Just to touch upon a few items: the entire outside of the school has been re-painted, new Science labs have been built in AP2, a stunning new reception area in TX has been created and a suite of offices in AP1.
The staff have also been hard at work, with the TA’s preparing the physical spaces, new Teachers arriving to this wonderful country, and all undergoing both professional development opportunities and team-building experiences.
But, as always, it has been worth all the effort. It is all about the students, and they arrived back on the first day with glee, enthusiasm and created the buzzy atmosphere to fill the Marie Celeste type silence that has reigned over BIS for the holiday: a school without students just doesn’t feel right! The highlights of this first week have been many and various. I have already been witness to assemblies in all 3 campuses, met and welcomed most of the new students into the BIS Community, attended a PTG organised Coffee Morning for both new and present parents and overheard Year 13 students lament that this is their final year at BIS.
And by the look of things it is going to be another year to remember. BIS formally becomes one of the first schools in the world to benefit from collaboration with Juilliard, the world renowned performing arts conservatory, in the shape of an embedded music curriculum and visiting music specialist. The vast amount of ECA’s have been announced, the school plays are about to have auditions and our new Aquatics Director, Mr Rick Wheeler, will take our swimming squads to new levels of achievement. We also have to maintain, and hopefully build upon our academic results, that saw the IGCSE and IB students excel in all areas: as a headline, 43% of our IB students obtained results that place them in the top 6.7% group of IB students on a global basis.
As a final sign off I would like to repeat a message I gave out to the parents who attended the Coffee Morning: please get involved with the BIS Community as much as you can. Education is not a one way street and we need you help and input in order to maximise what we do here at BIS. Attend as many events as you can, volunteer as much as you can and immerse yourself as much as you can in the BIS Community. Have a great weekend and you will most certainly hear from me and hopefully see me next week.
Tim Deyes, Principal