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Annual Report 2017 – 2018



Table of Contents


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20th Anniversary Celebration

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The Year in Review

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Financial Overview

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Our Graduates

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Board of Trustees and Governance

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Dear Parents, Staff and Friends of Bonn International School e. V., Our school joyfully celebrates its 20th Anniversary this school year. BIS opened its doors on 2 September 1997 with just over 300 students, moving into barely completed quarters. The school’s most immediate challenge then was to unite three schools and two curriculums into one cohesive educational institution capable of survival. BIS’ founders would certainly be proud of the school today and its development from modest beginnings to its current stature as a thriving, well-established school for 720 students. Anniversaries are a time for celebration and recognition. They are also a time for reflection. Thus, our report this year reflects upon the past 20 years, our strengths now and what they portend for our future. First: celebration and recognition. We thank those individuals who conceived a plan for BIS and then lobbied for its realization more than 20 years ago. Without these determined founders and their vision, our school would not exist. We thank the numerous subsequent staff and parents who assumed leadership positions to guide BIS in its development and quest for inspiration and personal excellence. Every single faculty and staff member, whether at BIS now or having moved on, has made a mark on the life of our school and on the students in their care. Their commitment and expertise are highly-valued and immensely appreciated.

BIS has also benefited greatly from the foresight and support of the local community, our Advisory Council and all levels of German government. The Waves, Crest and Agora buildings serve as physical reminders of their support. A wide range of donors and friends believe so strongly in our mission and the quality of our educational programmes that they promote BIS to other constituencies and within their organizations. In this report, the Board of Trustees presents the state of BIS today. What we see is a school where we proudly send our children and for which we gladly volunteer our time and energies. We see a school with a strong faculty, wonderful students, supportive parents, an inspiring and rigorous curriculum, excellent infrastructure, appropriate resources and financial stability. What will BIS look like in another 20 years? We don’t know for sure, any more than our BIS founders could have imagined what BIS today would look like. What we do know is that we will remain committed to the International Baccalaureate and its powerful, empowering curricular framework. We know that successful education will remain based on the trusting partnership between students, staff and parents. We will remain situated here on the banks of the Rhine River, on one of the most beautiful campuses in Europe. Without any concrete plans at this time, we know that the final and only building project left for BIS is the renovation of the American Club into a performing arts centre.



Education, however, may look and be delivered in ways unlike those we know today. Digitalization will continue to develop, allowing for individual, data-driven learning tailored to specific student needs. Online testing, much like the eAssessments at the end of Grade 10, will become the norm in many school systems. Nevertheless, we will continue to rely on traditional hand-written text for many areas of learning. More classes will take place outdoors or outside of four-walled classrooms and outside of traditional scheduling and timetables.

We invite you to read this Annual Report and accompanying information with the same sense of achievement and pride with which we view BIS. While education is constantly evolving and we cannot rest on current achievement, BIS has truly come a long way in 20 years. Equally it has a promising future.

Project-based learning, already a given in the IB, will become more prevalent and lead to even more collaborative work between students. To balance the increasing amount of technology and digitalization in our schools, there will be an increase in outdoor and sensory-based learning. The need to run, skip and jump will – thankfully – not change with time. The School Leadership and the Board of Trustees are engaged in a number of strategic and long-term projects to secure the next 20 years of our school, and beyond. First and foremost, we are committed to assuring the financial stability of our school, providing the resources to attract and retain the best faculty possible and for an inspiring, well-equipped learning environment. Securing sources of revenue outside of school fees and revising our lease agreement are two possible avenues to accomplish this. Given evolving changes in the German law, we may need to examine and adapt our legal status. And we believe that further strengthening ties with the local community will be key to establishing our school as a strong partner in the city of Bonn.

Silje Skogstad Chair

Patricia Baier Director


20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration

20th November: Director Pat Baier wrote all donors and longstanding school supporters, whether in government or industry, briefing them on BIS’ development and thanking them for their support.

Since the beginning of this school year, BIS has celebrated and continues to mark its 20th Anniversary with an array of activities: August: Waves foyer display of important events, newspaper articles and photos of the graduating classes from BIS’ first ten years of existence. September: Bonn American High School reunion – afternoon tea and tour of BIS campus with 30 alumni who travelled to Bonn from many corners of the world. October: Oktoberfest welcomed 280 parents, staff and supporters for an evening of Dirndls, Lederhosen and Bavarian fun. It recognized the support BIS receives from our host country and our appreciation for this.

