Interview with BIS HCMC Dux Scholaris- Alice Lee
Productions Update- An exciting year ahead
Over the last few weeks the performing Arts Dept. at BIS has been starting the year at full speed with auditions for Bands, choirs, productions, Musicals and Orchestras. It is always a pleasure to conduct these auditions at our school and see the amazing talent and the hard work that our students put into developing and honing their skills.
It is also inspiring to see the students taking a risk and putting themselves in the spotlight during these weeks, it takes courage and ambition that we cannot help but admire. We have had student auditions from every year group, from our new year 7s right up to our experienced year 13s, for some students this is part of the routine of the year and for others it is the first time that they have taken this path.
The students have performed for their teachers in pairs, in groups and individually, each time aiming for a position in one of our performance groups.
We always see the audition process as a way of celebrating success, and asking our wonderful students to rise to the challenge, so it is always difficult that not all of our students will be successful. We try to make it clear to those who are not selected from their audition that this is not a defeat. The quality of audition at BIS is incredibly high, just because you are not selected this time round does not mean does not mean that it's the end of your journey, it is just the beginning. It is the time to reflect, to congratulate yourself on taking a risk and to work and hone your skills so that you can step up to the challenge again next time.
We want to congratulate all of those students who will be playing in our music ensembles, singing in our choirs and performing in out musicals and productions. We know that you are going to maintain the amazing standards and ethos that the Performing Arts department at BIS HCMC values.
All of the students who audition at BIS have our respect and admiration, and you should all be proud of yourselves.
Going Beyond Community Service at BIS
Inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective – these traits, which the students at BIS HCMC strive to display, are all wonderfully evident as they participate in the many community service opportunities available to them throughout the year.
Find out more about the opportunities that are open throughout the year for our students to go beyond community service.
Parent Webinar Series 2020
Student Reporting Processes Webinar
We were delighted to have over 150 parents sign up for our inaugural webinar for 2020-21 on the theme of reporting and PTSC. In their presentation, our Assistant Head Teachers, Mr Lee Falconer and Mr Matthew Lambert, provided parents with insight to how reporting and PTSC play an integral role in our students’ learning journey, the philosophy and research which helps to shape them, and how they support you as parents in creating the best possible conditions for your child to thrive in their learning at BIS. As an inclusive school learning community, we value your feedback as parents, and Mr Falconer and Mr Lambert answered a wide-range of questions about the reporting and PTSC process.
A recording of the webinar is available here – if you were unable to attend, we would encourage you to watch on the link provided and to contact our Assistant Head Teachers via email with any questions or feedback you may have.
Our webinar series continues next week for our Year 12 and Year 10 parents – we look forward to seeing many of you there!
Upcoming Parent Webinars include:
4:15-5:00pm 14th September Year 12 Welcome to IBDP Information webinar inc. Expeditions information
4:15-5:00pm 15th September Year 10 Information webinar including Expeditions
4:15-5:00pm 16th September Year 9 Options webinar for parents and students
4:15-5:00pm 24th September Year 11 Options webinar for parents and students
The options webinars will be complemented by an in-school event for students on the following day at lunchtime, where staff and students will be available to answer any questions about course content.
Please look out for the invitations to attend these webinars in your email inboxes.
Oxbridge Support Sessions - a Visit from Alumnus Nam Tran
Since May our College and University Guidance team has been working with a group of students considering an application for 2021 entry to Oxford or Cambridge, collectively known as ‘Oxbridge’. Applying to one of these two prestigious institutions takes a large amount of thorough research and preparation and should not be something which students take on lightly.
Find out more about our Oxbridge Support Sessions and this week’s visit from BIS alumnus Nam Tran.
Teachers Book Reviews - Read A New Book Month
Check out our latest teacher book reviews for you to listen in to and help guide your reading choices throughout September’s “Read a New Book Month’. You can find the full list of readings and reviews at Soundcloud BIS HCMC - Read a New Book Month 2020.
This week’s book reviews
Factfulness by Hans Rosling read by Mr Coughlin
The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter read by Dr Finnigan
Ms Anita Curley,