Welcome Message from the Principal
Dear Student, Staff, Parents/Guardians,
I hope this message finds you refreshed, rejuvenated and ready for a new year. We have been anxiously awaiting your return back on Monday 9th September. Our dedicated staff is excited about providing an array of engaging and challenging learning experiences to all students that puts them all in a confident position to be agents of positive change in our world. British International School is a learning community that is committed to helping all students grow their confidence as learners and people.
Our staff understands the crucial role that failure and mistakes play in the ongoing process of improvement. As educators, we strive to model the truth. We will do our utmost to celebrate successes, while helping students through the opposite with empathy and support. I recently heard someone say that ‘’All learning is social/emotional’’. No one can learn at their highest levels if they do not feel safe, secure and respected. We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our students are learning at high levels because they are respected, challenged, supported and cared for. This is our commitment to our students and families.
The theme for this academic year is ‘’Building a new Culture for Excellence’’ and as it rightly says, we expect all students to put excellent effort in their learning and behave appropriately.
Resilience, the ability to rebound from a setback is one of our focus area for the entire school. Resilience or grit is a competency that we believe is fundamental to one’s success. It is an area that students will hear more about throughout the building. We have and moral obligation to our young people to help them prepare for a world that is increasingly more competitive, global and complex. We look forward to partnering with our families as we engage in that process. Our theme for the year will be inculcated into our pep talks on Wednesdays. This will build on our school-wide work on effectively supporting all students in a world of increasing demands and expanding social/emotional challenges. This effort cannot be done in isolation. We are committed to joining with you to collectively employ best practices to improve the overall well-being of our students.
While we concede that smart phones offer learning opportunities, students do not need them during class time because they all have access to the school’s computers. Cell phone used during class is largely away from academics and leads to distraction and a possible drop in performance. This year, all secondary classrooms will have ‘cell phone holders’ where students will leave their cell phones as they enter the classroom. They will take their phones with them when class ends. Students will not be able to take phones with them to the bathroom during class time. We fully understand that sometimes students are simply using phones during that time to covertly meet up with friends, ultimately leading to a distraction away from learning.
Students will still be able to utilize their phones outside of classroom time (after school). We ask that you speak to your child prior to the first day of school to support our efforts with this learning policy. PRIMARY STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING MOBILE PHONES TO SCHOOL AT ALL. Students who fail to comply with this policy will face disciplinary consequences consistent with our code of conduct. If a student’s phone arrives in the office two or more times, a parent must come in to receive the phone anytime thereafter.
Earpiece are not allowed to be used at school or even hang on students. Other devices such as I-pads and laptops are only allowed at school with permission from the Principal.
Student Progress Meetings for year 6s, 9s, 11s and 13s
As part of our support for students who will be writing check points and IGCSE the management will be conducting a twilight monitoring of students class, homework and note books to ensure that students are getting the best support and they are also putting in their best to make the expected progress and attainment.
Preparations towards our Cambridge Checkpoint and IG exams next year will begin as soon as possible. This implies boosters are going to start right from the second week. A letter detailing booster sessions will be sent to all parents concerned.
Head of Academics
It is my honor and pleasure to introduce to you the new Head of Academics who is in the person of Mr. Ronald Okai. He will be working with management to ensure that academic work and discipline across board is of high standard.
Mr. Franklin Adjetey