The BIS Community
Our community is at once close-knit and open to the world! Being a relatively small school with a limited number of students, strong relationships are forged between students, teachers, and parents. Looking further afield, we have strong ties with the Bordeaux and wider French communities, as well as with other countries (our partnership with Déguimbéré school in Senegal, a bi-annual Canada trip…) and organisations in international education. Students joining BIS gain an intercultural, international outlook, and our community reflects this.
At BIS, parents are truly considered to be active with us in the education of students. They are regularly invited to participate in school life throughout the year, during events celebrating cultural diversity and at occasions geared towards the financing of common projects. The PTA (see below) is the clearest proof of this.
The PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) is an organization of BIS parents, teachers, and administrators whose mission is to foster a spirit of community at BIS and to work in tandem to provide the best possible learning environment for our students. The PTA is composed of the executive board, section heads, parent representatives or “Reps” for each class, and is open to all parents. In addition to fundraising and organizing recurring events and projects such as the International Buffet, Sports Day, and the Annual Improvement Project amongst others, the PTA also regularly engages in new projects that benefit both the school as well as the parent community. These include working with the school to implement a digital solution for parent-teacher communication, assisting in the school’s recent reaccreditation process, and organizing social events for parents.
Following a bilingual programme and completing the International Advanced Level diploma means that our students go on to study at world-class universities and other higher education institutions in France, the UK, America, and Canada, to give some popular examples. Studying at BIS means becoming a global citizen – but of course with the BIS community always behind them!
The most important thing I have learned from BIS is language and differences between different cultures. This really helps for me to get into France's lifestyle, and everyone is so kind to teach me about almost everything. Personally BIS is really good for the students who just come to France, because teachers come from the UK and also France, so I will be able to speak at least two foreign languages. With the classmates who come from different countries I will also know more about other countries.
Oscar Wang (China), A Level Student (Class of 2019)
BIS offered a unique experience where I was lucky enough to meet a variety of people who were all from complete different backgrounds. Bis is a unique community and invites its students to share their different cultures which truly makes bis a multicultural environment. My experience at bis allowed me to make friends and connections with people who now live all across the world. Attending bis is something every child should have the chance to do.
Louis Lubega (London/France), A Level Student (Class of 2019)
I would describe my experience at BIS as something that very distinctly shaped the person that I am, and am growing into. Since I studied there for so long, I got to really start to feel like there was a community growing around me and that I was growing around that community, which isn't something I had experienced on that scale before. I'm really happy that I got to be in an environment that was so close-knit and familial!
Kyle Leong (Singapore), A Level Student (Class of 2019)
Mes 16 camarades de classe venaient de 12 pays différents… cette magnifique variété de perspectives et d’idées nous aide à nous connaître au-delà des contraintes de nos pays d'origine… mes camarades voient désormais davantage de ma nationalité quand ils me regardent.
Norah Draper (USA), A Level student
Il n’y a pas de doubte que Bordeaux aurait été hors de question pour nous s’il n’y avait pas une école internationale qui enseigne aussi en Anglais. Ce que nous avons trouvé est un petit bijoux d’école, où les enfants bénéficient d’une interaction intime entre camarades dans des classes de petite taille, des enseignants attentifs qui pratiquent plusieurs formes d’enseignement varié pour répondre à des besoins différenciés, et un environnement soigné, flexible, et bilingue, adapté à chaque enfant. Une communauté vivante de parents rend l’école un endroit qui soutient les élèves ainsi que leurs familles, qui sont souvent des nouvelles arrivées à Bordeaux.
Sylvie Wald (Canada) Early Learning Parent and PTA President
Je ne pense pas qu’il aurait pu y avoir un meilleur endroit pour moi pour évoluer comme étudiant et comme individu; BIS aura toujours sa place dans mon coeur
Judah Acquah (Ghana), A Level student and Class Rep 2018-19
Where do our students go?
BARCELONA (Spain) – Business Management • Bath (UK) – Sociology • Bishop’s University, Canada – Biochemistry • BORDEAUX (France) – History; Law • BRISTOL (UK) – Physics • ECAM Lyon – Engineering • Ecole Hôtelière Lausanne (EHL) Switzerland • Epitech – Parcours Grand École. • ESMOD Paris – Fashion • EXETER (UK) – Mathematics & Computing • Guildford School of Acting, England – Musical Theatre • INSEEC, Bordeaux – Business & Management • John Cabot, Rome – History & Politics • KENT at CANTERBURY (UK) – Mathematics & Philosophy • LONDON SCHOOL of ECONOMICS (UK) – Economics & Politics • MADRID – San Pablo CEU (Spain) – Law & International Relations • Manchester (UK) – Neuroscience & Psychology • McGILL (Canada) – Mathematics • PARIS – A.I.M (France) – Business & Management • PARIS – HEC • Portsmouth (UK) – Multimedia Design • PRAGUE (Czech Republic) – Medicine • ROTTERDAM – Erasmus School of Economics • SHEFFIELD (UK) – Archaeology and Biblical Studies • SOUTHAMPTON (UK) – Applied Physics • STANFORD (USA) – Mathematics • University College London (UCL) – Urban Development • University of Sussex, England – International Relations & Development • WARWICK (UK) – Mathematics • Yale – Liberal Arts • York (UK) – English Literature
Partners and local networks
Since the beginning, BIS has aimed to participate in the local community and create strong relationships, for the good of all involved.