BHS News

Monday, 27 June 2022

Thank You For Your Great Support

The school would like to sincerely thank the Friends’ School, Lisburn, Northern Ireland and, in particular, its junior pupils and supporters. The students completed a 3-mile walk on 21 June and, in doing so, raised an incredible total of £2870. On top of this, a further £600 has been raised from the sale of second-hand...

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Friday, 24 June 2022

2022 Seniors Tree Planting Ceremony

Principal Gray joined Houssam Shaiban (Old Scholar, ’89), Richard Bampfylde (Marketing Manager), Stephanie Zoghby (President of the Student Council), Kareen Farhat (Head Girl Prefect), and William Nader (Head Boy Prefect) for the annual planting of a tree on campus by Grade 12. They planted a Judas tree, the same species that was planted in 2020...

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Friday, 24 June 2022

2022 Grade 6 Graduation

The Grade 6 graduation ceremony was held in the covered playground on 16 June. The guest speaker was the actress, singer and dancer, Cynthia Karam, who spoke from the heart very appropriately to parents and to children who attended what was an outstanding occasion and much enjoyed by all who attended. Principal David Gray and...

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Lebanese Women’s Basketball Team Heading For The FIBA Asian Cup 2022

Secondary student Megan N. is on the Lebanese Women’s Basketball Team heading for the FIBA Asian Cup 2022. Lebanese news blog the961.com published the below article: By Shaza Wannous The Lebanese women’s basketball team (youth) will represent Lebanon in the Asian Championship. The delegation of the Lebanese women’s basketball team (under 16 years old) left...

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Internship and Mentorship

Principal David Gray and Caline Kouyoumjian met with Samantha Abu Tayeh who is a school parent and who through her company, Moore, has offered an annual internship for one of our students in Grade 11 or 12 with a view to providing mentorship following the internship so that ultimately such a student might, following university,...

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Thursday, 23 June 2022

Library Committee Meeting

Principal Gray chaired the monthly Library Committee Meeting at which everyone joined together to thank Georges Darwiche and Ziad Abi Lamah for their work in completing the refurbishment of the Upper School Library which was completed last week with curtaining and the provision of a Librarian’s desk which looks splendid in the space provided. The...

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Monday, 20 June 2022

A Quintessential, Determined Life – From Swiss Boarding to Brummana High School and Being 100% Certain in Your Wish

At the age of 14 and a half it would be hard to take being called back to Lebanon by your Ras Beirut mother having just experienced many wonderful school years boarding at a Swiss Alps snow station school. Yet, that is exactly what Mrs Sarah Abou Ayyash experienced and, despite suggesting she was happy...

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Friday, 17 June 2022

EDT Report

By David Gray I was pleased, after the visit in March of the Education Development Trust based in the UK, with whom we are accredited, that they produced a report which was full of praise for the work that has been and is being done at Brummana High School.  Here are some of the highlights...

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Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Visit of the Embassy of China for Duanwu 2022

After two and a half years of communications and activities with the Embassy of China in Lebanon (including celebrating Chinese New Year and the 50th anniversary of China’s diplomatic mission in the country), Friday, 10 June witnessed something truly remarkable…  In planning since September 2021, with teaching and learning for this project starting after Easter...

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

World Ocean Day

For World Ocean Day, 8 June, Old Scholar Natalie Ashkar planned a pretty packed day at her University UCLA! She organized a beach cleanup with the ORCA club (Ocean Resources for Conservation and Advocacy), and hosted and participated in a large event with the Renewable Energy Association where people showcased ideas and inventions that can...

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Principal’s Account of the May Festival

By David Gray On Saturday, 4 June, the Trustees of the Quaker International Educational Trust spent most of their day at the May Festival by which they were enormously impressed, not only by the range and variety of activities going on, but by the enthusiasm of the children, by the commitment of the staff to...

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

QuIET Trustees at BHS

On the evening of Sunday, 5 June Principal David Gray welcomed trustees and governors to his apartment for drinks and canapes as a way of welcoming the Trustees to Brummana High School and to thank them for taking time as Trustees to look carefully at the operation of the school. They have spoken to parents,...

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Thank You to the CB & HH Taylor 1984 Trust

The school would like to sincerely thank the Trustees of the CB & HH Taylor 1984 Trust for their support with a grant towards the solar photovoltaic project BHS is aiming to implement very soon. The grant will not only cover considerable expenses, it also inspires the whole community that support is available worldwide and...

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Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Thank You to Wokingham Quakers

Brummana High School is very grateful indeed to the Mid-Thames Area Quaker Meeting at Wokingham in England for their very generous support this month. A gift of £10,000 has been transferred to the school’s QuIET Trustees account in the UK and will go a very long way to supporting students and their families with financial...

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Thursday, 9 June 2022

French Video: Le Quotidien d’une famille nombreuse

Well done to the Grade 7 LP C class who presented a wonderful drama skit in French with their teachers Nayla Matta and Lama Najjar. A video of the skit called “Le Quotidien d’une famille nombreuse” was posted to Facebook with a French caption that translates into: “Among the ways that lead to the mastery...

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Monday, 6 June 2022

OSA Outdoor Dinner

By David Gray In the evening of Friday 27 May, I joined members of Grade 12 and of the committee of the OSA led by the General Manager, Serene Musallem, at the amphitheatre where there was a splendid meal provided by Abdo Trad and the catering staff. Speeches were made by members of the OSA...

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Monday, 6 June 2022

Principal’s Account of the BHS MUN Conference

By David Gray In the morning of Saturday, 28 May, I attended the inauguration of the 2022 BHSMUN conference which was attended by 100 delegates. The event was introduced by BHSMUN Secretary General, Stephanie Zoghby, who introduced me and, following my address, I welcomed and gave an introduction to our guest speaker who was Dr....

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Friday, 3 June 2022

Shamna International Athletics Championship

Congratulations to BHS Student Fieleccina Jarjoura who represented Lebanon earlier this year in the Shamna International Athletics Championship in Damascus. She won Second Place in Shot-Put and Fourth Place in Discuss against 8 to 9 other competitors in each category.  

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Friday, 3 June 2022

Curriculum Committee Meeting

By David Gray In the afternoon of Wednesday 18 May, I attended the Curriculum Committee meeting chaired by the Vice Principal Academic. There was some excellent, open and frank discussion about the nature of reports and particularly the system of grading which needs to be looked at further and refined and about projects for development...

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Friday, 3 June 2022

IB1 Group 4 Science Project Presentations

By David Gray In the afternoon of Wednesday, 18 May, I joined a number of IB teachers for the IB1 Group 4 Science Project presentations which were held in the Dobbing Hall. I spoke briefly at the start after Lara Feghali, who had led the projects and organised the session. There are 27 students in...

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Friday, 3 June 2022

Yearly Meeting of Quakers in the UK

In the evening of Saturday, 21 May, the Principal joined John Crosfield, Trustee of QuIET, and Sarah Barrett who convenes the Friends of BHS group in the UK, at the yearly meeting of Quakers in the UK, online. Also in attendance were QuIET Secretary Martin Macpherson and BHS Marketing Manager Richard Bampfylde. Mrs. Barrett and...

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Friday, 3 June 2022

BHS MUN Conference 2022

The BHSMUN Simulations which took place on BHS premises on the 28th and 29th of May, turned out to be a great success! With the participation of students from 10 different schools in Lebanon and our own students, BHS’s Campus turned into a diplomatic debate area where delegates of many countries around the world worked...

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Tuesday, 31 May 2022

Development Plan 2021-2022

Dear Colleagues, Amidst the changes and uncertainties of life in Lebanon, BHS development planning has gone ahead as forecast at the start of the year. There have been 3 whole school development plan items and one Development plan item for each of the 4 sections.  In this document I am reporting on the whole school...

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Tuesday, 31 May 2022

All the BHS Classes

The school has produced a video capturing all classes for this academic year 2021-2022. We hope all students, parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, Governors, Trustees and other supporters and friends of the school enjoy it! 

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Thursday, 26 May 2022

Thank You Sarah Barrett

Thank you to long-term friend of the school Sarah Barrett for her great efforts producing the tea towels that are being sold in a fundraising appeal to support BHS. The tea towels are now available for sale in Lebanon at the BHS Bookshop in a limited quantity, but more towels and other items are coming...

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Thursday, 26 May 2022

QuIET Fundraising Group Meeting

This month’s meeting of the QuIET/BHS Fundraising Group took place on Wednesday, 25 May at 4pm GMT, 6pm Lebanon time. As usual, several Trustees are joined by the Principal, Bursar and Marketing Manager as well as a close US Friend of the school with a wealth of experience in fundraising. Items on the agenda this...

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Thursday, 26 May 2022

BHSMUN – Detailed Schedule 2022

The BHSMUN Conference 2022 “Resilient Regardless is taking place this weekend 28-29 May.  The BHSMUN Team would be very happy to see you at the Opening Ceremony, or at any other time you find convenient. Please click HERE for the detailed event schedule.

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Friday, 20 May 2022

In-Service Training Day

By David Gray Friday, 13 May was In-Service Training Day. I would like to thank at the outset Nado Chelala, the Head of Professional Development and Appraisal, for the hard work she put in in organising and preparing a day of development and training for colleagues.  The day started off by Nado and I welcoming colleagues...

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Speech Day Preparations

The Principal joined Georges Rizkallah, VP Academics, Hani Khalifeh, Head of Secondary, Charbel Al Helou, Secondary Supervisor, Jocelyn Ghoul, Development Officer, and Rula Ashkar, Principal’s Secretary and who kindly took the minutes, for an initial meeting to discuss the outline of the Graduation Ceremony and how it will be conducted this year. The speaker has...

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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Preparations for The Quakers British Yearly Meeting

On the evening of Wednesday 11 May, Principal Gray attended an online meeting with QuIET Trustees and Richard Bampfylde, Marketing Manager, to decide on arrangements and the way which we would present our slot at the Quakers British yearly meeting which is to be held on the evening of Saturday the 21st of May and...

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Labour Day Dinner

On the evening of Monday the 2nd of May, a Labour Day celebration was hosted at a restaurant in Beit Meri for 30 industrial workers who were joined by Principal David Gray and Raymond Feghali, the Bursar. This was a very pleasant event and one which everyone enjoyed. It was a proper acknowledgement of the...

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Monday, 9 May 2022

Different class: Sarah Barrett on Brummana High School, Lebanon

Sarah Barrett’s article Published in The Friend: 28 Apr 2022 | by Sarah Barrett ‘We have every day a good story happening’ ‘Friends of Brummana High School (FBHS) and the Trustees of QuIET are raising funds to support the school, which is dipping deep into its reserves.’ | Photo: David Gray, teaching at BHS I’ve...

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Monday, 9 May 2022

Secondary Section Advisors’ Meeting

Principal David Gray chaired a meeting with the Head of the Secondary Section, Hani Khalife, and all the Secondary Section Advisors to discuss their views on the success, or otherwise, of the PSHE programme as followed through Jigsaw. They agreed that for Grades 10, 11 and 12, however successful it has been further down the...

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Saturday, 7 May 2022

Hiking with the Teachers Association

Saturday, 7 May was hiking day with the Teachers’ Association, stretching from Batroun village club up to Kaftoun, a distance of around 12 to 13 Kms. It was a most picturesque walk taking the group up through a steep and spectacular ravine and following the water course of a river in full spate. They passed,...

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Tuesday, 26 April 2022

May Festival Preparations

Principal Gray has confirmed arrangements for the May Festival which will be held paradoxically on Saturday, 4th of June.  There will be much to arrange for the school and for the Parents Association, but Shatha Abu Khalil has chaired a meeting already with Heads of Section and representatives from the Parents’ Association and arrangements are...

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Monday, 25 April 2022

Meet The Counsellors

Meet our BHS esteemed Counsellors. In addition to providing guidance and advice, studies show that talking to a professional who understands on a deeper level and listens patiently, nonjudgmentally and empathetically can produce therapeutic effects in specific pathways in the brain and will contribute to an overall improvement in the well-being. The BHS counseling team continues to offer...

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Thursday, 21 April 2022

Thank You from Red Cross

The school received a letter from the Lebanese Red Cross for the money collected at BHS. HERE it is in Arabic: it mainly thanks the school and mentions the total amounts collected i.e. $15 and LL20,224,000.

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Infant Milk Campaign

Grade 12 students at Brummana High School are making several calls for donations to collect infant baby formula in the purpose of giving to families in need. Lebanon has been running short of infant baby formula for months as the country has been dealing with a severe economic crisis. Shortages of infant milk formula are...

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Manasseh House Renaming

Monday, 11 April saw a very memorable and worthwhile event take place on campus. The Manasseh Family has been almost synonymous with the school since its earliest days nearly 150 years ago and in recognition of the family’s close ties and tremendous support of BHS one of the oldest building’s on campus has now been...

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Thursday, 14 April 2022

Donors Reception at Principal’s Apartment

Monday, 11 April at 6:30pm was the occasion for a reception at the Principal’s Apartment on campus, thanking donors in Lebanon for their very welcomed support over the nearly two years since the August 2020 Beirut Port explosion. Principal Gray was joined by close to 50 attendees where he welcomed them and gave a grateful...

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Wednesday, 13 April 2022

ICT Grade 10 Visit to the IT Department

The Grade 10 ICT students visited the Server Room in the IT Department. It was a great event; the students were overwhelmed by the school’s advanced technology. They were so excited to discover many facts as well. Below are a few of their reflections: “The experience we had during our last ICT session was truly...

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Wednesday, 13 April 2022

General Staff Meeting and EDT Report

In the afternoon of Wednesday, 6 April, Principal Gray spoke to all staff at the General Staff Meeting, at which he thanked colleagues for their fortitude, stamina and resilience throughout what has been a very difficult three months for everyone at school. He congratulated colleagues on the school reports which he found, on reading them...

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Botanical Garden Campus Tree Tour

The Botanical Garden Campus Tree Tour, an event which is part of our accreditation process with Botanic Gardens Conservation International, was enjoyed by various parents, students, teachers and neighbours. Thank you to Sarah Barrett and Old Scholar Houssam Shaiban for highlighting so many campus flora species. Click HERE to see the images on Facebook.

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Saturday, 9 April 2022

Academic Fair 2022

By Principal David Gray Saturday morning proved to be a very busy one with the Academic Fair taking place in the Dobbing Hall and in the Covered Play Ground for students from Grades 5 to Grade 12.  I did not count all the projects and displays, but I reckon that there were more than we...

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Friday, 8 April 2022

Field Day 2022

Friday was Field Day, the first Field Day we have had since 2019, since when a new Sports Arena has been created and since when students have been deprived of the opportunity to run around, compete, take part in sports and generally have fun. The Principal is very grateful to Rabih Aouad, Sami Brakh and...

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Thursday, 7 April 2022

Principal’s Fundraising Activities

In the evening of Thursday, 31 March, the Principal joined Georgette Hamaty, Tony Manasseh and Richard Bampfylde to discuss preparations for a visit to the USA particularly to Philadelphia, New York and Washington in the Autumn probably in October to fundraise for the School. Preparations for this are being worked out now so that there...

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Wednesday, 6 April 2022

AUB Science Fair 2022

On Saturday, April 2, 2022, thirteen BHS students participated in the Twenty seventh Annual Science, Mathematics and Technology Fair that took place on line at Khoury Hall. (Grade 6) Mea A. H. -Technology-Model and Demonstrations. (Grade 6) Yana W., Sarah M. and Jenna Louise H. – Science-Model and Demonstrations. (Grade 6) Michel H. and Rayan...

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Wednesday, 6 April 2022

Grade 8 IP Orientation Evening

On Wednesday, 30 March, Principal Gray went to the Khoury Hall where he hosted the Grade 8IP Orientation evening for parents and students, including some students in the Lebanese programme who are thinking of switching so that students and parents could become better informed about the options available at IGCSE in Grade 9. Mr Gray...

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Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Sixth Brummana High School Model United Nations Conference 2021-2022

Dear Delegates and Advisors,    It is my greatest pleasure to invite you all on behalf of the entire BHSMUN team to the 6th annual Brummana High School Model United Nations conference, also referred to as BHSMUN.    BHSMUN is a two-day conference taking place on our beautiful campus in Brummana, Mount Lebanon on the 28th and...

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Monday, 4 April 2022

First Sports Tournament on BHS Sports Arena

Saturday, 2 April: BHS hosted its first sports tournament on the new Sports Arena top-of-the-range artificial grass, inviting school junior rugby teams for a competition as well as adults over 35 to play in a ‘friendly’ veterans match. The touch rugby tournament kicked off at 9am and went all the way through to 12 noon...

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Monday, 4 April 2022

Waste Management Expert Presents to Secondary Students

By student Marc S. Grade 11IP On Friday, April 1, 2022 I attended one of the most impressive presentations that I have yet seen in this school. The main point of the presentation by Ziad Abi Chaker, CEO of Cedar Lebanon, was to inform the students of the horrible pollution crisis in Lebanon and how easy...

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Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Communication with Girls’ Friends School in Tokyo, Japan

We received this message from GFS Tokyo, Japan on Friday, 11 February, sparking a growing relationship between the two schools…  Dear Brummana High School Hello. My name is Monami Tochiori, a president of student council at Friends Girls School in Japan (https://www.friends.ac.jp ). I am contacting you because I would like to hear your opinion...

