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The highlights this year so far!

Excursion Day

Lion and Rhino Park and Wonder Caves

What a fantastic way to portray the beauty of South Africa to every foreign and local student from BIC Pretoria. With such a variety of foreign and local species that found their home in this rescue/wild life facility, we learned much about their behaviour, survival skills and many other fun facts. We got the opportunity to be in contact and play with small wild cats like the white lion cubs, cheetahs and many more.

We also got the opportunity to explore below the surface, in to the Wonder caves. We learned a lot that day. Why rock formations are formed the way they are, how the people in the olden days mined and got the riches they did out of the rocks inside the cave.

We had an amazing time and it was a day well spent! We can’t wait to for the next excursion day!

By Deidré Greyling


Brilliance Awards

We celebrated our students (and the lecturers who aided them) who achieved top marks in their subjects in last year’s Cambridge exam.  Two students from the Pretoria campus received awards.

Tumusiime Guma (A-level) achieved two Firsts in South Africa in History and Psychology. He was aided by Mr. Frikkie Pretorius in Psychology, and Mrs. Marelize Swanepoel in History.

Juan Luis Mba (IGCSE-level) won for Spanish as a Second Language. His lecturer was Mrs. Marené Bronkhorst.

BIC was once again the top performing Cambridge school in South Africa!

Science Day

Barry Myers joined us for our annual Science Day. It was a blast – literally and figuratively! Even those students (and lecturers) who aren’t budding scientists were in awe. He showed us all kinds of physics and chemistry experiments – from electromagnets to multi-coloured chemical flames and electrical charges.

A-level Ball

In July our A-levels headed off to the Indaba Hotel in Fourways for the A-level Ball. Always a highlight of the year, it is a chance for our students to show off their classy sides. And did they ever! They were snazzy and fashionable, and did us proud.

Thailand Adventure

As part of our community service programme, some of our A Level students went to Thailand for two weeks in December. It was a working holiday which meant that the students had planned days working - teaching English in local schools. Teaching was done in 3 schools on the mainland, in the Khao Lak area and in one school on Koh Yao Noi Island.

The rest of the time was spent visiting local cultural heritage sites, which included 3 temples. Other places of interest were James Bond Island, the Floating Village, zip lining, and some students even went to interact and swim with elephants. The students were also participating in various activities such as Thai cooking lessons, which proved to be not only fun for the students, but also helped them learn more about Thai culture. The trip has been a memorable and life changing experience for the students.

The students were accompanied by Mr Blom, Principal of the British International Distance College.

Talent Show and Sports Day

As always, one of the highlights of our year! We made the trek to Bryanston to compete against our fellow BIC’ers in volleyball, chess and basketball, and ended the day with the annual Talent Show. Onka was undoubtedly the highlight of the evening. He had the audience in stitches as the MC, and his (hitherto unknown) skills as a rapper left the audience asking for more.

Celebration of Achievement

This year’s Celebration of Achievement was a very enjoyably affair. The evening went down in high spirits. Mrs Swanepoel and Mrs Oshry spoke beautifully to open the evening, and then it was on to the awards.

Congratulations to all of the students who received awards on the night. It is always a pleasure and a privilege to celebrate hard work and commitment. A special congratulations to the recipients of our Special Awards - Juan Luis Mba Nchama for Achievement in IGCSE Spanish and Nadine Whelpton for IGCSE French. 

Brilliance awards 2016

In June we celebrated all of the students (and the lecturers who aided them) who achieved the top marks in their subjects in last year's Cambridge exam. Of the 620 000 IGCSE entrants worldwide, and the 460 000 AS and A Level entrants worldwide, an incredible nineteen of our candidates were celebrated for first place either nationally or internationally, making us once again the top performing Cambridge school in South Africa by a thick margin.