We hope everybody had a great break and it is a pleasure to welcome you back to school for the final term of the 2013-2014 academic year. It also gives me great pleasure to welcome Mrs. Ranita to school as our new Physics teacher. Mrs. Ranita is a highly qualified and experienced IGCSE teacher and I am sure you will join me in welcoming her and her family to Nigeria and BIS.
Sadly I must report that Mr. Baker will not be directly returning to school as he undergoes medical treatment in the United Kingdom. Again I am sure you will join me in wishing a very dedicated and loyal member of the school community a speedy recovery.
In the absence of Mr. Baker Mr. Okosodo will be in charge of all IGCSE issues. The school also sends its condolences to Mr Farri, the Protocol Officer, and his family on the passing of his mother who will be laid to rest later this week.
It is always a pleasure to report on the reactions of people to our students in different parts of the world. The group that went to Paris over the break clearly had a great time and left a very positive impression. Our hosts in Paris are looking forward to meeting the next group of BIS students we send to France.
This week we have a number of important events in school starting with the Year 9 Students and Parents IGCE Options Meeting to be held at 2:35 pm in the library on Wednesday. At this meeting parents and students will have the opportunity to meet with teachers from all the subject areas on offer at IGCSE level.
We hope this meeting and the information provided will help students and their parents in choosing the courses they want to follow to IGCSE level. By the end of May we hope to have all the option choices in and have started the planning of the 2014-2015 school year. For those Year 9 students who completed the MidYis tests the results will be passed on to parents at this meeting.
Thursday, being May 1st, is a National Holiday and the PTA has organised its annual Health Forum for parents, students and members of staff. This programme includes a number of basic health checks, talks on health issues and a number of practical keep fit activities. The programme runs from 9:00 am-12:30 pm tickets on the door costing N2500 which includes breakfast.
Just as Year 9 start to think seriously about IGCSE options our Year 11 class rapidly approach their examinations, the first ones being next week. To mark this occasion the annual Leavers Ceremony will take place on Friday at 1:00 pm in New Horizons.
This occasion marks the last time this group of students will formally be in school together prior to their study leave and examinations. Something of a bitter sweet occasion as we bid them farewell and wish them the best for the future wherever it should take them.
Peter Yates MBE
British International School,