Head of School

Weekly Bulletin

Dear BSM Family,

As you may be aware, Ms Rebekah Russell, our Head of Senior School, will sadly be leaving BSM at the end of this academic year. Following her advice of departure, for family reasons in October, we embarked on a recruitment process for a new Head of Senior School, for August 2020. The process culminated in a shortlist of three external international candidates. Following a rigorous selection and interview process we did not feel that any of the external candidates would be a good fit for BSM and the role, and so looked closer to home. 

We have now concluded our extended selection process, with the appointment of the most suitable and eminently qualified person. He has the required pedagogical and institutional knowledge in abundance, a deep connection with BSM philosophy and provides a continuity and stability we will not find elsewhere. Furthermore, with the established, knowledgeable and talented senior and middle leaders already in place in Senior School, we have a strong and committed team ready to lead BSM Senior School. 

I am delighted to announce that Mr Richard Healy has been appointed as Head of Senior School at BSM from August 2020.

The Coronavirus, now formally named COVID-19, continues to be front-of-mind for us. Please be reminded that our communications on COVID-19 to the BSM family are based on input from the Philippine government, PSA, iSOS and WHO and we endeavour at all times to provide prudent advice in consideration of the broader situation.

During the break, we will continue to monitor the situation daily and draw on advice from these key agencies. We will only be in a position to feedback on where we are, and what further impacts the virus will have on us, late next week, when we know better how matters are progressing. 

We are pleased to advise that Doctors from International SOS will hold a Parent Information Session on COVID-19 on Wednesday, 26 February at 8am (venue tbc).

I wish you all a family-filled Half Term break.

Kind regards,

Martin

Notice of Withdrawal Deadline 

This is to remind you that the deadline for the submission of Notice of Withdrawal is on Thursday, 27 February 2020.  If you do not intend to enrol your child/ren in Term 3 of School Year 2019-2020, please accomplish the Notice of Withdrawal Form and submit it to admissions@britishschoolmanila.org

In accordance with the School’s policy, failure to comply with this requirement will entitle the School to payment in full of the fees for the following term in respect of each child to be withdrawn. This is applicable to all Year Levels except Year 13. The withdrawal form is accessible via the Family Handbook/Contents/A-F/Forms section.

Whole School 

17-21 February: Half Term break

24 February: Back to school 

24 February: ASA Season 3 starts

26 February: Whole School Parent Information Session by International SOS: 2019 Novel Coronavirus, LRC Level 2

27 February: Whole School Photo 8.15am (all students to come in school uniform)

27 February: Notice of Withdrawal deadline for Term 3

Primary School

Our Reception parents enjoyed their maths workshop on Wednesday, exploring all the hands-on learning activities that were set up for them.

In the Whole School assembly this morning, we heard reports from our fabulous Year 2, 4 and 5 residential trips. Trips take children out of their comfort zone and challenge them. Nine of the merit awards given out last week were related to the residentials, with children demonstrating skills or dispositions prompted by the challenging situations that trips provide.

Following the assembly this morning, Primary students decamped to the Covered Court for the annual visit of the Binondo Lion Dance Group. As ever this was a spectacular celebration of the Chinese New Year. 

15-23 February: Half Term break 

24 February: Back to school and start of ASA Season 3

Senior School

17-21 February: Half Term break

26-28 February: Production 3 (Ivan and the Dogs)

It will be Week A after the Half Term break.

Careers and Higher Education

We will be hosting visits from the following universities in the week after the Half Term break. Representatives will be available to present on undergraduate programmes and application procedures, and to answer your questions.

Monday 24 February – Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) is the largest private university in the central Pacific, noted for its diverse student body of nearly 5,000 students, representing nearly 65 countries.

Wednesday 26 February – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is a private university with its main campuses in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Prescott, Arizona. It is the largest accredited university system specialising in aviation and aerospace. 

Friday 28 February – The University of British Columbia is a public research university in Canada with a main campus in Vancouver. UBC is consistently ranked among the top three universities in Canada and is now the most popular university in the whole Asia Pacific region, attracting tens of thousands of applications every year.

All visits will take place during lunchtime in Humanities 6.

PE, Sport and ASA

Swimming

Congratulations to the students who represented the BSM Swim Team in the three round Bonifacio Cup. BSM won 5 out of the 8 age group trophies, and retained the Bonifacio Cup. The next Swim Meet will be the BSM Easter Meet which will be held on the Saturday 14 March 2020. More information will be sent out on SchoolsBuddy shortly. 

14 February: End of ASA Season 2

14 February: Payment deadline for ASA Season 3

15 February: Basketball – ISSA U18 Boys vs SISC at 12.30pm at BSM

15 February: Basketball – ISSA U15 Boys vs DLSZ at 2pm at BSM

16 February: PHILAM 7s (12.30-1.30pm) at the Mckinley Hill Stadium

16-20 February: Half Term Gymnastics Camp

Creative Arts Centre

  • Senior School Production Ivan And The Dogs on the 26, 27 and 28 February at 4pm in Bayanihan. Pay later tickets can be reserved HERE. A promotional video may be viewed HERE (suitable for KS3+).
  • IB Theatre Solo Performances on Monday 2 March at 4pm in Bayanihan – for invited guests only.
  • Music Department “Spring Soiree” Concert on Thursday 5 March at 4pm in Holst. Complimentary tickets may be reserved HERE.
  • IB Year 13 Graduate Art Exhibition on Wednesday 18 March 5-7pm.
  • The Creative Arts Centre at BSM is now an official location on Google Maps. Third party applications such as GRAB and WAZE are now able to locate the Creative Arts Centre for easier Pick-ups and Drop-offs.

Service Learning

Thank you to everyone who brightened up our campus by wearing red to support our Valentine’s Day themed Non-Uniform Day today. And well done to the Senior Students who spent this week delivering roses, balloons, serenades, chocolates and cookies for love struck friends, and raising money for their respective ASA Service Learning Partners (One Million Lights, Habitat for Humanity, Kythe and Red Cross).

PTA

10-27 February: Summer Fete Poster Competition

25 April: Summer Fete

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