BIS News Update: Monday 10th November 2014

All parents are most cordially invited to attend Parent Teacher Conferences between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm on Saturday 15th November 2014. Teachers will be available in New Horizons to discuss the progress of students so far this term and strategies to build on that progress in the run up to the examinations. Please note students are most welcome to accompany their parents, but the conferences being on a Saturday it is a non uniform day.
BIS Students take part in Annual Remembrance Ceremony at CWG Cemetery Yaba.
On Sunday 9th of November a number of BIS students and staff joined British, Nigerian, Commonwealth and other dignitaries at the Annual Ceremony of Remembrance.  Seun Onalaja, Year 11 and Deputy Head Girl, played a major part in the ceremony reading a piece outlining the role of Nigerian Servicemen during the two World wars. She was also asked by the Acting British Deputy High Commissioner to pay her respects on behalf of the youth of Nigeria by standing to attention at the base of the Cross of Sacrifice where dignitaries had placed wreaths of poppies. This act was particularly poignant as Seun stood alongside an elderly  veteran of the Nigerian armed forces in paying her respects.
Once again our students acquitted themselves with quiet dignity at this important occasion in the calendar of the Commonwealth. Seun  completed her duties by attending a reception held at the Deputy High Commission for dignitaries who attended the service. Despite being one of the youngest guests at this event she spoke with great confidence to a variety of dignitaries and proved herself to be an excellent ambassador for our school.
Saturday 8th November. Open Day.
Last Saturday we held our annual Open Day to which prospective parents and students were invited. During the day more than 50 families enjoyed tours of the school, samples of Year 7 lessons and the chance to interact with senior and junior students at BIS. The overwhelming feedback from this event was positive not least based on the contribution made by the students who took part.
Should any parents wish to find out more about BIS and its programmes please contact the school and we will be more than happy to arrange a visit for you.
Thursday  6th November.
On Thursday we had a short visit from Mr John Samuels the Head of Lagos Preparatory School. Mr Samuels visited a number of classes and was most warmly welcomed. We have a number of students who previously studied at LPS here at BIS and we hope such visits will further strengthen links between the two schools.
Mr Baker.
On behalf of the school may I thank all who have sent condolences following the sad loss of Mr Baker. I have been in touch with Mrs Baker and passed on your messages.
On Saturday December 6th the PTA will be holding a Food Fest here in school. The Fest will involve lots of food stalls, rides and games and a Grand Raffle. Please support the PTA by buying raffle tickets and coming along to this event. Last year the PTA was able to support a variety of school events and make a considerable donation to the Swimming pool fund.  A good deal of the technology recently introduced into the school has been through the good offices of the PTA. This week we are about to take delivery of ten new laptops for teachers again through the efforts of your PTA.
If you have not paid your PTA levy we would encourage you to do so ensuring the work of this dedicated group of volunteers who give up their time and resources to support BIS can continue.
The Annual General Meeting of the PTA for this school year will take place on Wednesday 19th November at 8:00 am in New Horizons, all parents are most cordially invited.
Peter Yates MBE
British International School,