Secondary Newsletter, Thursday, April 12th 2018

Week 32-Full Steam Ahead

We are off and running!  The fourth term is always a busy and exciting one.  This is where we get to put all of our learning together and showcase what we have accomplished throughout the whole school year.  With IB exams, end of the year assessments, academic, artistic, athletic and community service celebrations we are able to really witness all of the hard work that our students have put in.  With all of these opportunities come the anxiety of preparation. Please make sure to help your student plan out their time and work through their activities one step at a time. Open communication and forward planning are the best way to help our students present their learning in the most effective manner.  Please make sure to use ManageBac as a tool to help your child plan and prepare. The more that we work together the more we can accomplish.

Kartini Day

On Friday April 20th we will celebrate Kartini day here at BIS.  Our students will be doing a number of different activities based on the significance of Kartini day and the impact on education here in Indonesia.

ASA’s have begun.

Our after school activities  began this week. Students have had the opportunity to sign up for activities within their homeroom this week.  Please ask your student what they have gotten involved in. There is still time to sign up and join, so please help your student find something that they are interested in, being involved helps with attention, learning and growth!

Community Service and Learning in Action

At the School Fair our Business Management students have been selling salt as a part of their class assessment.  They had to develop a marketing plan, look at their costs and overhead, decide on the market that they wanted to focus on and present their product to consumers.  This course work also coincides with the grade 11 and 12 EOTC trip and continued community engagement product. The students have worked with the salt farmers of Les Village to help them develop a broader and more sustainable market for their hand crafted salt.  All of the proceeds of these sales have gone directly back to this community and the development of this sustainable project.

BSSA Althletics

This term we are participating in Athletics for our BSSA Conference.  We have had a large number of secondary students sign up, but there is always room for more.  It is a great way to stay active and be a part of the larger school community. Go Dragons!

IISSAC Swimming

At the end of this month we will be traveling for the IISSAC Swimming competition.  Coming off our BIS swim carnival our students are very excited to compete against other athletes off the island.  Mr. Lennan and Mrs. Wood and Mrs. Walsh have been putting in a great deal of work to get our swimmers ready for this competition. IISSAC Events are a great way to establish long term friendships with different students and when we travel it allows us to be ambassadors for BIS and Bali.

Grade 12 Farewell Assembly

On April 25th we will take time to honor and congratulate our grade 12 students.  Thursday will be their last ‘official day of class’ as the following day IB exams begin. Our seniors will take one last tour around the school, being congratulated by the students and teachers before they head into the MPR for their final assembly as BIS students.  We will take this time to honor their accomplishments, thank them for their contributions to the BIS community and wish them well on their upcoming examinations. I look forward to celebrating all that our seniors have accomplished.

BIS School Fair

What a lovely event, it is always so great to see so much of our community come together and take part in an event where all of the proceeds go back to our school and students.  A huge thank you to the PTFA for all of their hard work and commitment, it takes a tremendous amount of planning for an event of this size to come off this smoothly. 

Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition

I was so impressed with the level of learning and problem solving that I saw as I spoke with our 10th graders today.  It was great to see the amount of pride they had as they were going through their learning process and explaining how they were able to come to their final project. It is this type of experiential learning that separates the MYP from other courses of study.  Great job!

Long Weekend

This Friday will be an all school holiday.  Please enjoy the long weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday morning.

Thank you for your continued interest and support of BIS and our students.

Kind Regards,

Justin Walsh

Secondary School Principal