BIS News Update: Monday 9th December 2013

Monday Update.

Reports for this term will be issued on Friday morning between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm in New Horizons where teachers will be on hand to discuss their comments. Following the issuing of reports school will close for the Christmas break with classes resuming on Tuesday 8th January 2014. 

It seemed rather ironic that our Christmas Fayre, set up to raise funds for the
Swimming Pool project, should spend so much time under water!  Fortunately due to the hardy nature of the BIS community the rains did not dampen the enthusiasm for everybody to have a good time. The hard work of the PTA Executive in organising the event was evident to see as the Fayre proved a great success. Our thanks go out to all who contributed in any way to the success of this event especially the many friends of BIS who made donations to the Fayre in cash, kind and their time. All showed a huge commitment to the school and the desire to see it progress. Details relating to the success of the Fayre, how much money was raised, will be published as soon as they are available. A special vote of thanks goes to Dr Adeyinka and her team who were the driving force behind this event.

In the midst of preparations for the Fayre and our production of Sinbad, more on that later, the whole school enjoyed the Student Wellness Forum held in New Horizons on Wednesday afternoon.  Students listened to and posed questions to health professionals on the subjects of skin care, diet, eye care and general fitness. Like many other teenagers our students enjoy fast foods and canned drinks without taking into consideration the possible health implications. The very graphic way in which it was demonstrated how much sugar a can of drink holds has given them food for thought if you will excuse the pun. 
Without a doubt the hit of the afternoon was the Zumba session, dancing to keep fit certainly appealed to the entire student body and the members of staff who joined in. We are now seriously looking at how we can introduce Zumba to our extra curricular programme.

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting two sets of visitors to our school a
representative of the British Deputy High Commission and a party of ladies from Westonbirt School in Gloucestershire.  On both occasions our students gave a very good impression by doing what they do best, getting on with school and enjoying their education. The DBHC representative was collecting information which will be passed onto parties requesting details about schools in Nigeria. The ladies from Westonbirt are in Nigeria looking to attract girls to their sixth form. On their tour around the school they had the opportunity go see some of the preparations for Sinbad and they were most impressed by our dancers.

Our production of Sinbad, which involves well over 40% of the school in one role or another hits the stage on Tuesday 10th December at 6:00pm and all parents and friends of BIS are most cordially invited. The performance lasts approximately two hours, being a mixture of pantomime, song and dance- don't miss what is going to be great show. Prior to the gala performance the show will be put on for students from primary schools across Lagos on Tuesday afternoon. In addition by special request an extra performance will take place on Wednesday morning for the entire Key Stage One section of St Saviour's School. This is one of the biggest performances we have attempted at BIS and all involved are keen to show off their talents.

Next Wednesday will also be a Student Council Mufti Day, students being asked to donate N500 to charity for the pleasure of not wearing uniform to school. During the afternoon and evening of Wednesday we will be holding discos for the Junior and Senior Schools. 

Over the last term the Student Council's chosen charity has been CSDoN, a charity devoted to fighting children's cancers here in Nigeria, to whom they have just handed a cheque over to the value of N300,000.

The class of 2013 who left us last June are still having a very positive impact on
their school as their technology grant resulted in two more interactive white boards being added to the schools resources this week. So to those of you who follow the school online a big vote of thanks and please pass on our regards to your friends who may not have read this.

Before closing this last update for this term let us spare a thought for our Year
11 students who  will sit their mock examinations in early January. It is vital
these young people enjoy the break but also use it to start some very serious
revision for the  mocks in January and the real examinations in May and June- not very far away and our expectations are very high. 

Earlier last week I saw a newspaper article that equated Chinese students success to two main factors: pushy parents and pushy teachers who are determined their children will do well. Here at BIS we are one step
ahead, we have pushy parents and pushy teachers but we also have pushy students who are determined to do well.
We hope to see as many parents as possible in school during the various events of the coming week to wish you the best for the festive season and New Year personally however should that not be the case may I on behalf of the school wish all members of the BIS family and friends a very Happy Christmas and a wonderful 2014. 
Travel safely and see you next year.