To celebrate Labour Day, the school invited all workers to a dinner at Wadi El Samar, Jura on Saturday, 30 April. Great fun was had by all.

LABOUR DAY

Following the May Festival on Saturday, 28 May, there are no classes on Monday, 30 May. Offices are open.

 Holidays

The most awaited event organized by the BHS PA has come. On the 28th of May, the BHS community will be participating in the most enjoyable day of the year: our May Festival. The day starts with the Infant Section in colourful costumes dancing to the most famous songs of Zaki Nassif; followed by the Lower and Upper Elementary who will be showing off their talents on stage dancing to the theme of “Let’s Dance” “Yalla Norkos”. During the day, children will have the chance to enjoy the 9D Simulator, a variety of inflatables, kermes, various accessory stands, and food stands which will keep them busy until the talent show. This will be followed by a surprise entertainment that will be announced together with the celebrity host of the May Queen

 PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEWS

 UPPER SCHOOL NEWS

Volume 19, Issue 7 —  05 May 2016

- On 11 April, Grade 11 LP and IP students went to AUB Open Doors and were directed on a campus tour and an overview of faculties and majors. On 14 April, Grade 11 IP students took part in the NDU Open Doors.

- On 12 April, activists from C.A.R.E, a local NGO that spreads awareness about students with special needs, gave a presentation to Secondary students during assembly. Students interacted positively with the presenters and topic.

- On 14 April, the Secondary Section hosted the Planetarium or Cosmic Dome for a full day. Students attended a one-hour 3D presentation about Astronomy and Space. 

SECONDARY SECTION

- Assemblies: 7 April - The Fabriano Arts Awards were distributed – Congratulations to the winners. 13 April – Students listened to two readings: the first about the reasons parents and teachers sometimes apply the ‘tough love” policy to their children/students. The second reading was about a teenager who went out of his way to help a woman in trouble on the road.  19 April – students listened to the speeches of the 5 nominees for the BHS May Queen, which was followed by voting for their choice the following day. 21 April – Honour Roll Certificates were distributed in Dobbing Hall. Well done to the 36 recipients.

- Advisory: 8 April – Advisers discussed with their students the hazards of smoking and drinking. Together they looked into possible ways teenagers can avoid becoming users of cigarettes or alcohol. 26 + 27 April – In the advisory session, all students read an article entitled “Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy, and Lazy”. This article clearly describes six ways that electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed, and unmotivated, and finally it advises teenagers how to spend their time wisely.

- Report Card Distribution for Term 2 took place on 8 April. Students whose results were of concern needed to get their parents’ signature to ensure closer monitoring of the child’s progress until the end of the academic year.

- Parent Teacher Meetings were held for the second time this year, but only for parents whose children’s Term 2 report cards showed worrying results.

- Planetarium: 15 April – throughout this day, all classes went down to Dobbing Hall where two planetarium domes were set up. The students thoroughly enjoyed watching films depicting black holes, the big bang theory, and the formations of planets and stars.

INTERMEDIATE SECTION

- In the National Lebanese Schools Gymnastic Championship, Grade 9 student Nathalie El Bitar won first place in “Floor Exercise” and Grade 4 student Naya Theresa Antoun won first place in “Artistic Gymnastics”. Congratulations!

- In the IC Tournament, the Senior Boys Football team and the Senior Girls Basketball team both won the third place cups in their respective competitions. Well Done!

- In the Sagesse Achrafieh Tournament, the Senior Boys Mini Football Team won second place out of 24 other school teams. Bravo!

- The last day for after school and Saturday activities for this year is Friday, 20 May.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

 LOWER SCHOOL NEWS

ELEMENTARY SECTION

- KG 2 and KG 3 students are preparing for our May Festival Show. Little ones are looking forward to show their parents their talents on stage. They will perform dances to “Zaki Nassif” songs.

- KG 1 students learned about transportation. Each child made his/her own train, sticking different pictures on it.

- On 22 May, KG 3 students visited the Kafaat College. They were formed into three groups, and each group worked with a cook and 2 of his assistants. They spent the morning preparing a 3 course menu, and then they all gathered in the dining area to eat the lunch that they had cooked. The trip was highly educational for the students; they learned many things. Detailed pictures of the trip are available at the Secretary’s Office if you wish to see them.

- Please encourage your children to eat breakfast before coming to school. Students frequently come to our office complaining of headaches, stomach cramps, and feeling tired. In some cases, this is due to hunger.

INFANT SECTION

- KG 1 students Eva and Christopher Tchamitchian for donating soft toys to the Infant Library.

- KG 2 student Daniella Allam for donating books and toys to the Infant Section classrooms.

- Sec 2 LP L student Maysa Abou Khalil for donating books and a set of Encyclopaedias to the Lower Elementary Library.

