Spotlight on Year 7
Our youngest students have made an impressive start to the school year. Mr Jonathan McLoughlin, Head of Year 7 shares his insights on the first week of their Secondary journey:
Wednesday marked the end of the first week of the 2020-2021 academic year. It was an important milestone for our Year 7 students who had their first year group assembly and completed their first week in Secondary School. Throughout their time at Secondary School there will be many other milestones, however, much of this will depend on your son or daughters willingness to conquer fear and take the opportunities available to them. The theme of our first assembly was ‘Opportunities’.
This week, the Co-Curricular Activities sign up via CHQ was a great opportunity. CCAs provide an enormous array of activities for students to participate in, but our youngest students can feel a little nervous about signing up. Perhaps they feel they are too small or not old enough or just need a little more time. The key message from our assembly was to be brave and to take these opportunities in both hands. Mr Chandler and 7B decided they would do just that and undertook some team building skiing on the basketball court during form time. Yes skiing in Vietnam and on a basketball court! They took the opportunity to work collaboratively and communicate with their new classmates to ‘ski’ across the court, backwards and sideways.
This week every lunchtime and after school, the Secondary music teachers have had the privilege to listen to over 100 students auditioning for the Orchestra and Chamber Choir. As music teachers, we understand how nerve-wracking these auditions are and so would like to congratulate all the students on having the confidence to play to us. Students from Year 7 to 13 signed up to audition and all the performances have been fantastic.
It has been a very difficult decision to fill the limited number of places available for each CCA group. We encourage all students to keep practising and sign up for any of the other Music CCA’s we have to offer, even if they do not get a place in the CCA they auditioned for to gain further ensemble experience.
Thanks again to all students
Ian Alexander, Director of Music
Parent Webinar: How should we report to you on your child’s progress?
These times of challenge have led to some great innovations at BIS with a focus on High Quality Learning. One of these are our BIS Parent Webinars. These have provided a great means for us to stay connected and maintain a dialogue between our teaching team and you, our parent community on various aspects of school life. I am very excited that my Senior Leadership Colleagues, Lee Falconer and Matthew Lambert, Assistant Headteachers (Teaching & Learning) will be hosting a Parent Webinar on Wednesday 9th September at 4:15pm where they will be sharing some ideas on how we can evolve our Student Reports, and asking you for your input.
All Parents are welcome to attend.
To sign up click here
Meet the New teachers
Our ‘Class of 2020’ New teachers are an exceptional group of educators who are already making an impact here at BIS HCMC. Click here to read more details and see if you can spot any familiar faces!
University Guidance Webi-Meetings
Our College & University Guidance Team have hit the ground running this year and have already conducted 75 Zoom Meetings with our Year 13 students and their parents. These meetings form a really important moment in our students’ journey to university as the team hone each student’s pathway and application.
Look out for news next week of our Class of 2020 University Destinations.
Health & Safety; Is everyone’s responsibility
To ensure the Health & Safety of our community please be reminded:
Celebrating Fantastic IGCSE Results 2020
We are incredibly proud of the IGCSE results awarded to our Year 11 students this year. Once again the knowledge and skills of our students have been recognised with impressive academic results, and we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to each of our Year 11 students.
Find out more about our fantastic IGCSE results here.
Dinner Table Discussions - Weekly Wellbeing
I look forward to sending out the next set of Wellbeing ‘Dinner Table Discussions’ next week - please keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook page for key notices and the questions will be emailed to you on Monday morning. I hope it leads to many interesting debates around the kitchen table!
As ever, I hope you are having an opportunity to discuss the Wellbeing curriculum with your son or daughter and gain a greater understanding of the work they are doing during lessons and in Tutor Time. Should you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)