It was a day of great colour, delicious food and spectacular cultural performances. This particular day is one of the highlights of the school calendar and shows to great effect our wonderful international community. It is certainly a day that I very much enjoy. It was a perfect way to end the first half term at the Secondary campus. I have to say, the first half term was very positive school-wide and we achieved a great amount across all the three campuses. I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of the BIS Community. Our parents continue to show the school outstanding support in all areas with International Day being a perfect example of this.
I do hope that all BIS families were able to enjoy some quality time together over the half term break and that the children are refreshed and ready to tackle the next half term with enthusiasm and positivity. It does promise to be a busy and exciting few weeks. Next weekend, along with other members of the school’s SLT, I will be attending the annual FOBISIA Leadership Conference held this year in Macao. This is always a very rewarding learning event for us all where we can enjoy quality professional development and meet senior leaders from other FOBISIA schools. During the week beginning 18th November, we will be hosting a joint accreditation team visit from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The team, consisting of 11 people, will spend four days at the school holding meetings with school stakeholders, observing lessons and scrutinising school documentation. We have already undertaken a 12-month self-study process as preparation for this visit and have completed a comprehensive self-evaluation report which the team are now examining in preparation for this visit. In turn, after their visit, they will produce a report which will, hopefully, endorse our reaccreditation with CIS and our accreditation by WASC.
Already this week we have seen two wonderful events. Firstly, on Wednesday evening, our annual TEDx event took place’ this year, in ‘The Curve’. Compared to last year’s large event in the theatre this was much more intimate but equally powerful. Congratulations to all the presenters, performers and organisers in making this such a special event. We have also had the Desford Colliery Brass Band visiting us this week which performed a number of concerts at the school which proved to be very enjoyable and entertaining.
I do hope that you all have a very enjoyable weekend.