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Mr Simon Higham Weekly Update 10th April

10 April 2015

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘An association of two or more people as partners defines the word ’partnership’. Teachers, parents and children working together make a sound recipe for a quality educational experience and I would like to thank all of you who attended this week’s parent meetings. Having spoken to many parents this week and by carefully monitoring the overall percentage attending these meetings, it was very encouraging to note that by Monday 6th April, over 93% of all parents across the school had accessed our new online boking system and made appointments to see their child’s class and specialist teachers. Such meetings are a means to communicate your child’s achievements and efforts within school, right across the curriculum. In addition to this, this time allows our teachers to communicate the next steps for your children’s learning and discuss how parents can help in this process at home. If you are yet to see your child’s class teacher, please ensure that you contact them directly in order to arrange an appointment. Thanks again for your continued support.

When entering our school, parents often ask me what makes BIS a special place to be? Is it the children, the teachers, the facilities or the very high academic and non academic standards that we have? I believe that it is all of these encapsulated within our Aide Memoire (see above). You may have seen the Aide Memoire around our campus but what is it and why is it so important to us? Essentially, this is our school’s mission statement and it is visible in every room across our Group of Schools. It helps us all to focus upon what we understand are the main attributes of excellent learning. ‘Integrity’, ‘Care’ and ‘Respect’ are what we term as our moral attributes - those that make you the person that you are. We constantly refer to these across everyday school life instilling a sense of equality, empathy and nurture into the education of our children. Running alongside these attribute are those of academic rigour - ‘Enquiry’, ‘Reflection’ and ‘Perseverance’, that focus on allowing our children to move through the learning process by taking risks, evaluating outcomes and setting goals for their next steps.

As our children transition through their different phases of an internationally focussed BIS education, they develop  as independent, forward thinking global citizens that are learning together. Look our for our Aide Memoire across our campus and ask your children how they have shown ‘integrity’ and what ‘reflections’ they have made in their learning today - you may be surprised how much they know about it!

Please take time to familiarise yourself with the Term 3 Extra Curricular Clubs Booklet this weekend ready for the live sign up that begins at 5.00pm on Monday.

I hope that you enjoy reading through the articles in this week’s newsletter and I wish you a very pleasant weekend ahead.

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher