Message from the Head of Secondary

The middle of January is already upon us and shortly we will reach the landmark of being halfway through the academic year- a frightening prospect. Our achievements thus far here at BIS Abu Dhabi have been outlined in previous newsletters and we are rightly proud of them.

The Year 11 and Year 13 students will receive their Mock Examination Grade sheets later this week. We have an idiom in English “don’t rest on your laurels” based on the literal meaning of ‘laurels’ which was a ring of leaves worm on the head in ancient times as a symbol of victory or scholarship. The phrase simply means don’t be so satisfied with your achievements that you make no effort to improve, never become complacent.

There is always room for improvement in whatever you do, and I hope that the members of our community follow this ideal. It concerns not only improving academic achievements, but how we interact with people and places.

University offers are flooding in now; all that remains for our Year 13 students is to achieve the points of which they are certainly capable. We will do all we can to support them during this challenging time, but ultimately it is the students who will be sitting the examinations…   As an International Baccalaureate Diploma School, perhaps we should be awarding our students laurels in June in addition to their certificate? Certainly as a community of lifelong learners, never resting on our laurels should be the norm!

With warmest regards,