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Creating a love of reading,

a love of books and

a reading culture in your home.


How can you make time for reading, make reading fun and also help your child develop their early, emergent and developing reading skills at home.

This interactive session, run by Kate Fuller, our Head of Primary, will be designed to give you tips and ideas of how to ensure that reading is something your child loves doing in the home. Come along, share your thoughts, ideas and strategies and bring your child's favorite book with you to share!


8:30am, after drop-off

In the BOMA


Note: This session is pitched for parents of primary aged children as many secondary students are off site for Project Week.

Winter Fayre Vendors

The 2016 BISH Winter Fayre will take place on Saturday the 19th of November at the new BISH campus in Katy (2203 Westgreen, TX 77449). It will feature a range of fun stalls and activities as well as food, entertainment, music, Santa’s grotto and a range of outside vendors offering a diverse selection of products and services.


The presence of outside vendors at the BISH Winter Fayre, has been a major contributing factor to the success of this annual event. If you’re a vendor and would like to share in that success by having a stall at the BISH 2016 Winter Fayre then please complete and submit a vendor application form. Note, we cannot accept applications for vendors selling foods for consumption at the fayre (other than candy).


Winners - The Chicken Tikklers

Congratulations to this year's winners of the BISH C&Q Balti Cup, Chicken Tikklers (with 85 points). Not far behind them were the Naanotechnologists with 83 points. Third place went to, To BISH or not to BISH, with 80.
All the final scores can be viewed here


Quiz and Curry Final Scores

Here they are, the final scores for all the teams that competed in this year's Quiz and Curry.


These scores are based only on the answers provided to the questions asked. Well done Chicken Tikklers.



These next set of scores are for behaviour. Pilau Talkers were the teacher's pet.


 This set of results is the combined scores for the quiz and behavior.


And finally, a breakdown of all the scores by round, quiz and behavior.


Volunteers Required for This Year's Events

The BISH PTSA helps the BISH community of Parents/Guardians, Teachers and Students arrange numerous community FunRaising events throughout the academic year. However, these events are only possible thanks to the members of the BISH community that volunteer to help make them a reality.


If you'd like to help out and become a community FunRaiser please register your details and tell us how you would like to help. Together we can raise some fun, build our community and make this years events memorable!


Note: Registering you details does not commit you to anything, it just allows the PTSA to contact you when we start to organize an event to see if you are interested.

Want to be a Class Rep this year?

The British International School of Houston (BISH) with the PTSA recognises the advantages of having Class Reps appointed to each year group.  It is a key role throughout the school year and helps enormously by keeping the school community in touch with what is going on from FunRaising events to coffee mornings. More information on the role of the class rep is available here


Please register your interest if you would you like to be a Class Representative for your child's class this year.



We'll be serving free coffees and other beverages after drop-off on first Wednesday, Thursday & Friday of the new term.


So,…….. drop off the kids and come and have a drink and a chat with parents,  both old and new.


We hope to see you there.

Quiz & Curry Night 2016

Our annual curry and quiz (The Principals Quiz) will take place on Saturday the 24th of September from 7pm.




Thank You Class Reps

A MASSIVE thank you to all this years class reps for all they have done this year to support the PTSA, their classes and the BISH community. You have done a tremendous job and we are very grateful. We wouldn't have been able to achieve the things we have this year without your help.

BISH Summer Party Tickets On Sale


At last the BISH BASH is here! There was a moment when we thought it was going to very reminisce of Glastonbury - with people tromping through the mud and getting very messy indeed! But, it looks like the weather is going to be good to us this time around.


There are too many people to thank personally but the PTSA are increasingly grateful to the whole school community for the support, help and encouragement that you give us. We would however like to express our gratitude to the following:


ALL the Class Reps, all volunteer parents, the Performing Arts Department, the SLT, the PE Department, the members of staff who have volunteered their time to help out from selling tickets to helping on the stalls, the students both from the choirs and those that auditioned to take part, the Cheerleaders (Laura Bettner, Neriya Cassim, Willemijn Cooper. Molly Hutchinson. Zara Kellagher, Erin Ogolo, Alina Sarsenova, Sophia Vieira, Emily Aitken, Mia Radwanski and Beth Aitken who supports the cheerleaders), Mr Dillon Wolfe (your MC) and of course the teachers and parent performing in our very own band (keep your ears open for the announcement of the winner of the Name The Band Competition).

