 15th January.  Due to the condensed nature of this programme students are required to attend directed study sessions on Wednesday 10th, Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Tuesday 16th January.  We wish them every success.

Uniform Compliance.

We ask the parents to ensure that students are in full school uniform and have their hair presented in line with school policy (please see below). Girls are attending school this past week with large ear-rings - please note these will be removed by staff from Monday and kept with the Principals PA in named envelopes until a parent attends the school to collect them.

Hair (as taken from the school policy documents).

Hairstyles should not be exotic or attention seeking. Hairstyles should be tidy with no visible hair products. Girls' long hair should be tied back at all times - and should not be overly long. Girls may have braided hair but it must be tied back. Plain hair ornaments or bands must be of one school colour only. Hair extensions must be of the natural hair colour only. Boys' hair must be above the collar, not over their ears and short on top. Boys must be clean shaven.

Any student whose hair does not comply will be asked to be collected from school on Monday 15 January 2018 and adjustments made to their hairstyle. The students themselves were informed this during the course of this past week.

School Fee Payment.

We ask all parents to adhere to the school policy on fee payment. Late payment of fees impairs the School's ability to honour its financial commitments and ensure that your child receives quality education. All non-payers will be followed up from Monday 22 January 2018. Thank you to all of you who have already submitted your fees.

PE Lessons

All students must take part in PE lessons and must therefore bring PE kit to school when the lesson is timetabled. Students with no PE kit will be asked to take part regardless.

Parent Appointments with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team.

From Monday 15 January 2018 there will be a booking system to see a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Please ring the Principals PA on 0908 701 4833 to book an appointment. You will be asked for a meeting focus (a reason for the meeting) and your child's name and tutor group. The reason and focus of the meeting is not the actual detail of a future discussion but a focus area such as Teaching and Learning, Bullying or Behaviour Issues. We will always require the focus to be given. Your appointment will be booked into the member of the leadership team's diary who is best placed to deal with that issue (see table below). Please do not expect to be immediately placed into the Principal's appointment diary. All meetings will be recorded, all meetings will have clear actions for follow up and be acted upon within 7 working days.

Senior Leader

Primary meeting focus includes

Timetable Day

Time Slot

Linda Potticary, Principal


All of below



8:30 - 10:30am

11:45am - 2:15pm

Stewart King,


Academic and learning issues, whole school



Day 2

Day 7

8:20 - 10:20am


11:40am - 12:40pm

1:30 - 2:30pm

Kalloh Dosunmu ,

Assistant Principal (years 7, 8 and 9)

All pastoral issues in years 7, 8 and 9

Attendance and Punctuality



Day 3

9:20 - 11:20am

Esther Nwoha ,

Assistant Principal (years 10, 11 and 12)

All pastoral issues in years 10, 11 and 12

Attendance and Punctuality


Day 5

9:20 - 11:20am

Jane Adefoladu, Assistant Principal Boarding

All pastoral issues for boarders across whole school


Day 6

11:40am - 12:40pm

1:30 - 2:30pm


BIS Alumni: Oluwatobi Oladeji (class 2013)

We would like to celebrate and congratulate Oluwatobi who recently graduated (May 2017) from the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York, USA, attaining a 3.86GPA (out of 4.00) - a first class plus Summa Cum Laude. He has now begun working towards his Masters in International Intelligence and Security Studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

If you have news that we can celebrate and share with the BIS wider community, please let us know and we will happily spread the news.


Yours sincerely,

Linda Potticary