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Mr Simon Higham Weekly Update: 5th June

05 June 2015

After another very busy week at AP1, I can now confirm that all of the class lists for the academic year 2015/16 have been completed. As always, this is an extremely complicated process, however I feel that we have managed to create both a balance and structure that will work to facilitate great learning experiences, both social and academic as the children return to school in August for the new year. These lists, containing both the allocation of the class teacher and class name, will be sent to you with your child’s school report next Friday 12th June. Your support and integrity within this process is very much appreciated.

Linked to the finalisation of the class lists, I would like to inform you of the staffing changes at AP1 next year, announcing both the teachers that are leaving BIS and the ones that will be new to our school next year:

Staffing Changes at AP1 for 2015/2016

As the end of the year approaches we have a small number of staff who are moving on to other employment both in the UK and across the world. I am sure you will join me in thanking each one of them for the contribution they have made to the school during their time at BIS and for the part they have played in our children's education. We wish them well for the next stage in their careers and beyond.

Departing Teaching Staff

Heather Loake (F1)                             Clair Draper (F2 and Assistant Head EYFS)

Sarah Horton (Y2)                               Ruth Buckley (Y3)

Sahita Balzer (Y6)                               Victoria Edwards (Y6 and MP3 Leader)

Lara Wilkinson (PE)                           Chris Pemble (PE Leader)

Sophie Tighzer (MFL Leader)            An Gulinck (MFL)

Luke Turner (EAL)                             Grace Collantes (EYFS/Music)

Allie York Smith (EAL)           Emma Morris (Community Service)

I would like to welcome the following new staff to BIS for the academic year 2015/16 who join us from various parts of the globe.

New Teaching Staff

Maria Shooter (F2)                             Sarah Curran (F2 and Assistant Head EYFS)

Naomi Skinner (Y3)                           Eileen Winfield-Chislett (Y4)

Chloe Martin (Y4)                              Greg Wilde (Y6)

Simon Grimshaw (PE Leader)          Lindsey Shuttleworth (PE teacher)

Ellie Clay (EAL)                                 Fiorella Lambert (MFL)

Phil Holland (EAL)                            Alice Ragouzaridis-Clarke (MFL Leader)

Chris Rolls (EAL)                                               

Our transition arrangements for all children continue to proceed as planned in preparation for the forthcoming academic year.

Amidst all of the energy within AP1, it was great to welcome back to school our children that attended the Year 6 residential trip to Malaysia this week and also say ‘bon voyage’ to the remaining four Year 6 classes for their trip to the jungles of Earth Camp. To view regular updates of this week’s trip, visit the BIS HUB. In addition, pictures can be viewed by visiting the AP1 Residential Blog. I’m looking forward to hearing even more stories of adventure, water rafting and chemical toilets on Monday!

Thank you to all of the parents that attended the ‘Moving On’ Workshop on Thursday. It is very important that  we help families to prepare for life not only when they first arrive at BIS but also when they plan to leave not only our school but often the country too. The full presentation can be found by clicking here and you may be interested to read more about the concept of the Third Culture Kid (TCK), by accessing the following blog that has been set up by Ruth E. Van Reken and Paulette M. Bethel. I hope that you find this both a relevant and interesting read.

Have a great weekend .

Mr Simon Higham, Head Teacher