- We would like to thank outgoing Board members Hani Aboul Jabine (Chairman), Juhaina Abu Khalil, and Georges Younes for their dedication, commitment, and support for the school. On behalf of the school, Board, and QuIET, and at a thank you reception with QuIET trustees which took place in January, the new Chairman of the Board, Antoine Wakim, offered the departing Board members a commemorative plaque signifying our gratitude.

- I am very happy to announce the latest MUN achievement. After a rigorous selection process by LAU MUN for the Lebanese delegation to MUN New York, three BHS students made it into the delegation of only six students from Lebanon. Congratulations to BHS and Lebanon’s ambassadors to MUN New York: Stephanie Ashkar, Adrien Touzot, and Michel Sadek.

- I would also like to congratulate Alexandre El Adm who won the Secretary General award at the first Model European Union Conference conducted in Lebanon at LAU, where 300 students participated from all over Lebanon. Moreover, by succeeding in the interviews, Alexandre El Adm was chosen to be one of three delegates to travel to Europe to compete against delegates from other European countries.

 FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Volume 20, Issue 5  —  23 March 2017

- SAT Test on Saturday, 3 June, 2017 – Application deadline on 11 April 2017

- Brevet/ Baccalaureate Exams: The government official exams will commence on the following dates:
Brevet - 6 June, 2017; Baccalaureate LS/GS/SE - 12 June, 2017

DATES TO REMEMBER

- Assembly: 16 February – Students were informed of the logistics of the Mid-Year Examinations and were reminded of the importance of academic integrity at all times. 2 March – All the Intermediate girls attended a special presentation given by a representative from SANITA on female hygiene. 7 March – Grade 7 and 8 students presented projects that are related to health: Proper Eating Habits, Effects of Sleep Deprivation, and The Negative Effects of Video Games.

- Special Assembly – a one hour session was given to all Intermediate students in which study skills were revised. This was an effort to help students who struggled in the first half of the academic year to raise their averages.

- Advisory: 15 February – Advisers discussed Test Taking Tips and Test Anxiety during this session and they gave tips on how to avoid feelings of panic when sitting for tests. 2 March – all Grade 7 boys attended a special session on how to end conflicts before they become physical. 8 March – a special talk was given on Tolerance and Discrimination. 15 March students who did not score well in Term 2, met with their advisers to work on study skills in detail in an effort to help students understand the proper methods for improving grades. 

- ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) examinations for Grade 8 IP took place on 16 and 17 February. The students’ examination booklets will be sent to Australia to be corrected.

- Mid-Year Examinations:  During the week of 20 – 24 February, all students sat for their Mid-Year Examinations. The results were distributed with the Term 2 report card.

- Report Card Distribution for Term 2 and Mid-Year Examination Results took place on 14 March. Students with problems in certain subjects were asked to get their parent’s signature.

- Parent Teacher Meetings: 15 March – parents of students who are underachieving in certain subjects were invited to the second Parent Teacher meetings for this year held on the afternoon of 15 March.

- LAU Competition: Five Intermediate students represented BHS in the Annual LAU Writing Competition on Saturday, 11 March 2017. The categories the students joined were writing an Essay, or Short Story, or a Poem, and the theme for this year was Gibran Khalil Gibran.

- French Class Projects: Teacher Pierette Ashkar’s Grade 9 class is working on projects that aim to promote seven countries as a means of encouraging tourism to these countries. As part of the project, the students will be focusing on customs, traditions, and landmarks, as well as eating foods from each of these countries in class.

- St Jude’s Cancer Centre for Children: As every year, our students will be working on the Letter-a-thon which is a fund raising project. We hope all our students will be able to contribute to this charitable cause.

- Points for Parents: It has come to our attention that many students are spending far too much time on mobiles and video games after school. Consequently, this is affecting their sleep which in turn is affecting their focus and work at school.  We urge parents to minimize, if not terminate, use of electronic devices during the school week.

INTERMEDIATE SECTION

- Spring is finally here!!!!  Many of the art projects centre on Easter and spring. The classrooms are bustling with activities and will continue to do so through the remainder of the year. Our activities this month will focus on “spring” as a theme and Peace as our living value.

- The Infant Section would like to take the opportunity to thank PA Chairperson Zeina Zeinoun and the PA members for the thoughtful gesture on Teachers’ Day.

- KG 1 students are learning about transportation, so they made buses by painting, pasting, and drawing

- KG 2 enjoyed studying the plant cycle and did an activity where they cut and pasted the process in order.

- KG 2 are preparing for Mother’s Day through songs and activities.

- KG 2 also enjoyed a popcorn party while studying letter “p” this week.