December: Special edition of Waves magazine, featuring 20th Anniversary articles, photos and a timeline of the school’s history.


20th Anniversary Celebration

20th Anniversary Celebration January: Alumni reunion in London hosted by Pat Baier welcomed 30+ former students from years 2004 –2017. February: Waves foyer display of the second decade at BIS showing graduating classes, school-wide events and media coverage. March: Contest to redesign the BIS Dragon to reinforce school spirit and inspire pride. April: Birthday cake for every grade level in school and aerial photograph of our entire student body and all staff on the second to last day of school for Grade 12. May: Digitalization of all 20 yearbooks to date with access via the website (planned) June: Video message from Bonn’s Mayor Ashok Sridharan (planned), alumni reunion to be held during International Day. The winter edition of Waves magazine was dedicated to our 20th anniversary and school history. A four-page timeline traced the important milestones in BIS’ development, capturing moments from opening day in September 1997 to students singing for Angela Merkel in May and opening COP 23 in November 2017. The 20th of each month saw the publication of a video message on our website and Facebook page. These messages came from a person, or group who left their mark on BIS, or hope to. Former staff, student alumni and supporters from the City of Bonn all shared their appreciation of our school and sent best wishes for the future.


The Year in Review

The Year in Review While this Annual Report focuses on the highlights and special initiatives of 2017–2018, the overwhelming majority of faculty time and energy focuses on their students, their teaching plans, delivering core learning, day in and day out. This report cannot capture the many great moments of achievement and progress in our school, but rather the larger framework making these moments possible.

Strategic Plan An Action Plan for 2017 – 2018 was developed from the individual strands of the Strategic Plan 2022. The goals for this year centered on:


• Achieving greater whole school consistency in practices.

Personnel We were happy to start 2017 – 2018 by welcoming Eif Phillips as Secondary Principal, and in February, prolonging his engagement in this position to June 2019. Mr Phillips came to BIS from Munich International School, where he had served as a Principal for 25 years. His great knowledge and experience of international education within a German setting made an immediate, positive impact on the Secondary School.

• Reviewing performance evaluation for faculty.

In the Primary School, Pat Baier assumed the role of interim Primary Principal for this school year, and led the search for an Assistant Primary Principal in early spring. Derek Nelson has accepted this position and will join BIS in August 2018. Mr Nelson is currently Head of Education Department at the Qatar Foundation and brings with him many years of experience in international education, particularly in executing the Primary Years Programme.

•P  reparedness and completion of self-studies for pre- and comprehensive accreditation visits in April 2018 and April 2019 (see pages 19 – 20).

•U  pdating assessment policies, the policy regarding Learning Support, and the Whole School Research Framework. •D  evelopment of a whole school communications protocol. • Initiation of a standing ICT Committee to ensure that the ICT resources and structure meet curriculum needs. The Leadership Team and individual committees have worked on these issues and are scheduled to complete these tasks by the end of this school year for implementation starting August 2018.


The Year in Review

The Year in Review continued COP 23 The 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) was hosted in Bonn by the UNFCCC in November 2017. This conference drew more than 20,000 activists to Bonn and provided an occasion for our students to discuss, participate in and live out the global citizenship we so often speak about as part of our curriculum. Students from Grades 3 – 5 were an important part of the Opening Ceremony festivities and made moving arguments to dignitaries to “save the world”. Later that week Patrick van Weerelt from the UNSSC Knowledge Centre introduced students from the American School of Lima, Green School Bali, and the School of Environmental Studies from Apple Valley, Minnesota to present their climate related activity reports. Felix Finkbeiner, founder of Plant for the Planet, addressed our students about his foundation and called them to action. As a follow-up, many of our Secondary students visited Planet Climate, a multi-media presentation on the impact of human activity on climate change. UN Peace Ambassador Midori Gotto gave a special children’s concert in the Agora. Carbon Neutral As a school emphasizing global citizenship and preparing students for the challenges of a rapidly-changing world, BIS does not just want to talk about climate change with its students. We see it as our duty to rethink how resources are used and how we live and work within a global context. In spring 2016, BIS chose to become climate neutral through the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now! program. By doing this, we show how important climate change is to our community and address global climate-related

