iBOS Newsletter – November 2021February 15, 2022 2022-07-04 10:59
iBOS Newsletter – November 2021
Message from the Principal
I’m very pleased that iBOS has launched a newsletter. We aim to publish this every half term to communicate to you news on the school, activities that have been taking place and upcoming events.
We had a very successful start to the school year and the new students and staff have settled in well. Our student body has grown dramatically this year and we expect even more growth in the future.
Our other recent big news was that we received full membership of Council of Independent Schools (CIS) on October 21st, following on from our evaluation in September.
I was also invited to the Dubai Expo, which I attended during the half term.
Finally, I can inform you that I will be hosting a virtual coffee afternoon on Monday 15th November at 6 pm UK time. More information and how to register to attend will be sent out shortly. I look forward to speaking with you then.
School eventsThe school year began September 6th with a whole school assembly. Since then, our new students have settled into life at iBOS. As well as their usual lessons, a number of exciting events happened this term.
Enrichment club taster dayMonday 13th September was the first day of extra-curricular enrichment clubs. Students could try out a number of different activities before deciding which club to attend. We are now running the following clubs this term.
Mr. Leo Thompson from the Council of Independent Schools (CIS) spent two days virtually inspecting the school on September 15th and 16th. He met with Staff, Students and Parents as well as observing numerous lessons across all year groups. The feedback we received was very positive and we are awaiting the publication of their final report. Please keep a close eye on our website for updates!
CAT4 testingOn Wednesday 29th September the whole school was off timetable to carry out Cognitive Ability Testing (CAT). These are independent, online assessment that are designed to give us data to baseline student progress against and predictive grades. Students found the tests challenging but these will give us a vast amount of data to baseline student performance against, and enable us to better implement individual learning strategies for pupils.
Parents eveningsIts only the first term but we have already had parents’ evenings for all year groups. It was great for our teachers to get a change to introduce themselves and meet so many of you. Please keep an eye on the parents’ portal for the dates of the next events.
Student workWe are always keen to share examples of the excellent work students produce. Here are some highligts from this term:
You can see other examples of student work on our social media channels
Our teachers have a wide range of backgrounds and come from many different parts of the world. With this in mind we have asked them to tell us about where they come from. First us is English teacher Ms. Priessnitz, from Cape Town!
Name: Jami Ann Priessnitz.
Hometown: Cape Town, South Africa.
Famous for: Table mountain, beautiful soft sandy beaches and beautiful Kirstenbosch botanical gardens.
Historic events: Historically the link between Southern Africa and European trade.
Things to see: Beautiful sunsets from Camps Bay beach, penguins at Boulders and amazing views from the top of Table Mountain.
Things to do: Surf at Muizenberg beach, feed squirrels in the Company Gardens, go to the V&A Waterfront for an epic shopping experience.
Places to eat and drink: Eat the most incredible steak at the Hussar Grill, amazing local seafood at the Cape Town Fish Market.
Why you should visit it: Warm, sunny weather, friendly people and amazing nature!
Dates for your diary
Monday 1st November – Term resumes
Friday 5th November- Guy Fawkes night
Friday 17th December – End of Autumn term
Saturday 25th December– Christmas Day
Saturday 1st January- New Year’s Day
Wednesday 5th January – Spring term starts
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