BIS Principal's Newsletter 11th January 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,
First of all our very best wishes to everyone for 2016; may this be a happy and productive year for the whole BIS family. The first week back has been very busy, beginning with a staff training day last Monday and students back and hard at work from Tuesday.

New BIS A Level Programme for September 2016
After much discussion, we have decided to launch an A Level programme in September 2016, offering a good variety and number of subjects. We believe that this will be a welcome alternative to travelling overseas, not least given the current economic climate. Our teachers are experienced teachers of their subject to A Level and offer a wealth of expertise. We aim to offer a broad and balanced Sixth Form education to include a wide range of co-curricular activities as well as opportunities for community service. 
If your ward is in Year 10 or 11 we invite you to attend an information morning this coming Saturday (16th January) at 10.00 am. The meeting will take place in Room L4. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mock Examinations and Study Leave
Year 11 students have just begun their mock IGCSE examinations. We confirm that they will be on study leave until the end of the examination period and are therefore only required to be in school when they have an examination. 

Entrance and Scholarship Examinations
A reminder that our entrance and scholarship examination season is upon us. The first examination will take place in New Horizons this Saturday (16th January) beginning at 8.30 am. Applications remain open through the Registrar's Office.

Temporary Prefects
As Year 11 students are busy with their mock IGCSE examinations, we have appointed a team of temporary prefects from Year 10. Their names were announced in a full school assembly this morning and we congratulate those appointed. This provides a good opportunity for our temporary prefects to prove themselves over the next couple of weeks.

CMI Course
A group of Year 10 students embarked on this course last Saturday. Thanks are due to Mr Okosodo for leading the programme over the next few weeks.
Leavers' Ceremony
We have now fixed the date for the Leavers’ Ceremony in which we say goodbye to our Year 11 students. This will take place during the afternoon of Thursday 28th April.

Blue Sky Thinking
The Senior Management Team has embarked on a 'blue sky thinking' exercise as we start to shape our strategic development plan for the next few years. We will share this with you in the fullness of time. Parental consultation is important in this process and I will be discussing ideas with the PTA Executive on Wednesday of this week. If you have any suggestions in this regard, please channel them through the PTA or come to see me in person. I am very interested to hear from you.
With best wishes for the week ahead,
Yours sincerely,

Howard Bullock.