Listening to our stakeholders is very important when making strategic plans for the future at BIS. Earlier this year, we surveyed parents on their opinions about the KS3 curriculum offered and have put in place an enhanced language curriculum as a result. Modern Foreign Languages will be offered for all nationalities, Korean for 1st language students and a more structured Vietnamese Beginners programme for Year 7, 8 and 9 students next year. In addition, a main area of focus will be the delivery of high quality teaching for non-native English speakers across the whole school.
On Wednesday, approximately 90 parents visited our campus to taste the food offered to our students on an ordinary day at BIS. Many positive comments were received in addition to some helpful suggestions on how we can get even better. In addition to tasting the food, parents were taken on a tour of the BIS Garden where organic vegetables are grown and then the BIS chicken coop where our 9 chickens free range. Mr Halpin, who has worked with children from Foundation Stage to our Year 12s this year, explained the links to children’s learning. Projects such as data collection and analysis in maths to first-hand experience for poetry writing in English; examining different insects and pollination in biology to learning about a healthy diet. These are all valuable ways of bringing learning to life outside the classroom. Our free-range eggs are also used for Cookery and Bush Craft ECAs and are offered to our school community. The final phase of our parent experience included a visit to our new library where the parents met Ms. Hull. Ms. Hull explained why changes have been made to the learning environment and talked about our new BIS link to one of the best universities in the world, MIT.
I also had the pleasure of attending Grimm Fairy Tales on Wednesday evening. What a fabulous demonstration of achievements by our students who participated in our Extra Curriculum Drama Programme. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances which retold some of Grimm’s well known stories in a thoroughly engaging way. Congratulations to Ms. Loveday who will be visiting Juilliard Performing Arts School over the summer break to receive training on the Juilliard Dance Curriculum.
Ms Sue Hill, Principal