BIS Principal's Newsletter 23rd March 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Upcoming Events

Sunday 8 April 2018: Boarders resume at 16:00 hours.

Monday 9 April 2018: Whole school resumes at 8:00 am for registration. The timetable cycle day is DAY 1.

You will receive the full calendar for next term in a separate mail out.

Modern Foreign Language Department French Trip to Paris, France

This trip is taking place between 25th March 2018 and 1st April 2018. We wish them all a safe journey and an enjoyable, rewarding experience.

School Fee Payment.

We ask all parents to adhere to the school policy on fee payment. The fees for TERM 3 are due as we open for the third term. Late payment of fees impairs the School's ability to honour its financial commitments and ensure that your child receives quality education. Thank you to all of you who have already submitted your fees. We are continuing our following up of outstanding fees. Please contact the accounts department if you wish to talk with us about problems with school fee payment.

Punctuality to School and Late Detentions.

Thank you very much parents in helping us become a more punctual school. The number of latecomers this week has risen slightly to 9 or 10 a day - please can we ensure that all students are at school by 8:00am. The February award for attendance and punctuality was awarded to 7I - congratulations to them. I am hoping that as we calculate the March and future months we can find one tutor group per year to give the award to.

The daily detention cycle will continue next term with 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 still dominated by 'traffic' - this is the nature of roads in Lagos and therefore must be planned for. So please add 15 to 20 minutes to your journey time if your child has arrived late to school. Sibling drop offs to school are still an issue, with some exam year students arriving late. If you are a parents of one of our frequent flyers, you will receive a phone call this week asking you to attend an interview at the school.

PLEASE MAKE SURE STUDENTS ARRIVE ON TIME FOR REGISTRATION AT 8:00am.

LATENESS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

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

AFTER 8:15am ALL CARS ENTERING THE CAMPUS WILL BE REQUIRED TO COLLECT A VISITORS PASS.

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.

Hair.

The masquerade ball was an incredible event and the young ladies we have here looked amazing. Their hair was wonderful. However, many had styles which do not fit with the school rules around hair length and colour. Some of our young men were not shaving before the event either.  Please, parents, can we start the new term with all our young people abiding with the rules.

Girl's hair should not be long - shoulder length is preferable. Hair should be tidy. Hair can be natural but must be tidy. Hair must be of one colour only - natural.  It must be tied back for health and safety reasons - we are going to ask girl's to purchase a band (not rubber) to tie their hair back if they come to school with it loose.

Boy's hair must be short but too closely shaven. Facial hair must be removed.

School Photographs.

When you have collected your child's report envelope you will find the photo order form. Please return these orders to the school by the start of term. All orders should be handed in to the Form Tutor.

Swimming Pool.

You will be pleased to hear the swimming pool has been fixed and is ready for use. Please note that PE lessons will be swimming for the next half term - please make sure that all students come to PE with the full PE kit. The swimming gala date will be in the Term 3 calendar.

Years 11 and 12 Study Leave.

This is the term for the IGCSE, AS and NCUK exams. The exams commence as April closes and continue until third week of June 2018. We wish them all the very best of luck in these exams.

Year 11 and year 12 (AS level only) study leave will commence on 27 April 2018 at the close of the normal school day.

NCUK year 12 students will commence their study leave on 15 June 2018 at the close of the normal school day.

All students are expected to attend school for all lessons up until their official study leave starts.

Parent Questionnaire.

I am starting a series of parent consultations via online questionnaires initially. The first should be sent out today. It is an opening 10 questions about quality of teaching and learning in subject areas. Further questionnaires will dig deeper into aspects of this as well as look into behaviour management, pastoral care, boarding provision and quality of assessment and reporting. I would be very pleased if you would open the link and complete the 10 multiple choice questions for me - thank you. It will automatically return the information and collate the response in a report for the school. The questionnaire result return is anonymous.

Film Academy Boot Camp.

Please find the flyer for a film boot camp in this mail out to you. Film Director, Ike Nnaebue, attended our careers fair with actor Kalu Ikeagwu and spoke to the students about how they began their working life and ended up in the Nollywood film industry. Ike Nnaebue has put together a boot camp programme and has asked us if we would like to run it at BIS in the last one or two weeks of school. The full flyer provides more detail about the programme.

Simply, the boot camp will involve students writing a script, casting the actors into roles, directing, producing and filming the mini film followed by editing into a final version. The film's Premiere will then be screened at the cinema opposite the Muson Centre.

If you are interested in your child taking part in this please let Tosin, my PA, know via 0908 701 4833. If we have enough interest (50 to 100 students), we will hold a meeting here at school with Ike Nnaebue and his team to discuss the full format and costs of taking part.

Parent Appointments with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team.

If you wish to meet with 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

Admissions

All of below

Monday

Wednesday

8:30 - 10:30am

11:45am - 2:15pm

Stewart King,

Vice-Principal

Academic and learning issues, whole school

Transition

Bullying

 

Day 2

Day 7

8:20 - 10:20am

 

11:40am - 12:40pm

1:30 - 2:30pm

Kalloh Dosunmu ,

Assistant Head, Standards

Attainment and achievement issues across whole school

Attendance and Punctuality

Bullying

 

Day 3

9:20 - 11:20am

Esther Nwoha ,

Assistant Head, Personalised Learning

Any issue across years  whole school

Attendance and Punctuality

Bullying

Day 5

9:20 - 11:20am

Jane Adefoladu, Assistant Head, Welfare andBoarding

Pastoral issues for boarders and day students across the whole school

Bullying

Day 6

11:40am - 12:40pm

1:30 - 2:30pm

AbiodunAkinrinade,

Assistant Head, Learning, Teaching and Professional Development

Quality of teaching across all subjects

Homework issues

Bullying

Day 5

10:45am - 12.15pm

 

As you can see form the table, the job roles of the Senior Leaders have changed and we have an additional Assistant Headteacher: Mr Akinrinade. A special newsletter will be sent out before the start of next term explaining the new structure within the school. This new structure will be implemented from next term.

Have a very happy, restful and fun loaded two week break and we look forward to you in April.

Yours sincerely,

Linda Potticary