Congratulations on securing a place at The British School of Kuwait (BSK).
After you have registered, there may be some months before you actually join the school. We understand that you will have questions and perhaps concerns. This page has been written to try and help you with some of those.
The Secondary section of this website contains a lot of detail about the various regulations and systems that we use to ensure that everything works as smoothly as possible. Please don't worry about any of this! We will help you with such things when you arrive.
However, you will need find out your start date, arrange the equipment that you will need, organise a suitable laptop computer and software, and buy the correct school uniform.
Before the first day of term, please organise yourself with a roll of clear sticky plastic. You will need it to cover your planner and exercise books that will be issued in the first few days of school.
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On the first day of term, you should wear the appropriate uniform (except identity badge) and bring your computer and a pencil case containing the required equipment. Please keep an eye on the school Facebook page, where we will announce which year groups will have PE on the first day of term, so that you know whether or not you also need to bring your PE or swimming kit. We will also announce the Year 11 timetable for the first day of term, to enable those students to bring the correct books and equipment.
Please arrive at BSK any time between 07.00 and 07.45. You may enter the campus by either of two routes: either from the rear of the school campus, through Gate D, or from the front, through the Park Lane area and through the tunnel into the Inner Courtyard. The bus service does not operate on the morning of the first day of the school year, there will be a higher volume of traffic than normal. Thank you for your patience.
In each of the courtyards, you will see noticeboards containing class lists. Look for your year group and find out what tutor group (class) you will be in. The class list will also tell you the name of the teacher who will be your class tutor and the number of your tutor room.
Once you know your tutor group, tutor's name and tutor room, you should approach the table around the edge of the courtyard that corresponds to your tutor group. You will be given your student identity badge.
If you want to travel by bus, you should then go to the Transport Manager and his team in the Outer Courtyard to receive a sticker with your bus number. You will need this so that you know which bus to take home that afternoon.
Then go to your tutor room. If you have forgotten the room number, you can check again on the noticeboard in the courtyard. If you need help finding your tutor room, ask any member of staff.
You will stay in your tutor room until the break at 10.05. Your class tutor will give you a student planner and (if possible) your timetable. You will be assigned a buddy to help you find your way around. You will be introduced to various essential rules and procedures, all of which will also be printed in your planner.
Then you will have three lessons before home time.
At home time, if you are travelling by bus student, you will leave afternoon Tutor Time at 14.30 and go directly to your bus. If you travel by car, you will be released at 14.35. Please arrange to be collected either from the rear of the school (Gate D in the Outer Courtyard) or the front of the school (through Park Lane). Please note that, for safety, the Park Lane area is completely closed for a few minutes while the buses move away, so if you want to leave via this route, please move quickly after you are released from Tutor Time.
You will meet your class tutor at the beginning and end of every day. Please do not hesitate to share any small problems that you may have faced. Your Department Coordinator is also available to offer you any possible assistance.
In particular, we understand that new students to BSK can, in the early days, take longer than other students to arrive in their lessons. You will not be logged or sanctioned in any way for this until the end of the second full week of term.
You will soon find that although BSK is a strict envronment and the teachers have very high expectations of work and behaviour, you will also be able to be yourself, form positive relationships and get whatever support you may need.
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