There is no entrance fee and all activities and entertainment stalls are free. There will however be a charge for refreshments as follows:


  • Popcorn - 1 Ticket
  • Candy Floss - 1 Ticket
  • All Cans / Juice Drinks - 1 Ticket
  • Ice Pops - 2 for 1 Ticket
  • Hot Dog - 2 Tickets
  • Pizza Slice - 2 Tickets
  • Mocktails - 2 Tickets
  • Crisps - 2 Tickets
  • Ice Cream - 2 Tickets


Tickets are $1 each.


Don't forget to bring your chairs and/or blankets to relax on in front of the main stage. Although food will be available you are more than welcome to bring a picnic.


A running order of performances will be available on the side of the stage. Currently we are planning to open with the Jazz Band followed by:


  • The Cheerleaders
  • The Tempos choir (red shirts)
  • The Half notes choir (blue shirts)
  • The Accents choir (white shirts)
  • The student rock band
  • Shake Your Tail Feather with the Jazz Band

The Staff Band will be the final performance starting from around 6:30pm.


The above acts will be interspersed by performances by different soloists.


We really hope you enjoy this event and if you have any feedback at all please do contact us.



Name The Band

This May the 6th,
a brand new band will take to the BISH BASH main stage
for the first time ever.

But, before their debut performance, they need a name.

Can you come up with the perfect name?


The band, comprised of BISH faculty (Tom Bennett, Jos Kerkhofs, Amy Kirman, Dan Lifton, Lesley Watson, Becki Wolfe & Ashley Wright), will pick the winning name from all the entries received.

Not only will the winner get to announce the band at the BISH BASH for the very first time, they will also be the recipient of a very special prize!

All entries must be received before midnight on Tue, May the 3rd, 2016.
You may submit multiple entries but please keep it to one band name per entry.



Tomorrows (21st April) mini-lecture (Negotiating Screen Time) has been cancelled.


We are currently working to reschedule the mini-lecture and will publish details once an alternative date has been confirmed.



Due to the water-logged nature of the school playing field and the forecast for more rain, the BISH BASH will NOT take place this coming weekend as originally planned.


The BISH BASH will now take place after school on FRIDAY THE 6TH OF MAY.


Play Equipment in use

One of the successful requests for funding during the last PTSA funding round was for sports/play equipment for the children to use during break times. As you can see from the pictures above, it is being put to good use and providing the children with extra things to do at break and lunch times. The house captains are doing a great job of managing and looking after it.




Fancy spending the odd Friday evening singing and/or jamming with other musicians? If you do, then please contact us and we'll see if we can arrange a relaxed and fun jamming evening at the school. 


This years Summer Ball will be a Summer Party instead that will celebrate the move of the School from Watonga Boulevard to Katy. Just like the ball, it will be an adults only, evening affair, but less formal, somewhat easier on the pocket and hopefully more appealing to a wider cross-section of the BISH community. Quite what format it will take could be up to you! If you'd like to help organise a night to remember then please contact Barry, our events coordinator.


The PTSA is is looking for both a treasurer and an assistant treasurer as the current incumbents, Diane McNae and Daisy Tse, have unfortunately had to resign for personal reasons. Many, many thanks to both Diane and Daisy for all their assistance and hard work. We'd also thank Vanessa Harvey for all her help and assistance as PTSA secretary during the first few months of the current year. Andrée Grindlay has taken the position over, many thanks Andrée!


If you are interested in doing something fun and rewarding for your community, and have a background in finance or book keeping skills, then please contact us, you may just be the treasure that we are looking for.


We also have a VACANCY for at least one EVENTS COORDINATOR. If you'd like to help coordinate the organisation of the fun events we organised throughout the year then please do contact Barry. Many thanks to Andrea van Beek who shared the Events Coordinator position with Barry Dobson earlier in the year. Barry is currently our only Events Coordinator and would like to have at least one other person to share the role with. Please contact Barry if you have any questions, want to know more, or are interested in sharing the role with him.