- KG 3 students enjoyed decorating a crown with flowers for Mother’s Day.  They also expressed their love to their mums through writing journals and drawing their mums.

- KG 3 students continue to read and practice the phonics books that are sent home.  As your child masters each book, he/she will progress and move on to the next level.

- On 17 March, mothers were invited to come and share with their children the joy of learning in a happy and loving environment.

- 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.

- Term 2 Report Cards were issued on 10 March. Teachers have been in touch with some parents to inform them of concerns and progress. We hope to continue working together to make improvements in areas of concern. If you wish to meet with your child's teacher, please contact the Infant Section Secretary, Najwa Feghali, to book an appointment.

INFANT SECTION

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- We would like to congratulate the Cubs: Peter Achkar, Gaby Achkar, Rita Hobeika, Felicina Jarjoura, Paolo Farah, Elias Zehil, and Christina Abou Khazaa for achieving their Scout Promise.

- The Clan had an adventurous snow camp in Zaarour where they tried building a snow igloo.

- Brummana One Group had a Den Day where we cleaned and reorganized our entire den.

- In addition, all six patrols in the Troop and the Clan are currently participating in Br1’s Den Game; the objective of the game is to complete tasks that improve our den. Teams that complete tasks get points, and the winning team will get a prize worth 200$.

- That is all for now. Stay tuned and follow us on Facebook to find out which team will win.

ELEMENTARY SECTION

- The last month witnessed a multitude of vibrant mind activities and many prizes given to the top competitors in the Social Studies  Contests in Grades 2, 4, and 6 across the Elementary Section. The Grade 6 winners were: First prize - Mark Younis (6B), Second prize - Selena Riachi (6C), and Third prize - Kiyan El Masri (6A). The Grade 4 winners were: First prize - Nicolas Tabbah (4C), Second prize - Rawad Bou Akl (4C), and Third prize - Michelle Lahoud (4C). As for the Grade 2 winners: First prize - Maria Sophie Abi Karam (2C), Second prize - Yoan Hitti (2B), and Third prize - Jakin Tatar (2C). Well done to all winners, and we encourage the other participants to continue trying, for the effort they exerted is commendable. Never give up. There is always a second chance, and whoever tries is actually a winner in our eyes.

- Grade 5A students gave an interesting presentation during assembly about intriguing facts one hardly ever comes across, but they exist nonetheless.

- Grade 5B students presented information on formidable facts about the Basketball game and players around the world.

- For the past 3 weeks, our Grade 2 students have taken us on trips to different destinations during their assemblies. We landed in New York with Grade 2A, took a pit stop in London with 2C, and went back across the globe to Russia with 2B.

- A big thank you goes to all the parents who joined us for the Open House on 17 March 2017.

- Thank you Parents’ Association for your thoughtfulness on Teachers’ Day.

- At the beginning of 2017, BHS added yet another extra-curricular activity that helps our students develop individually on various levels. It was an instant success. The golf game not only helps students develop their sportsmanship, but also builds their maths skills. It helps students learn to accept constructive criticism which promotes self-analysis and self-evaluation. This leads to self-improvement.  Additionally, it provides an opportunity to travel and participate in domestic and international tournaments. Feel free to inquire further by calling the school. Hope to see as many of you on the court as possible. Enjoy.

In collaboration with Librairie Antoine, the annual BHS Book Fair will open on Sunday, 02 April 2017 from 4:30-7:00pm in the Meeting House. During the opening session visitors will benefit from a special discount on all purchases. The fair will continue on Monday, 03 till Friday, 07 April, inclusive, from 8:30am-4:00pm. We hope to see you all.

BOOK FAIR

SCOUTS NEWS

- The Parents' Association celebrated Teachers’ Day with all BHS teachers and administration members on Wednesday, 8 March by cutting a cake in every section as well as distributing personalised gifts for every teacher, thanking them for all their hard work and sacrifice and wishing them a happy Teachers' Day! 

- The preparations for the Easter Egg Hunt have begun. The PA members are working on packing goody bags that will be distributed to all our Lower School students by the Easter bunny.

- The PA has also started preparing for their big event, the May Festival which is going to be held on 21 May. We hope that many parents will encourage us by buying many tombola tickets for the valuable prizes. Like all our events, the May Festival is a fundraising event. Hoping for your support! Unity is strength.

PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEWS

- School is closed on Saturday, 25 March for the Annunciation Day holiday and on Monday, 1 May on the occasion of Labour Day.

- For the Easter vacation there are no classes from Thursday, 13 April to Sunday, 23 April. Classes resume on Monday, 24 April. Boarders are expected to return on the afternoon of Sunday, 23 April.

