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Welcome back to Term 2

19 January 2018

Dear Parents, 

It’s January already and we are already half-way through the School Academic Year. I hope that everyone had a fun holiday whether that involved travelling overseas or staying at home in Slovakia. It was really great to see some many of your children back after the winter break looking so refreshed and ready to start Term 2.

For our Year 11 and 13 students a very important term is ahead. It’s a time to reflect on Mock Examination grades and start to look at those next steps to achieve the grades they deserve. Whilst May and their final exams may seem a long way off, the time to act and work hard is now. Many of our Year 13 students already have offers post IB for university study at top UK universities.

I am also very much looking forward to the Year 13 Stuzkova ceremony this Friday evening at the Penati Club.

Year 9 and Year 12 students are off to Tanzania at the end of January, I am sure that this will be a trip of a lifetime and will be one of the memories they take away and remember for the rest of their lives.

The Cambiata boys’ choir are currently in the UK with Miss Howarth, our Head of Music, and will be back there again in February for the final performances. The Year 3 show takes place on Wednesday at 18:00, followed by the Year 4 show in February.

I hope your children over the holiday were involved in our first MIT STEAM challenge “hack the tube”, I am very much looking forward to judging the competition later this month.

If you haven’t signed up to our BISB App yet, then I would advise you do so. This is a day by day update on what is going on in school as well as following us on both our Facebook and Twitter pages. You will see what a busy school we are!

Some updates

Uniform - September 2018

During Term 1, I have been working in collaboration with a Parent committee, Staff committee and Primary and Secondary student council to look at the way forward for September 2018 with regards to our uniform. We all agreed that in terms of what we wear throughout the school there is no “uniformity” in colour and styles etc. It is a long time, more than 7 years, since we did a uniform review, hence why we have done one now in collaboration with as many as possible. It is not possible to do a review with everyone in the community however the parent committee has on it many representatives from all year groups.

We are now at a stage where we are looking at samples with Petra (who manages our uniform shop), we hope to be able to see some of these very soon. In terms of colour we have settled on navy blue with a lighter blue trim and with items that can be selected from a range. For example there could be a cardigan, a jumper and a vest top that could all be chosen. These items would go through the school up to Year 11, so there would be no need for parents transitioning through Primary into Secondary to buy a new range of clothes.  We are investigating having the Nord Anglia brand logo on the clothing items, like many of our other NAE schools. This will hopefully avoid some of the issues we currently have with uniform items that students purchase being incorrect e.g. a Blouse/Shirt that is not the one the uniform shop is providing. A good example of where we could be heading would be to have a look at our Budapest school at https://unimode.hu/bisb/

I will come back to you with similar images when we have seen the samples and ensured that the quality of the garments is what we require and expect.

 

Secondary Reports Cycle

Over the Winter break we have done a review of the reports which will be issued going forward into Term 2 and 3, and we have done some small amendments to the cycle/issue of these reports. All students will still receive the minimum of two grade and one full report in each year- approximately one each term. Examination classes will also still have examination grade reports. We have done this review to ensure that our assessment dates match up more closely to reports dates.

There may be some minor changes to parent drop-in’s – and if this is the case Mr Harrison will send out further details soon. The new report schedule is attached. Should you have any concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

 

Staff Leavers

Sadly Mr Harrison, Head of Secondary will be leaving us at the end of the Academic Year June 2018. A personal message from him is below:

“After only a short time living in Slovakia, the Harrison family has decided that they would like to move on to pastures new. Wonderful Slovakia will always hold a special place in our hearts. We will miss it terribly, as we will miss the lovely people we have met while we have explored its beautiful regions. The community at BISB has been very friendly and like a family to us. We have loved being at the school, myself working in the Secondary School and our two children enjoying a great learning experience in the Primary School. We wish the very best to everyone at BISB and all the greatest of success for your children at the school.”

We are letting you know now as we have started to advertise for his replacement and we aim to bring out 3 candidates at the end of January. Thank you to those parents who have agreed to be involved in this process it is very much appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Karen Eastwood
Principal

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