- Grade 7LP student Andrew Sahyouni for donating books to the Elementary Libraries.

- The Education Development Trust ISQM Accreditation Team for donating LL 75,000 to the Financial Aid Programme.

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This year, we will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the OSA, and we plan to make it a big do.
The International Convention will be held from 15 to 17 July 2016, and since this falls at the beginning of the festive season (just after Ramadan), it will be a perfect time to get everyone together and share this special moment. We plan to have a 3-day event in an effort to create an unprecedented celebration and put the spotlight on BHS and Brummana. We are in the process of putting the programme together and the broad outline is as follows:

- Friday, 15 July:       All day      > Registration

Evening    > Reception, Dinner, and Awards

- Saturday, 16 July: 12:00 – 14:00 > Business meeting

16:00 onwards > Souk Al Tayyeb (open market with shops selling food/other, Children’s Area with magician, trampoline, etc.)

20:00 > Street Party (like we have every year)

- Sunday, 17 July: 16:00 onwards > Souk Al Tayyeb

20:00 > Special Tribute Band        (no entry fee and open to all, so we expect to have thousands of people join in)

We will also be taking part in the upcoming May Festival on 28 May, 2016. Make sure you pass by our stand to meet us and get the latest update on the 25th Silver Jubilee International Convention.

 OLD SCHOLARS’ ASSOCIATION NEWS

THANK YOU TO...

- Happy Easter once again to all our members, friends, and families! 

- Our Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders took part in the Lebanese Scout Association's camp which took place in Zahle under the name "Leaders of the Future - LOF" from 15 April until 17 April. Congratulations to Michel Ghaleb for winning 2nd place in the Best Assistant Patrol Leader Competition.

- On 17 April, our Ventures enjoyed an interesting road trip to the Bekaa area which was full of fun activities such as wine tasting and visiting Taanayel farms. Ventures from Zahle 1 group also joined the event and got the chance to meet our members for the first time.

- On 23 April, our Cub Scouts watched the Jungle Book movie in City Mall along with their leaders.

 SCOUTS NEWS

On the 14th of April 2016, twelve BHS students participated in the XVIII Annual Sciences and Art Fair that took place at LAU. The Secondary Section students who participated were: Tatiana Akl (Sec I LP) - Science Knowledge; Sara Luna Akl and Farouq Al Atassi (Sec II LPS) - Science Knowledge; Amir Moujaes, Jimmy Naufal, and Elie Salem (Sec II LPS) - Big Science Challenge; Nour Chebly and Sacha El-Saidi (Sec II LPS) - Chemistry Magic Trick; Tiffany Batrouni, Christina Naufal, and Catherine Al-Aswad (Sec II LPS) - Recipes for a Better Health; and Michelle Ghanimeh (Sec II LPS) -Chemistry Olympiad. All the students competed in the Science Section. Out of the five projects that were presented in the LAU science fair, 1 project won. Amir Moujaes, Jimmy Naufal, and Elie Salem (Sec II LPS) won 1st place in the Big Science Challenge (The Green Dream House) and Amir Moujaes received a 50% scholarship. Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to our Lab Technician Juhaina Abou Fadel who helped in supervising and supporting the students at LAU.

SCIENCE DEPARTMENT - LAU XVIII Annual Sciences and Arts Fair

- This month before the Eastern Easter vacation, UE students enjoyed a mind opening assembly presented by teacher Hannah Nameh about internet safety. There is one important fact that parents should know, and it is that children under the age of 13 aren’t allowed to have a Facebook account by Facebook regulations.

- The Special Arabic students had a contest on feminine/masculine genders and opposites. Congratulations to the first place winner Andrew Kanj (5A), second place winner Bryan Abi Karam (6A), and third place winner Lea Lahoud (5A). Keep at it.

- Grade 1A students presented an assembly entitled “Why We Go to School”. 1B students left the audience in a state of awe when they showed a PowerPoint on some “Amazing Facts” that were of interest to them. As for Grade 3C, the students performed an enchanting play about super heroes.  

- Students throughout the Elementary Section started practicing for the May Festival and the Field Day. We are sure that both events will be splendid.

- The dates for the BHS Summer Camp 2016 are as follows: Day Camp:
- Ages 3-7 years > 5 July till 23 August; Ages 8-15 years > 4 July till 23 August
Boarding Camp:
- Ages 6-15 > 11 July till 23 August. Please check the summer camp website www.bhscamp.com and brochure for further details.

- Any Secondary student interested in a position as a Summer Camp Monitor should download an application from the summer camp website, complete it, and submit it to the Receptionist, Antoinette Hage, by the end of May.

BHS SUMMER CAMP 2016

They learned more about the Jungle Book characters and got the chance to discuss the storyline together. The movie was super fun and we encourage everyone to watch it!

