Welcome back to the year ahead at BIS and a special welcome to all our new families. I hope you have had a great summer. It was lovely to greet the students as they returned on Wednesday in new uniforms, with smiles on their faces and they all seem to have settled well.
Summer at BIS is a time to make sure improvements are carried out and this holiday was no exception. In response to a number of comments made by parents in our annual parent survey, the changing rooms for the swimming pool and sports hall have been totally refurbished. A redesign has added extra health and hygiene areas. All students will now walk through showers before entering the swimming pool area, in addition to showering after their swimming session. Lockers have been added and hairdryers installed to ensure further safety for students. New toilets, tiling and changing cubicles have really improved our provision. We are continuing to upgrade children’s toilets in both the EYC and Main building and this will take place over the next 2 months.
Further improvements have been made to classrooms to ensure that our students have flexible, collaborative areas in which to problem solve and foster creative ideas. Our Computing/Computer Science learning areas are now equipped for 21st Century learners! Our two suites now have a flexible partition to enable the creation of a maker space; new Apple Macs; motorised desk systems to create a multi-purpose work spaces; touch screen TV; robotic engineering kits; interactive write-on walls; 3D printers and equipment for MIT STEAM challenges. We look forward to sharing some examples of learning taking place in these areas over the next few weeks.
I would like to share the good news received, just before our students returned to school. The BIS exam results for IGCSEs and IB Diploma are credit worthy and our students should feel very proud. The very positive IB results which show an average points score of 32.4 and a 96% pass rate, significantly above the world average, is a wonderful achievement for our very first cohort of IB students. One of our students achieved an extremely high score of 44 out of a possible 45 points. These achievements have seen our students being accepted at top universities in America, UK, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Canada. Congratulations to our secondary students!
It’s been an exciting end to the week as music filled the auditorium to set the scene for our annual House Allocation, Harry Potter style. The sorting hat sprang into action and selected a house for our new students and staff. We are all looking forward to a positive year ahead.
Ms Sue Hill, Principal