More details about the above roles are available here

Thank You

Dear BISH Community,


I cannot believe we're getting ready for the Winter Break already. In some ways this term has flown by, I absolutely feel, as a PTSA, we have accomplished an awful lot. I am very grateful to the wonderful PTSA team and all that they do. We have worked incredibly hard to try and get this academic year off to a good start. As a new committee, we hit the ground running at the beginning of September and haven't yet stopped; we do it because we want to enhance the school community, provide some fun along the way and perhaps most importantly, we want everyone arriving at the school to feel welcome.


As a PTSA we truly cannot function without the rest of the BISH community's support, encouragement and feedback and I cannot stress enough how valuable all your support has been over this term. I have to give a massive thank you to all the class reps. We had a rough start trying to appoint and get the contact details right for all of you, but in true BISH form, everyone came together and I am very proud to say every year group and class is covered. The class reps play such an important role in the day to day organisation of not only PTSA events but also working and communicating with their own individual teachers/tutors, please know your hard work and consistency is very much appreciated. We value your comments and advice and promise to try, wherever possible, to act and follow through on everything. I cannot let this letter go out without a special mention to the Winter Fayre. The feedback has been very positive indeed and we intend to build on this for future years. Please look out for the Winter Fayre's survey arriving via email soon- please fill it in and have your say on how we develop future events. It was so great to see everyone come together and make the event so successful.


There is a tendency in letters like this to list everyone but inevitably I would be at risk of missing someone off the list - so from coffee makers, sandwich cutters, tombola receivers, cleaners to handbook authors, please accept our heartfelt thanks - we need you and appreciate you all.


  • As ever with all our events the plan is not to make money but inevitably we do. This money in turn gets put back into the community via certain events and or purchases. This term to date we have hosted/helped at:
  • New Families Day
  • Prepared and served bacon rolls to the teachers at the beginning of the term.
  • Three Dropoffee's at the start of this term.
  • Two Class Reps coffee's
  • One Class Rep question and answer session.
  • Four PTSA Committee meetings - with many many more planning meetings on the side.
  • Implemented and collaborated with the school to present the 'Mini Lecture Series'
  • The Principal's Quiz and Curry night.
  • The Winter Fayre.
  • Staff Appreciation event (Dec. 15th)


Please look out for ALL our upcoming events in the new year and think about how you may want to participate - just a little teaser, any parents who are musicians and wannabe rock stars, you may get a chance at fame, keep an eye out for more details.


  • Along with all of the above we also contributed via our first funding round of this academic year to purchasing the following:
  • Soccer balls, cones etc for ALL year groups for use at break times.
  • Play equipment for Key Stage 2 for use at break times
  • Bean Bags for the LRC
  • The Primary Garden Club have received a grant for helping them set up/sustain their primary garden.
  • Yoga equipment for the IB years

As a PTSA we are very keen to get the students involved wherever possible and to let them have a voice within the PTSA. With this in mind we have set up a 'Seed Grant' - any of the students may apply to this fund to set up a 'charity project' of their own. So far we have awarded to:


  • The Charity Committee, run by years 12 and 13.
  • Year 13 Business students who ran their own 'business stalls' at the Winter Fayre, their start up costs were decreased due to not having to pay for their stalls.


We are keen to receive more of these requests so please keep your ideas coming in. The funding rounds are (funds permitting) accessible through our website. Anyone in the BISH Community can apply - parents, teachers and students. If you do not have a project you would like to put a bid in for, then please, when the projects are announced, on line, take the time to vote for the ones you like and value the most. Honestly, every vote counts!


I would like to close by saying that I feel very privileged to be a part of this community and that the support from the BISH SLT has been outstanding, it truly does feel like a collaboration and that we are all on the same page and moving forward. Please do keep on supporting us and feel free to come along to any of our committee meetings, dates are available on our website and Facebook, believe it or not sometimes they can be fun and it is a great way to have your say and see what we are up to. As I think we stated at the very start of this academic year we want to run the PTSA with absolute transparency and clarity so if you have any questions at all please do contact us. We will do our best to help.


