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Daily Routines / Attendance

Secondary School operates on a ten-day Week A / Week B schedule. This schedule can be found on the community login calendar. The school day starts at 8:20 with a ten-minute advisory period. There are six 55-minute lessons. The last lesson ends at 15:30.

Breaks and Lunchtime

Secondary students have a 25-minute morning break. The Secondary lunchtime is from 12:50–13:35.  Grade 6 - 8 students have lunch in the cafeteria, while students in Grades 9 - 12 have their lunch in the Waves Sports Hall until further notice.

At this time, the following rules apply during break time:

  • Masks must be worn at all times unless eating or drinking.
  • Students must keep the 1.5-metre distance during break times.
  • Students must only use the designated break areas and stay in their grade-level areas.
  • Students are not to play soccer, basketball, volleyball or any contact sports during breaks.
  • Playground equipment will not be handed out.
  • Hands must be sanitized after break time and before entering the classroom.

Students can either bring a packed lunch or purchase a warm meal from the cafeteria or snack/sandwich from the kiosk. BIS runs a cash-free cafeteria so that students wishing to purchase food must preload money on to their ID cards. Information on how to do that can be found on the Cafeteria section of the BIS website.

Students in Grades 11 – 12 are allowed to leave school grounds during the lunch break after signing out, given that their parents have signed the form agreeing to this. This privilege may be withdrawn as a result of lateness.

Lateness and Absence

Secondary students arriving in their advisory classroom after 08:20 are considered late and will be marked late by their Advisor. Students arriving after 08:28 must sign in at the Agora Reception. Late students will be issued with a late pass that they must give to the teacher of their first lesson.

Absence from school is usually only permitted for students who have health-related issues. Parents must contact send a message via or Managebac before 08:00 to report absences, medical appointments, etc.

On the rare occasion that a non-medical absence is inevitable, parents must request leave from the Secondary Principal in writing at least two weeks in advance. The Student Leave of Absence form is to be used for this purpose. Students who miss class are required to complete all regular work assignments and any additional work allocated.

With the exception of Grades 11–12, students who have written parental permission to leave campus during lunch  (Senior Privileges form), no student will be permitted to leave school grounds during the school day except with prior written notification from parents or a nurse release slip.

After School

Secondary students are required to leave school premises after school hours unless they are participating in or waiting to participate in a recognized school activity. This is regarded as a safety issue, as the school cannot guarantee insurance cover for students when not in approved activities. If students are waiting for an EC activity to begin, they are to wait quietly in the Cafeteria or Agora Lounge, all of which are open until 17:00. The school takes no responsibility for student safety if students are unsupervised.


The Secondary School operates on the following time and lesson schedule:

  • 08:35–09:30 Period 1
  • 09:35–10:30 Period 2
  • 10:30–10:55 Break
  • 10:55–11:50 Period 3
  • 11:55–12:50 Period 4
  • 12:50–13:35 Lunch
  • 13:35–14:30 Period 5
  • 14:35–15:30 Period 6


All Secondary students are placed in one of four houses. The houses are Red, Green, Yellow and Blue. Students will be placed in the same house as their siblings. 

Many school events and competitions are organized on a house basis and points are awarded. House point scores are regularly published and the house with the highest total of points at the end of the school year is awarded the House Trophy.