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Tuesday, 29 March 2022

Students On Campus: Jan, Feb, Mar 2022

KG I students learning and playing. Finally some sunshine, and Upper Primary students taking advantage during break time. Special Arabic students in Grades 5A and 6A are exploring nature using the 5 senses in Arabic classes. Infant Section students preparing their Mothers’ Day cards. Check out these fun photos of Grade three’s Arabic class activity...

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Monday, 28 March 2022

LAU MUN

Principal Gray would like to especially congratulate the many students in the Upper School who have recently been taking part most successfully in the LAUMUN. The Intermediate Section students taking part have shown great research skills, presence of mind, excellent team work and no little courage. His thanks go to their organiser and leader, Ms....

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

EDT Inspector’s Visit

By Principal David Gray I met with Robin Attfield on Thursday, 17 March, the critical friend and inspector from EDT who was to spend most of the week with us, during which he observed 16 lessons, conducted many meetings with students, with staff and with members of the administration and who was by the end...

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

Careers Fair

In the afternoon of Friday, 18 March, Principal David Gray hosted the Careers Fair which was the brainchild of Caline Kouyoumjian and which was a great success. After a splendid introduction on video by students as to their aspirations for the future, a welcome by Caline and some words of introduction from the Principal, students...

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

Old Scholars in California

Here’s a photo of Old Scholars Michael Attarian and Braheem Yammine, both graduates in 1997, over in California recently. It’s always great to see how the close bonds forged in school remain throughout our Old Scholar lives. Michael also shared some extra pics from a recent trip this season to the slopes of Big Bear! He said it was a great...

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

House Captains

The House Captains have been revealed. Here is the full list: WALDMEIER HOUSE House Master: Mr Samir Ayash Boys Captain: Ralph N.Vice-Captain: Carl S. – Patrick A.Intermediate Vice: Ryan El-M. – Hammam B. S. Girls Captain: Karly H.Vice-Captain: Dana H. – Karen M.   Intermediate Vice: Chloe A. A. – Ellia T. LITTLE HOUSE House Master:...

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Online Meeting with Ipsos Lebanon’s CEO

BHS Marketing Manager, Richard Bampfylde, and Kareen F., Head Girl and IB2 student, had an excellent meeting with Ipsos Lebanon’s CEO, Joseph Habre. Richard and Kareen were very grateful for Joseph’s time, thoughts and suggestions, as they presented the school briefly and then learnt what support may well be available from Ipsos Foundation for BHS...

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Thank You to AMICUS at Leighton Park School UK

The school would like to sincerely thank the AMICUS student group at the UK Quaker school, Leighton Park. AMICUS, for Valentine’s Day, conducted a rose appeal with the aim of raising funds specifically to support a full student bursary at BHS. After remarkable efforts the group were able to sell enough roses and achieve the...

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Summer Experience Meeting

In the afternoon of Monday, 14 March, Principal Gray chaired a meeting concerning the Brummana High School Summer Camp and Summer Educational Programme which was attended by Bursar Raymond Feghali, Marketing Manager Richard Bampfylde, Director of Educational Programme Lisette El Hage and Director of Summer Camp Rabih Aouad. The dates to launch the camp and...

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022

BHS Old Photos

Can you recognise anyone in this photo? Human Pyramid, 1965 We are going back nearly 60 years with this one! Any comments on who might be in the photo? Crafts class, 1961 Enjoy this historical shot from the early 1950s of Clare House, where the BHS Sick Bay is still housed on the Ground Floor....

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022

NFT PowerPoint Presentation

Andrew H., Martin I. and Dany H. (Plus Anis K.) in G12IP prepared and delivered an excellent presentation on NFTs in the Digital Marketing Co-Curricular course. The Grade 12 students were really engaged, learning from their peers on what non-fungible tokens are and how these can impact the economy and society. Thank you to the...

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022

CAS Posters about Bullying

As part of their International Baccalaureate Community, Action and Service (CAS) requirements, four IB2 students undertook a high quality and very worthwhile initiative in the Arabic language. Mark Z., Rhea R., Gio A. and Remi Z. created, designed, produced and implemented large posters to raise awareness on anti-social behaviours and to help eradicate bullying in...

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Thursday, 17 March 2022

Boarding Committee Meeting

The Principal chaired the monthly Boarding meeting at which Richard Bampfylde, BHS Marketing Manager, presented a paper on effective promotion of boarding particularly looking ahead to the beginning of 2022-2023 session. They had some discussion of potential boarding fees for that session, but agreed that it was too early to propose these given the volatility ...

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Thursday, 17 March 2022

Thank You Mr Antoine Tadros

Thank you very much to Old Scholar Mr Antoine Tadros ’65 for his very generous donation towards teachers and support staff. With all of the challenges the BHS team are facing at this extreme time since October 2019 of currency devaluation and hyper-inflation it is comforting to know Old Scholars and other supporters in Lebanon...

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022

International Fundraising Group

In the afternoon of Tuesday, 8 March, Principal David Gray joined Trustees of QuIET and Georgette Hamaty, US fundraising expert, along with Richard Bampfylde and Raymond Feghali, Marketing Manager and Bursar respectively, for a meeting of the international fundraising group. Principal Gray was able to provide an update to the group on the state of...

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Monday, 14 March 2022

Professional Development and Appraisals

By Principal David Gray I recently met with Nado Chelala, the Head of Professional  Development and Appraisal, and discussed training needs, including those for teachers embarking on the IB or Cambridge Programmes. Thanks to the very generous grant of 22000 US dollars by the IB Organization many of the training needs which are essential can...

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Friday, 4 March 2022

Careers Fair Speakers

The below email about the Careers Fair speakers was sent to Secondary students: Dear Secondary Students, We would cordially like to announce the career orientation day “Meet the Future” on Friday March the 18th, 2022 at Khoury Hall.  The event will start at 3.30 pm and end around 6.30 pm.  In the first half of...

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Thursday, 3 March 2022

Sponsor a Book Campaign – Thank you

Thank you very much to Gillian Turner, former BHS staff member, and the Croydon South London Quaker Meeting for the latest delivery of books received by the school as part of the ‘Sponsor a Book Campaign’. These books are very much appreciated indeed! They are now being logged within the library system and will be...

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Thursday, 3 March 2022

Brummana Students Participate at Yale MUN Despite All the Odds

by Rachel S. (Published in TIE Online) The Brummana High School’s Model United Nation (BHSMUN) delegates’ participation in Yale University’s Model United Nations (YMUN) virtual conference was an incredible start to the year. We are very proud of the students who had to push through a lot of challenges and setbacks. Unfortunately, due to the...

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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Heartfelt Wishes to Teachers!

Four years ago, I was honored to receive the award of Distinguished Teacher striving for excellence in education for the year 2018 in Lebanon.I was truly flattered by this great recognition as a result of the competition managed by the Board of the H Institute, USA. Being honest, a career in education is challenging. Personally...

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Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Term 2 Honour Rolls

Congrats and mabrouk to all our students being awarded Intermediate and Secondary Honour Rolls! Keep up all the hard work for the remainder of the academic year. For those taking official exams, you are in a very good place to achieve your full potential and here’s to all your fellow classmates being inspired by you...

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Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Audencia Business School Orientation

On 18 February, a representative from Audencia Business School spoke to Secondary students about their International programmes and their Universities in France at Dobbing Hall during the activity period.   

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Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Piano Lessons

Two Upper Primary students started with their Piano lessons as part of the Music extra-curricular programme. Both students and teacher were extremely happy.  We will be starting with the Lower Primary very soon. We are trying to return to a normal life pattern as much as possible at Brummana High School. Here’s to more and...

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Tuesday, 1 March 2022

#BHSGives Thank You Banner

Check out the lovely #BHSGives thank you banner with student signatures which is now up in the Thomas Little Memorial Library. We are very grateful to all our supporters who continue to ensure the first class, holistic, Quaker education of 1,250 boys and girls on the most stunning campus in the country and region. (Also...

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Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Running with Run to Rise

The Run to Rise are looking forward to their running event on Sunday, 6 March and look forward to having runners from the Brummana High School community. HERE is the invitation that also includes a registration form to be filled by every participant running or walking with them.

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Monday, 28 February 2022

Saffron Walden Quaker Meeting

The school would like to say a special thank you to our many Friends at Saffron Walden Quaker Meeting in Essex, UK. Thanks to them and their fundraising efforts, a very major gift was received during the BHS Gives 2021 Appeal to support bursaries at Brummana High School. Due to the extremely challenging devaluation of the local...

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Thursday, 24 February 2022

Primary Prefects

On the 22nd of February 2022, two of our development projects were finally launched in the Primary Sections. Overcoming the many difficulties of the Corona virus and the untimely absences of both teachers and students made the process of choosing, interviewing and appointing Prefects a hectic task. However, we came through. All the applicants will...

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Tuesday, 22 February 2022

International Language Day

It was International Language Day on Monday and it was great to celebrate on social media with the community engaging a lot. With over 50 different nationalities represented on campus, the Brummana High School community is always buzzing and multiple cultures and languages always appreciated. Can you spot your language in the image? Throughout the...

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Tuesday, 22 February 2022

BHS Worldwide Platform

Brummana High School would like to thank those members of our community worldwide for signing up as mentors and/or registering their businesses on the BHS Worldwide Community Platform. Their feedback is also helping us improve the system as we move forward. It is great to have these members making themselves available for opportunities, both with...

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Friday, 18 February 2022

Amir Haffar ’08 Memorial on Campus

Friday, February 18: In loving memory of Old Scholar Amir Haffar ’08, the school hosted a memorial attended by many of his friends on campus and many more virtually. VP Academics Georges Rizkallah and HOS Intermediate Rima Habib shared the school’s deepest sympathies. Old Scholar Nader Dernaika shared a very heartfelt tribute and a very...

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

History Workshop

BHS History and Civics teacher Mrs. Jihane Francis was invited to facilitate a capacity building workshop for History teachers in Amman from 10 to 12 February. The workshop offered by the Lebanese Association for History, and hosted by the International Academy Amman (IAA), focused on building historical thinking using history sources. While impact is early...

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Boarding Summer Camp 2022

The school is excited to announce boarding opportunities for Summer Camp 2022. Rated as one of the top summer camps in the region, the option to board adds even more of a special experience to children attending. To register your enquiry please follow the contact details on the flyer. To save a copy, please click...

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

IB Donation

Last Wednesday, Principal David Gray had his regular meeting with Georges Rizkallah, the Vice Principal Academic, at which they discussed staffing matters primarily but also touched on the excellent news that the International Baccalaureate Organisation has granted the school a sum of 22,000 US Dollars to pay for IB fees and professional development associated with...

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Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Mrs. Hélène Gray – Rest in Peace

We regret the passing away of Mrs. Hélène Gray, the wife of the Principal. We honour her memory. May her eternal soul rest in peace.    From the Brummana High School Community

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Monday, 14 February 2022

Amir Haffar ’08 – Rest in Peace

By Nader Dernaika (Class of 2006) A man of a few words, yet every word carefully calculated so as to not cause trouble or create misunderstandings. A man of many talents & many interests – the most versatile person at sports, and by the far the best driver I’ve seen. A man with no enemies,...

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Friday, 11 February 2022

Third Meeting of Friends of BHS

By Sarah Barrett (Convener, Friends of Brummana High School) Sixteen Friends of Brummana High School met for about and hour and a half last Thursday evening, although not everyone was able to stay for the enitire time.  We started by sharing news of our friendraising and fundraising efforts from various corners the UK and Ireland. It’s...

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Friday, 11 February 2022

2022-2023 Teaching Vacancies

The school has opened its search for academic teaching positions for 2022-2023. All interested applicants with appropriate experience, knowledge and skills are strongly encouraged to apply. Please see our Employment – Job Vacancies page for the list of teaching opportunities. We look forward to receiving and reviewing the applications and to welcoming successful candidates to...

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Thursday, 10 February 2022

More Sponsored Book Arrivals!

Thanks to the Friends of Brummana High School in the UK and Ireland and their brilliant Sponsor A Book campaign, yet more books arrived on campus this week. The arrivals this week included International Baccalaureate resources as well as items for our libraries’ collections, amongst many other brand new books. Given the extremely challenging situation...

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Thursday, 10 February 2022

Junior Rugby Jackals

Taking their names from the wild animal that roams Mount Lebanon and other parts of the country, the school’s junior rugby jackals are turning into a collective of Lebanese and international superstars and as effective at scoring tries and winning matches as jackals are at catching prey. Saturday saw them playing in the last round...

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Thursday, 10 February 2022

Monthly QuIET/BHS International Fundraising Group Meeting

Tuesday evening saw several members of the QuIET/BHS Fundraising Group worldwide meeting online to update each other on international progress and discuss any particular items. This group has been undertaking incredible work since its establishment in spring 2020. The most recent success of BHS Gives 2021, raising $125,000 and 99% of which in ‘fresh’ foreign...

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Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Principal’s First Staff Meeting of 2022

In the afternoon of Wednesday, 2 February, Principal David Gray led an online General Staff Meeting at which he spoke about how BHS would operate on days of closure, on staff establishing their classes on Microsoft Teams in advance, on the provision of training on Moodle for Teachers who felt they needed it, on the...

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Monday, 7 February 2022

International Education for Refugee Students

Article Published on The International Educator By Emma Chittleburgh, Former BHS Staff Aseel, 16, and Lujain, 15, are two Syrian teenagers from Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon who have just completed their first term at a “Top 10 Middle East School” (Spears Schools Index), Brummana High School (BHS). The girls are part of the inaugural...

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Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Little Pieces of Brummana in Amersham

Simon Manasseh, a member of the Friends of BHS UK & Ireland Group and a member of a family whose ties go way back to the very first days of the school in the 1870s, was at Amersham Meeting on Sunday, near London. He attended along with the other Quaker Members of that Meeting group...

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Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Busy, Productive Week of Fundraising Activities for Principal

Last Tuesday, Principal David Gray chaired the meeting of the Donations and Communications (D&C) Committee attended by the Bursar, Raymond Feghali, and by the Marketing Manager, Richard Bampfylde. They looked at fundraising and Mr Gray was pleased to note that 125,000 US Dollars had been raised from the BHS Gives 2021 Appeal between the beginning...

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Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Principal Meets with TA & PA

Before lunch last Friday, 28 January, Principal Gray had a meeting with the Teachers’ Association (TA) in the Meeting Room. The TA were able to ask a number of questions including what would happen to salaries for 2022-2023 given the challenging times in Lebanon. Principal Gray was able to discuss the many important matters and...

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Tuesday, 1 February 2022

BHSMUN at YMUN 2022!

By Rachel S., Director Media & Outreach, MUN Club The BHSMUN delegates’ participation in Yale University’s YMUN virtual conference was an incredible start to the year. We are really proud of the students; Ramy H., Marc S., Ryan F., Jad A., Chloe Z., Danielle S., Karl E., Kiyan El M., Chris J., Naya El F....

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Monday, 31 January 2022

Fundraising for Capital Projects

The school has identified a number of capital projects for 2022 which may appeal to certain potential donors around the world. These include ICT equipment (including desktops and laptops as well as an upgrade to the system), solar panels (phase one of the campus solar project) and covering the swimming pool (as currently the outdoor...

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Sunday, 30 January 2022

Snow Covered Campus

Last week the snow storm covered our campus and closed school for a day (Thursday, 27 January). The Brummana campus is pretty spectacular most/all days of the year yet we feel it is perhaps even more so on snowy days like this. Enjoy these pictures of the snow covered BHS campus, highlighting how the snow feel...

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Wednesday, 26 January 2022

BHS Gives 2021 – We Did It!

The totals are now confirmed for the BHS Gives 2021 appeal! Running from 1 November to 31 December, and including a very substantial and generous matching gift from our Quaker Trustees, the appeal was able to raise $125,000 in total! This total far surpassed the appeal goal of $75,000 which is really quite remarkable. These...

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Monday, 24 January 2022

Maths GDC Calculators Arrive from UK!

The school, its students and its teachers are indebted to the Friends of BHS group once again. As we wrote about last week, the ‘sponsor a book’ programme is working really, really well and several books have already started arriving at Brummana Post Office. Now, kindly brought back from Scotland by Principal David Gray, seven...

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Saturday, 22 January 2022

QuIET Trustees Bi-Annual Meeting

During the bi-annual meeting of the school’s Trustees held on Saturday, 22 January, Principal David Gray presented his report and answered questions on current school status. Reports were also made by the Chairman of the Governing Body, Mr. Antoine Wakim, and by the Bursar, Mr. Raymond Feghali. The meeting was led by Mr. Paul High,...

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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Sponsor a Book

How exciting! Who doesn’t like receiving packages by post? And when they are containing such wonderful and necessary books for BHS teaching and learning? Well that’s what the school started receiving over the Christmas break through the Friends of BHS ’Sponsor A Book’ programme being run in the UK and Ireland. Initiated by Jean Plummer...

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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Message From the New Head of Careers

Dear Old Scholars,   We are organising an extraordinary event that will unite the old and new generations of Brummana High School in Khoury Hall on the 18th of March 2022. We would like you to be a part of this event entitled “Meet the Future! Many, many Old Scholars have become successful key figures in...

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022

NDU Library Facilities

BHS is happy to report upon the the following agreement that was made between our school and the Notre Dame University-Louaize as an act of solidarity for the very best education for our students and their teachers: NDU grants us on-site access to the NDU Libraries facilities for all students and teachers of BHS. They...

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Thursday, 23 December 2021

Legacy for the Libraries

During the course of last week the school received the extraordinary news of a bequest from a Quaker in England, the late Mr. Roy Francis, who was a University Lecturer at Imperial College in London. Mr. Francis, through his brother Mr. Alexander Francis, a supporter of the school himself and a member of the new...

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Thursday, 23 December 2021

Staff Christmas Lunch

Principal David Gray joined colleagues for the traditional, annual Christmas lunch on the last day of school which was held in the Dobbing Hall and in the covered area outside, for purposes of good ventilation and social distancing. About 150 staff came and he was able to address them at the start, thank them for...

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Thursday, 23 December 2021

School Band

The BHS Band Club prepared this Christmas cover of Snowman by Sia. Student Leona H. (12 LS), the Head of Band Club, is on Drums (she also edited the video), Kristina A.K. (9 LP) is on Piano, Anthony Al H. (10 LP) is on Guitar, and John K. (7 LP) is on Tabla. Well done...

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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

BHS Gives 2021 Thank You

The following message was shared with over 70 donors to the school during the BHS Gives 2021 Appeal: Dear Supporters,  Thank you once again for your generous support to Brummana High School over the BHS Gives 2021 appeal and during the most challenging of times in Lebanon. Your generosity will have an immense impact on...

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Thursday, 16 December 2021

School Prefects 2021-2022

After interviewing 15 current prefects, the Principal has appointed the following as Head Boy Prefect and Head Girl  Prefect for Brummana High School for 2021-2022.  Five  others have been appointed as Deputy Head Prefects.  Together they will constitute an important student team which will help senior colleagues manage the school in the coming year.  The...

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Thursday, 16 December 2021

QuIET/BHS Fundraising Group Update

The QuIET/BHS Fundraising Group met for the last time this year on Monday. What a year it has been for all, with almost insurmountable challenges being faced by so many. Thanks to the excellent work of this group and all its members real progress has been made on fundraising strategy, across Lebanon, the UK and...

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Monday, 13 December 2021

Overseas Trips

Fully recognising the ongoing economic and other challenges in Lebanon, the school nevertheless continues to keep an eye on potential overseas trips to the United Kingdom and France which were previously under discussion. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the difficult economic situation in the country, these trips were originally postponed. The Principal is...

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Friday, 10 December 2021

Second Meeting of the Friends of Brummana

The Friends of BHS had a very good, energetic second online meeting on Thursday, December 9th. There was very good energy to the whole meeting with many participants joining. It was reported that lots of activities are happening, lots of Quaker Meetings being communicated with and asked to raise funds. The challenge will be to...

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Wednesday, 8 December 2021

BHS Gives Videos

Thank you to all those who participated in the BHS Gives 2021 campaign by allowing us to record them on video and share with the community worldwide. Please check out these inspiring videos: Principal David Gray Amal Habib (class of ’84) Lisette El Hage Lyne Majdalani (class of ’00) Najwa Feghali & Neyla Feghali (class...

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Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Parental Coaching

Our children grow up! This is something that we are all aware of. We can have mixed emotions about this. We can miss the young child they were and at the same time we can celebrate and feel proud of the teenager they are becoming. During the parental coaching session, we explored brain development, up...

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Monday, 6 December 2021

BHS Gives 2021 – Thank You

Dear BHS Community Worldwide, This final BHS Gives 2021 email affords us an opportunity to thank all of you who participated and supported over the last 36 hours, and over the last few weeks. On behalf of the parents, teachers and support staff who you chose to support, we would like to earnestly thank you...

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Thursday, 2 December 2021

Memories of BHS by Gillian Turner – BHS Gives 2nd – 3rd December 2021

I joined the Brummana High School staff at the beginning of the momentous 2004/2005 academic year, which began as the school continued its recovery after the long Lebanese Civil War, and ended with the assassination of ex-Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Mine was an unexpected short-term contract, filling in for a sudden vacancy for a Pastoral...

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Wednesday, 1 December 2021

BHS Gives 2021 – 24 Hours To Go!

Dear BHS Community Worldwide, I am excited to inform you that there are just 24 hours to go until the school’s BHS Gives appeal is officially launched. BHS Gives will run from 12 noon on December 2nd until midnight on December 3rd.  Already the school has been able to raise over $7,000 from 13 donors...

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Sunday, 28 November 2021

BBSS Dubai and Old Scholars Meeting

Thanks to the generous support of OSA President Nazih Khattar and the Old Scholars Association, the school was able to be represented at the British Boarding Schools Show in Dubai on Friday and Saturday, November 26th and 27th. BHS was the only Middle East school present and we were fortunate to have been invited, taking...

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Thursday, 25 November 2021

Thank You to Mr George Younis, BHS Governor

The school is once again indebted to Governor George Younis on the terrific financial support he continues to offer BHS and its community. Thanks to an extremely generous donation of $300,000, all teachers and support staff will receive additional allowances twice in this academic year. The first is being scheduled for payment this month and...

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Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Al Amal Institute

Principal Gray received the below appreciation letter from the Al Amal Institute for the Disabled: We at Al Amal Institute , Residents and Staff, are always delighted to have BHS students at our center under our “Acceptance & Awareness” program. During the different joint activities, the students showed high responsibility and respect towards our residents...

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Friday, 19 November 2021

Principal’s Letter in The Friend Magazine

Brummana’s supporters   The dramatic plight of Lebanon continues to be headline news and so it should be. In a country disintegrating, just where Brummana High School (BHS) would be without its Quaker supporters conjures a terrible image: one of students, staff and families at breaking point and a country and region without its educational...

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Thursday, 18 November 2021

BHS Student Council Election Results

The BHS Student Council elections took place on 16 November. The results of the elections are below. Congratulations to all the winners! Grade  Winner Grade 9 LP Ryan E. M. Grade 9 IP Aya K. S. Secondary 1 LP Rhea M. Secondary 2 LP Dana A. H. Secondary 3 LP Charbel K. Grade 10 IP...

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

QuIET Fundraising

The latest online meeting of the QuIET & BHS Fundraising Group was held on Monday, November 8th. Discussed were several topics including the implementation of fundraising campaigns in Britain and Ireland, in the Gulf and in the USA all of which are at an advanced stage of preparation. In Britain, the Friends of Brummana High...

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

English Class

On the morning of 9 November, the Principal gave the first formal lesson looking at the novel 1984 which was prefaced by an introduction he gave the students on the life of George Orwell following an enlightening introduction to Dystopias by the Head of Department, Lisette El Hage. He also talked about the context in...

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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

All BHS Students 2021-2022

Every year, BHS Photographer Anis Saad creates a wonderful compilation of the portraits of all our wonderful BHS students all together in one picture. Check out this lovely edition of our students for the academic year 2021-2022.

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Friday, 12 November 2021

Extra Curricular Activities

After a slow start to the school year which is understandable following a full year working online, extracurricular activity has become increasingly popular. Sports such as basketball, football, cricket, rugby and volleyball have drawn many children to take part in practices and training after school, while the Gardening club is also proving very popular with...

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

‘Teachers still give 100 per cent, even as the country disintegrates’

The View from Here: Brummana High School in Lebanon continues to provide education as the country is forced to its knees, writes principal David Gray     I write to you from Lebanon and a country whose dramatic plight continues to be headline news. Quite frankly, so it should be. This disintegrating country offers little...

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Assembly with COP26

Live from COP26! Monday assembly for Upper Primary saw a special guest – Rock Aboujaoude of Campus Climate Corps US – join online from Glasgow to share the latest information on the climate summit. The presentation was age appropriate, timely, precise, and inclusive. He relayed the goals of the climate change conference and also how...

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Monday, 8 November 2021

Prefect Interviews

During the week of 25 October, the Principal conducted interviews of Grade 10 students for the position of Prefect with Hani Khalife, the Head of the Secondary Section.  Indeed they spent a great deal of the week interviewing over 50 applicants for these positions.  Mr. Gray was impressed by the quality of their letters of...

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Monday, 8 November 2021

A-Level Orientation

On the evening of 27 October, Principal Gray hosted the orientation for A-levels to students and their parents. This was a successful occasion on which parents and students were quite clear about the differences between A-level and the IB and how the A-level system works.  Mr Gray felt it was a great improvement on the...

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Monday, 8 November 2021

Off to the Library!

By Carmen Hajj Research studies prove over and over again that reading has a positive impact on academic performance and increases student achievement. For this purpose, the Upper School Library (Thomas Little Memorial Library) aims to develop good reading habit and ensure that the school community has equitable access to it. The library gives users...

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Monday, 8 November 2021

IRISH “FRIENDS OF BRUMMANA”

Thanks to all the Friends in Ireland Yearly Meeting who have supported the students and the school at Brummana near Beirut through our Bursary Appeal.  As Friends will know, the collapse of the Lebanese economy, following on from the country’s long political problems and the terrible explosion at the port, have left the school, its...

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Monday, 8 November 2021

Prefect Orientation

Thursday, November 4th saw Head of Secondary Mr Hani Khalife presenting to the newly elected Prefects in the Secondary school. After much deliberation between Principal Gray and Mr Hani, it was decided that all Prefects who interviewed deserved the opportunity to become a Prefect and take on the responsibilities that this position carries. Mr Hani,...

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Friends of Brummana High School

The inaugural Friends of Brummana High School (FBHS) meeting took place on Thursday, October 28th at 6pm Lebanon time (4pm UK). Joining QuIET Trustees John Crosfield, Will Haire and Martin Macpherson, as well as Principal David Gray and Marketing Manager Richard Bampfylde, were over 15 Friends of the school ready and willing to support. Through...

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Sustainability Committee First Meeting 2021-22

The school’s sustainability committee met for the first time this year at 4:30pm (Lebanon time) on Tuesday, November 2nd. Joining the meeting were several original members of the committee along with some new members too, including Sarah Barrett our great supporter in the UK. Students from the Upper Primary (Ghiwa A.B. and Elias B.J.), Intermediate...

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Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Mindfulness Conference

The Lebanese Mindfulness Association (LMA) in collaboration with the Professional Training Center of Saint Joseph University of Beirut, launched the first Mindfulness Conference on October 23rd 2021 from 9:00am to 2:00pm (Beirut time) at Gulbenkian Theatre Beirut – Campus of Social Sciences. Ms. Aline Alam, Head of the Math Department and pioneer of the Mindfulness...

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Monday, 1 November 2021

AUT Agreement

The school has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the American University of Technology (AUT) for BHS graduates to potentially be awarded scholarship places and places under their financial aid scheme. There is also a 20% discount for teachers and staff on Masters programmes. To be awarded a scholarship, BHS candidates must fulfil certain...

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Friday, 29 October 2021

Lester B. Pearson Scholarship Nomination

A letter from the Head of Careers, Mr Fareed Halabi, to students applying for a scholarship nomination at the University of Toronto:  Dear Students, Parents, and Colleagues, I wish to congratulate you all on having participated in and completed the interview stage for the Lester B. Pearson scholarship nomination for the University of Toronto. All...

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Monday, 25 October 2021

Call for Friends of BHS in ‘The Friend’ UK Magazine

Click HERE to see the ad on the second page – we are grateful to The Friend for pushing our cause to the very beginning of this week’s edition. 

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Monday, 25 October 2021

Squid Game

Dear Parents I am writing to you about the Squid Game, which is a South Korean survival drama. This is currently being televised as a series on Netflix. There is currently a lot of ‘chatter’ about the Squid Game. I thought it important to write to you to provide some level of explanation. The Squid...

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Thursday, 21 October 2021

Brummana High School Worldwide

Today sees the first time the BHS Times newsletter is sent from the school’s new online community platform! The platform has multiple functions but with the overriding aim of ensuring the BHS community worldwide are able to remain connected with the school and for the school to remain connected with all our community worldwide, in...

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

International Baccalaureate

On the evening of Wednesday, 13 October, the Principal hosted the orientation for the International Baccalaureate 2022/2023 which was very well attended by about 100 parents and students in the Khoury Hall. After Mr. Gray’s initial presentation, the Director of Studies and Vice Principal Academic, Georges Rizkallah, gave an overarching presentation on the nature and...

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

We Must Support Our Teachers As Best We Can And Give Them The Credit They Are Due

Article Quoting Principal David Gray on education in Lebanon published in the Daily Star: Barnaby Papadopulos| The Daily Star   BEIRUT: Every Wednesday Yousef spends four hours handing out books in the heat of Tripoli’s Al-Tal Square. “The future in Lebanon is very dark,” he says as he pores over the stacks of second-hand paperbacks aimed...

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Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Bus Transportation

Please be reminded that: – Written parental permission is required if a bus registered student who comes to school in the morning is not using the bus on the homeward journey. This includes Upper School students who stay for after school activities. – Written parental permission is required if a bus registered student wants to...

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Fundraising Update

Some of the school’s Trustees and the Principal, Bursar and Marketing Manager met online again on Monday night as part of the QuIET/BHS fundraising group. Now joining these meetings is Friend of the school, Georgette Hamaty, who holds great work experience in the field of fundraising in North America, the majority of which was within...

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

OSA Donation – Thank You

The school is very grateful indeed for the extremely generous donation the Old Scholars Association (OSA) made to the school this week in fresh dollars, directly benefitting teachers and support staff who face many challenges in  the deteriorating economic situation. The donation is being made in four parts, and school employees will all receive an...

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Online Community Platform

The school has been preparing its worldwide community database system recently. The system and platform comes with many opportunities for BHS to benefit from, including communications, events management and fundraising. We were happy to run our first online event registration with the book sale last month and soon the school will be communicating the BHS...

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

University Fair

Dear Parents and Students of Grades 10, 11, and 12, I am excited to be able to share with you the details of Brummana High School’s 2nd Annual University Fair to be held in Khoury Hall on Thursday, October 21, 2021. It gives me great pleasure to present both Lebanese and international universities and companies that will...

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Friends of Brummana

The school’s Quaker Trustees continue to progress in their efforts for international reach for fundraising and support. This Friends of BHS group is being established for exactly that purpose – for Quakers in the UK and Ireland to meet, discuss, coordinate and publicise the school’s extreme current challenges, with their Quaker Meetings and networks in...

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

New Head of Secondary Section

Our new Head of the Secondary Section, Hani Khalife, has arrived and began work on Monday the 4th of October. We are delighted to welcome him to BHS and hope that all members of our community will take the opportunity to meet him when they can.  He arrives full of commitment, enthusiasm and with a real interest in...

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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Joining the Botanic Gardens Conservation International

The school is very pleased to join the Botanic Gardens Conservation International to support the development of our ancillary botanical garden on campus. Our membership connects us with hundreds of botanical gardens worldwide, as well as the main botanical garden at BGCI headquarters, which is of course the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, London. For...

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Sunday, 3 October 2021

World Quaker Day

We are very pleased to be able to mark this important day around the world. On the first Sunday each October, BHS and Quakers around the world stand together to celebrate World Quaker Day. We are happy to be a part of this wide Quaker family. The first-class, Quaker-value education has been going since 1873...

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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

More Support from Society of Heads

Principal David Gray attended the International Society of Heads online meeting where even more support was generously offered to BHS. At the event, schools in countries across the world were able to exchange information and views, through the UK headquartered organisation. At the meeting, St. Georges’ school in Luxembourg, through their Head, Mr. Christian Barkei,...

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Monday, 27 September 2021

Kingian Nonviolence Schools’ Certification

Ms. Aline Alam, Head of the Maths Department at BHS, was selected by Nonviolent Schools Rhode Island, USA as a fully-supported scholarship candidate to attend the 2021 Summer Level 1 Kingian Nonviolence certification training. The training took 18 hours online in August 2021, and was provided to just 35 participants worldwide.  Level 1 certification training...

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Winners of the Chinese Art Competition

On 23 September, Principal Gray went down to the Upper Primary Section where there was a photo opportunity with Shatha Abu Khalil and parents of two girls, Christia M.(Gr.2) and Mea A. H.(Gr.6), who had both won substantial prizes from their Art entries to a competition run by the People’s Republic of China. Their winning...

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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

University Fair

The BHS University Fair will be postponed until October 21 to allow our students and the universities participating some time to prepare for this informative event. Universities across Lebanon and the Middle East, Europe, The United States, and Canada are planning to be in attendance and students will greatly benefit from the interaction and information...

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Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Thank You for Parent Donations

A thank you message from Principal David Gray: Thank you very much to all parents who have donated, for your generous response to my email requesting support in fresh dollars for our hard pressed teachers and staff, who are so committed to the children in their care. Your awareness of the need to support each...

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Thursday, 16 September 2021

BHS in Top 10 ME schools and Top 100 worldwide

BHS is delighted to be  included in the 2021 Spear’s Schools Index in partnership with Carfax Education, the international educational consultancy headquartered in the UK. Spear’s Schools Index is the leading international ranking of top private schools. Our school has been chosen by expert education consultants at Carfax and researchers at Spear’s. Featured schools are...

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Thursday, 16 September 2021

Quaker Values

In line with the school’s motto ‘I Serve’, the BHS community is proud to embody the Quaker Values of individuality, service, equality, respect, peaceful resolution and environmental stewardship. Ask any old scholar of the school and one of the first points they say tell you about BHS, their experience and impact is how the motto...