- From 29 March until 1 April, our Scouts and Guides had their Easter camp at Ain Saadeh where they competed against each other to conquer Brown-sea Island. Good job to all the patrols who participated in the camp, and thank you to Chiefs Rana, Julie Ann, Laura, and Douha for this unforgettable experience!

- Our Cub Scouts also enjoyed a one-night Easter Camp at Brummana High School from 30 April to 1 May under the name "Cubs Back on Track". The event was fruitful and full of interesting scout knowledge and skills. Thank you to all the visitors who participated and helped with the activities.

coronation in the flyers to be distributed to students by next week. We hope to see everyone there cheering, dancing, and enjoying this wonderful day with us. Tombola booklets will be distributed to the students for $10 per booklet, giving them a chance to win valuable prizes and contributing to this fundraising event.

Michel Ghaleb winning 2nd place at ZahleThe Ventures' trip to the Bekaa areaVentures at Zahle

Brevet/Baccalaureate Exams

The government official exams will commence on the following dates: Brevet - 31 May 2016; Bacc II GS/LS/SE – 9 June 2016

 

University Admissions - Congratulations

All students who applied for early admission to the Lebanese American University (LAU) have been accepted. The 25 students who applied for American University of Beirut (AUB) have also been accepted.

- The May Queen selection process started on 18 April. Secondary students nominated 5 senior ladies for the up-coming pageant. The nominees are: Nayla Feghaly, Romy El Hajj (Sec. 3 SE), Anna-Carina Batrouny, Talar Boghossian, and Luciana Riachi (12 IP). The 5 students each delivered a speech during a special assembly held for that purpose in Khoury Hall on 20 April, where they introduced themselves further to their peers. The first voting panel took place the following day on 21 April. We wish the best of luck to all 5 young women. 

- Over a week, from 17 to 22 April, an Art and Photography exhibition with the Environment as a theme, took place alongside the Book Fair. The Photography Club members advised by teacher Hanna Daher and art students advised by teachers Ghada Hanna and Magda Hachem exhibited their masterpieces to parents, students, and teachers.  

- On 19 April, a special assembly was held to celebrate the all-round excellence of Secondary Students. High Honour and Honour roll recipients, winners in MUN and MAL, as well as the AUB and LAU Science Fairs winners were recognized and congratulated by the Principal. During the same assembly, and since April is Autism Month, a presentation was given about autism. Lynn Hayek (11 IP), who initiated the idea, was supported by the Awareness Club, advised by teacher Jina Abou Merhi, and the Secondary Counsellor Maria Jabbour. Miss Jabbour gave a quick overview about Autism as a health condition. Lynn Hayek stood bravely in front of her peers and teachers and gave a heart-warming testimony about having a sibling with autism. 

- On 21 April, presenters from Laureate, a local institution representing top Arts and Design universities in Europe and the US introduced Secondary students to the latest trends in these majors.

- Final exams for grades 10 to 12 IP started on 3 May and will extend till 6 May. There are special arrangements for students who happen to have a Cambridge exam at the same time as their final. These students will sit for their conflicting finals on Monday, 9 May. 

- Secondary 3 students started the reading period to prepare for their upcoming final exams, which are between 16 and 19 May, and their official exams. Good luck to all!

Secondary Award WinnersLynn Hayek's testimony about autismArt & Photography Exhibition

- Book Fair: 20 – 21 April: All students were given the opportunity to visit the Book Fair in the Meeting House during one of their language classes. Many students bought books they had selected from the wide range that was on display. Grade 9 Student Tarek Yared was at the book fair on the opening day signing his second published book entitled “Paragon”, a sequel to his first published book “Phoenix”.

- Arabic Class Project: 15 April was a special day for Farha Al Bitar’s Grade 7 classes who spent an hour outside eating food they themselves had prepared after having spent time writing the recipes in the Arabic language.

Tarek Yared's book signing

- Trip: On 6 May, all Grade 9 students will be going on a school trip to Jbeil as is the yearly tradition for this class before they move on into the Secondary Section. They will be vising the ruins, the old souks, and going for a boat ride. On the way back to school, they will stop for a quick lunch. 

- Up-Coming Dates for Brevet Students: 5 May is last day of teaching; 7 to 15 May are the retreat days to prepare the BHS Final Examinations; 17 to 20 May students will sit for their Brevet school final examinations; 20 May at 1:00 the “Crossing the Bridge Ceremony” will be taking place for all Grade 9 students; 23 May Brevet students will return to sit with their teachers to go over the corrections of the final examinations; and 21 to 30 May a retreat for students to prepare for the Government Official Examinations which begin May 31, 2016.

Participants in the LAU XVIII Annual

Sciences and Arts Fair

Games Day on 27 AprilUE Term 2 AwardsLE Term 2 AwardsKG 3 at KafaatKG3 at Kafaat