issues on a daily, practical basis. We are happy to report that BIS continues to earn the Climate Neutral Now! seal and made considerable carbon reductions again in 2017. Professional Development Increased resources were made available this year for faculty and administrative professional development. As such, this year saw an increase in teacher attendance at IB workshops and conferences. All Primary faculty, including teaching assistants, have had or will have updated training on the enhanced PYP. We were particularly proud of our very own staff presenters, who shared their expertise at European and German national conferences, and those who evaluated other schools as auditors. Such opportunities build our profile as one of Europe’s leading international schools. Cafeteria While the newest section of the cafeteria provides more seating during lunches and breaks, the space proved to be loud, and as a result, felt chaotic during high-use times. Over the Winter Break, our Facilities Team resolved this acoustic issue with sound-absorbing bean bags. These have quickly become iconic hallmarks of the school architecture and provide a great lunchtime environment. Website Update BIS updated its website over the Summer Break 2017 to increase functionality and address issues flagged in parent surveys and by high users. The updates have been well-received and statistics show increased parent usage. Further adjustments will be made over the coming Summer Break.


The Year in Review continued SECONDARY SCHOOL We are very proud of our most recent MYP results (2017). 51 Grade 10 students were registered for eAssessments. Out of 21 subjects tested, BIS MYP students tested above world average in 17 of these. In 14 subjects, BIS students attained the highest-possible grade of 7 points. The excellent IB results from the Class of 2017 are outlined in its own section on page 16. Our Sciences Department recently invested in wireless data logging equipment. Proceeds from our “Oktoberfest“ celebrations and strong student enrolment made this significant investment possible. This equipment allows students to analyze a wide variety of quantitative measurements across all Sciences, such as impact forces in jumping in Sport, Exercise and Health Science, pH in Chemistry, rotational acceleration in Physics and evolved CO2 gas in Biology. Through this upgrade in equipment, BIS will keep pace with changing demands for students to be well-prepared for university. BIS worked diligently this year to meaningfully advance the UN’s 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within our curriculum. Secondary students were able to take advantage of materials and exhibits related to COP 23 to deepen their knowledge of the SDGs. Following on this, Dr Ignacio Campino trained a group of teachers in February on the use of manipulatives for teaching the SDGs and informing lesson planning.

To improve communication between Secondary leadership and parents, this year saw the first round of ParentPrincipal Forums (PPF). These meetings enjoyed much greater attendance than the coffee mornings of the past. They were focused on specific elements of our educational programmes, as well as procedures at BIS. PPFs will continue into 2018 – 2019. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) was brought into Grades 9 and 10 this year, after becoming a fixed element in the Diploma Programme the previous year. In contrast to iPads, laptops provide more advanced technology for data handling and extended writing and prepare students to manage their own devices at university and post-BIS. Our Secondary theatre production this year is the Shakespearian classic, MacBeth. More than 80 students have committed their talents and time, from makeup and costumes to solos and soliloquies. Having two casts, it provides a range of opportunities for individual and ensemble performance and highlights our ongoing commitment to excellence in the Arts.


The Year in Review

The Year in Review continued PRIMARY SCHOOL Primary School continued to thrive this year, inside and outside of the classroom. Our students opened the COP 23 conference, sang alongside St Martin, explored snow, became their favourite explorers and created their own countries and governments. We were exceptionally fortunate to have Major Tim Peake from the European Space Agency captivate students with his tales of travel in space and looking at our earth from another perspective. Prinz Dirk II and Bonna Alexandra III led Carnival celebrations and brought a local tradition literally into the heart of our school. Academically, 2017 – 2018 was a year of consolidation in the Primary School, where great emphasis was put on the basics of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. A new Spelling Programme was introduced in Grades 2 – 5, which is already having a noticeable effect. Programmes instituted for Phonics and Mathematics in recent years showed great benefits and are wellestablished. Faculty created exemplars of expected grade level performance for tasks in Mathematics and Writing. These exemplars will lead to more consistency in assessments and reporting.

Outdoor learning is a big topic in education in general and will increase in importance at BIS in the 2018 – 2019 school year. This term describes learning by experience and through play in the outdoors. Outdoor learning combines the health benefits of being outside and active with the materials and adventure naturally present in nature. Through more consistent use of Seesaw and Tapestry parents were able to gain an immediate impression of what their children were learning. These digital forms of a learning portfolio gives parents an intimate insight into their individual child’s learning journey.