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Thursday, 16 September 2021

Book Donations – Thank you

Thank you very much to Principal David Gray, teacher Tania Nammour, old scholar Kamar Ibrahim, and an anonymous donor for donating various books to the BHS libraries. In addition, the school is extremely thankful to the late Chairman Hani Aboul Jabine, may his soul rest in peace, for the new books he had sent to...

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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Down Memory Lane: Robert Bruce Laycock

Old Scholar Robert Bruce Laycock who attended BHS for three years in 1967, 1968, and 1969 while his father worked in KSA, recently contacted the school reminiscing about his days at BHS and congratulating the school on the launch of its Lebanese stamp! He considers those years spent in Brummana among the greatest times of...

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

BHS in The International Educator

A School Community One Year On: Beirut Port Explosion By Richard Bampfylde01-Sep-21 Beirut Port, Lebanon: Graffiti along the wall depicts the Lebanese people re-erecting their cedar tree and providing optimism through solidarity; the sculpture, The Gesture, by Lebanese artist Nadim marks the one-year anniversary of the explosions and was developed by a group of architects and NGOs;...

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Wednesday, 8 September 2021

Weekly Boarding

Sign up now for weekly boarding at Brummana High School. The diverse, international community at the boarding house is an excellent place for children to study and grow. BHS Boarding is also a safe and secure place away from the many challenges currently faced in Lebanon. Contact Head of Boarding Rabih Aouad (+961 3285176) or...

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Monday, 6 September 2021

In-Service Days

Monday September 6, 2021 Whole School In-Service (Online) **All sessions will be recorded** 9:45 – 10:30 am Introduction & welcome David Gray Introduction of new faculty Setting the agenda for the whole year School Development Plans ——————————————————- 10:30– 11:00 am A word from the Bursar Raymond Feghali ——————————————————- 11:00 am – 11:15 am Short Break ——————————————————- 11:15 am– 12:30 pm Cambridge Support...

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Tuesday, 31 August 2021

Passing Away of the BHS Chairman

It is with deep regret and in great sadness we must report that Mr Hani Aboul Jabine, the Chairman of the BHS Governing Body, has passed away.  May his eternal soul rest in peace. Mr Aboul Jabine was an Old Scholar and a distinguished Chairman of the Governing Body who tirelessly promoted the benefits of...

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Thursday, 5 August 2021

Quaker British Yearly Meeting on August 4th

Principal David Gray presented to the British Yearly Meeting (BYM) on Wednesday, August 4th. He was joined by members of QuIET, namely Trustees Will Haire, John Crosfield and Martin Macpherson, and school staff for the one-hour webinar presentation. BYM is hosting its annual meeting completely online this year, and over a period of two weeks....

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Wednesday, 4 August 2021

From Principal Gray on 4 August

Dear Brummana High School Community, I trust this email finds you and your loved ones keeping well. On this day one year ago, the lives of so many changed forever. The Beirut Port explosion on August 4th 2020 remains etched on the minds of the local and international community. Certainly, the large white plumes of smoke travelling at...

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Monday, 2 August 2021

Summer Experience

Principal David Gray went down to watch the summer camp in action and was most impressed by the use of new sports arena and by the fun which so many children, cooped up in houses for months were having. There is  a tremendous range of activities offered; all he saw were smiling faces and excited...

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Friday, 30 July 2021

BHS Developmental Plans

By David Gray (Principal) This year has been a year spent online but it has not been a year during which many of the functions of a school, apart from teaching and learning, did not take place.  One of those functions has been to be constantly looking at how we can improve and develop the...

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Monday, 19 July 2021

Shabab Lab Competition Results

A group of three students from Grade 10 LP: Carl S., Richard S., and Ryan F., won second place in the Shabab Lab competition. The results were announced on 14 July in an online event.  Five schools (International College, American Community School Beirut, Brummana High School, Rawdah High School, SSCC Ainnajm Collège des Sœurs des...

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Monday, 12 July 2021

Thank You to the OSA from the Governors

The Brummana High School Board of Governors thank the BHS Old Scholars’ Association for their thoughtfulness and generosity towards BHS staff during such extremely challenging times. Through a donation made by the OSA, staff will mid-July receive a bonus salary payment. This recognises all their hard work and efforts in recent times and in light...

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Monday, 12 July 2021

Thank You to the OSA From BHS Staff

Brummana High School Staff, including administration, teachers and industrial staff, would like to sincerely thank the BHS Old Scholars’ Association for their empathy and support during such desperate times in Lebanon. The consistently devaluating local currency as well as rampant inflation have made life for staff and their families incredibly difficult in recent times. Through...

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Thursday, 8 July 2021

IBDP 2021 Results

We are thrilled to announce the success of all of our IB Diploma Programme students. After much hard work, every single one of our 20 students achieved scores above 30/45, with four of them achieving scores above 40/45, as well as one student, Adriana G., obtaining a score in the top 1% worldwide! Many congratulations...

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Special Thank You To Our Governors

We are enormously grateful to Mr Hani Abou Jabine, Chairman of the Board, and his fellow Governors for their foresight, generosity and wisdom in ensuring the project to upgrade and modernise the football field / sports arena has been undertaken and completed. From September we shall have a splendid new facility which will be to...

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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

BHS Podcast – Final Episode

At the onset of the first Covid-19 wave hit Lebanon and the world back in spring 2020, a brilliant group of our senior students started up the BHS Podcast as part of their IB CAS requirements which voiced their ideas, thoughts and hopes. It gradually grew and gathered followings, and now they have just finished...

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Monday, 5 July 2021

Letter of Thanks from Principal Gray to the Principal of St. George’s School, Luxembourg

Dear Christian, Thank you very much for your email and for all the efforts you have made together with your staff on behalf of Brummana High School. It is fantastic that you managed to raise so much from the online quiz and from hat/flag day at school. This is going to make a substantial difference...

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Monday, 5 July 2021

Learning difficulties: Paul High on Brummana High School

While the situation in much of the Middle East is troubling, British Friends need to have a particular concern for Lebanon. It has been almost one year since we all saw the devastating Beirut port explosion, on 4 August 2020. But it has also now been nearly two years since the Lebanese Lira went into...

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

Summer Camp Monitors

Today marks the beginning of the BHS Summer Camp and everyone is so excited and looking forward to a safe and wonderful summer experience. All through the past weeks the Summer Camp Monitors have been going through extensive safety training sessions in preparation for today’s camp start. Below are a few shots of some of...

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Thursday, 1 July 2021

BHS Summer Experience

The Principal chaired the meeting of the BHS Summer Experience which consisted of Raymond Feghali, Rabih Aouad, Lisette El Hage and Richard Bampfylde. He was very pleased with the way in which matters are going. Preparations for the Summer Camp and  the Summer Educational Programme have been very thorough and successful. The Summer Camp currently...

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Friday, 25 June 2021

Graduating Class Tree Planting

It was great to continue the tradition started last year for a ‘Seniors tree’ to be planted as part of their legacy to the school. Kelly K., Head Prefect, Natalie A., Secretary General BHSMUN and Franchesco Jarjoura, Student Body President, dug a hole and planted the tree on campus, with Principal David Gray and a...

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Thursday, 24 June 2021

Get Yourself Some Summer Reading from ASSABIL – A trip to the Public Library!

Four book loving girls went down to Beirut to join the free ASSABIL public library. (https://assabil.com/) These girls love reading, and after months of online lessons and online books they were craving real paper books. Here is their review of the trip.  Which Library did you visit? Where?   We visited the ASSABIL Municipality Public Library in Monnot, Beirut. It was about a 25-minute drive from Broummana. It was pretty...

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

UK Society of Heads’ 100 Words Competition – BHS Wins!

We are thrilled to announce BHS students Michael A. M. & Celia. V. in Grade 3 and Yasmina B. in Grade 2 are top prize winners in the Society of Heads’ 100 Words international competition. The Society of Heads, a UK organisation representing independent schools in the UK and overseas, was pleased with the phenomenal...

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Wednesday, 23 June 2021

Summer Well Being: Deflate the Screen

By Sage Ball Dear Parents How quickly a year can go. The last academic year has meant that your child has spent a lot of time on their devices. Prior to Covid we would have referred to this as screen time. Now we just talk about ‘time spent on devices’. How rapidly our ‘normal’ changes....

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Monday, 21 June 2021

Graduation Ceremony Notice

We are happy to be able to hold a small graduation ceremony this year for our Seniors on Saturday, June 26th. Unfortunately, owing to the pandemic and to ensuring community health remains a top priority, we have needed to limit numbers this year. Indeed, numbers will be less than a third of normal. With this...

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Navigating Environmental Security in the Arab World

Student Natalie A. gave a wonderful online presentation on the Youth-a-thon Instagram platform about Navigating Environmental Security in the Arab World. Click HERE to read the full text. Below you will find her profile and session description for the Youth-a-thon event. BIO Name: Natalie A. Age: 17  Country: Lebanon  Bio: Natalie is a 17-year-old senior from...

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Thursday, 10 June 2021

Dragon Boat Festival

The school is very happy once again to mark another important date in the Chinese calendar. The Duanwu Festival, popularly known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is a visually-rich, spectacular festival celebrated in China. Each year hundreds of boat racers take to the seas, in fantastic designed boats. There are a bunch of other activities...

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Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Scratch Music Competition

An amazing activity came to an end today! The Scratch Music Competition hosted by the ICT Department and with dozens of students involved coding and creating their own music was finalised at an award ceremony presented by Roger Dagher. It was simply brilliant to see how much the students had learnt during this activity and...

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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Just Serve

Alice Rumphius, is a quirky Librarian who is tasked as a young girl by her Grandfather, to do something to ‘make the world a more beautiful place’. Alice has a wonderful life. She travels to strange and exotic places, she meets interesting people, (she is lucky enough to work in a Library!) and she does,...

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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Arabic Poetry Event with Dr Robert Bitar

On the afternoon of Thursday, 3 June, Principal David Gray attended a splendid poetry event sponsored by the Arabic Department at Brummana High School and attended by lots of students who had studied the work of Dr. Robert Bitar, a well known author in Arabic. He recited some of his poetry and students who had...

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Friday, 4 June 2021

Medical Update for September School Opening

We would like to update the community that we continue to monitor international medical standards for a safe return to school for September. Although we are expecting to have all our students back on campus, the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently state that significant safety measures will need to...

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Friday, 4 June 2021

MUN Executive Board 2021-2022

By Fareed Halabi, Student Leadership Program Director, from an email shared with Principal David Gray We have concluded the application and interview process for the upcoming year’s BHSMUN Executive Board. I must take a moment and share with you how impressed we all were with this year’s applicants and how they presented themselves despite the...

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Friday, 4 June 2021

French-tastic Story Club

French-tastic story club is a bit of a mouthful to say! – But this didn’t stop grades 2 and 3 tuning in this week to the last of this year’s Bedtime Story Clubs.    This time, with a French theme, the club kicked off with ‘Bees in the City’ a story from Paris for Environment...

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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Secondary Assembly

Pricipal David Gray addressed the Brummana High School Secondary Section assembly which was attended by classes for whom teaching has not yet concluded. He congratulated them on surviving the year which has been difficult for everyone, and reminded them that although they have been deprived in many ways, especially of interaction, they have also learned...

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Friday, 28 May 2021

Crossing the Bridge Ceremony

Principal David Gray attended and spoke at the Crossing the Bridge ceremony for Grade 9 students, overseen and managed by Head of Intermediate Section Rima Habib, who also addressed the students and introduced the four Grade 9 classes.  Each of the groups of students was introduced by their advisors and each then delivered a memorable...

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Friday, 21 May 2021

Shortlist for Chinese Embassy’s Art Competition

Congratulations and mabrouk to students Mea A.H. and Christia M., Grade 5 and Grade 1 respectively, on making the shortlist for the popular art competition from the Chinese Embassy! The competition is part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of China’s embassy in Beirut.   Mea’s artwork is titled The Friendship Between China and Lebanon. ...

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Thursday, 20 May 2021

Intermediate Assembly

Vice Principal Pastoral Sage Ball gave Intermediate students an assembly about taking risks. The teenage brain is a wonderful thing. It is set up for exploration and risk taking. But, the part of the brain that considers the longer term consequences of our actions does not fully develop until we are 25 years old! Teenagers...

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Wednesday, 19 May 2021

Makerspace Professionals!

A throwback to lockdown last year and all our makerspace challenges! Did you know that two brothers completed all of the challenges we posted on social media? Well, quite incredibly Giovanni and Marco H., Grade 3 and Grade 1 respectively, completed all the many challenges the school set the community during all the very long,...

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Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Support from St. George’s International School, Luxembourg

The school is very grateful indeed to once again receive great support from  St. George’s International School in Luxembourg. This spring, the school has pledged to provide BHS with a very large selection of text books for 2021/2022 at their own cost, as well as a renewal of the JSTOR online library subscription. Dr. Christian...

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Thursday, 13 May 2021

School Trustee Delivers PYM Workshop

We were thrilled that one of our QuIET Trustees, Mr Tony Manasseh, was invited to present at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) on Thursday, May 13th. This is always a very large event in the Quaker calendar and having one of our Trustees present is a real honour. Tony Manasseh was partnered with Leila Barclay...

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Monday, 10 May 2021

The Introduction of Women in Politics

By Thalia K. – SEC III LP “The true republic: men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.” – Susan B. Anthony, American women’s rights activist. As long as women are not present in political procedures, democracy and development will remain an illusion. The gender gap in politics is still prominent...

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Monday, 10 May 2021

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

By Gio A. – 1IB Introduction On August 13, 1961, construction workers began tearing up streets and erecting barriers in Berlin. This night marked the beginning of one of history’s most infamous dividing lines: the Berlin Wall. Construction continued for a decade as the wall cut through neighbourhoods, separated families, and divided not just Germany,...

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Monday, 10 May 2021

The Black Lives Matter Movement

By Stephanie Z. – IB1 Rage, disgust and fear. These are just some of the emotions felt because of the inhumane acts of police brutality, racism, and discrimination faced by people of colour world-wide. Their reality is shocking when parents have to educate their young children on how to act if the police were ever...

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Monday, 10 May 2021

European and Middle East Quakers

Saturday, May 8th saw Governor Sami Cortas and Principal David Gray deliver very powerful online presentations to the Europe and Middle East Section of the Friends World Committee for Consultation meeting of Quakers. The session was well-attended with over 100 participants receiving the messages shared. Mr Cortas, who is also Clerk of the Brummana Meeting,...

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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

English Classes for Adult Learners

English classes have now kicked off for adult learners within the BHS teaching and general staff community. These have been established to refine and develop attendees’ English language skills. There are two classes: the first, a Conversation Class which is being led by Lisette El Hage, Head of English; and the second, a Written Class,...

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

BHSMUN in Annahar Online

The BHSMUN Conference was featured in an article in Annahar newspaper. To read the full article, click HERE, or visit Annahar.

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Bedtime Story Readings

This week saw three more bedtime story readings take place for our students in the Lower Elementary. Guest speakers were Principal David Gray, Head of Elementary Shatha Abu Khalil and Grade 1 Teacher Collette Chaccour reading ‘Belinda’ by Pamela Allen, ‘006 and a Bit’ by Kes Gray & Nick Sharratt and ‘Green Eggs and Ham’...

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Thursday, 29 April 2021

Earth Day Intermediate Assembly Presentation

Monday of this week saw an excellent online presentation made to all the students of the Intermediate section during their assembly. The presentation’s theme was sustainability, aligned with Earth Day 2021 on April 22nd, which also allowed for more insights into the burgeoning sustainability programme at school, other activities around Earth Day and the great...

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Monday, 26 April 2021

#5thBHSMUN featured on the Boarding Schools’ Association Website

Read the article below, or click HERE to download it, or visit the BSA page. Also, the article was featured on TIE Online. Brummana High School’s 5th Model United Nations21st April 2021 – 5th edition of BHSMUN a great success– 20 schools represented from six different countries across three continents– Prominent Journalist Ms. Raghida Dergham the...

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Thursday, 22 April 2021

Fundraising Update – UK, US & Lebanon

The BHS/QuIET Fundraising Working Group met again on Tuesday evening to discuss progress with fundraising. Five of our QuIET Trustees, in the UK and US, joined Principal David Gray and Marketing Manager Richard Bampfylde for the session. The fundraising update included: notes from Mr Gray on the current situation at school and in Lebanon; a...

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Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Bedtime Stories, Sleepy Kittens and the Corporate Ladder

By Tara Ball No matter how difficult and crazy our days, the Bedtime Story can be a glorious reminder of how lovely our children are. I watched the movie Despicable Me, recently. In one scene, Gru’s characteristic grumpiness is momentarily disarmed by the children’s need for that short moment of unfettered love and reassurance that...

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Friday, 16 April 2021

Space Trivia Gr. 5C

Space Trivia! Grade 5C Group 2 battled it out this afternoon and congrats and mabrouk to both sets of students. Amazing participation and knowledge. Team 1 Space Guards had Toufic A., Valeria B., Randall H., Jad R., Tatiana T. and Chris N. and Team 2 Planetions held Group 2 Planetions Narineh B.J., David E., Christy...

