This year’s Winter virtual End of Term event recognized more than just another successful term at the BISC; it was a celebration of the outstanding collective effort that went into achieving an exceptional distance learning experience for our students. The turnout was excellent, with many students making an effort to tune in and pass on their best wishes to the faculty. The accompanying image is a screengrab of attendees watching a joint performance by the BISC Student Choir and the Dance Club.
You can watch their performance of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/HVjjOIgb6og
The students voted unanimously that the David Baguley and Stan Corbett Awards for outstanding teaching would be shared equally by the entire faculty at the BISC. Many congratulations to all the faculty concerned for inspiring our cohort this year. You are proof that the BISC is so much more than bricks and mortar!
Thanks also to our Musicians-in-Residence, Dr. Shelley Katz and Dr. Diana Gilchrist, for direction on the day and all their efforts to support a virtual choir throughout this strangest of academic years. It’s extra-curricular activities like these that remind students, though they may be joining us remotely, that they are part of a wider, supportive network here at the BISC.
That was an example of the outstanding virtual experience at the Castle, but what of a return to in-person learning? Well, as restrictions begin to ease and the UK government does its best to implement its roadmap out of lockdown, there’s a definite sense of optimism in the UK at the moment! This extends to the BISC, of course, where we are committed to the very real prospect of on-site learning at the Castle in September 2021.
The safety of our students, faculty and staff will continue to be our highest priority, as will compliance with official government guidelines, of course, but this does not stop us from looking ahead and being proactive in our planning. To best protect our community, we will introduce several new health and safety guidelines and campus protocols, all of which have been devised in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada and the UK Public Health Authority, respectively.
We’re thrilled to report that at the time of writing, we currently have 127 students who have accepted their place to join in person this September. Evidently, we will need to keep plans under review over the coming months as government guidance is updated, but we have every reason to be optimistic about next Fall at the BISC!