BIS News Update: Monday 17th February 2014

Following their success in last week's football tournament the winning teams have donated their prizes to the Student Council Charity fund. This fund was further augmented on Friday as the student body enjoyed a 'mufti day' , a junior Valentine's Disco and the senior Valentine's Ball. The Student Council is now in earnest discussions as to which charities will be the focus of their efforts this year.
 
The 'corporate responsibility' as demonstrated by our students was the main theme of a lecture given to AISEN Heads and Lagos business leaders by Lord Michael Hastings earlier this week. Lord Hastings, the  head of corporate responsibility for KPMG and a well know activist worldwide spoke on the need for the curriculum to include education for wider responsibility for communities. It was a pleasure to listen to this lecture knowing that our students are already aware of their wider responsibilities.  
 
We also had the pleasure of two inspirational speakers in school last week. Our students were enthralled during a question and answer session with Christine Ohurougu the current World Champion at 400 metres and the winner of numerous Olympic, World and European titles. Miss Ohurougu spoke at length on the sacrifices and dedication required to reach the top in her and any other given profession. Judging by the comments of students she certainly had a very positive impact.
 
Accompanying Miss Ohurougu, Mr Richard Taylor of the Damilola Taylor Foundation also spoke on the work being done by the trust to support children's charities here in the Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Mr Taylor the father of the murdered school boy Damilola spoke passionately on the need for supporting charities that protect all children. Our thanks go to the British Deputy High Commissioner Mr Peter Carter for  being instrumental in arranging this visit. 

Many of our younger boarders had a very busy Saturday morning as they met representatives of Lego Robotics. During the morning students worked on building their own robots and racing them. This programme has so many positive spin offs in terms of education, ranging from impact on the traditional academic subjects, the development of thinking skills and very importantly learning how to cooperate and work in a group. We are looking at various options that will allow the setting up of a school Robotics Club, who knows one of our students could represent Nigeria in Moscow in next year’s World robotics Championship.
 
Sadly we are about to say farewell to a stalwart of the PTA and our school Mrs Sally Coker. As her son moves on to his new school in the UK, Mrs Coker will be stepping down as secretary of the PTA. We would like to thank Sally for all her efforts not least in the drive to raise funds for various school events including the swimming pool project.
 
Over the next half term in preparation for Parent Teacher Conferences and the issuing of a new mid year report staff and students will be looking at the new report format. Staff and students have been given access to criteria as to how learning skills can be judged. This report will not contain any details on levels of performance but will focus on learning skills. We hope this will give parents an insight into the development of the skills necessary for the achievement of the results we will report on after the exams at the end of the year. Our focus at BIS is learning and how to enhance the learning skills that will enable all our students to perform at higher levels. Its not just a case of working harder but also a case of working smarter.

On Wednesday of this week one of the top universities in France, SciencePo will be in school to talk to Year 10 and Year 11 students. Although based in France students at the university can study in English and it has close links with many top US universities.
 
School closes for half term on Friday and we hope everybody has a good break- however Year 11 this ideal the ideal opportunity to review your work and come back armed with questions on areas of concern that you want your teachers to go over in the revision period.
 
Lastly it was a real pleasure to represent the school at a reception on HMS Portland on Friday evening. This warship provides a real inspiration for our girls, it is commanded by a lady, the first female officer in the Royal Navy to take charge of a major warship. The opportunities in this world are immense if you have the will, Olympic Medals to gold braid on your arm. The same goes for the boys!