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021

BHSMUN 2021

This year, our Model United Nations delegates have resiliently navigated the difficulties of online conferences and the stress of this academic year and won an unprecedented number of awards – an amazing achievement of which we are all extremely proud!  Our team has also been hard at work planning our 5th annual BHSMUN conference, which...

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Monday, 12 April 2021

Secondary Assembly, April 2021

By Aya Christina E. Z., Grade 10IP On Monday 12th of April during the Secondary Assembly, the students and staff were given a lovely and highly motivational speech from the principal, Mr. David Gray. This year truly has been trying for all. The uncertainty, the obstacles, and the isolation have been a universal struggle for...

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Friday, 9 April 2021

HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh

His Royal Highness Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh passed away on Friday, April 9th at the age of 99. May his soul Rest In Peace.  HRH Prince Philip inaugurated Edinburgh Boarding House on the lower campus of school on March 22nd, 1967. At the time, Prince Philip unveiled a plaque dedicating the building as...

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Wednesday, 7 April 2021

Sidcot students walk, run and cycle to raise money during Random Acts of Kindness week

BHS was featured in an article on the website of the Boarding Schools’ Association. Download the article HERE, read it on their website, or below. The article was also featured on the website of the UK Boarding Schools. Students at Sidcot School took the initiative during Random Acts of Kindness Week to raise money for...

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Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Throwback to the 1950’s

Old Scholar Rurik Halaby, Class of 1958, shared with us some old black and white photos of his time at BHS and of his classmates: Mr. Birkenshaw and the BHS Ramblers Club, Plus Campbell Children:

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Monday, 5 April 2021

Hiroshima Peace and Resilience Project

The BHS Secondary students are invited to the Hiroshima Peace and Resilience Project ONLINE on Tuesday, April 6 at 3 PM Beirut Time. Zoom link to be sent to students in due time via WhatsApp. This invitation is organized by the Oleander Initiative Organization in coordination with Ms. Aline Alam (head of Math) Hiroshima Peace...

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Principal’s Message – March 2021

Principal David Gray recorded an end of term Easter video message to our community. To watch the message, please click HERE.

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

SAT Scores March 2021

Many students dread the SAT. It is a grueling 4-hour marathon of standardized testing that allows universities to determine aspects of admissions processes which help determine a student’s eligibility to a certain major course of study. With the pandemic having been in full swing for over a year now, BHS realized that this important test...

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Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Watch “Henry IV” and Join the Competition to win a Tablet

Assabil and British Council Lebanon are holding a new Competition which requires High School students to watch the theatre play “Henry IV” and write an essay to join. Sign up and watch the play on: https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education, or https://library.britishcouncil.org/…/koha/opac-signup.pl. The objective of this competition is to promote the British Library, invite High School students to write, and...

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Monday, 29 March 2021

Intermediate Assembly

Intermediate students were provided an in-depth, worthwhile, engaging and interactive session on cyberbullying on Monday, March 29th. After Mr Gray shared some words on how pleased he is with how Intermediate students have pulled through this long, three-month term positively and successfully despite the many obstacles they have faced, Ms Rima welcomed the three organisations...

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Thursday, 25 March 2021

Webinar on Dealing with Uncertainties

By Betty R., Secondary III SE Dealing with Uncertainties – A Webinar hosted by the Society of Heads for Senior Prefects in all British schools.  On Friday the 5th of March I was able to attend the zoom seminar titled: “dealing with uncertainties” as we all know, Lebanon today -like many other countries- is going...

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Thursday, 25 March 2021

Letter From LE Librarian on Gr. 1 Bedtime Story Week

Dear Parents We are delighted to invite all grade 1’s to Bedtime Story Week! Next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30pm there will be a bedtime story from one of our teachers. Joining storytime is voluntary and all grade 1s are invited to join the storytime and listen to a story before bed! Please watch your...

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Thursday, 25 March 2021

Sidcot BHS Meeting

By Kelly K., IB2 On Wednesday the 17th of March a commutative number of approximately 20 students broke an international divide and met on zoom with hopes of getting to know students from another school. The prefects from both Brummana High School and Sidcot School met up and had friendly conversations regarding topics such as...

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Thursday, 25 March 2021

Community Service Project – Shabab Lab

By Chadi Nakhle, HOS Secondary Dear Parents of Secondary 1 LP Students, In an effort to give the opportunity to our students to do some Community Service work, even online, we have decided to team up with An NGO called Shabab Lab. Your children will meet every Wednesday after classes, starting today, 24 March 2021...

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Thursday, 25 March 2021

La semaine de la francophonie

Please take a look at the below projects prepared by BHS students for the Francophonie Week: French French Postcard (1)French Postcard (2)French postcard (3)French presentationFrench text

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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

SDG’s Festival Action – BHS Tree Planting

By Mrs Sarah Barrett (UK), Honorary Member of the BHS SDG Committee Dear BHS tree planters, My tree: Juniperus communis, or common Juniper (family Cuppressaceae) : a small to medium sized evergreen shrub or tree, native to the northern hemisphere.   I’ve chosen to add Juniper trees to my own ‘wild’ botanical garden for a...

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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Gr. 5 Space Trivia Night

Nancy Abou Rjeily, Social Studies Teacher, took the initiative to hold a weekly Space Trivia night for the 5th grade students. Starting last week on Thursday 18 March 2021, G5 C group 1 held an online Teams meeting at 5 pm. 8 students attended the activity and were divided into two opposing teams. The winning...

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Food: “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”

By Aya Z.  There are a few things that truly are crucial for life. One of those things is nutrition. Food is absolutely essential to an individual’s health, whether it be mental or physical. Food has a major impact on the body and the mind. Those impacts range from good to bad. It is said...

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Overview & Benefits of Vaccines

By Adriana G. From the worldwide eradication of smallpox in 1980, to the elimination of rubella cases from the Americas in 2015, vaccines have undeniably played a critical role in the improvement of public health and in the way the scientific world perceives medical protocol and disease prevention. With the COVID-19 pandemic taking an obviously...

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Monday, 22 March 2021

Social Relationships: Effects on Physical and Mental Health

By Thalia K., Sec 3 LP “The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships have a powerful influence on our health. Taking care of your body is important but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.” – Robert Waldinger,...

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Monday, 22 March 2021

LAU MUN Conferance

These are the results from the LAU MUN conference this weekend. They did absolutely amazing. Rachel S. – Secretary General Award Carl S. – Secretary General Award Karl E. – Secretary General Award Dana Al H. – Secretary General Award Kiyan El-M. – Secretary General Award Charbel C. – Secretary General Award Toufic Y. –...

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Thursday, 18 March 2021

A Quaker in Beirut, Lebanon_ Interview with Friend Tony Manasseh · Philadelphia Yearly Meeting

To download the article click HERE, or visit the PYM site. A Quaker in Beirut, Lebanon: Interview with Friend Tony Manasseh Written on: MARCH 18, 2021 Tony Manasseh (Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting) is a third-generation Quaker who grew up in a country that used to be referred to as “the Switzerland of the Middle East.” His...

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Thursday, 18 March 2021

North America Fundraising Meeting

On Thursday evening QuIET Trustee Tony Manasseh, Principal David Gray and Marketing Manager Richard Bampfylde welcomed Georgette Hamaty online to discuss fundraising in the US / North America. Mrs Hamaty has a wealth of experience and expertise in this area, particularly in Quaker circles, and especially in the fields of arts and culture as well...

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Wednesday, 17 March 2021

A Level Orientation Evening for Students and Parents

This event was designed to provide information on the soon-to-be-launched A Level programme from academic year 2021 and onwards so that students and their parents could understand well this very worthwhile option available for the final two years of study at Brummana High School. Principal David Gray started proceedings by welcoming everyone (65+ attendees). He...

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Monday, 15 March 2021

Letter of Thanks in the Friend Journal

The Friends Journal posted a letter of thanks from QUIET Member Will Haire. Click HERE to read the letter or visit The Friend page.

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Monday, 15 March 2021

ICT Scratch Competition

> Competition Topic: Music from “Scratch” – (Programming Language) > Competition Details:  – Create any Song play using Scratch Instrument(s) – Grade level: 6-7-8 IP and LP – Single work or Group work (up to 2 students). Entries are allowed from all three grade levels. > Requirements: – Any Song play must be created on...

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Friday, 12 March 2021

BHS Featured in School Management Plus Magazine

Click HERE to read the latest article featuring BHS in School Management Plus Magazine, or HERE to visit the magazine’s page.

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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Society of Heads’ Meeting – March 2021

On Wednesday, 3 March, Principal David Gray attended the Society of Heads Regional International meeting which was attended by a total of five school Principals from Nigeria, Northern and Southern Cyprus and Luxembourg. It was a very useful meeting on International examinations mainly IGCSE, A Level and IB, as well as approaches to supporting staff...

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Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Principal’s Message on Teachers’ Day

Dear Colleagues, Happy Teachers’ Day! I would like to thank you warmly and with appreciation for all your efforts and hard work over the past year, through the many troubles, difficulties, tragedies and hardships which we have faced. You have continued to give of your best for the students, and made personal sacrifices often to...

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Thursday, 4 March 2021

World Book Day at BHS

By the BHS Library Team We sorely miss putting real books into children’s hands. It’s why we became Librarians, because if you get it right – it’s like magic and when children read, amazing and magical things do happen. But if changing over to e-books and other kinds of digital books is what we need...

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Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Grade 3A SST – Class on the Bronze Age

Ms Eliane Mrad, teacher of G3A for SST, provided a great, engaging activity for the SST students. She presented information for the students to engage with and then invited the students to participate by presenting their prepared research and information on the Bronze Age. Some of the information shared at the start of class included:...

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Feminism from the 70s through the 90s

By Aya Z. – 10IP Feminism /ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/(Noun) the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Feminism is the response to gender inequality. In today’s world, women have to deal with uneven access to education, lower employment quality, job segregation, lack of legal protection, lack of autonomy of their own...

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Boarding Registrations

The school continues to receive boarding enquiries for the coming academic year 2021-2022. With some of these families (both Lebanese and international) now applying for their children to join BHS, and them added to our current boarders staying on, next year promises to be another diverse, multicultural and enjoyable one in the Boarding Community, especially...

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

QuIET Fundraising Committee’s February Meeting

Last month’s QuIET Fundraising Committee Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 23rd, with seven attendees in Lebanon, the UK and US participating. Thank you letters for donations received were scrutinised, follow up information to Quakers was produced and there was discussion of BHS taking part in two conferences, one the European and Middle Eastern Quakers...

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Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Model Arab League Results

By Jad E. G. – IB2 The BHS Model UN club has done it again, breaking new records and making us proud, regardless of any circumstances. Over the past weekend, the Middle School and High School delegations to LAU’s Model Arab League (MAL) came back with promising and astonishing results!  Model Arab League is a...

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Thursday, 25 February 2021

Upper School Pastoral Meeting

This meeting was designed for feedback to be given to the Upper School’s team of teachers from students, for practical tips to be provided from the counsellor and for advice to be imparted from senior leaders at the school, all to support teachers to continue the excellent job they have been doing so far this...

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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Counselling Team

Good mental health is essential for building independent learners as well as confident and resilient individuals. The need to support mental health arises as we push through unprecedented challenging times. The BHS counselling team continues to offer online support to students and parents. Whether it is an academic concern, anxiety related to the pandemic, the...

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Wednesday, 24 February 2021

IB Orientation Session – For Grade 10IP and LP

Principal David Gray wished all parents and students a good evening and extended a very warm welcome to all, followed by an explanation of the proceedings for this evening session. He went on to note Grade 10LP students are able to apply for the Lebanese Baccalaureate as well as the International Baccalaureate. Grade 10IP have...

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

The Evolution of Bounded Communication: An Emotion-Glorifying Society

By Jad E. G. – IB2 Nowadays, we tend to value communication more than anything else in the world. Considering we are going through a pandemic, now is the time where people need each other the most for stability, companionship, and support every now and then. Communication and language as a whole go way deeper...

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

LAU MAU Results

By Jad E. G. – IB2 Over the weekend, high school delegates participated in LAU’s 2nd annual Model African Union conference and came back with awards! Model African Union is a simulation program where African countries discuss topics that are currently happening in the continent. Some delegates represented South Africa and others represented Nigeria, and...

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Monday, 22 February 2021

Student Workshops

As part of the ICT department’s objectives for this academic year, surveying was done to identify students’ technical abilities and needs. Following up on the survey findings, during the months of January and February, grade 7, 8, and 9 students attended a series of workshops on OneDrive, Office 365 email, Moodle, and TEAMS. The workshops...

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Monday, 22 February 2021

Secondary Assembly

Mr Chadi Nakhle, Head of Secondary, kicked off the assembly by welcoming everyone (over 180 participants by then) and also encouraging students to remain positive during these continuing challenging times. He then introduced Marketing Manager, Richard Bampfylde, who highlighted the fantastic fundraising efforts of Sidcot School in Somerset, UK. Sidcot is also a Quaker school...

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Thursday, 18 February 2021

Quaker Youth Leadership Conference

Here are some reflections our students had after participating in the Quaker Youth Leadership Conference: Christina R.: It was honestly amazing; I was able to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. It was very helpful during lockdown as it boosted my ego in a sense and boosted my morale. It was extremely fun,...

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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

Principal’s Address

Please click HERE to view the Principal’s latest video address.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

BHS Gives featured in The International Educator – TIE Online

A Worldwide Response to a Desperate Call: Supporters of Brummana High School Inspire Hope By Richard Bampfylde Brummana High School is pleased and grateful to announce the achievement of the BHS Gives campaign held at the beginning of December. Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community – parents, old scholars, staff, governors,...

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Friday, 12 February 2021

Chinese New Year Movie Night

By Emma Chittleburgh To usher in the Chinese New Year on Friday, 12th February, over 400 viewers gathered round to (virtually) attend the BHS online screening of feature-film Mulan. In collaboration with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, the community assembled to celebrate the year of the ox, and settle into an evening...

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Thursday, 11 February 2021

Results of The Immerse Education Essay Competition 2021

The results of the below competition are in and available HERE. Congrats and mabrouk to so many of our students on their success. Well done to all students who participated and thank you to their teachers who willingly and very ably supported. Bravo!  COMPETITION DETAILS The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers students the opportunity to...

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Monday, 8 February 2021

BHS Gives

The school is very pleased to announce summary news on the achievement of the BHS Gives campaign held at the beginning of December. Thanks to the generosity of so many in our community – parents, old scholars, staff, governors, ex-staff members, Quakers in the UK and right around the world, friends of the school and...

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Monday, 8 February 2021

BHS MUN Progress

By Jad T. (MUN Director of Media and Outreach) This year, the BHSMUN team, consisting of the Executive members and trainers, is working extra hard to break new records. Since September the Executive committee and trainers have been organizing weekly training sessions for middle school and high school delegates, covering matters such as speech writing,...

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Monday, 8 February 2021

Inaugural BHS Online Trivia Night!

Monday, February 8th saw 30 staff members participate in BHS’ first trivia tournament. The 30 players who made up seven strong teams joined their hosts, Sage Ball (Vice Principal Pastoral), Richard Bampfylde (Marketing Manager) and Thérésia Chamat (KG2 Teacher Assistant and Head of Infant’s Online Learning Committee), for a total of six rounds of challenging...

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Friday, 5 February 2021

Digital Library Online Scavenger Hunt (G9-12)

The British Council is hosting an Online ​Scavenger Hunt for its Digital Library platform. The activity will be held on Wednesday, February 17 @ 5:00 p.m. on ZOOM. Their objective is to promote the library and invite students to explore the collection and answer questions on it. The activity is open to students from Grade...

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Thursday, 4 February 2021

Fruity Friday

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has for many years been the legendary golden rule to ensure good health and happiness.   At Brummana High School, the Infant Section teachers have initiated the idea of “Fruity Friday” as a nutrition educational activity that encourages the students to apply the nutrition knowledge that they have learned...

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Thursday, 4 February 2021

MUN Achievements in January

By Jad T. (MUN Director of Media and Outreach) We had several delegates participating in some of the most competitive conferences this month.  SDMUN:  SDMUN, short for Social Distancing Model UN, is a conference held several times a year. Being a result of quarantine, SDMUN gathers delegates from around the globe to meet up on...

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Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Report Card Writing Workshop for HODs with Principal David Gray

Mr Gray opened the workshop by suggesting to Heads of Department and other participants that report cards are perhaps one of the few documents that will be read more than once and by several people (e.g. student, mother, father, grandparents). He welcomed attendees to ask any preliminary questions which included whether to write in the...

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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Charitable Trusts

The school, via a team consisting of one Quaker Trustee, the Marketing Manager and three Secondary students, are continuing to work thoroughly towards the aim of attracting significant funds from UK and other international charitable trusts and organisations. Kareen F. (IB1), Natalie A. (IB2) and Hani T (Grade 12IP) have all been active members of...

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Thursday, 28 January 2021

Open Letter from BHS Principal David Gray

The lockdown continues. Lebanon has experienced a torrent of Corona Virus cases and a rapidly increasing number of deaths daily since Christmas and the country has been in total lockdown (according to the UK’s BBC, one of the strictest in the world), since the middle of January. Very sadly, one of our own teachers passed...

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Grade 8IP Parent/Student Orientation Meeting

This very worthwhile orientation session kicked-off with Principal David Gray explaining the significance of this next stage in students’ learning journey, moving from Grade 8 (International Programme) to Grade 9 (IGCSEs). He talked about the Cambridge philosophy of education. The Cambridge programme has now been integrated into the school academic programme from KG3 upwards. By...

