BHS News

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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Friday, 23 October 2020

The Immerse Education Essay Competition 2021

Win a place on Immerse Education’s academic programmes! The Immerse Education Essay Competition offers students the opportunity to win a 100% scholarship to participate on an Immerse academic programme.  Academic enrichment programmes in Cambridge University and Oxford University colleges provide unique study abroad experiences designed for motivated young learners from around the world. Online academic...

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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 is fundraising for BHS via Quaker International Educational Trust You may be wondering why an apparently random foreigner has 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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