It is not often that a student is asked to represent the United Nations Secretary General in order to deliver an address to a UN sponsored gathering. Rahul Kotikela carried out this task with great aplomb last week when a group of BIS students attended the 10th Rare Gems award ceremony jointly sponsored by UNIC and WODEF. Along with a number of local schools our students have been working on supporting a WODEF project identifying suitable recipients for this UN backed awards. Ola Okafor was asked to read the citation honouring the Organisation for Research into World Peace. All the schools involved have been working around the theme of Women as Peacemakers... Inspiring Change. In recognition of involvement the school was presented with a plaque which is on view in the school reception area.
We were also delighted to see a former student. Miss Phillipa Osakwe and two colleagues from Bain and Co, a worldwide consultancy company, in school talking to Year 10 about Money issues. A number of organisations, like Bain, have picked up on an initiative from the World Economic Forum and are sending out some of their brightest young economists to speak to students about money matters. Judging by the perceptive questions posed by our students this was a well received topic. It was also rather special as we believe this was the first time a former student of the school had returned in a professional capacity to talk to students. Phillipa left BIS in 2003, she found her picture on the wall, and went on to study at Colombia in the USA before embarking on a career initially in banking and latterly in consultancy. We hope this is a trend that will develop and more former students will return to BIS in the coming years.
In the next few months Year 9 students will be making decisions about which subjects they wish to study at IGCSE. This is the first of many decisions they will have to make that will impact directly on career choices in the future. To support these students in their choices we held a Careers Forum last week in which professionals from many different fields spoke to the students about their career paths. Again judging by the feedback from presenters and students alike this was a very informative session from which all parties gained a great deal. Prior to the presentations all the Year 9 group spent some time completing self assessments and looking at some of the reasons why people work and make decisions about work. We will be following up on this with the Year 9 students as they move towards their IGCSE choices and get closer to the world of work.
After a first attempt washout due to the weather we managed to get school photographs completed this week, the whole process went extremely smoothly thanks to the organisational skills of Mr Baker and the excellent cooperation of the student body.
With the support of Mrs Dosunmu and Ms Ololade Year 7 students sat the first batch of MidYIS tests last week. These were done on line and we now await the results back from Durham University. This first test will provide us with a baseline from which we can measure future growth or in educational terms - Value Added. Once the results are back we will be in touch with parents to fully explain them.
Under the auspices of the Student Council a Book Character Day was held on Friday in support of our Library collection. Thanks to the generosity of students and parents the library collection was expanded and funds collected for the specific purpose of improving the library.
The school was busy on Saturday as another 70+ students sat our entry tests, at this point we have 61 students who have accepted places for next year and given the continuing interest we are looking at the possibility of opening an extra class to accommodate what looks like being our biggest ever Year 7 intake. If any siblings have not been registered for starting year 7 in September we would advise parents to do so as soon as possible.
While the young students sat their entry tests a number of older faces went back to class as an AISEN Principal's Workshop was held here in school on Saturday. This workshop looked at how Principal's listen and distribute leadership in their schools. Prior to the start of the workshop the visiting Principals were given a tour of our school by a number of year 10 students, the students leaving them with the impressions we have come to expect as the norm from our students. To borrow the mantra of an Italian washing machine manufacturer, excellence as standard.
Lower school students don't forget to get your tickets for the Lower School Formal dinner to be held on Friday April 4th.
On Friday March 28th at 2:45pm the PTA will be holding a Zumbathon for all interested in this form of keep fit.
Peter Yates MBE
British International School,