Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CCA? We have developed an elective Co-Curricular Activity (CCA) programme Monday – Friday from 3.35 to 4.30pm. The British International School of Houston offers a wide range of opportunities for student participation from Foundation Stage through to IB. The development of young people takes place both inside and outside the classroom and a rich selection of co-curricular activities extends your child's learning experience each term.
Why do we have CCA's? At the British International School Houston (BISH) we believe that a school’s role is to nurture confident, knowledgeable, independent young people who understand that their actions can make a difference to their school, as well as the local and global communities. In addition to outstanding academic outcomes based on our gold standard curricula, we provide opportunities for all our students to enrich their lives and the lives of others.
What times do CCA's run? CCAs run Monday - Friday 3:35 - 4:30pm and are optional for all students. The Mother Tongue Language program runs from 2.30-3:30pm and 3:35-4.30pm Tuesday and Thursday. Rock climbing and Archery take place off campus and finish at 5pm, parents collect their children from those locations.
What activities can you sign up to? CCA's include - Athletics, World Languages, Performing Arts, STEAM and Service Learning. The school also hosts a wide selection of external providers including Basketball, Computer Programming, Lego, Languages, Tennis, Yoga and Dance. Please see the document attached below - Schedule by Year Group.
What is the Mother Tongue Programme? At the British International School of Houston (BISH), we are committed to offering the Mother Tongue Programme (MTP), which looks to develop native language and cultural awareness. We believe that the development of the mother tongue language is crucial for both cognitive development and maintaining cultural identity. BISH is able to support native speakers to develop their mother tongue language whilst at the school. If you sign up to this programme you sign up to both the Tuesday and Thursday sessions. This is a total of 4 hrs. Please see the booklet attached below.
What Languages are included in the Mother Tongue Programme?
- French: CNED, programme endorsed by the Department of Education
- German: Ils GmbH Fernlehrwerk, programme endorsed by the Department of Education
- Spanish: Yabisi course
- Dutch: programme inspected by the Dutch Inspection of the Ministry of Education and monitored and assisted by the Stichting NOB
How do I log onto CHQ? Log in to CHQ. Your username is your email address. You Password was emailed to you from CHQ. If you have forgotton your password, please click on 'Forgotten password' to receive a new one. Secondary students should use their School email and password to make their choices.
How are the CCA's allocated? CHQ is an automated system. Sign up is NOT first come first served. After the sign up period has closed the system automatically allocates students to their chosen CCA. If a CCA is full, you will be allocated your second choice or your third. Those students that were previously waitlisted and did not enroll in their first choice in Block 2 are given preference in Block 3.
Why is there a deadline? When we close the sign up CHQ allocates students to their chosen clubs. After this deadline clubs will become full and further choices and changes are limited. To enroll after the cutoff date, choices are added on a manual basis and not by CHQ. Please allow your child time to adjust to their new schedule and remember their choices before the new block starts.
When do I know which CCA my child is approved for? These approvals will show in your CHQ homepage. We will also send you a confirmation email.
How do I pay for a CCA? Payment can be made online in CHQ using PayPal. Payments for CCAs are due 1 week prior to the start of class to reserve your child's place.
Can I make changes to my chosen CCAs? You can change your CCA choices prior to the cut off date only. It is not advisable to change a CCA mid-block. This causes the student's, teacher's and provider's schedules to change. Transport must also be changed if using the bus. It is recommended that a student becomes accustomed to a routine and develops their skills within each CCA.
How does my child know which CCAs they are attending? On you CHQ homepage is an option called calendar. This displays month by month the CCAs your child has been approved for and the room locations. It is advisable to print this and give to your child to keep as a reference or display in your home. Your child's class teacher will also have their CCA schedule.
What happens if it rains and my child's CCA is outdoors? When it rains we will try to move all activities inside, space permitting. If the CCA is cancelled we will send you a text message and email prior to and in advance of pick up. In the event that a child is not collected at 3.30 and the CCA is cancelled they will be supervised in BISH kids.
What happens if my child cannot attend their CCA? If you child is not attending their CCA as usual please email your class teacher and CCA@houston.nae.school. If you child rides the bus it is very important to contact Mr Naizam at Juma.Naizam@houston.nae.school to confirm bus transport.