We fully recognise the importance of a smooth and trouble-free integration into the academic and social life of the school and therefore place great emphasis on our warm and sociable atmosphere. We are a small, friendly school currently with around 120 children representing over 30 different nationalities, most of whom have experienced some relocation. We are therefore very welcoming to new children.
The school opens its doors at 08.30.
Members of staff are preparing for their working day before 08.30, so unfortunately they are not available to provide safe supervision of children at this time. Therefore we trust that parents understand why children can only come into school safely after 08.30.
All children should be in school by 09.00.
Pre-Nursery and Nursery
09.00 – 12.10
(Weds 09.00 – 12.20)
13.00 – 15.20
Reception Years 1 & 2
(Weds 09.00 – 12.20 for Reception)
Years 3, 4, 5, & 6
Delivery and Collection of Children
In the morning, parents should use appropriate parking spaces to pull in and drop their children. If no parking space is available then cars can drop-off a little way beyond the school in Av. Emile Max or before the school in Av. Emeraude where there is space to do so. It is not necessary for drivers to vacate the car as a teacher is on duty at the front of both buildings each morning.
For parking you will need a blue parking disc which can be purchased from any large supermarket. If a parent wishes to accompany their child into school then we strongly recommend that they use the free car park (before 09.00) in the centre of Place Plasky or along Avenue Plasky which are less than 200m from both school buildings. As a school we insist that all cars, even those with CD plates, are parked legally at all times therefore at no time should a car be left double-parked or blocking a garage entrance.
We provide four door to door minibus routes into school and do, of course, offer all possible assistance to parents to help with the formation of car pools. At the end of the day parents should wait on the pavement area in front of school as the children are individually allowed to leave school to be handed to their parents. Any parent is very welcome to come into school at any time but at the end of school we ask that you please wait until the end of the dismissal procedure.
Pupils are expected to be well-mannered, tolerant, honest and considerate of other people and other people’s property. They are expected to work to a high level in the classroom and to make every effort to be punctual. Occasionally pupils do not behave as we would wish them to but sanctions such as disapproval in the case of our younger pupils or a verbal reprimand in the case of the older pupils are usually sufficient to bring about the required change in behaviour. If serious disciplinary procedures are required, we ask to meet the parents in order to resolve the problem. We believe that discipline is most effective when parents and school work together to bring about desirable behaviour.
Regular and punctual attendance at school is essential to the progress and level of achievement of every pupil. If a pupil is absent through illness, parents are required to inform the school on the first morning of absence. It is also essential to let us know if the illness is serious or infectious. If a pupil is likely to be absent for an extended period of time early notification will allow teachers to prepare work for the pupil, if required. For occasional absence other than through illness, a request should be submitted to the Headteacher. All parents should be aware that Belgian law places them under an obligation to ensure that children resident in Belgium above the age of six are in full time education.
Each child who attends BISB from Year 3 upwards is placed in one of our two Houses:- Phoenix or Unicorn. The house system exists largely for the purpose of competition. Children can earn a House Point for any academic or non-academic activity and the weekly totals of accumulated house points are anounced to the eager anticipation of the children. At the end of the year the House with the most points receives the House Trophy.
Communication with Parents
A weekly newsletter is sent out each Friday by e-mail. This newsletter outlines events that concern the school and also reports on general items of interest. A hard copy is also available to pick up if individual parents do not receive a copy by e-mail. Urgent items are occasionally sent out during the week by e-mail and repeated in Friday’s newsletter. This school web site is updated regularly by teachers and pupils. We try to include all information of general interest about the school in this site. However personal information such as names and addresses are not published on the site. Photos are only included with the consent of the parents or teachers concerned.
The evaluation and assessment of children’s academic and general progress is an integral part of the child’s life in school.
The communication of this information takes the following forms:
- Parents’ Evenings
Twice a year parents will be invited to attend a parents’ evening. Here parents can meet with teachers and discuss their child’s progress and work.
Parents will receive two written reports of their child’s progress during the year. These will be taken home early in the New Year and just before the end of the school year in late June. Reports will outline the pupil’s progress in all areas of the curriculum and are written by the teachers responsible.
- Individual Appointments
Parents are able to make an appointment to see a member of staff at any time during the school year to discuss the progress of their child if they feel it is necessary. A regular weekly slot is made available by each teacher for parental appointments if required. Each teacher also has their own school e-mail address for direct contact. They do not however have the opportunity to check these throughout the day and so some time may elapse before a message is received and a reply given.
- Home/School book
Each child will have a Home/School book in which the teacher will communicate to parents the work being carried out each week, and in which the parents may communicate with the teacher if desired. This is also sent out each week by e-mail.
Each teacher has an individual e-mail address for both sending and receiving school related information.