ADMINISTRATION AND STUDENT SERVICES Students and faculty are supported behind the scenes by an administrative and student services team of 34 full and part time staff. Administration at BIS comprises the Admissions, Business, Accounting, Development, Facilities, Human Resources, Purchasing and Security Offices. In addition to ensuring the smooth functioning of financial and support services, the Admin team continued to work on its annual teamwide improvement plan and a move to automated systems. Focus this year has been on the review and extension of standard operating procedures, improvement in inter-departmental processes and increased marketing activities. Individual departments also identified sustainable cost and resource efficiencies. New software for Human Resources and Admissions will be used in the next school year. Student Services encompasses the Extracurricular Programme, BISSV, Calendar, Emergency Measures, Health and Safety, IT, and Catering Management. Areas of focus in 2017 – 2018 included the introduction of a new catering company, introduction and management of Kidz Klub after school care, and training a new EC team. Issues related to catering companies were present throughout the first half of the year but have been largely addressed. Emergency procedures have been reviewed and practiced. Systems have been put in place to ensure that BIS complies with new European data protection law coming into effect in May 2018.


The Year in Review

Spotlight on our Extracurricular Programme and BISSV Our Extracurricular Programme and BISSV Sports Association give students the chance to continue their education outside the classroom. Students broaden their interests and develop their talents. They also gain invaluable skills by working in teams, pursuing non-academic goals, practicing skills over time and respecting the skills brought to their activity by others. BIS Extracurricular Programme: • 25 teams competing in NECIS and ISST sports leagues • Model United Nations, Maths and Robotics teams in international tournaments • 60 other activities on offer • 400 students in at least one EC activity, many in 2 or more • 35 faculty members lead an EC activity or coach a sport • 3 BIS teams voted “Most Sporting” during NECIS tournaments • 100 Varsity Girls basketball players hosted during the ISST Basketball Tournament • 80 students in the drama “MacBeth” (premiere May 2018) • Primary and Secondary String Ensembles at the Bonn Beethovenfest • 25 students in TEDxYouth@BIS Our dragon mascot was redesigned this year to be more representative of the school spirit and drive, exemplified in our sports teams. 19 designs were submitted in a school-wide contest. Three finalists were chosen for a vote amongst the BIS community. The new logo will be rolled out for the 2018 – 2019 school year. BISSV In its 4th year, BISSV has grown to more than 350 members. • Kidz Klub opening, with more than 20 students per day in its after-school child care • Coached sports for students: 5 football teams, badminton, running, swimming • Recreational sports for adults: badminton, basketball, indoor football, volleyball • Camps: Football, Multi Activity, Musical Theatre, Various Skills • Looking to 2018 – 2019: growing membership, addition of U10 girls basketball, tennis for adults and students and Fall Camp

The Creative Waves Festival, our 6th, in April was a wonderful showcase of the diverse talents of more than 200 students and how our staff and parents contribute to student life after school hours. Under the motto “And the solution is …..”, students spoke during the evening before the Creative Waves Festival at TedXYouth@BIS, a testament to the passion and commitment of these global citizens. BIS is proud to be a part of the global network of TedXYouth speakers for a 7th year.

”Over the past three years, my daughters have grown up remarkably both physically and mentally. This is to a large extent due to the outstanding education they have received at the BIS.“BIS parent 2015 – 2018



Financial Overview

Financial Overview Our commitment is to provide an outstanding education to our students supported by a sound approach to operational and fiscal management.


In contrast to many other international schools in and around Germany, Bonn International School receives no government subsidies for daily operations. While this allows BIS to implement the IB curricular framework without restrictions and to hire faculty of choice, it also means that all educational services are solely funded from the tuition revenue. The Waves, Agora and Crest buildings were all financed through fundraising campaigns, achieving considerable contributions towards the Capital. As mandated by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, our school offers approximately 25 full and half scholarships each year to qualified students averaging € 350,000. Allocation of Revenue for 2016 – 2017 80 % of our revenue was spent on highly qualified staff and to provide our students with the resources they need. The remaining funds were used to maintain and improve our excellent infrastructure and campus. All expenses were weighted to ensure that outstanding teaching and learning took place in a purposeful, pedagogical environment. Administrative costs amounted to 1 %.

BIS instructs an external auditor to provide independent assurance to the Association. Flick, Gocke & Schaumburg carried out the Audit for the school year ended 31 July 2017 and issued an Unqualified Audit Report.

