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An international school with a difference TEXT: LIDIJA LIEGIS | PHOTOS: BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Brussels International Catholic School (BICS) is a unique independent international school: it offers a wholly bi-lingual English and French curriculum for pupils aged two and a half to 18. According to headmaster Canon William Hudson, what distinguishes BICS is its dual-language education, Christian values, and caring environment. Children are encouraged to fulfil their unique potential to a maximum. Pupils typically focus on reading and writing in French in the last year of the pre-primary section (age five to six), whilst continuing with spoken English. Those who complete the primary school will be bilingual by the end of the sixth year. Teaching is split equally between English and French, allowing for immersion in both languages. Specialist teachers support children with limited English or French. The secondary school offers the International GCSE and A-level curriculum. BICS
is recognised as a test centre of the University of Cambridge International Examinations, and a full member of the European Council of International Schools. Classes average a maximum of 25 students, but are usually smaller, particularly at secondary level with around five to 15 pupils per class at A-level. A wide range of courses are available, including modern languages, science, humanities and classics; the secondary school opened a newly renovated campus in September 2015, with excellent facilities, including a fully equipped science laboratory. BICS’s fees are competitive, ranging from €7,000 to €10,000 per year. The school has a day-care service to assist working parents, and is conveniently located near the European institutions. It has an extensive range of extracurricular activities: sports, music, cultural interests and academic subjects. The school has 580 pupils from over 40 different countries in attendance.
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