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Tuesday, 26 January 2021

BHS/QuIET Fundraising Meeting

The BHS/QuIET Fundraising Committee continued with their next regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 26th. Joining the call were several of our Quaker Trustees, mostly based in the UK, along with Principal David Gray and Marketing Manager Richard Bampfylde. As each month, several topics were discussed and agreed upon. Some particular items of note included:...

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Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Burns Night

By Emma Chittleburgh Burns Night has become synonymous all around the world with haggis, poetry, and ceilidh dancing. On 25th January, the birthday of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, Scots, and many others emerge from winter hibernation to toast the poet. Burns Supper always commences in a dramatic fashion with a poetry address dedicated to...

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Monday, 25 January 2021

Grief Counseling

For the past month or so, BHS counseling has mainly revolved around supporting staff and students through mourning the death of family members, friends, neighbours… and recently our dear colleague Micheline.    Although grief is an inevitable part of life, the loss of a dear one is always a difficult situation to cope with especially...

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Thursday, 21 January 2021

Students’ Thanks

Teachers received a lot of thank you notes from their students at the end of last term. Below are a few. If any one in the community has more images to share with us, we can also add them to this article.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

How Has Art Been Affected By Lebanese Culture And Who We Are?

By STEPHANIE Z. – IB1 Lebanon: a country so small but so beautiful. A country rich with culture and traditions. A country famous for its mountains and beaches and rivers and cities. How is all that reflected in our art? And how is our identity represented in that?  Art – including music, literature, paintings or...

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Art for Activism

By AYA Z. – 10 IP Activism is the act of “doing”. It is taking action for political and/or social change. Activism often invokes the unification of people for a cause. From the “Black Lives Matter” movement to the fight against AIDS, people have created many ways to inform and protest. One of those ways...

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Memorial for Micheline Abi Rached

On Friday, 15 January 2020 there were no online classes throughout school and we held a memorial, in the form of a General Staff Assembly, for Micheline Abi Rached, Coordinator for Special Arabic in the Lower School, who so tragically passed away on Thursday the 7th of January. Principal David Gray led the assembly and...

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

IGCSE Results November 2020

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to report on IGCSE Examinations taken by Grade 11 and Grade 12 students in November of 2020. Colleagues will remember that these examinations had been postponed from the previous June owing to the cancellation of GCSE’s at that time on account of the Corona Virus and lockdowns around the world....

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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

InvestIN Young Leaders Global Summit

By Karl E.  As I began my first day of the InvestIN Young Leaders Global Summit on the 19th of December, I was already motivated to participate throughout the session and the following four days of the summit. What surprised and excited me the most was being exposed to people my age and older from...

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Monday, 18 January 2021

A BHS Football Story

Former staff member Jim Shaw (1973 – 1987) recently sent us a couple of his memorable stories from his days at BHS. Here is one about football: “In 1985 the UN billeted it’s UNIFIL officers in Brummana. They took over the Tom Wells restaurant across the road from the top of the Primary School Drive...

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Friday, 8 January 2021

Mrs. Micheline Abi Rached

Dear Parents and Colleagues, On behalf of the Board of Brummana High School and the Trustees of QuIET, I am deeply saddened to have to inform you that one of our colleagues, Mrs. Micheline Abi Rached, the Special Arabic Coordinator in the Lower School, who has been a member of our staff for many years,...

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Monday, 4 January 2021

The961.com – Stamp Press Exposure

The961.com recently published an article about the new BHS Stamp. You can read it HERE, or visit the 961 website.

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Saturday, 2 January 2021

A BHS Santa Story

Former staff member Jim Shaw (1973 – 1987) recently sent us a couple of his memorable stories from his days at BHS. Here is one appropriate for the season: “In 1985 the UN billeted it’s UNIFIL officers in Brummana. They took over the Tom Wells restaurant across the road from the top of the Primary...

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Monday, 21 December 2020

End of Term Secondary Assembly

Principal David Gray kicked off the Secondary Assembly before the break, sharing some history and background to the Christmas festivity and also how this current student generation are our hope for the future. This is particularly true after the very challenging year we have all had. He urged them to work hard and go out...

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Monday, 21 December 2020

End of Term Intermediate Assembly

Ms Rima Maatouk Habib kicked off the Assembly with a short introduction and playing the first of many Christmas songs. Principal David Gray then spoke and urged students to rest well over the break in order to recharge after all their great efforts this term. Mr Gray then shared a meaningful, thought-provoking Christmas story for...

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Monday, 21 December 2020

BHS Stamp Unveiling Ceremony

> His Excellency Prime Minister Dr Hassan Diab, an Old Scholar of Brummana High School, represented by H.E. Talal Hawat, the Minister of Telecommunications for ceremony > Near-150-year old Lebanese educational institution marked with Lebanese postage Stamp and First Day Cover > BHS is a Quaker, non-profit day and boarding school in Mount Lebanon, serving...

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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Boarder Hani T.’s Educational Experience

By Hani T., currently studying his A/S Levels in the International Programme Academics have long been an important factor in one’s upbringing and preparation for society. From information that determines a child’s passion to developing critical thinking that impacts everyday life, it’s no secret the type of school your children and young adults join will...

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Thursday, 17 December 2020

Online General Staff Meeeting

Principal David Gray hosted our last General Staff Meeting of the year 2020, and Term 1 of academic year 2020-2021. Mr Gray thanked all staff for the great efforts they have given this term given the challenging situation with the Coronavirus and in Lebanon in general. All students are learning and they are learning very...

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Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Introducing JIGSAW LE Assembly

Last week, Mr Sage Ball, our Vice Principal Pastoral, delivered a small but very worthwhile Assembly to a Lower Elementary class, introducing them to the new Jigsaw programme. Jigsaw is a scheme from the UK, designed for an international audience, which fits in perfectly with our school’s Personal, Social, Health and Economic educational curriculum. The...

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Monday, 14 December 2020

BHS Gives Campaign: Thank You

During the weekly Senior Leadership Team’s meeting, the Marketing Manager, Richard Bampfylde, highlighted the success of the recent BHS Gives Campaign which culminated on the 3rd and 4th of December. To date, the campaign has raised over $110,000 from 140 donors which is a great achievement, all of which money will go either to those...

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Monday, 14 December 2020

The Emotional Consequences of a Stressful Experience

Dr. Julia Muir gave a very worthwhile video conference to all BHS Staff on 7 December about the Emotional Consequences of a Stressful Experience. Please see below for the link to the presentation slides.  The Principal said the following about the conference:”Dr. Muir has a psychotherapeutic approach to managing the aftermath of a stressful experience...

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Thursday, 10 December 2020

Blended Learning and Teaching Trial in the Upper Elementary

By Youssra Abi Haidar I am delighted to inform you that my first experience in teaching a blended class was successful. This event took place in Upper Elementary Building, Grade 4A on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. The online group of students took a virtual English class with their classmates from school. They interacted well and...

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Thursday, 10 December 2020

Saint Barbara’s Day Story Competition

By Tara Ball Congratulations to Jad in grade 6, Nelly in grade 7, Paulo in grade 4 and parent Dana Daoud for their St Barbara’s Day Stories. We were delighted to have a number of thoughtful and original entries for the St Barbara’s Day story competition. This beloved festival is for many, a unique highlight...

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Wednesday, 9 December 2020

In-Service Day Training

BY Nado Chelala On November 27, 2020, BHS presented a very worthwhile In-Service Training Day online where teachers took part in a series of workshops and discussions on a rich variety of topics such as flipped learning, technical writing, tools for engaging lessons, Nearpod, Flipgrid, leadership and management, assessments, the unconscious between teachers and students,...

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Monday, 7 December 2020

Managing Your Stress Bucket

By Sage Ball During these challenging times each of us is going to react in our own way. It is important to understand that it is OK to feel down, worried or anxious. These are normal reactions to uncertainty and to challenging events. What is important is to make sure that you share your feelings...

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Saturday, 5 December 2020

General Knowledge Sessions at the Infant Section: Art

By Theresia Chamat “Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves instead of more like everyone else.” – Sydney Gurewitz Clemens  For many children, this online experience year at school has been challenging and they greeted each day with curiosity, innocence, and delight.   Kindergartners are devoted, young learners brimming with...

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Saturday, 5 December 2020

Arabic Poetry Evening

The Arabic Poetry Evening was attended by over a hundred students and staff and hosted by Arabic Teacher Hanna Daher and overseen by the new Head of Arabic Department, David Baaklini. The Guest Poet was Elias Zoogheib who has a doctorate in Arabic language and literature. He is also the principal of the Public School...

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Friday, 4 December 2020

Principal David Gray for #BHSGives

Click HERE to watch our Principal’s opening address as BHS Gives is officially launched.

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Friday, 4 December 2020

BHS Governor George Younis for #BHSGives

Click HERE to watch BHS Governor George Younis explaining how financial aid supported him and his brothers during their time at BHS in the ‘60s. 

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Friday, 4 December 2020

Student Council President Franchesco J. for #BHSGives

Click HERE to watch Franchesco J., Student Council President, raising awareness on financial aid as we build up to the Beirut Fund Giving Day Dec. 3rd/4th.

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Friday, 4 December 2020

Old Scholar Esra Hammami ’14 for #BHSGives

Click HERE to watch Old Scholar Esra Hammami ’14 talking about what she has gone on to achieve since BHS.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Dr. Betty Koleilat

Letter from the Principal to Staff; Wednesday, December 2nd Dear Colleagues, You will be saddened to learn of the passing away of Dr. Betty Koleilat, a former member of staff at BHS, who served as the Head of the Middle School Primary and Kindergarten under Dr. Walid Khoury.  May her soul rest in peace and...

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

A Heartfelt Thanks

Thank you to the Friends’ School Lisburn, Sibford Junior School and Sidcot School for their generous contributions towards Brummana High School’s Beirut Fund. All three Quaker schools are based in the UK. Students and staff at all three schools worked tremendously hard in their fundraising efforts and we are very grateful. It seems, in some...

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Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Meeting with EDT (Our Accreditors)

In the afternoon of Friday, 20 November, Principal David Gray chaired a meeting with the Vice Principal Academic Georges Rizkallah, and with Robin Attfield of EDT who joined the online meeting from England. At the meeting, they reviewed progress made on the recommendations by EDT when they last inspected the school in May of 2019....

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Monday, 30 November 2020

Brummana Monthly Meeting – An Invitation to Help

Article from the The Friend (Quaker Magazine)  The massive and devastating Port of Beirut explosion on 4 August, 2020 resulted in widespread damage and destruction of many homes and businesses in Beirut. Subsequently, many companies closed shop, and family breadwinners were laid off during already challenging social and economic circumstances brought on by the Covid-19...

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Monday, 30 November 2020

Principal’s First Meeting with Prefects

By Mr Chadi Nakhle, Head of Secondary Principal David Gray had his 1st meeting with all Prefects online on 30 November from 2:20pm to 2:40pm. The Principal started by congratulating Prefects for their appointment, then elaborated on the role of Prefects: – Role models in being kind, thoughtful, responsible and decent. – Take responsibility: Do...

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Friday, 27 November 2020

Founder’s Day 2020

Friday, November 27th marked the school’s Founder’s Day and although we were unable to celebrate altogether on campus due to lockdown it was still nonetheless possible to reminisce about the long, long history of the school dating back to 1873. Our Founder, Theophilus Waldmeier, a Swiss Quaker missionary started the school nearly 150 years ago...

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Blast From The Past

While going through old documents, Old Scholar Rurik Halaby ’58 came across two school documents from his days in Brummana:  1) Listing of the members of the Music Club, 1957/1958 2) Weekly class schedule from the late 1950’s Do you recognize any of the names? Click HERE to see these documents.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Thank You To BHS OSA For Financial Aid

We are very grateful to the BHS OSA for providing support for so many families, without which many deserving students would not be able to continue benefitting from a BHS education. Signed, JND Gray, Principal

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Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Thank You To Quakers Around The World

We are very grateful indeed for Quakers around the world for their support of Brummana High School families in devastating times following the economic, social and health crises and the impact of the explosion on August 4th in Beirut port. Signed, JND Gray, Principal

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Monday, 23 November 2020

Edinburgh House bake off

The first week of lockdown in Edinburgh House inevitably led to the creation of a very large Victoria sponge cake! All experitise was called upon as a collection of amateur bakers and very amateur boarding assistants. Thankfully, the bake was supervised by baking extraordinaire Lamiss, who was on hand to avert any disasters.  Also on...

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Sunday, 22 November 2020

Independence Day at the Infant Section

“If we are to reach real peace in this world and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children. And if they will grow up in their natural innocence, we won’t have the struggle, we won’t have to pass fruitless idle resolu­tions, but we shall...

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

BHS Student Council Elections

The Student Council (BHSC) election day was long but successful. The results were: Out of 312 students eligible to vote (students of grades 9 to 12), 254 students actually voted. The voting rate is thus, 81.4%. Click HERE for the details of voting in each class. The elections went very well without any complaints. The...

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Wednesday, 18 November 2020

General Staff Meeting

In the afternoon of Wednesday, 11 November, Principal David Gray addressed about 155 members of staff online in a General Staff Meeting.  At the meeting he was able to give a clear indication of the state of the school and provide a direction for the future for all which would require, patience, resilience, a positive...

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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Upper School Counseling Services: Crisis Debriefing

As part of supporting the students’ transition back to being in school, The Upper School Counselor is working closely with the advisors who will be offering Crisis Debriefing sessions during advisory periods in Hybrid fashion. Crisis Debriefing is a structured time where the students can talk, listen and put into context the exceptional circumstances that have occurred in...

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Monday, 16 November 2020

A Brummana High School Educational Experience

BY: An anonymous BHS Old Scholar and generous donor My journey at BHS started in KG in the 1980s, when my parents relocated from the Arabian Gulf back to our home country Lebanon. Although we were not from Brummana, my parents believed that living in Brummana – mainly because of the decision to send my...

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Monday, 16 November 2020

A Walk in the Sun

During break time on Friday 6th November, children in the infant section were taken for a walk around the school to benefit from the first sunny day after a week of heavy rain. Taking children on a walk is such an easy activity, especially when the weather is warm. We all need exposure to vitamin...

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Monday, 16 November 2020

Show and Tell

Show and tell is a simple activity to build classroom community while providing practice for speaking and listening.   It is the practice of showing something to an audience and describing it to them, usually a toy or other children’s-oriented item. For example, a child will bring an item from home and will explain to the class...

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Mock MUN Conference

A Mock MUN Conference was held on Friday, 6 November.  Middle School delegates were placed in UNDP, where they discussed the role of education and youth development in urban sustainability, and High Schoolers were in UNOOSA, where they found ways to use space technologies to achieve sustainability.  They all did an amazing job and made...

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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Virtual Birthday Party

Having a virtual birthday party along with your teachers and classmates is all the rage these days.  Even with social distancing and stay-at-home orders in place, with a little effort and creativity, you can make your children feel special and loved on their birthday. There is nothing more special than ringing in another year, surrounded...

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Monday, 9 November 2020

St. Barbara Story Competition

More details will be added once the names of the winners are out.

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Thursday, 5 November 2020

Lower Elementary Back at School

It was great to be able to welcome back Lower Elementary students on Wednesday, November 4th in a Covid-safe, hybrid return. Students were delighted to be back and to be able to see their friends and teachers. Even the dark clouds and heavy rains didn’t put them off! The Grade 1 and 2 levels gathered...

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Wednesday, 4 November 2020

KGs Playing Outside

KG2 and KG3 students have been enjoying the outside play areas (and especially while the weather still holds!) during their Covid-safe return to school. Masks are not required to be worn outside but social distancing is watched for. The children are simply taking a walk, running and enjoying their time. Being outside for a short...

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Monday, 2 November 2020

Jigsaw Personal Social and Health Education

The Jigsaw Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) scheme is being introduced across BHS to provide a cyclical approach to PSHE, that will develop the opportunity for understanding over time. Development Jigsaw 11-16 was launched in 2019 after 2 years’ development in partnership with schools, builds on the Jigsaw 3-11 Programme which was launched in...

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Saturday, 31 October 2020

Boarders’ Hike to Mar Chaaya

The Boarding Community took the opportunity to go on a hike on Thursday afternoon, 29 October to Mar Chaaya, as school was closed for the Prophet’s Birthday public holiday. They started from the beginning of the driveway leading up to the main area. Rather than taking the traditional road up to the Mar Chaaya church,...

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Head Of Secondary Section’s Address

Click HERE to watch Mr Chadi Nakhle addressing students for a year like no other, as we continue online yet hope to welcome back students in a Covid-safe, hybrid return.

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Head of Intermediate Section’s Address

Click HERE to watch Ms Rima Maatouk Habib as she introduces the new school year 2020-2021 with the Covid-safe return and planned hybrid system detailed.

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Head of Elementary Section’s Address

Click HERE to watch Ms Shatha Abu Khalil addressing Elementary students and parents as we continue online yet remain well-prepared for a Covid-safe, hybrid return hopefully soon.

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Head of Infant Section’s Address

Click HERE to watch Ms Nada Bu Jawdeh as she speaks to parents of students in the Infant Section at the start of this very different academic year.