- During the Easter vacation the offices are closed for the Eastern and Western Church Easters on Friday, 14 April and Monday, 17 April.

HOLIDAYS

SECONDARY NEWS

- This year, 3 students participated in the new LAU MEU (Model European Union) Conference. The conference was very challenging as it is a first-time conference, and our delegates were assigned to the same committee thus had to face this challenge being opponents. However they managed to win and overcome this challenge! Congratulations Omar Knio (Secretary General Award), Alex El Adm (Secretary General Award), and Alex Touzot (Diplomacy Award)!

- BHS won many awards at LAU MUN this year as well! At the 12th High School Conference on 4 and 5 March, the BHSMUN team of 15 delegates won 12 awards: 9 Secretary General Awards and 3 Diplomacy Awards. The delegates who participated were: Stephanie Ashkar (Secretary General), Pia Ibrahim (Secretary General), Adrien Touzot (Secretary General), Adrian Jaber (Secretary General), Najeh Sultan (Secretary General), Kevin Farhat (Secretary General), Michel Sadek (Secretary General), Michel Ghaleb (Secretary General), Tarek Yared (Secretary General), Layla Mouakket (Diplomacy Award), Caline Abi Faraj (Diplomacy Award), Hanadi Haddad (Diplomacy Award), Ali Barazi, Sultan Zeinnedine and Talia Mattar. Congratulations to all! We are proud of them!

- On 10 March, the awarded delegates participated in another mock to compete with other winners from different schools in order to qualify for the New York MUN. Adrien Touzot, Kevin Farhat, Stephanie Ashkar, Tarek Yared, and Michel Sadek made it to the interview stage - the last stage of the selection process. We wish them the best of luck in the interviews!

- Following the mid-year exams, report cards were distributed on 13 March. Furthermore, a parent-teacher meeting by special invitation was held in the Secondary Section on 15 March. Parents of students struggling to achieve exchanged ideas with teachers on how to improve their children’s results.

- On 16 March, several students from Grade 12 IP took the SAT subjects trial exam in order to train them further for such examinations.

- On 15 March, students from the Secondary Section went to LAU, Beirut to watch “Momentum”, a play directed by drama teacher Omar Moujaes, in which several IB students are acting.

- On 13 March, a special assembly was held to receive the Founder and President of the Beirut Marathon Association, May Khalil. She gave a very inspiring presentation encouraging students to participate in the upcoming Youth Race.

- On 13 March, the assembly also featured presenters from Global Vision for Academic Services. The group represents top universities in the US, Canada, and Australia.

- On 10 March, the assembly featured the Abtour Group which represents many reputable Architecture and Arts universities across Europe.

- Sec. 3 SE student Maysa Abou Khalil and Gr. 5B student Gianna Fernandes for donating books to the Lower Elementary Library.

- Head of the English Department Lisette El Hage for donating books to the Upper Elementary Library.

THANK YOU TO...

The artistic talents of BHS students will be on display in an exhibition on the theme “Reading through Art”. The exhibition opens in the Glass Lounge (next to the Meeting House) on Sunday, 02 April 2017 from 4:30 till 7:00pm. It will continue on Monday, 03 through Friday, 07 April from 8:30am till 4:00pm. Come and encourage the students.

STUDENT ART EXHIBITION

The clocks go forward by one hour on Sunday, 26 March. Don’t forget to adjust your alarm clocks!

SUMMER TIME - A Reminder

Invoices for the third instalment of tuition and bus fees were issued to the eldest BHS student in each family. Parents are kindly asked to pay the fees by 31 March. Those who have unpaid balances are urged to settle them without delay. If you have any difficulties, please contact the Bursar.

SCHOOL FEES

Special assembly with May Khalil - Beirut Marathon

5 MUN finalists

Lower

Elementary

Open House

As part of QuIET’s yearly visit to BHS, the Old Scholars Association Board held a meeting with QuIET members and the BHS Chairman of the Board of Governors on 19 January 2017 at the OSA office to discuss the most recent updates and events that occurred in the year 2016. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss ways to serve the school better.

One of the topics discussed was the great success of the 25th Silver Jubilee International Convention which helped promote the school and was attended by a significantly larger number of people than previous years. However, the main objective of this meeting was to find more ways to enhance and promote the school by maintaining good co-operation within the BHS family (BHS Management, QuIET, BHS Board of Governors, the Old Scholars Association, and the Parents’ Association) so as to keep the school prosperous and thriving in the future.

OLD SCHOLARS’ ASSOCIATION NEWS