Personnel 72 % Student Development 5 % Financial Assistance 3 % Building & Site Administration

19 % 1 %

80 %


Financial Overview

Financial Overview Enrollment Our three-form entry Secondary School allows for a wide variety of course options at different levels, while the Primary School provides for a challenging but still family-like environment.

Ratios In order to provide excellent and stimulating teaching, one of the key indicators we focus on is Student-Teacher ratios. Our Student-Teacher ratio in the Primary School of 8:1 and in the Secondary School of 7:1 is in line with best practice ratios of other international schools.

From a total of 722 students (as of 1 April 2018), they are distributed throughout BIS as follows:

Primary 8 students

Early Learning 73 students Grades 1 – 5 225 students Grades 6 – 10 305 students

Secondary 7 students

Grades 11 –12 119 students

Admin 25 students The number of administrative staff per student is slightly lower than international school benchmarks.


Financial Overview

Financial Overview Staff, students and their families are at the heart of Bonn International School. This year, BIS welcomed more than 180 new students and their families as well as 20 new faculty members to our school community. The diversity of nations represented at BIS was at an all-time high this year with 78 nationalities.

Student nationalities If the whole of the BIS Student body was just 100 students…

…19 would be German

…8 would be British

…12 would be American

…5 would be French

…5 would be Spanish

BIS parents work in over 200 different companies. More than half of our parents are affiliated with corporate enterprises listed below. Others work for small or medium sized companies or are self-employed.

…4 would be Italian

…2 would be Indian

…3 would be Chinese

…2 would be Australian

and 35 Students from 68 other countries.

…3 would be Dutch




Our Graduates

Our Graduates Our goal is to guide our students to find the right path to realize their ambitions. Most of our graduates choose to attend university directly after graduation. For us at BIS, success in the university application process means matching each student to a university appropriate for their individual potential and personal goals, where they will be challenged and successful. Students not going directly to university might choose to take a gap year or participate in hands-on vocational training.

Post-Graduation Plans 2017

Attending University 51 (81 %) Gap Year 12 (19 %)

Pass Rate (in %)



Average grade per subject





78 Worldwide

Average points achieved

34. 1 29.9 BIS








5,4 4,8



Offers of University Admission

Offers of University Admission United Kingdom Total applications Total offers


Total applications Total offers

181 143

79+21+p 93+7+p 85+15+p 83+17+p 380 The Netherlands Total applications Total offers

51 42

82+18+p 67+33+p

14 13


Total applications Total offers

United States

Total applications Total offers

81 54


Total applications Total offers



Total applications Total offers

34 9

6 5

13 11



277 Offers


IB Diploma Candidates



University Acceptances 2017

University Acceptances 2017 We wish our graduates all our best for their future and welcome them to the BIS alumni family. The universities offering admission to BIS graduates in 2017 were: Canada • University of British • Brock University • University of Guelph • McGill University • McMaster University • Queen’s University • University of Toronto • Université de Montréal • University of Waterloo • Western University • University of Windsor • York University France • HEC Paris • IESEG School of Management • Sciences Po-College Universitaire du Havre • Université Paris Sorbonne Germany • Akademie Mode Design • BSP Business School Berlin • International University Bad Honnef • Jacobs University • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology • Universitait Passau • RWTH Aachen • SRH Hochschule Berlin • TU München Ireland • Dublin Business School

• Trinity College Dublin • University College Dublin Italy • Instituto Marangoni Netherlands • E rasmus University Rotterdam • T he Hague University of Applied Sciences •H  ogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen • Hogeschool Utrecht • University of Groningen • University of Maastricht • University van Amsterdam •W  illem de Kooning Academie Switzerland •G  lion Institute of Higher Education • S wiss Hotel Management School Uniten Arab Emirates • P aris-Sorbonne University— Abu Dhabi United kingdom • Bath Spa University • Brunel University London •B  uckinghamshire New University •C  anterbury Christ Church University • Cardiff University • City University London

• Coventry University • De Montfort University • Durham University • Falmouth University • Glasgow Caledonian University • Imperial College London • Keele University • King’s College London • Lancaster University • Leeds Beckett University • London South Bank University • Loughborough University • Manchester Metropolitan University • Middlesex University • Northumbria University • Nottingham Trent University • Oxford Brookes University • Queen Margaret University • Queen Mary, University of London • Ravensbourne • Regent’s University London • Royal Holloway, University of London • School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London • Southampton Solent University • St. Mary’s University, Twickenham