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Virtual Get Together

We kicked off the BHS Virtual Get Together series on Thursday, October 22nd and we think it’s fair to say all staff who participated enjoyed a great deal! The concept is to provide an opportunity for staff to take a moment for themselves and each other, enhancing wellbeing during the current challenging time. 15 staff...

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Art Competition Winners Attend British Artist’s Saida Exhibition

It was extremely exciting for some of the winners and participants of the BHS Tom Young Art Competition to be able to visit the British artist’s new exhibition in the old souk of Saida on Friday night. The Revival Exhibition is set in the old Hamam Al Jadeed right in the centre of the souk....

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Friday, 23 October 2020

Serving Beirut

My name is Natalie A. and I’m the acting Student Council President at BHS. This is my 15th and final year at the school, which I consider my second home. Having been born and raised in Broummana, I have witnessed firsthand many of Lebanon’s lows over the past decade, and yet their impact pales in...

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Friday, 23 October 2020

BSA International Forum

Principal David Gray attended the BSA International Forum webinars on 21 October 2020 at 4:00pm. The webinars had 40 attendees from all around the world. Around 15% of the 600 BSA members are dealing with positive Covid cases. The covered topics included the newly Certified Guardians and Certified Agents, school places, closures in the Middle East, staff morale,...

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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Student Return and Reconnecting

By Sage Ball A message for our Staff. At BHS we always support our students as people. We do this so that we can support them as students. When we make the hybrid return hybrid the students will be returning to you. They will be physically in the classroom with you for the first time...

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Thursday, 15 October 2020

Boarding Community 2020-2021

The Boarding Community has been enjoying their evenings altogether, dining and relaxing in the lounge area, where Mr Rabih Aouad, Head of Boarding, hosted a kick-off meeting on Tuesday evening. Our five current boarders are really multinational and a wonderful group they are too. Lebanon, Mexico, US, Costa Rica, Holland, Italy and Morocco are all...

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Wednesday, 7 October 2020

BHS and Principal David Gray Featured in ‘The Friend’ [UK Quaker Publication]

Brummana School steps up after explosion The principal of the Quaker Brummana High School in Lebanon has described how students supported the community after the devastating explosion in Beirut last month left thousands injured and hundreds dead. David Gray, principal at the private day and boarding school, told the Friend that amid the devastation there...

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Tuesday, 6 October 2020

BHS #ICARE Competition

The BHS #icare competition called for interested students to design a new BHS logo for the return to school in a Covid-safe environment. We received many entries to the competition and a hearty well done to all students from across the school who participated. Art teacher Ms Magda Hashem had the following to say:  ...

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Sunday, 4 October 2020

4th October – Two months on from the Tragic Beirut Port Explosion

By Richard Bampfylde It has been two months since the tragic events that transpired on August 4th, emanating from Beirut’s Port and catastrophically impacting a very large area across the Lebanese capital city and beyond.  It is definitely fair to say those who suffered on the day and in the continuing aftermath will never forget...

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Friday, 2 October 2020

Cycling for Brummana High School Bursary Fund

By Sarah Barrett who fundraised for BHS (Autumn 2020) via Quaker International Educational Trust You may be wondering why an apparently random foreigner decided to support the education of children at Brummana High School! Well, in large part it’s because of the ‘roots’ I mention on my Crowdfunder page. My great grandfather was among the...

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman to Lebanon visits Brummana High School

> H. E. Mr. Bader Bin Mohammed Al Mantheri toured the school’s 16-acre campus including the boarding facilities where His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said was a boarder in the early 1970s > His Excellency dined in the BHS canteen with a full traditional Lebanese lunch served > Extraordinarily generous gifts were presented...

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020

BHS Summer Online Academic Programme

The school was pleased to run a successful online academic programme over the summer. Despite the difficulties the country continues to face including the Covid-19 pandemic meaning the traditional Summer Camp wasn’t possible to run, the summer online learning proved popular and is an area the school aims to continue and expand on in the...

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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Anti-Bullying Policy

The school’s anti-bullying policy is a comprehensive document created to ensure the safety and all-round wellbeing of each and every Brummana High School student. “We believe that every student has the right to enjoy an education free from fear and distress” is the key principle behind the policy. Types of bullying include: verbal, cyber, social,...

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Monday, 21 September 2020

Boarders’ Activities

Our Head of Boarding is busy preparing a wealth of Covid-safe activities for when BHS boarders return at the end of the month. Here’s a glimpse at just some of the boarding activities in recent times!

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Monday, 21 September 2020

Social Media Policy

Brummana High School has a comprehensive social media policy document detailing responsible and effective use for social media in general and Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube in particular, since the school has an official presence on each of these platforms. Explore the image for the headline items and details in the policy. The main messages...

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Friday, 18 September 2020

Seniors 2020 Graduation Tree Planting

By Rudy Z. (Head Boy, 2019-20) The Judas Tree, scientifically known as Cercis siliquastrum, is truly a guiding symbol of life and our journey at Brummana High School, as the Class of 2020. Planted on September 11, 2020, in close proximity to the ‘Mother Tree’, the Senior’s tree will grasp the Earth and blossom. From...

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Monday, 7 September 2020

BHS Among Top 5 Middle East Schools in the Spear’s Schools Index 2020

We are delighted to be named as one of the 100 very best private schools in the world as part of the Spear’s Schools Index 2020 , in partnership with Carfax Education. This is the first international ranking of private schools, and we have made the Top 5 Middle East list. The index is based...

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Wednesday, 19 August 2020

Resilience & Trauma

By Sage Ball, Vice Principal Pastoral RESILIENCE Resilience is a word that is used a lot in education. The word resilience is used to mean how children, and adults, cope with difficult experiences. We are all, it has to be said, aware of how amazing and resilient children can be! Children are remarkably resilient and...

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Thursday, 13 August 2020

Blog Article: Beirut Explosion and Aftermath – Student Initiative

By Richard Bampfylde Beirut Port Explosion and Aftermath – Students Taking Initiative – Enormous and tragic blast in Beirut Port area    – 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploding    – Over 200 confirmed dead, many still missing, 6,000 injured, 350,000 made homeless    – 6km+ radius severely impacted; blast could be heard in Cyprus...

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Friday, 7 August 2020

Blog Article: Coral Bleaching – Everything You Need To Know

By: Natalie A. – IB1 What are corals? Corals are animals that live in colonies of tiny tentacle-like animals called polyps, which excrete an exoskeleton near its base made of calcium carbonate. Corals get their food from the photosynthesizing microscopic algae in their tissue and reproduce asexually. They exhibit a wide variety of colors, shapes,...

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Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Upper Elementary Students learn to Water colour

The Upper Elementary students were busy throughout lockdown with a variety of art projects from their teacher Ms Roula. They learnt how to create artistic collages, abstract art pieces and then finally how to develop their own water colour artworks. A very fine achievement we’re sure you’ll agree! These images showcase just some of the...

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Monday, 13 July 2020

IB1 CAS Projects

As part of the International Baccalaureate programme, students in IB1 must complete a CAS project. Students Caroline C., Yara K., Daniella R. and Tatiana R. developed together a range of worthwhile brochures targeted to children, from ages 8-12 years old, on a range of topics that are important to children as they are growing up....

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Friday, 10 July 2020

Blog Article: How To Live Sustainably In Quarantine

By: Anna Y. IB2 1. Do Some Late Spring Cleaning? Staying inside is a great opportunity to declutter your home or wardrobe. While doing so, organise the unwanted items into sections for either: repurposing, recycling, and donating/selling and get creative with what you have! 2. Start Recycling! Use separate bins with labels for different materials....

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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

My Black Belt Experience

By Noah Zayoun, Grade 6 soon to be Grade 7 I have 7+ years of practice and experience in a few martial arts. I earned the Taekwondo black belt first poom on 17 June, 2020 at the age of 11 at Champions Elite Club, participating under the Lebanese Taekwondo Federation.  Martial arts teach us how...

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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

BHS Summer Online Courses

BHS Summer Online Courses kick off on July 14th, ending on August 6th, with three sessions per week over the four weeks. Academic courses include English, Science and Maths. Alternative courses, running for the first time this summer, include Conflict Resolution and Sustainability. Click HERE for our full programme details. Please contact Programme Director, Ms...

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Monday, 29 June 2020

How to Talk to Your Child About Coronavirus?

Having information and facts about COVID-19 will help diminish children’s fears and anxieties. It is very important to know how to talk to your child about coronavirus and what to say. Those are some tips that you can follow as parent: > Share appropriate facts and correct misinformation You can tell your child: “You know...

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Friday, 26 June 2020

Principal’s Third Video Message, June 26th 2020

Click here to watch Principal David Gray’s final video message for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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Thursday, 25 June 2020

IGCSE Spanish at BHS: Curriculum and Projects During Lockdown

By: Esperanza Breydy Abraham We have been making real progress in our Spanish online classes. Certainly online teaching has become the new way of teaching during this crisis and we had to quickly learn new teaching methods through new applications in a way we never thought we would have to resort to. The Spanish Department...

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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

End of Year With Grade 10LP English

Ms Lisette’s Grade 10LP English class share here their reflections, poetry and artistic creations at the end of a year like no other.  Excerpts from different talks about this tumultuous year: 1.Remi: What an unexpected year! 2.Michael: It is unbelievable and depressing! 3.Karly: What a nightmare! 4.Yasmina: Unreal! 5.Miriam: Despite all that, we need to...

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Wednesday, 24 June 2020

IB1 Science Research

The end of the academic year saw IB1 students presenting to a wide audience their nature of science research work. One of the main aims of the projects was to show collaboration between team members, with each team member focusing on a specific area of science within the overall topic (either physics, biology or chemistry)....

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Thursday, 18 June 2020

Weekly Drama Quizzes

The BHS Drama Department have been busy during lockdown, providing students with a range of worthwhile Drama activities. An extra initiative launched by Head of Drama Ms Lama and supported by Ms Bissan was the posting of a drama quiz each week on social media (Instagram and Facebook Stories). It was a way to engage...

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Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Blog Article: ‘Fly on the Wall’ in Virtual Classrooms

By: Richard Bampfylde In very early spring, so began Brummana High School’s digital campus, providing comprehensive remote learning and support services during the Covid-19 pandemic… It was a pleasure to be able to drop in on so many BHS classes during the lockdown period and I’m very grateful to all the teachers and students who...

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Sunday, 14 June 2020

English Literature – Artistic Creations

Please enjoy looking through these wonderful artistic creations by so many students in different English Literature classes this term. Indeed, we received even more creations yet only a selection is displayed here. Along with the pieces of artwork, two very creative videos can be found at the very end from two students who chose to...

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Thursday, 11 June 2020

Executive Board for the Model United Nations Club

By: Mr. Fareed Halabi I would like to take this opportunity to thank and commend Brummana High School’s current Executive Board for the Model United Nations club for their continued dedication, perseverance, and exemplary performance through these unprecedented times. Celine M., Rochelle C., and Rodolf A. are to be commended for their efforts in this...

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Thursday, 11 June 2020

Head of Prom Committee Describing Donation to NGO Foodblessed

By: Anna Diba, Grade 12LP As every year, the Brummana High School (BHS) Prom Committee worked really hard to raise money in order to put together a Prom at the end of the year by organising numerous events and activities like bakesales, Christmas goodie bags and Valentine’s Day roses. Teachers, students and staff all contributed...

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Fruity Friday

by: Theresia Chamat “Helping kids learn and maintain healthy lifestyle habits” At the Infant Section, the teachers have launched the Fruity Friday event initiative, which is targeted at children and their families to raise awareness and learn more about the importance of including fruits in their diet. The idea is to encourage healthy eating habits...

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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Blog Article: COVID-19 in Slums – The Shelters That Are Being Slept On

By Jad Tannous El Ghoul – IB1 For you to be able to read this article, you obviously have access to technology. You also obviously go back to a house, with food and water, electricity, and most importantly, a roof over your head. That is the life that 828 million people around the world are...

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Call for Peace initiatives answered!

By Ms. Aline Alam (Head of Math Department)  Dr. Maria Montessori once said “Avoiding war is the work of politics, establishing peace is the work of education”.  I believe there is no such thing as a neutral education system. Education must mould personalities and develop global citizens and peacemakers who are aware of not just the dangers of...

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Crepes Rigolotes

By Ms. Gracia Maroun & Ms. Nadia Wannous Pendant le confinement, nos profs de français ont suggéré à tous les élèves de 4 A, B et C de montrer leur compétences culinaires en préparant la crêpe la plus RIGOLOTE. Alors, nous avons cherché des recettes de crêpes et notre joie était très grande parce que...

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Monday, 1 June 2020

Photography Competition

Competition: Students are to photograph an image that shows a similarity between humans and nature. We would like students to particularly explore the benefits of this relationship as well as any disadvantages. If appropriate, references to Covid-19 could be included in the work if they choose. There is an opportunity also for parents, staff and...

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Thursday, 28 May 2020

Blog Article: My Educational History

  By Dr Naila Keweloh My educational history is a multicultural one: It started with a French and a Lebanese Baccalaureate (sciences naturelles), developed with an American Bachelor and Master of Science, and finally to a German doctorate in natural science (Dr.rer.nat.) with Chemistry as a major. It was a long journey which took me...

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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Sustainability Webinar: Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Launching of the BHS Sustainability Programme

May 12th 2020 At 4:45pm, Natalie A. IB1 and I gathered on Teams online, both of us sharing the excitement close to akin to that of two young children, as we set to kick-off the school’s first Sustainability Webinar just 15 minutes later! There was no excitement due to any anxieties or fears of what...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

“Animal Farm” Essays

‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell, a British journalist and satirist of the 20th Century, is an allegory of life in Russia after the Russian Revolution, but it also stands as a satirical study of the failed promises of revolutions and of the dictatorships which often follow. The novel is taught to all students in Grade...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020

Blog Article: Dystopian Art – Why This Competition Matters To Teenagers

By Tara Walker Tom Young invites us to make Dystopian Art, https://bhs.edu.lb/news/art-competition-tom-young/. BHS students can rise to that! The Dystopia genre is practically owned by teenagers these days – and for good reason. Cinemas are packed full of dystopia blockbusters with teen heroes and heroines in films such as Divergent, Hunger Games, and The Maze...

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Professional Development: ICT

BY YOUSSEF ABI-HAIDAR Despite the difficult living and working situations during this Covid-19 lockdown, our BHS staff continue to work and develop professionally. ICT Manager Youssef Abi-Haidar attended a Microsoft online workshop entitled Securing Remote Work: Identity and Threat Protection. This workshop contained a collection of security learnings, principles and recommendations for securing access and...

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Monday, 11 May 2020

Blog Article: Recent Graduates’ University Experiences

Two of the school’s IB1 students took time to interview several of the school’s recent graduates to find out about their university experiences so far. Here’s what they discovered… Please note this article was originally featured in the BHS Speakout publication (April issue), a magazine voicing students views and opinions. by Adriana G. and Yasmina...

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Monday, 11 May 2020

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Spinner Factory

BY MICHELLE ABI HAIDAR, GRADE 6 This project resembles a branch of mechanical engineering which is robotics. This robot can assemble the pieces of a spinner top according to colour and it also spins it. For this project, you will need: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition Lego Mindstorms EV3 Core Set Lego Mindstorms EV3 Expansion...

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Monday, 4 May 2020

Art Competition in Collaboration with Mr Tom Young, the British Artist in Lebanon

  Working in partnership with Mr Tom Young, the famous British Artist in Lebanon, Brummana High School (BHS) is launching a new art competition for students in Grades 1 to 12 with a fantastic prize to the lucky winners.  It is quite fitting that BHS should collaborate with Mr Young especially when considering the school’s...

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Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Blog Article: Let’s Talk About PEACE!

By Aline Alam (Maths HoD)   The following pictures below are of the unique International Day of October 27th, 2017 held at Brummana High School (BHS). As the saying goes, pictures really do tell a thousand words, and these word are all about peace! This focus is very much aligned with BHS being a Quaker...

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Blog Article: Young Children Have Feelings, Too

We can help our youngsters lead an emotionally healthy life. By Liliane Alam As we near the end of two months of lockdown in Lebanon imposed by the effects of Coronavirus, let us turn our minds to our youngsters at home with us.  Their whole world has been turned upside down.  Everything they have ever...

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Monday, 27 April 2020

Call for Peace Initiatives

By Ms. Aline Alam Dr. Maria Montessori once said “Avoiding war is the work of politics, establishing peace is the work of education”. I believe there is no such thing as a neutral education system. Education must mold personalities and develop global citizens and peacemakers who are aware of not just the dangers of a potential World War...

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Blog Article: My Time at BHS

By Caleb Warren-Smith My time at Brummana High School was challenging, enriching and enjoyable. Fresh out of completing my MA degree from the University of Edinburgh, I travelled 4,000 kilometres to face an entirely new challenge in Lebanon. I had studied Islamic and Middle Eastern history at university and was eager to dive into the...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Blog Article: Easter 2020 – Covid-19, Old Memories, Online Learning and a New Laptop

By Naila Keweloh It is interesting that our global confinement due to Covid-19 reminds the Queen of England of World War II, as it reminds me in a similar way of our civil war in Lebanon which started in April 1975. Turning to April 1976. Schools and universities had been closed in Beirut since the...

