• Friday is now upon us – amazing how quickly the year is unfolding. As I mentioned last week, the students are now well and truly in the swing of things – classes, bus routines, life in general at BIFS. But life will continue to get even busier as the weeks fly past. Many many students have chosen to be involved in the after school activities and sporting programme – wonderful to see. Some activities have already begun – volleyball for boys and girls in the High school are already into full practice sessions. Mr Johnson and Ms Plicka could not afford to lose any time – after the grade level camps come back on the 7 September, they have a tournament soon after that!
  • Grade 11 students are now beginning to recognise the need to be organised, eat well, exercise when able and sleep! Those tackling either the full IB Diploma, IB Certificates or the BIFS Diploma have been working extremely hard over the past couple of weeks. The demands on them are great. Rest assured though, the teachers at BIFS are here to help.  I would encourage all students to speak with them before, during and after school should they need extra guidance and advice.
  • Grade 12 students are beginning to see that it is ‘crunch’ time for them. Major pieces of work are due, Internal Assessments are coming up and teachers have stepped up their expectations of them. The major piece of work currently the focus of many grade 12 students in the Extended Essay. Teachers are spending many hours supporting and advising students on areas that need to be improved prior to the final submission date. As I stated above regarding the Grade 11 students – I would encourage all Grade 12 students to speak with teachers before, during and after school should they need extra guidance and advice.
  • Coming up next week sees the beginning of Season 1 of after school activities – starting Monday 28 August.
  • ABRSM music exam registration is now open. If you have not registered your son/daughter for the ABRSM music exams in theory and practical for the October/November 2017 exam session through your private instrumental teacher, then please email zkhalifeh@bifskorea to register through the school.
  • It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the first of many information sessions for parents. We will try and mix around where and when we have these sessions so that as many members of your family can attend. We recognise that it is difficult for busy, working parents to attend all sessions offered, but we hope that throughout the year we see you at BIFS. We have scheduled information sessions to be at night, usually between 6.00pm and 8.00pm, during the mornings at our Secondary School Coffee mornings and for longer sessions when Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are held during the day. The first Information night will be on developing a greater understanding of the Middle Years Programme(MYP). Ms Montague, our MYP Coordinator, will walk you through the basic structure of the MYP, how it works, outline the various forms of assessment and how that is reported, as well as answer any questions that you might have about the MYP.Please join us in Middle and High School, C-building, in the 5th floor Hall at 6.00pm, Wednesday 30 August, for ‘What is the MYP’?