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School's Out For Summer!

Friday, 23 June, 2017

.....well, not quite yet.

While the end of a school year can be perceived as a time when things slow down and become less frantic, this would be a MIS-conception. Actually, it is the opposite. While one year is ending, with all the busy-ness that entails, planning for the next one is in full swing at the same time.

While it is true that half of our IBDP and IBCP cohort has departed with the graduation of Grade 12, even as recently as last week their presence was well and truly felt, and celebrated, through the annual Graduate Show. This year saw a performance of Grease and the talented cast of actors and singers performed to a packed house. It provided a wonderful, lasting, memory.

Given that the IBDP and IBCP are two-year programmes, the Grade 11 students have continued to work steadily, and significant work such as the draft of the Extended Essay, has to be submitted before the summer break if there is to a be smooth, relatively stress-free start to the new academic year for these students.

It has not all been work, however. Last week the Sports Awards evening was held at which we celebrated the participation and sporting prowess of BBIS teams and individuals along with being able to show our appreciation for the coaches and parents’ support for this highly valued aspect of school life. While we did not take away the GISST Trophy this year, we did place a very commendable second.

With the whole BBIS community, we enjoyed the annual Summerfest on Saturday, changeable weather conditions notwithstanding.

This week has seen Spirit Week, with enthusiastic involvement by at least some of the students and last night the final music soiree for the year was held.

And so, we rush headlong towards the last day for students on Wednesday.

School reports will be made available for viewing on Managebac on Friday afternoon (23 June) and formal, paper copies will be handed to the students after the final assembly on Wednesday.

It is the nature of international schools that faculty and staff tend to come and go as they seek experiences across the word. Farewell and grateful thanks to the following colleagues as they leave BBIS for a range of global destinations:

Jean Paul Danko; Carmen Montaraz; Jeremy Kopkas; Dagmar Kappel; Mark Bolivar; and Frederick Zalloua (on exchange from Sydney).

My sincere thanks to the whole Secondary IBDP / IBCP team of faculty and support staff for their dedicated work again this year.     

I thank you for your continuing support this year and wish you all the very best for an enjoyable and safe summer holiday. I look forward to seeing you, ‘bright-eyed and bushy-tailed’, at the beginning of the next academic year.

Andrew Hand