BIS News Update: Monday 3rd February 2014

Monday Update.

Following a series of successful entry tests offer letters have been sent to the parents of potential students who will join the school in September 2014. Almost 100 students have sat our entry tests showing the increasing interest in our school. From a very strong field of candidates three students were identified as potential winners of the inaugural 'Kabiyesi' Scholarship. It gives us great pleasure to announce that Mosope Obafunke Bibire Bakare of Corona School, Victoria Island has been awarded the scholarship. Our thanks go out to Hon. Justice Ayisat Opesanwo and Mrs Susan Eriksson for their help in identifying the winning student after a series of interviews.
We still have a number of entry tests to run and we are looking forward to a very vibrant and exciting Year 7 group joining us in September.

Last week our Year 11 students completed their IGCSE Mock examinations and their teachers are now completing reports in readiness for Year 10/11 Parental Teacher Conferences on Friday 7th February. Following these meetings Mr Baker will be completing the final entries for the examinations later this year. Reports for Year 11 students will also be issued next Friday.

We are very pleased to report that a number of Universities and schools have requested the opportunity to speak to our students about post 16 education. While we are actively looking at options in order to keep students at BIS beyond 16 we also realise many parents want their children to move on to schools in the UK and elsewhere. Such is the reputation of BIS the very best schools are very keen to talk to our students. As part of this programme Queen Mary's University London will be in school this coming Thursday at 2.35pm. Parents are welcome to join students to learn more about their foundation programme. 

A number of staffing changes will be made this week to ensure the school's programmes are not disrupted by the departure of Ms Lanser from Lagos. Ms Lanser has resigned on health and personal grounds and is thus returning to the UK. We thank her for her efforts and wish her well in the future. Mr. Akinloye Makinde will join the French department and Mrs Halstead will return to the role of English Literature teacher.

Progress is being made with the swimming pool project as we have conversations with a number of possible contractors. We hope to be able to announce the appointment of contractor once all the options have been reviewed by the Education Committee. Progress is also being made on the new teaching blocks and we are in the process of planning the new Science Laboratory.

Year 10 students accompanied by Mrs Okwamma  and Mr Craven enjoyed a visit to the Meteorological Station. The study of weather patterns is a topic within the IGCSE Geography syllabus. Photos of the trip can be found here.

This coming week Year 10 Historians will be attending a lecture organised by the Nigeria British association entitled from Protectorate to Partnership looking at how the current close relationship between the two nations has developed.  

We will also have a stand at the Edumark Fair to be held at the Oriental Hotel on Thursday. Sadly we will not be represented by any students at this fair as they will all be in class!

On Saturday February 8th the Student Council with the support of the PTA will be running a soccer tournament for students in support of Student Council Charities and the swimming pool project.