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Infant Section Pastoral Sessions on Peace

As a Quaker school, Brummana High School, and its community, is a great believer in values that underpin society. Quaker values are integrated into daily school activities at the school. In the Infant Section, several values and themes had already been covered – respect, responsibility, love, honesty and giving. As a part of our daily...

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Friday, 10 April 2020

French Project on The Homeless in Lebanon

On les voit aujourd’hui à la télévision mais aussi au pied de chez eux, dans les gares ou les rues. On est souvent choqués par les sans-abris. Dans le cadre des activités CAS mes étudiants en IB1 ont eu l’occasion de visiter des quartiers défavorisés et ont décidé d’écrire le texte d’un discours destiné à...

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Monday, 6 April 2020

Blog Article: Food Is Art

By Maya Bechara Art is usually a way to travel and discover a lot about any culture and civilization. Culinary art has the same effect, only I believe it can trigger more senses than any contemporary painting on a wall. Sight, smell, sound and taste are not the only pleasures a dish can provide. The...

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Challenges!

The school is continually seeking ways to engage students (and families) in as many creative ways as possible during these unprecedented times we are passing through. Typically, these activities are focused on art, music, drama and sports. The school posted about creating a Makerspace area in homes in order to facilitate the work on many...

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Friday, 27 March 2020

Blog Article: Makerspaces

Why make space for a Makerspace? We’ve all been told that having a routine is helpful for being stuck at home – dividing the day into chunks of time helps us manage it. Study, eat, exercise, screen time and play are all really important to include, but being confined inside our homes means play isn’t...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Blog Article: BHS Maths – Virtual Learning

PREPARED BY MAYSSAA HAIDAR ON BEHALF OF THE BHS MATHS DEPARTMENT DATE: 25 MARCH, 2020 The ambition of the Maths Department at Brummana High School is to build a mathematical-based programme that focuses on empowering young people to become long-life learners, critical thinkers, problem solvers and innovators. With this aim in mind, it is important...

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Blog Article: Online Learning and Advice During The Coronavirus Period

BY SAGE BALL, VICE PRINCIPAL PASTORAL We as a school community, as well as a local and global community, are going through unprecedented times.  Yet we shall prevail, and when we do all members in the Brummana High School community will be in a strong position to continue with their studies, work and lives in...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020

MS Teams – Development & Supporting Other Schools

Early research at the beginning of this academic year was done to find a platform where virtual classes can be conducted in case of sudden or unexpected school closure such as bad weather conditions, strikes and infectious diseases for example.  The choice was Microsoft Teams where a live demo was held with a small number...

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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Elementary Students Learning At Home

The onset of the Coronavirus has meant that the community has had to be even more flexible and creative than usual. With the country currently in lock down mode, students are working hard from home, completing activities set by their teachers. In the Elementary Section, teachers have been able to share via Moodle and by...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Training for Microsoft Teams Online Learning Platform

BHS Upper School staff have been hard at work getting to understand the Microsoft Office 365 Teams platform this week. In the words of Microsoft, Teams is the hub for team collaboration in Office 365 that integrates the people, content and tools a team needs to be more engaged and effective. In a school setting,...

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Friday, 6 March 2020

Blog Article: Expectations vs Reality – Arriving into Lebanon

My journey to Beirut was simple and easy. My four-hour flight passed by quickly as it seemed that everyone on board knew each other. Friendly greetings, smiles and anecdotes were exchanged throughout the flight until I arrived at Beirut Rafic Hariri Airport, ready to start my month’s volunteering in Brummana High School. The only difficulty...

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Thursday, 5 March 2020

VSEPR Molecular Theory

The morning of February 28th, 2020, the IB1 Chemistry class applied theory to real-life situations, by modeling a variety of molecules using a kit which allowed them to assemble and better visualize ‘ball-and-stick’ diagrams in chemistry. The VSEPR (Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion) theory was put to practice when the students assembled single, double and...

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Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Upcoming Event: Thursday Talks

The third in the series of Thursday Talks which was set for Thursday, 26 March is now postponed due to the Coronavirus situation. The guest speaker will be Mr Ziad Abi Chaker of Cedar Environmental. Mr Abi Chaker will be presenting two documentaries on zero waste and then engaging with the audience. Please click here...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Wissam Boustany on Campus!

Wissam Boustany, the world famous flautist, will be coming to Brummana High School (BHS) on Thursday, 27 February. Mr Boustany will perform ‘Rising from the Ashes’ by Jordanian composer Tarek Younis to grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Tatiana Khoury will support Wissam during his performance at BHS. The piece to be performed is about...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

BHS at the British Boarding Schools Show in Dubai

Please Note: This event, originally scheduled for 13-14 March, has been postponed to October due to the Coronavirus. We are pleased to be exhibiting this year at the British Boarding Schools Show in Dubai alongside some of the top schools in the UK (the image below indicates some of the other exhibitors). Attending the two-day...

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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Infant Section Teachers’ Workshop

  The Infant Section teachers attended a workshop conducted by Vice Principal Pastoral Sage Ball and Counsellor Zeina Nakhel who gave them both a theoretical and a practical presentation for implementing “positive discipline” as part of their teaching methods. One of the activities was role play, adult vs child, and how shouting and high tones...

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Monday, 17 February 2020

Harvard Model United Nations

Congratulations to IB1 student Jad T. for the excellent performance in the Harvard Model United Nations 2020 where he won the Outstanding Delegate Award.  Jad took part in the Harvard Model United Nations Conference where he travelled to Boston, MA in the USA taking place in the Sheraton Hotel. Around 4,800 students from across the...

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Thursday, 13 February 2020

Parents’ Association Update

The BHSPA have tried to remain as busy as possible during these difficult times in the country and hopefully their continued efforts will enable some events and activities to take place between now and the summer dependent on the situation of course. Several topics are hoped to be focused on including sports, the environment, life...

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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

World Read Aloud Day

We were super excited to welcome some ‘Surprise Readers’ in the Lower Elementary section for World Read Aloud Day.  World Read Aloud Day calls attention to the importance of sharing stories and how reading aloud to each other builds literate communities and families. Celebrated all over the world from North American to Africa, from Europe...

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Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Boarders’ Study Time

Study time in the Boarding House commences at 5:00 pm each day, running through to dinner at 6:30 pm. Students immerse themselves in their studies in the comfort of their rooms during this time. They are able to study alone or brainstorm ideas with fellow boarders, and Boarding Monitors or House Parents are available for...

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Saturday, 1 February 2020

LAU MUN – Intermediate Section

Congratulations to the Intermediate Section Delegates for LAU’s Model United Nations Conference where BHS, represented by these young ladies and gentlemen, again won the Best Delegation Award! Out of the 10 delegates who participated, 9 received special recognition: Secretary General Awards Rawad Abou Akl Joe Gemayel Chloe Abdel Ahad Danielle Saleh Ryan El Masri Karl...

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Friday, 31 January 2020

Remarkable Success for BHS Students at LAU Model Arab League

During the weekend of 25-26 January, BHS took part in the Lebanese American University's Model Arab League Conference which happens annually and discusses issues that confront the Middle East through a mock simulation that students take on and represent various countries trying to find resolutions to modern issues of the Middle East today. Congratulations to the following students on receiving the below awards:

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Friday, 31 January 2020

The New Teachers’ Association Executive Committee

The new Teachers’ Association Executive Committee won by acclamation and will serve for two years from January 2020. The newly elected members had their first meeting on Friday, 24 January 2020 and divided the responsibilities among each other, after voting, as follows: President: Mouheeb Akl Vice President: Yolland Aswad Treasurer: Asaad Helou Secretary: Liliane Alam...

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Friday, 31 January 2020

Fruity Fridays at the Infant Section

It was the turn of Vitamin C to be showcased at the Infant Section's regular monthly Fruity Fridays activity on Friday, 31 January. Students brought in a variety of the fruits containing the vitamin, ranging from oranges to strawberries...

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Thursday, 30 January 2020

G12IP: Les entrepreneurs de l’avenir

Students in Grade 12IP have been working hard over the last few weeks, bringing to an end their theme of study ‘Entrepreneurship & Creativity’, producing in pairs specific projects which could be marketed and sold locally and even globally. Their ideas and prototypes very much focused on making a positive impact in terms of environmental...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

EFL Rainbow Activity

The English as a Foreign Language Department’s students have been busy! Integrating healthy fruits and vegetables into their learning, the students undertook a two week ‘rainbow’ challenge. They had to eat at least five fruits or vegetables each day and keep a diary of all the items they consumed during the week. The activity was...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020

Online Safety for New Devices

Whether it’s a laptop, phone, tablet or games console, there’s lots you can do to make sure it’s set up safely for your child. That’s why the NSPCC in the UK have put together five helpful tips for setting up your child’s new device/s: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/news/new-device-christmas/ 1. Set it up together Take the time to set...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

A Real Sports Champ!

Grade 10LP’s Karly H. is really quite an unbelieveable sports star! Not only did she feature over the Christmas holidays for the U18 Lebanese national football team, a team that won the West Asian girls championships, now she is the Lebanese women’s taekwondo champion in the weight category -62kg, after dominating the Senior Lebanese Black...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Boarders’ Breakfast

Brummana High School’s boarding community enjoy a traditional Lebanese breakfast every day, served up for them in the Upper School canteen from 6:50am to 7:30am. Classic Lebanese breakfast items include labneh, local cheese, fresh tomatoes and cucumbers and olives along with olive oil. Each morning a hot accompaniment is prepared such as pancakes or croissants....

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Gr. 6A Australian Wildfires Assembly Presentation

The regular Monday Upper Elementary assembly was held today and led as usual by Mrs Shatha Abou Khalil, the Head of Section. After handing out the students of the week awards, G6A made a PowerPoint presentation highlighting the current bushfires' situation in Australia. The students researched and collected data that taught their peers the causes ...

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Monday, 20 January 2020

Infant Assembly – Honesty

For the Infant Section, the week started with a very positive assembly, with a focus on the theme of ‘honesty’, on Monday, 20 January 2020. Head of Section Ms Nada invited students to express what they know about honesty to start proceedings. Students suggested many ideas, with one in particular – respect (to respect themselves...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Blog Article: How to write about Lebanon? By Tia Najjar, IB2

How to write about Lebanon? There’s only one way: “no way”. Lebanon is…oh wait, is it? “Lebanon? Where is that, I’ve never heard of it”, some might respond. “Oh my God you’re Lebanese! Are you a terrorist? Do you live on the roads? Do you know what the internet is? How do you live with...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Professional Development – Maths

In the spirit of partnership, and to support the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Qatar implement the new Maths curriculum already introduced in 2018 and the corresponding learning resources, a series of workshops were launched for professionals in Maths. The curriculum reflects Qatar’s vision of building a generation able to venture out and...

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Boarders’ Christmas Dinner

Wednesday evening saw a lovely occasion as invited guests were kindly hosted by the Boarding community in Edinburgh House. Each boarder was allowed a few invitations to teachers, family and/or friends, and a wonderful atmosphere was felt as everyone gathered in the communal lounge and reception areas for the dinner. Two Santas even made an...

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Monday, 2 December 2019

Upcoming Events: Overseas Trips

The school is delighted to be working on overseas trips this academic year. It is the mark of a truly international school to be able to offer students the opportunity to broaden their horizons, expanding their knowledge and skills in foreign countries. The first trip is set for Sidcot School in Devon, England, where a...

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Friday, 29 November 2019

Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra Performance of Peter and the Wolf

Students in the Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6) were treated to a remarkable performance by the woodwind section of the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, 29 November. Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf is a classic and we were delighted to welcome the LPO and hear their performance in Khoury Hall. The show started with each performer...

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Friday, 29 November 2019

Founder’s Day 2019

The school was delighted to market its 146th year anniversary with a day full of festivities culminating in the Secondary section’s assembly where Old Scholar Majdi Al Ayed addressed students. Majdi, a KSA national, was a boarder at the school from 1998-2001, and in his final year served as head of the student council. His...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019

Inauguration of Multi-Gym and Indoor Sports Court

The school is very proud to have now officially launched its latest new facilities, that of a multi-gym with 17 brand new pieces of equipment as well as the indoor sports court, both in the basement of Khoury Hall. These new facilities are currently being used by students during class time and by boarders and...

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Monday, 11 November 2019

Senior Prefect Team 2019-20

Another new development at Brummana High School is the Senior Prefect Team which has now been instated to assist the school’s management and leadership teams with the running of BHS. The Senior Prefect Team consists of Head Boy, Rudy Zalzal, Head Girl, Rochelle Chlala and Deputy Head Prefects Karen Abi-Zeid Daou, Juan Pablo Ghantous Herera,...

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Groundbreaking of New BHS Sports Arena

The school is very excited to announce that work has begun on the football field at the bottom of campus and by spring 2020 a brand-new BHS Sports Arena will be completed and inaugurated. The new facility will feature a state-of-the-art artificial grass pitch, surrounded by a running track. We look forward to all our...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

University Fair

The newly established Careers Department is proud to have hosted Brummana High School’s first annual University Fair, hosting 27 universities, organisations and companies dealing with admissions to universities in Lebanon and abroad on 25 September 2019 in Khoury Hall. Over 300 students, parents, faculty, and staff attended. Inspiring and mobilising our community, students and parents...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Trust for Sustainable Living International Schools’ Debates – Canada 2019

For the second time in a row, BHS students participated in the Trust for Sustainable Living Competition. Three of our Grade 10 students were invited to the debates as finalists for their essay submission, while one received honourable mention. The debates took place in July in British Columbia (BC), a progressive province when it comes...

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Boarding

Brummana High School is unique as an English medium Independent School in Lebanon in that it values its boarding provision which enables students both locally and from other countries to enjoy a first-class education at BHS.  Boarders live under the care of Mr. and Mrs. Aouad in Edinburgh House in a comfortable environment in which...

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

The United Strings of Europe

The United Strings of Europe concluded their series of workshops, master classes and concerts with a marvellous concert in the Khoury Hall, which included music by Schubert and Grieg. Their performance was sublime and inspirational for the audience, about half of whom were children who had been excited by the ensemble’s presentations during their stay...

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Lebanese Schools Girls Futsal Championship

In the Lebanese Schools Girls Futsal Championship final matches for Maten and Baabda district played on 24 February, the Juniors Team (2003/2004 category) came in first place and qualified to the second round. The Seniors Team (2001/2002 category) came in second place and qualified to the second round. Well done to both teams.

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Elementary Section Spelling Bees

What a start! After 6 weeks of drilling, writing, reciting, and a few tears, we would like to congratulate our top finalists in the Spelling Bee contests in Grades 3,5, and 1. CONGRATULATIONS go to: Grade 3 > 1st place – Sarah Melhem, 2nd place – Mario Sawaya, and 3rd place – Yana Wannous. Our...

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Taekwondo

The Lebanese Blue Belt Taekwondo Championship was held by the Lebanese Taekwondo Federation at Mont La Salle and many BHS students, trained by Old Scholar Master Elie Nehmeh, were among the winners: Michel Obeid (Gr. 3B) 2nd place in the 30Kg Category, Samer El Haddad (Gr. 3B) 1st place in the 36Kg Category, George Dib...

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Swimming Champion

Faye Abou Nafeh (Sec. 1 LP) participated in the Middle East Open Swimming Championship in Dubai, and ranked 6th among 200 swimmers of all age groups coming from all around the world.

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Saturday, 2 March 2019

Formula 4 Champion

Rached Ghanem (Sec. 3 LP) participated in the Formula 4 UAE Championship and ranked 4th in the latest race of the tournament.

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Friday, 1 March 2019

Registrar

We are delighted to announce that Mrs. Nathalie Nicholas has been appointed to succeed Mrs. Betty Ajhar, as Registrar of Brummana High School from 1 March 2019.  Betty has given twenty years of dedicated service to Brummana.  We wish her a long and happy retirement.  Nathalie has been her assistant for the past ten years...

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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Model Arab League Conference

BHS students achieved outstanding results at the Model Arab League Conference at LAU on 23-24 February 2019. “The Model Arab League is an innovative educational program that engages Lebanese High School and Middle School students in an exploration of current Arab world issues, through interactive simulations and curricular materials. It helps engage students from various religious...

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Model European Union Conference

In February, Brummana High School participated in the annual Model European Union Conference at LAU’s Byblos Campus. High school students acted as members of the European Parliament or the Council of Ministers for different factions and countries to tackle issues which directly affecting the European Union. The main aim of the programme is to make...

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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

New Principal David Gray

Chairman of the Board Announces the Appointment of a New Principal David Gray

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Monday, 3 December 2018

St. Barbara’s Day

On 3 December, Infant Section students came to school disguised in their beautiful and imaginative costumes. They watched a puppet show performed by Mrs. Zeina Okdi, Mrs. Mary Ashkar, Mrs. Maya Harfouch, and Miss Cherine Ghaoui. The teachers creatively told the story of Saint Barbara. St. Berbara was also noted with the wheat that was...

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Saturday, 1 December 2018

Parents’ Association Sports Day

Parents' Association Sports Day

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day Celebrated   Independence Day was celebrated in the Secondary Section with two main activities. On 19 November, all Secondary 3 LP students participated in a qualifying writing activity as part of an inter-schools competition organized by Bank Audi to celebrate the 75th Independence Day. As a result of the first round, 3 students...

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