Dear Parents and Students,
A warm welcome to all our new students, returning students and families for the new Academic Year 2022/2023. I hope you have enjoyed the summer with your family and friends and are ready for the year ahead. We are all very excited about this academic year, as we also welcome the new Principal and staff and look forward to further developing the school together.
To ensure a smooth start to the year and a positive experience for the students, please read the Introduction from our Principal and the information below. Parents and students are welcome to join us on Orientation Day on Friday 19th August to meet and greet each other and the school staff.
- 8.00 - 8.45: Early Years in classes and school exploration
- 8.45: Early Years Parent Presentation by Principal and Leadership Team (New building assembly room)
- 9.00 - 9.45: Primary in classes and school exploration
- 9.45: Primary Parent Presentation by Principal and Leadership Team (New building assembly room)
- 10.00 - 10.45: Secondary in classes and school exploration
- 10.45: Secondary Parent Presentation by Principal and Leadership Team (New building assembly room)
*(students do not need to be dressed in school uniforms for this event)
Primary classes and Class Teachers for this academic year are:
A welcome letter from your Class Teacher will go out on Wednesday 17th August with further information for the start of the Block.
- 7:15-7:40: Drop Off
- 7:50: Registration time
- 14:45*: School Day ends / Pick Up
*Please note that the After-School Programme does not start until week 2. Parents are invited to the BISL Music + afterschool + sports activities presentation on Tuesday 23rd August at 15:00h. More information to follow.
First Week Back
Students should arrive at school no later than 7:40. Upon arrival in the playground, students will be directed to line up with their class and be introduced to their Class Teacher.
To support students in their first year of Primary school, parents are invited to park in the nearby public car park and walk with children into the playground in the morning to help them allocate and line up with their class on the first day. Parents say goodbye to their children in the playground, as classes are escorted into the building by Class Teachers and primary staff. At the end of the school day, please follow the normal pick-up procedures, which ensure that students are escorted safely to the cars.
To support students in their first year of BISL, parents can park in the nearby public car park and walk children to the drop-off area and say goodbye at the gate. Children will be escorted by a primary staff member to the playground area and directed to their class. At the end of the school day, parents are welcome to collect their children from the pick-up area/gate.
Normal drop-off and pick-up procedures apply, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Early Years First Day/Week
If your child is a returning child, please follow the normal drop-off procedure. For new parents and students, the Early Years team will be able to greet you as you come in to support your child with learning about the new environment as per the Early Years Settling-in Booklet, which can be found on the school website key documents section. More information about the first week will be sent out by the Early Years Team before the start. Please arrive between 7:30 and 7:50 via the Early Years entrance. For returning students, pick up is at 14:45-15:00 in the first week.
Uniform and Equipment
Students are required to be in full normal uniform and should bring with them any required equipment as described in the Primary Student Handbook. Y3-Y6 students should bring with them their personal tablets (see the use of iPads in the E-Safety section). Please also see the Uniform section on our website.
Note that the Y5 and Y6 students should come into school with appropriate footwear as per the shoe guide. It is extremely important to label any clothing or personal items so that lost items can be returned to students.
Snack and lunch: please bring in a healthy snack and a water bottle. For ordering lunches, see the student handbook or contact the catering company directly for any specific dietary requirements.
Timetables will be handed out to students to take home in the first few days of school and shared with parents during the Curriculum Evenings.
Drop-Off/Pick Up Procedures and Parking
Please use the blue zone for Drop-off and Pick-Up and do not park alongside the school building. For Early Years, you can park up outside the early years centre in the green zone to take your child into school (gate code: key 2255 key). Parents escorting their children to the school playground or gate should use the nearby parking facilities. Please see the Daily Routines section of the Student Handbook for details.
- Orientation Day: Friday 19th August (as per the above schedule).
- Curriculum Evenings: Wednesday 24th August for KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) and Thursday 25th August for Early Years and KS2 (Years 3-6) at 15:00.
I look forward to meeting many families at the Orientation Day and welcoming students on their first day of school on Monday 22nd August.
Head of Primary