FRIDAY NEWSLETTER from Secondary – February 23rd 2018

Week 27-Presentations of Learning

As we get towards the end of this term many classes will be having summative assessments due in the next days/weeks.  This is a time where students will need support and guidance as they set out to balance all of the different pulls on their time.  Please make sure to look at your student’s ManageBac with them, ask them about their Google Classroom, see what might be coming up and how you can support them.  They may pretend that they do not want to you know, but really they want your support and will need your guidance.  Thank you for continuing to work with us as a partner towards the growth of our students.

IB Mock Exams

This week our year 2 Diploma students have sat through their IB Mock Exams.  This coming week we will be sending home a Mock Exam report. This report asks the students to reflect on their progress up to date in each of their classes and also asks them to determine what type of steps they need to take in order to be successful. This is part of an ongoing process to help our students plan for their own success.

Second Semester Conferences

Our second semester Parent/Student/Teacher conferences will be held on the 22nd of March.  This will be a non teaching day.  Our conferences will use the same Student/Parent/Teacher format that we followed in the first semester. We will most likely be in both the MPR and the Music Room as we will be accommodating the IB Visual Arts Exhibition. It is very important that your student accompanies you for these conferences, this is the best way for us to work together to help them continue to grow and succeed with their learning.  The second semester conferences are also a great time to speak with teachers about next year course selection.  The online signup format that we used last semester will be used again.  This information will be coming out shortly.  Parents with siblings in either the Primary or the Secondary will be given a window to sign up before the rest of our parent community.  Thank you for your continued interest and support or your child’s learning here at BIS.

IB Diploma Course Selection

This coming Monday Mr. Wood will be presenting information to parents regarding the IB Diploma Course selection process.  This will take place in room 10 at 8am on Monday.  This is an important session where we can engage in important conversations about the courses we offer here at BIS and what the Full IB Diploma entails.  I look forward to the conversation.

Fine Arts Exhibition

On Thursday March 8th, the Arts Department will be hosting a sharing of work exhibition across the MYP years. Visual Arts students will have their work displayed around the walls of the MPR and musical and theatrical performances will also take place.  All students in grades 6 – 9 are required to attend and stay until the end of all performances, even if their roles have already been played. Parents are invited and encouraged to come and enjoy what is building up to be an enjoyable afternoon of showcasing the Arts at BIS. The event will begin at 4pm at which time students and parents can view the artworks and enjoy the music and drama performances. I encourage you to take part and see what the varied talents that our students possess. On behalf of the Arts team, we look forward to seeing you there.

Indonesian Field Trip

Our 8th grade Indonesian language classes will be going to Gianyar for cultural experience on Monday, February 26th.  This is a wonderful part of our curriculum and it allows our students to engage with our local community and customs in a very meaningful way. A huge thank you to our Indonesian staff for organizing this experience for our students.

IISSAC Basketball

This coming weekend our Men and Women’s ISSAC Basketball teams traveled to the Mountain View School to compete in the end of season tournament.  I would like to share a big congratulations and thank you to our ISSAC Basketball players and coaches.  Our students always travel and represent BIS extremely well.  Results will be forth coming and you can follow the live streaming here:

BIS School Fair

On April 12 we will host our annual school fair. Our PTFA does a tremendous job with this event. If you are interested in having a booth please check out their message on the Enews. This is always a highlight of the school year!

Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition

Our grades 10s have finished their personal projects and are now completing the production phase of the project.  This is a time of celebration and we want to ensure that we have the largest audience possible for them.  We will be having the Personal Project Exhibition on April 12th-the same day as the School Fair. We have chosen this date as there will be many people already on campus and this will give our 10th graders a better opportunity to show off their learning to a larger audience.  Specific timings for the day will be forth coming.

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

Kind Regards,

Justin Walsh

Secondary School Principal