BISJ students wow global universities

From left, Salma Islam, MIT; Hija Ali, Cambridge; Ian Williams, school director; Hafiz Mohammed Amri, Oxford; and Jad Abdel Jawad, Stanford and Harvard. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 01 May 2018

BISJ students wow global universities

Students of the British International School of Jeddah (BISJ) have received university offers from some of the top universities around the world. 

The school, which celebrates 40 years this year, has grown from a small villa, with a few pupils to offering IGCSE at age 16 and now culminating in the International Baccalaureate exams. Over 60 nationalities now are registered for a British-style education, which prepares students for universities around the world.

“It is fitting in this 40th year that we are also celebrating university offers from some of the top universities around the world. These offers show that students who study at any school in the Kingdom should keep their sights on the best universities in the world. The Year 13 students are now on study leave preparing for the remainder of their IB exams which begin later this week,” a press release said.

The students that have studied art as one of their courses have already had their exhibition. 

The school caters for children from years Kindergarten to Year 13 and has in excess of 1,500 students. The school is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and by the British Schools of the Middle East (BSME). Additionally, BISJ is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) and is a center for Cambridge International Examinations (CIS).

The school has a purpose-built facility with over 100 dedicated classrooms, including swimming pools, an Astroturf pitch and a number of science and IT labs. The sports program is quite challenging and the standard outdoor education curriculum includes windsurfing, sailing and kayaking on the Red Sea.


Makkah Clock Royal Tower lights up for ‘Home Heroes’

The world’s tallest clock tower beamed the words ‘Home Heroes’ for 30 minutes.
Updated 08 April 2020

Makkah Clock Royal Tower lights up for ‘Home Heroes’

The Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel recently lit up with a solidarity message in support of its staff and medical professionals who are working tirelessly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The world’s tallest clock tower beamed the words “Home Heroes” for 30 minutes, for the first time since its opening, in an initiative to honor national heroes for their efforts in protecting the nation from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The campaign was launched by Accor Hotels Makkah — Raffles Makkah Palace, Swissotel Makkah, and Swissotel Al-Maqam Makkah, and the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel.
This initiative was one of many others launched by the hospitality group in support of the brave medical professionals who are risking their lives to save others during this period as well as to support the Saudi government and its people.
Accor, in collaboration with a hospital in Makkah, delivered complimentary meals to the medical staff working with the group, as a token of gratitude and appreciation. The group also distributed a number of masks and sterilizers to citizens in Makkah, as part of serving the local community and backing the Kingdom’s efforts in maintaining the health and security of citizens and residents.
Faisal Abdallah, director of communications and PR, Accor Hotels, said: “Embracing the solidarity momentum, we launched this initiative, a first-of-its-kind in Makkah by lighting up the Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel with the ‘Home Heroes’ message, empathizing with every member of our community. We support all efforts of the government of Saudi Arabia in wake of the new health crisis and ask the Almighty to protect and preserve the health of the Kingdom’s citizens and residents.”