All that is left to say is have a lovely Winter Break, safe travels to those going away, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the New Year.


With Kind Regards,

Christine MacLeod



Mini-lecture (There's an App foR that!)

Learn the essentials of e-safety and how to avoid internet dangers.


The 3 mains points to be covered are:

  • Navigating Instagram and snapchat
  • Connecting with your teen’s online world
  • Preparing kids for life online starts with preparing them for the real world



Run by Amy Bramlett

LMSW Program Manager


More Details >>>


Winter Fayre 2015

A massive thank you to everyone that helped with preparations for the day and volunteered on the day to make the event a great community FUNraiser.


Winter Fayre Token Sales



Doors open at 11:50.

The Fayre will be opened by the BISH School Choir


Mrs Jones has kindly offered to sell token for the Winter Fayre from today onwards. Students can purchase them from her in her classroom. Tokens cost $1 each.


Tokens will also be on sale at the back gate on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week at school Pick-Up. So, you can buy early and avoid the queues on the day!


Thanks for the donations

Many thanks to you all for your generous donations of items for the Winter Fayre Tombola this Saturday. It's going to be a great tombola.


Results of Funding Round

The results of the recent funding round are now all in. Many thanks to everyone that took the time to vote.

As you can see below, there was very little in it. The lowest score was 218 points whilst the greatest was 294. However, on this occasion every project was a winner as we were able to fund all the projects that where put forward to the community vote. Congratulations to all the applicants.

1st Place

Project 5 (Break-time sports equipment)

Amount Requested ($): 500

Points Received: 294

3rd Place

Project 4 (Gardening club)

Amount Requested ($): 300

Points Received: 261

5th Place

Project 3 (Break-time toys for KS2)

Amount Requested ($): 110

Points Received: 218

2nd Place

Project 6 (Meditation and mindfulness/yoga)

Amount Requested ($): 395

Points Received: 256

4th Place

Project 1 (Bean Bags)

Amount Requested ($): 173

Points Received: 252

6th Place

Project 2 (Cones)

Amount Requested ($): 139.12

Points Received: 251

Further details on each funding request are provided below:

Project 1 (Bean Bags)

Type of project: Physical item

Amount ($): approx $173

To purchase approx. 4 cushion beanbags, for a good deal of use in the Senior LRC (Library). Preferable the lime green and red coloured bags please!!

Who will benefit from the funding: Only secondary children

What will be benefit: This will provide some more comfortable seating / lounging for students whilst they spend time in reading lessons in the LRC and also during break and lunch. It will make the LRC a little more inviting and colourful even if there are only a few beanbags.

Project 2 (Cones)

Type of project: Physical item

Amount ($): 139.12

Cones for goals, so that students playing outside can use them on any field and any size.

Who will benefit from the funding: All children in the school

What will be benefit: No need to use lunch boxes or shoes for goals.

Project 3 (Break-time toys for KS2)

Type of project: Physical item

Amount ($): Approximately $110

Toys for for KS2 children at break and lunch times:

     Container of Tennis balls
     Throw ball set x 3
     Spade set
     Mini truck set x 3

Who will benefit from the funding: Only primary children

What will be benefit: The toys will provide the children with extra things to do at break and lunch times. They will enable the children to use a wider range of areas, rather than simply the field or playground.

Project 4 (Gardening club)

Type of project: Physical item

Amount ($): Approximately $300

Funding to run the gardening club over the course of this year to buy supplies to increase our garden's productivity.

Supplies would include:
     New seeds and plants
     Some more large spades
     Signs and banners for our new areas of the garden etc.

The primary students have decided that they would like to use the garden and make the following features:
     Herb Garden
     Wild Flower patch
     Vegetable Patch
     Butterfly garden
     Feeding area for birds and squirrels
     Possible water feature (depending on texas law of course).

Who will benefit from the funding: Only primary children

What will be benefit: We would like to use the garden as an educational tool for all students within the school, and invite the teachers in to use it for ecology, geography, science, maths and Art in particular. We feel that this area could provide such a lovely learning environment (we could even get some benches and seats to make it into an outdoor classroom if possible- this may require a little more funding though!!).

