BIS Principal's Newsletter 1st February 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that you had a pleasant and relaxing weekend. I have decided to change the pattern of these Principal's updates and from this week we will be sending them out on Mondays which will hopefully aid planning for the week ahead. I hope that you will find the information in this week's letter useful.

Term Dates 2016-2017

At the meeting of the Education Committee held last Friday, we ratified the term dates for the next academic year. A summary is given below, and a more detailed calendar will be published in due course.

Term 1 2016

Sunday 11th September        Boarders return.
Monday 12th September        School resumes for all students.
Monday 24th October - Friday 28th October Half Term.
Friday 16th December Term ends.

Term 2 2017

Monday 9th January Teacher INSET.
Boarders return.
Tuesday 10th January School resumes for all students.
Monday 20th - Friday 24th February Half Term.
Friday 7th April Term ends.

Term 3 2017

Sunday 23rd April Boarders return.
Monday 24th April School resumes for all students.
Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June Half Term.
Friday 7th July Term ends.

Dublin International Foundation College
Please note that the Dublin International Foundation College will be visiting BIS tomorrow (2nd February). They will be presenting the Post 16 courses they have on offer to interested students and parents in Years 10 and 11 at 2.45 pm in Room L4.

PTA Health Forum
Last week's student health and safety forum was very successful indeed and covered a large amount of useful ground in a comparatively short space of time. Many thanks to our PTA Executive Committee for their hard work in organising this and to the leading health care practitioners who presented on topics as varied as Dermatology and Cyber Safety.

Year 11 Reports
It was good to meet a large number of parents at the consultation afternoon last week. As I said to Year 11 when I met them this morning, each of their reports fell into one of the three basic categories listed below:

1. The student is working hard, doing well and needs to maintain the momentum to ensure good grades.

2. The student is moving in the right direction, but there are areas that need attention and with focussed effort these should be dealt with successfully.

3. The student has not been working hard enough and now is the time to put in the maximum effort. With three months to go until the final IGCSE examinations, improvement is possible.

The period between now and May is probably the most crucial of the students' academic careers to date. I know that our teachers will be working tirelessly to ensure the best preparation possible. Backed up with support from home, our students should ultimately be able to face their final examinations knowing that they have done their best in all aspects of their work.

With best wishes for the week ahead,
Yours sincerely,

Howard Bullock.