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Mr Richard Dyer Weekly Update 8th May

Welcome back to term 3 of 2014-15 and to new families joining BIS, a very warm welcome to our school community.  I do hope that you and your children quickly settle into life at BIS.  If at any time you have questions or concerns, please get in touch.


Exams and Reports


The focus this term for many of our students is on examinations, with IGCSE and IB Diploma Programme exams in full swing. For parents, this can be a time of anxiety. Your children are well prepared and have considerable support from their teachers, however, so they are in a very good position. As parents, we simply need to be supportive and provide the space for our children to manage this time as they see best. Some humorous advice for parents appeared on the BBC website this week and I have reproduced this in full on the following pages. I have also added an extract from a more serious article from the IBO Blog, which contains useful advice on stress management for students taking exams.


Exams will take place for other year groups later this term. Ben Turner, Deputy Head who leads our assessment, has written a piece explaining the rationale and structure of our summer term exams and assessments. Do take time to read this, and don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.


In the meantime, I am pleased to confirm the reporting dates for this term:


Year 7- Full report 19th June (This is a change from the stated date of 26th June)


Year 8- National Curriculum Level Report 10th June


Year 9- National Curriculum Level Report 26th June


Year 10- Full Report 26th June


Year 12- Full Report 26th June


Identification Cards and Campus Access - AP2


As mentioned in BISBuzz last term, and by letter earlier this week, we are making some small improvements to enhance the security of the BIS campuses and the safety of our children. We are now ready to implement these changes fully.


From Monday 11th May, any parent without a valid school parent card and all visitors will need to follow the procedure outlined below:



  • A form of photo identification card (e.g. driver’s license or ID card) will be requested from you by the guard.

  • The ID will be exchanged for a visitor badge with a red lanyard.

  • Each visitor will be required to sign in and complete all sections in the visitors book.

  • On leaving the campus, each visitor must sign out and exchange the visitor badge for their photo ID.


In addition all parents and visitors on campus will be expected to wear their parent card or visitor badge around their necks using the lanyards provided. This will give enhanced visibility of all adults on site at any given time.


Thank you for your cooperation and support.


Richard Dyer, Head Teacher, Secondary


 

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