Project 5 (Break-time sports equipment)

Type of project: Physical item

Amount ($): $500

What is the funding for ?: Sports equipment to be used only during break and lunchtimes. The children from years 3-6 play football on a regular basis. I would like to provide them with a sack for each year group containing a ball, cones and team bibs. This will be managed by the staff and we will ensure that a rota is put in place to ensure all children are getting the benefit:

     4 soccer balls
     4 sets of  cones
     4 equipment bags

Who will benefit from the funding: All children in the school

What will be benefit: The benefit will be more structured play with the right equipment.

Project 6 (Meditation and mindfulness/yoga)

Type of project: Physical item

Amount ($): $395

What is the funding for ?: We would like to start a meditation and mindfulness/yoga session starting with Y12 and 13 to deal with stress management.  We want to roll this out in stages through the school.  the students have asked if this is possible and myself and another member of staff would like to start this with y13 and 12 during next half term.  The equipment needed is yoga mats and blocks.

Who will benefit from the funding: All children in the school

What will be benefit: There is significant evidence of this type of relaxation practice being extremely beneficial for students and learning.


Target Hunger

Last week, we presented last years chosen charity, Target Hunger, with a cheque for $2516. Mrs Donna Brownlow, Director of food services for Target Hunger was very appreciative and thanked the BISH community of Parents, Teachers and Students (you).

Mrs Brownlow talked passionately about the work that Target Hunger is doing in the Houston community to help fight hunger and food insecurity. For more information about how you can help, please visit their website at



Help is particularly needed at this time of year as Target Hunger prepares for the distribution of food over the holiday period. If you would like to help out and make an immediate difference, Mrs Brownlow has asked for volunteers to participate in food packing from Thursday Nov 12 to Friday Nov 20 and distribution on Sat 21st. A member of our school community and passionate Target Hunger volunteer, Mrs Laing, has organized a group of helpers for next Wednesday, November the 18th. They are aiming to help with food packing from 10am to 1.30/2pm. Please contact us If you would like to join them or want to know more and we'll forward your message to Mrs Laing.





Doors open at 11:50.

The Fayre will be opened by the BISH School Choir

As with previous School events, we will be operating a token system at the Fayre. Cash will not be accepted (unless otherwise indicated).

Tokens will be sold on the day in the LRC (5 for $5) or you can purchase them at the school gate at pick-up on Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th of November.

External vendors and student fund-raising stalls for Tanzania will not accept tokens, only cash.

Lunch and baked goods will be served in the school hall from noon onwards. Hot Dogs, Sno Cones, Pop corn and Candy Floss will also be available.

Stalls, activities and foods are detailed below:



We are looking for donations of home-baked, seasonal goodies for desserts and to go with tea and coffee at this year’s Winter Fair. Mince pies, festive cupcakes, gingerbread, biscuits, traditional cakes or loaves….. whatever you would like to make as long as it does not contain nuts. Remember, that also means no marzipan.

Don’t feel you have to bake a large quantity, anything would be gratefully received.

If you are interested, please email contact us and lets us know what you would like to bake.

Volunteers will be available to accept donations from you and/or your children at the school gate at drop-off and pickup on Friday the 20th of November. Alternatively, you can bring your donation with you to the Fayre on Saturday and drop it off in the school-hall kitchen.



Do you have any unwanted gifts or items that you think are suitable for this years Winter Fayre Tombola? If you do, ask your children to bring them into school on


Please, no alcohol or jigsaws with missing pieces.

Every child that donates (voluntary) an item can wear their choice of clothes for the day. However, students should not wear shorts, short skirts, ‘strappy’ tops or beachwear of any kind, and should be mindful of the appropriateness of their outfit in the school environment.

Volunteers will be available to accept donations from you and/or your children at the school gate at drop-off.

Donations can be dropped off at reception if your child forgets to bring something in on Tuesday.


Reps Meeting

Many thanks to all the Class Reps that came along to this mornings meeting, we hope you found it useful? Remember,..... please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.


Mini Lecture Series

We are pleased to announce that in collaboration with the school, we will be hosting a mini lecture series for parents. These will take place during regular coffee mornings and everyone is welcome.


