BIS Principal's Newsletter 19th September 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am pleased to report that our resumption for the new session has gone very smoothly and that our new students and staff are settling in well. We extend a warm welcome to the following new staff:

Ms Pauline Tomlin joins us as Head of English. Pauline is from Yorkshire in the UK and has been teaching in a number of schools in the Leeds and Bradford area prior to joining BIS. Pauline has held a number of positions of responsibility including Head of Department and Head of Year.

Mr David Ricketts joins us as Head of Physical Education. Originally from Southampton in the UK, he joins us from the Ecole Mondiale School in India. However, David is no stranger to BIS as he led our Physical              Education Department from 2005 until 2008 so it is a return home for him.

Mr John Jatto joins us to teach Physics. John is a very experienced teacher and joins us from Olashore International School.

Mr Anthony Enajiyerin has joined the Humanities Department, specifically to teach History and Geography. Anthony joins us from Avi Cenna International School, prior to which he taught at Greensprings.

Mr Kazeem Alao has joined the Mathematics Department. Mr Alao is a very able mathematician and teacher, who joins us from Whitesands School.

Ms Chinonso Aratunde has joined the Science Department as an intern. This means that she will be observing the work of the department and assisting our science team.

As announced at prize giving at the end of last term, this term sees three new management roles at BIS. We congratulate Ms Jane Adefolalu, who becomes Assistant Principal, Boarding, Mrs Esther Nwoha, who becomes Assistant Principal, Upper School and Mrs Kalloh Dosunmu, who becomes Assistant Principal, Lower School. We wish all three well in their new roles.

PTA News
Our PTA Executive Committee met last week with our new Chairperson, Mrs Funmi Alagbada. Our PTA gives us tremendous support throughout the year and we wish Mrs Alagbada and her committed team all the best for the new session. Here are two initial dates for your diary:
Wednesday 19th October    AGM 8.00 am
Saturday 3rd December         Fun Day
We will also be writing a separate letter this week concerning an insurance policy through Axa Mansard which would cover school fees in the event of the loss of a parent. We are proposing a group application - more details will follow.

Parent Coffee Mornings
This term we will be holding a series of coffee mornings for parents, to enable them to come and get to know us on a less formal basis and also to provide a forum for feedback. The format of each morning will be a brief summary from the Principal and Senior Management Team on important developments in the life of the school, an opportunity for parents to ask questions and some social time. The coffee mornings will begin at 8.15 am and end by 9.45. Please note the following dates:
Wednesday 27th  September New Parents
Wednesday 5th October Lower School (Years 7 - 9)
Wednesday  2nd November Upper School (Years 7-10)
The coffee mornings will take Place in Room L4, unless otherwise indicated.

School Calendar
Following the AISEN activities meeting held at St Saviour's School last Saturday, we will be able to publish the term's calendar this week. Please keep it as a useful reference for the term.

Co-curricular Activities
Our co-curricular activity programme is a very important part of school life. Last weekend your wards will have returned with a handout listing the activities on offer and asking them to sign for the activities that they would like to take up. It is school policy that every student must take part in at least one co-curricular activity each term and ideally more. We will be following up on this very carefully this year and ensuring that all students are in full compliance.

Tag Rugby Final
Our tag rugby team is busy practising for the league final held over from last term. This will take place on Saturday 8th October at Temple Schools. Please put this date into your diary as it promises to be an exciting day.

Ms Jayne Frey
I am very sad to have to inform you that my Personal Assistant, Ms Jayne Frey will be leaving us at half term to pursue other interests. Jayne has been one of the best PAs that I have known. She is the epitome of efficiency and discretion, always calm whatever is happening and a genuinely kind and thoughtful lady. She worked with me from 2008 until 2012 and with Mr Yates throughout his tenure. She will be sorely missed, but we wish her well in her future. Jayne - a big thank you from the entire BIS family for all that you have done for us.

I am very pleased to announce that Mr Kingsley Imoukhuede has been appointed as Personal Assistant to the Principal/ Senior Management Team. Kingsley has worked in this office since 2011 and is well known to all as a very hardworking and committed member of the team, popular with staff and students alike. He will be assisted from half term by Ms Oluwatosin Fakiye, who currently runs our reception area. Tosin will be an equally committed and able member of the team.

Open Door
A final reminder that my door is always open for parents, students and staff alike. Problems are solved best when nipped in the bud at an early stage; if you would like to see me without an appointment, I will make every effort to see you as soon as possible. An appointment made through my office will always guarantee that you will be seen. 

'Which British School?'
'Which British School?' is an organisation based in Lagos that advises on placement to Sixth Form in the United Kingdom. Representatives from this organisation will visit BIS at 2.45 this Wednesday (21st September) to make a presentation. This will take place in Room L4. Parents and students in Years 10 and 11 are welcome to attend.
With very best wishes for the week ahead,

Howard Bullock.