• University College London • University for the Creative Arts • University of Aberdeen • University of Bath • University of Bedfordshire • University of Birmingham • University of Bradford • University of Brighton • University of Bristol • University of Derby • University of Dundee • University of East Anglia • University of Edinburgh • University of Exeter • University of Glasgow • University of Gloucestershire • University of Greenwich • University of Hertfordshire • University of Kent • University of Leeds • University of Leicester • University of Lincoln • University of Liverpool • University of Manchester • University of Northampton • University of Nottingham • University of Oxford • University of Reading • University of Sheffield • University of South Wales • University of Southampton • University of Stirling • University of Surrey

• University of Sussex •U  niversity of the West of England •U  niversity of the West of Scotland • University of Warwick • University of West London • University of Westminster • University of York United States • Allegheny College • American University, D.C. • Appalachian State University • Boston University • Champlain College • Clark University • Cornell University • Drew University • Eastern Michigan University • Fordham University •G  eorge Washington University •G  rand Valley State University • Hofstra University • Iowa State University • Kalamazoo College • Loyola University-Chicago • Marist College • Miami University, Ohio • Michigan State University • New York University • Northeastern University • Oakland University

• Pace University • P ennsylvania State University • San Diego State University • Skidmore College • S t. John’s University— Queens • Stony Brook University • Syracuse University • The New School • University of Dayton • University of Denver • University of Hawaii—Hilo • University of Maine • University of Miami • University of Michigan •U  niversity of Michigan— Dearborn •U  niversity of Nebraska— Lincoln • University of Pittsburgh • University of Washington •U  niversity of Wisconsin— Madison •U  niversity of Wisconsin— River Falls • University of Wyoming • Utah State University • Wayne State University •W  orcester Polytechnic Institute



Accreditation All reputable schools are evaluated and monitored by external accreditation agencies. These agencies measure school performance against a set of internationally recognized standards and provide a framework for school improvement and development. Bonn International School is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and The Council of International Schools (CIS). These three accreditation agencies will jointly visit BIS in the first months of 2019. Why three agencies? IB: as a school we believe passionately in its ethos and educational philosophy. We need IB authorization to deliver these programmes. CIS: the CIS seal of accreditation is recognized and valued worldwide.  NEASC: this organization assures recognition in the USA of the BIS High School Diploma as a valued alternative to the IB Diploma and Certificate. The IB visits schools that deliver its curricular framework every five years to evaluate whether school practice reflects the quality of the programmes developed by the IB. NEASC and CIS have previously visited schools every 10 years. Starting this year, all three organizations evaluate schools every five years, including a preparatory visit 12 months in advance of the accreditation itself. During 2017 – 2018 we participated in the preparatory visit by NEASC and CIS, which took place 16 – 18 April.

The pre- and accreditation evaluations examine various aspects of BIS as a whole. These are called domains. Each domain has a set of standards. This school year, a number of committees – including faculty, staff, students and parents –have conducted self-studies in these domains. In the self-study, BIS rates itself against pre-determined standards and must provide documented evidence for the responses, as well as a written commentary. Completing the self-studies for each of the three accrediting organizations provides us with a valuable opportunity to reflect on our practises, our processes and student learning. During the joint accreditation visit in the 2018 – 2019 school year, a team of ca. 10 experts will visit BIS for 5 days. They will conduct interviews with faculty, staff, the Board of Trustees, parents and students. The team members will also visit classrooms from Early Learning to Grade 12. At the end of this lengthy process, BIS will receive a written report with commendations, recommendations and matters to be addressed. More importantly, all school constituencies will know that objective, independent auditors have reviewed every aspect of our school and assure quality control. And that BIS is making good on its mission and vision: Bonn International School is a learning community that empowers and inspires excellence in all that we do. Our mission is to empower and inspire students to achieve their full individual potential and become responsible global citizens. We provide an innovative, internationally-recognized education within a compassionate, multicultural community.



Accreditation These are the areas, or domains, covered during an accreditation visit: Domain A





Domain Area Purpose and Direction

Examples of Areas Covered To what degree are the school’s guiding statements – mission, vision, values and strategic intent – appropriate for all members of the school community? To what extent do the guiding statements align with the CIS Code of Ethics and Standards?