We will be covering various topics through this academic year that will include, E Safety, Drugs and Alcohol awareness and other subjects relevant to our school community.

We will kickstart this series on November the 12th at 8:30 in the church hall. The first lecture will be: 


‘Gimme Some Space!’

learn how to feel connected to your teen, and what to do when your child craves privacy.


Presented by Jennifer Mahon, PhD Family, Parenting, and Personal Psychology

Please keep a look out for further information regarding the whole series in the coming weeks.

The scheduled mini lecture series date will be as follows:


November 12th

December 10th

January 14th

February 18th

March 10th

April 14th

May 12th


Want to help with the summer ball?

Summer may seem like a long way off with winter just around the corner but it is time to start organizing the summer ball.

A team of volunteers will start planning the ball after the half-term break. If you'd like to be part of that team then please contact us.


Staff Appreciation

We love our teachers and all the staff that support them in the great job they do educating our children at the British International School of Houston. So, a few times a year we let them all know how much they are appreciated by giving them some small treats such as Christmas selection boxes, Easter eggs and catered lunches.


To do this, we ask for voluntary contributions from each family of $6 per child. Please click here to say thank you and make a contribution.


If you would like help arrange staff appreciation events this year then please click here to register as a staff appreciation FunRaiser.

The Staff appreciation fund is administered by the BISHPTSA on behalf of all BISH students and parents/guardians of BISH students. All funds made to the staff appreciation fund go towards gifts and events for the BISH staff and any shortfall in funding is made up from other BISH PTSA funds.



Aoife, A Year 13 student and house captain of water has organised a food drive for a charity called Target Hunger, which aims to help those who are less fortunate by supplying them with food parcels monthly.

Bring in as many non-perishable food items as possible and put them in one of the collection bins in school! This event will be a house event, you will receive one house point for donating. Please ensure that any items of food brought in are non-perishable, in that they cannot be fresh food or food that can go off because this food will not all be distributed immediately.


The food drive will run until Tuesday, October 20th when the bins will be collected! We hope you will be able to help us aid this very worthy cause!


Applications for funding

Although the PTSA does not set out to raise moneys through the community FunRasising events it stages, we do raise limited funds that we try and give back to the community within the same academic year that they were raised. If you have a project that you wish the PTSA to fund, in full or partially, then please submit an application for funding.

This year, we are also making funds available to students that would like seed money to get a project off the ground. So, if you have something in mind, please do submit an application.


Applications must be received by the end of Friday the 23rd of October to be included in the current funding round.


Curry & Quiz

Congratulations to the winners of the BISH Curry and Quiz 2015, The Rogan Joshers, and thanks to everyone that helped make the evening such a great success, without you it just wouldn't have been possible.


Thanks also to everyone that purchased tickets and attended the Curry and Quiz on Saturday evening. We hope you had as much fun being contestants as we had arranging everything. Through the purchase of raffle, you managed to raise over $800 that will go towards purchasing educational goods to fill suitcases that year 12 students will take with them to Tanzania as part of the Global Classroom Tanzania Expedition 2016. Well done!!!


An extra big thank you goes to all the staff that got involved with setting the questions and/or donned a gown and kept the contestants in order throughout the evening.


For those interested, the final scores are below.



Winter Fayre: 21st Nov 12-3pm

Mark your calendars for Saturday November the 21st from Noon to 3pm for the return of the BISH Winter Fayre.


If you'd like to help arrange the fayre then please register as a Winter Fayre FunRaiser. Please  contact us if you have any ideas for activities or stalls.


We are also accepting applications from vendors that would like to have a stall at the fayre.

Do you have an idea for a project within the school. Why not apply for PTSA funding and see if you can make it happen.

Do you have an idea for a project within the school. Why not apply for PTSA funding and see if you can make it happen.

The BISH PTSA is the diverse community of parents, staff and students at the British International School of Houston, a Nord Anglia School.

25% of all funds raised by the BISH PTSA go to a charity chosen each year by the school council. This year, it is Brookwood Community. is a free service provided by the BISH PTSA.

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