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Mr Anthony Rowlands: Weekly Update 05/04/19

Anthony Rowlands
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As we head towards the end of Term 2, we can look forward to an extremely busy but productive final week of term.

From Sunday to Wednesday we will be hosting a British Schools Overseas inspection team, who are here to inspect the school against UK standards. In achieving these standards, it ensures that the UK Government recognise BIS as a quality assured British School Overseas. The team of seven inspectors are led by Mr Mark Evans who is the Managing Director and lead inspector of PENTA International who are undertaking the inspection on behalf of the British Government.

The standards we have to meet are contained within the following headings:

  1. Quality of education provided:
  • The Curriculum
  • Teaching and Assessment
  • Standards Achieved by students
  1. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
  2. Welfare, health and safety of pupils
  3. Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
  4. Premises of, and accommodation at, schools
  5. Provision of information
  6. Manner in which complaints are handled
  7. Quality of leadership in and management of schools

We look forward to hosting the inspection team at BIS and a copy of their final report will be made available in a few weeks or so.

Two major BIS productions will be taking place next week. The Secondary School production of ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ will be held in the school auditorium on three consecutive nights (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) starting at 7.00 pm and very few tickets remain.

On Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning, Year 2 will be performing ‘Hats Off’ on the EY&I Campus. These events promise to be really entertaining and will be an amazing showcase of what our students can achieve during such a busy and demanding week.

This week Earth Day was celebrated at the Infant Campus on Thursday and the Junior Campus on Friday, showing our understanding and care for environmental issues affecting our home planet. These are important issues for our younger students to be involved with and to have a great understanding of.

Last weekend, the BIS Barracudas participated in the AIS Invitational Swim Meet. All competitors put in a magnificent performance with many individual successes with BIS being the overall winners. Congratulations to all our swimmers and  to our coaches led by Ms Emily McClelland. I am so pleased and impressed with the success of our Swimming teams this year and we will continue to work hard to ensure further success in the future.

Also, last weekend, I was very pleased to be able to attend a team building event for our Administration Staff held at the Oceanami Resort Long Hai. It was a weekend of beach games  and entertainment followed by a Gala Dinner. The event is organised by the school to show our appreciation of our Administration Staff who do so much to ensure the success of BIS HCMC.

Please be reminded that next Friday is the final day of Term 2 and school will reopen after the holiday on Thursday, 2nd May 2019.

I would like to wish you all a most pleasant weekend.

Anthony Rowlands, Principal

AIS Invitational

Success for the BIS Barracudas at the AIS Swim Meet 2019

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