Governance, Leadership and Ownership

What is the relationship between ownership, governance and the leadership of the school? Are the roles of governance, ownership and leadership clear and appropriate for the needs of the school? To what extent are educational and financial plans in place to support the school’s sustainable development?

The Curriculum

How accessible and challenging is the curriculum? To what extent does the curriculum reflect the school’s guiding statements? How well is intercultural learning integrated into the curriculum?

Teaching and Assessing for Learning

How well aligned is the planned, taught and assessed curriculum? How effectively do the curriculum, teaching and assessment mechanisms enable students to maximize their learning potential?

Students’ Learning and Well-being

How well are the students protected and their well-being ensured? To what extent does the students’ learning enable them to meet their potential? How well is the health, safety and security of the students supported?


Domain Area

Examples of Areas Covered To what extent is the staff suitably qualified, experienced and deployed to meet the school’s mission and aims and the students’ needs? How do the staff’s experiences, knowledge, skills and perspectives provide the basis for educating the students for global citizenship? How effectively are the staff recruited, retained, and developed to benefit those employed and to benefit the students in their care?




Does the school have adequate security arrangements for the grounds and buildings? Premises and Physical Are the technology infrastructure and data systems sufficient Accommodation to meet the school’s mission, its educational objectives and its effective functioning for operational and academic purposes?


How are parents, and those responsible for the care of the children at home, and other agencies engaged as partners Community and in the students’ learning? Home PartnerTo what extent do stakeholders understand and appreciate ship the purpose and mission of the school, and how do they contribute to it?


Board of Trustees and Governance

Board of Trustees and Governance Bonn International School e. V. is governed by a Board of Trustees. Seven are voting members who have been elected by parent members of the BIS Association and serve for a three-year period. The BIS Director, Chair of the Parent Volunteers and a staff representative complete the Board as non-voting members.

Silje Skogstad Chair

Patrick van Weerelt Vice Chair

Penny Thayer Treasurer Chair – Finance and Personnel Committee

Caroline Kersten Secretary

Eva Garrido Chair – Policy Committee

Pierluigi Nicotera Chair – Governance Committee

Tanya Talbot Chair – Development Committee Chair – Parent Volunteers

Patricia Baier Director

Kelli Holm Staff Representative

Board of Trustees and Governance

Board of Trustees Strategic Goals 2017 – 2018 The Board of Trustees’ goals revolve around the three main areas which build on the solid foundation of our school: Stakeholder Management with Purpose • Identify key external stakeholders and start conversations focused on understanding how BIS can help these organizations reach their goals, and how they can help support the school in achieving its goals. Build relationships based on mutual respect and support. • Review the structure and workings of the Advisory Council to better reflect the school’s goals. Develop Strategy to Secure Long-Term Financial Support • Review opportunities for securing external funds with the aim of reducing dependency on fees. Long-term Student Growth • Investigate new formats to help us approach and attract new families, especially customer groups who aren’t considering BIS first today. • Look at ways to use our campus more and further to increase and improve our profile in the Bonn region and beyond.



Board of Trustees and Governance

Board of Trustees Committees Finance and Personnel Committee This committee meets once per month to review financial reporting and information. The committee also evaluates the Budget prior to presenting to the Board of Trustees and ultimately to the Members of the Association at the Annual General Meeting. The committee continually monitors the various factors which may affect student enrolment, including information from the Admissions Office. This monitoring is used for forecasting and prioritization of financial resources for longterm financial planning. This is alongside the ongoing governance requirements of the committee. Development Committee The Development Committee supervises activities for marketing, communications and relations with our external stakeholders. These activities support student enrollment and strengthen the flow of information within the BIS community. The committee also oversees and evaluates a range of community and marketing events, from Open House to the parent social, the resources involved in these and their impact.

Policy Committee This year the Policy Committee team reviewed and updated the BIS Admissions Policy. The focus was to make important enrollment information clear and concise for all current and prospective families and staff. During this process, BIS adopted a more open admissions process for German families whose children previously attended English-language schools. These families are now considered international for admissions purposes. Governance Committee The Governance Committee focuses its work on ensuring the effective operation of the Board in terms of its performance management. The Committee coordinates the fair and open selection process for the elections of members of the Board of Trustees starting with the identification of a wide range of suitable candidates.

We inspire excellence.

Annual Report 2017-2018: Bonn International School  
Annual Report 2017-2018: Bonn International School