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From the IISSAC Chair

Usually I have the pleasure of writing this column representing our excellent secondary division of teachers and students. Today I get to share some thoughts as the Indonesian International Small School Activity Conference (IISSAC) chair and BAIS’ hosting of the 2019 IISSAC soccer tournament October 25-27.

IISSAC has six member schools: BAIS, BIS, Bali Island School, Wesley School, Mountainview Christian School, and Surabaya Intercultural School. The purpose of IISSAC is, “To promote interaction between international schools in Indonesia through friendly competition and other character-building activities.

In addition to soccer, there are two other mandatory sports for member schools, basketball and swimming, and two invitational sports, cross-country and badminton. As the community prepares to host and enjoy the soccer, I would like to highlight some of the unique rules that some spectators might not know.

Finally, IISSAC has a set of spectator expectations I would like to share. We are so thankful to BAIS for hosting this tournament and are so excited for the competition next weekend!


IISSAC encourages as many staff, students, and family members to both attend and participate in tournament spectating. Positive cheering and enthusiastic support is what makes sports such a unifying and positive experience for all involved. With this in mind, please adhere to the following expectations…

Spectators should:

  1. Cheer with gusto and enthusiasm for your school
  2. Encourage players and coaches (from either team) for good form
  3. Get to know spectators from other schools
  4. Have fun!

Spectators should avoid:

  1. Excessive angry outbursts*Addressing players or coaches in a negative way
  2. Address a game official for any reason
  3. Swearing in any language
  4. Taunting, harassing, or distracting a player during a game (e.g. during a free-throw or penalty shot)
  5. Enter the field of play during a game**

*Excessive in this context is any behavior that carries on past an initial outburst.
**With the exception being an injury to the child of a spectator

IISSAC understands that being a part of sports can be exciting, heartbreaking, and frustrating. However, we strongly believe that the above standards will help ensure that a positive environment is maintained throughout a tournament. With this in mind, if a spectator repeatedly chooses to behave in a way that is harmful to the environment of the game, the following consequences will be enforced.

Verbal Warning: A verbal warning will be given after a spectator’s first misconduct. A warning is to be communicated to the spectator’s AD and it will be the responsibility of the AD to communicate to the spectator. Any further warning at any point during the remainder of the tournament will result in a written warning.

Written warning: Any offense following the initial verbal warning will result in a written warning to be given by the IISSAC chair to the AD, who will then communicate this to the offending spectator. This written warning will be kept on file for a period of one calendar year. The spectator will also be warned that any further offence during any point in the tournament will result in his/her removal from the game.

Removal from the game: Any offense following the initial written warning will result in another written warning being assessed and the offending spectator will be removed from the game.

Removal from the tournament: Any spectator who accumulates three written warnings will be barred from attending the remainder of the tournament.

IN THE CASE OF EXTREME MISCONDUCT (e.g. a threat of violence, excessive aggressive behavior, harassing or yelling at an opposing player, etc. steps can and will be skipped)

Jeremy Thomas, MS. Ed.

Why We Do What We Do?

I love to Read Month

Dear Parents,

Award-winning author, poet, and publisher Emilie Buchwald once said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Reading is an essential skill for a child’s success in the world today. One of the first places that they learn to love reading is by watching someone whom they love reading. It was such a fun sight to see many parents reading to their students. We realize that as parents you have so many things that you have to do during the day, so we thank you for taking the time to spend the morning with us and with your child. Thank you for partnering with us through I Love to Read Month so our community can remember the importance of literacy.

SEW Needs

SEW is just around the corner and we are busy preparing to make this year’s event spectacular! We are looking for some “recycling” that would help with some of the elementary events we have planned. If you have any of the following that you could donate, please drop it by the front office to Mrs. Loewen.

Music Department

PVJ Performance Performance

Date & Time: Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Preparation Time: Saturday, October 19th, 2019; meet at PVJ at 12.15 in front of H&M (lobby area / BAIS Booth)

This is a mandatory summative assessment for all performers. BAIS school bus departing at 10.30 from campus (DON’T BE LATE)

Dress Code:

Drama Practice

Wednesday, Oct 23rd in the MPR from 4:15 to 6:15 pm
Scenes: 7-8 Songs: “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago Reprise”
Performers: All
Crew: All

College Visit

University of British Columbia

Wednesday, October 23rd at 12:00.

Students will need to respond to the email that they were sent by Friday, October 18th to be excused from class to attend the presentation. Parents are welcome to attend.

University of Toronto

Tuesday, October 29th at 1:00PM

Students will need to respond to the email that they were sent by Thursday, October 24th to be excused from class to attend the presentation. Parents are welcome to attend.


IISSAC Soccer 2019

Here’s the page for the links to YouTube live stream and brackets:

Athletics & Club News


The BAIS Soccer pre-IISSAC season has ended. We are proud of both our teams and coaches. Boys end the season with a 6-3-1 record. Coach Julian says, “Coach Andy and I are so proud of all the hard work our guys have put in this year. I think it is a testament to their character and it’s been such a blessing to see them use their athletic gifts to glorify God through soccer. We are excited as we head into IISSAC and excited to see what we can accomplish together this year. Go BAIS!”
Junior and midfielder, Ollie Gunthorpe observes, “The IISSAC pre-season has been really frustrating at times (Inspire), elating at times (BIS), and very rewarding all in all. Team work obviously gets better over time and through experience, but there has also been a real awakening in the team in terms of hunger and competitiveness – desiring to win and giving our all in every minute. I can guarantee that in IISSAC this hunger will be present in every second of every game, giving us a good chance against each-and-every team that we face. Considering how even it’s been with between us and BIS both times that we have played, IISSAC as a whole is going to be a really tight competition, but as we have proved before, we can come out on top whether its a confident win or a difficult come-back.”
Goalie, Ezra Thomas concludes, “”I’m always hyped for IISSAC weekend, but I truly believe that this year we have the opportunity to do something special. Our team is looking great talent-wise, and after our comeback to beat BIS at home 2-1 and a comfortable win in our final regular season game, our confidence is at a season high. As the weekend approaches, and I think about the competition, especially the 3-time defending champions Bali, one quote comes to mind: the bigger they are, the harder they fall. I’m pumped for this IISSAC weekend, and I have total and absolute confidence in our guys and in what this team can accomplish come next weekend. “there we go”
Season Stats: Ollie- 12 goals (4 assists); Julio- 4 (4); Sandor- 3 (3); Ezra- 3 (3); Jefferson- 2 (2); Rio- 1 (4); SeongHwa- 1 (2); Jake- 1 (1); Darrel- 1 (1), Kai- 1. Goalie: Ezra- 101 saves, 14 goals against; Sandor- 14 saves, 1 goal against

The girls sum up their season with a 6-1-3 record.
Offensive player Lydia Kim says, “We can fight. We’re girls but that doesn’t mean we don’t have the ability to be strong and push through pain and sickness. We are strong. When we put our mind to it, we can definitely get to where we are aiming for, the trophy and the banner.”
Senior Beltra Chong says, “The soccer team has been really fortunate to have a lot of talented players try out, making varsity girls soccer team the best that it could possibly be for the upcoming IISSAC week. We, as a team, have been training really hard, and are very thankful to all the coaches that have put in a lot of effort into the team. I have a lot of hope for the upcoming tournament, we have been training really hard and we hope that the results will show that. As a team we have developed a close bond. The team always finds a way to make practices fun because of the silly nature of all the girls. I am disappointed that the soccer is season is coming to an end, and as a senior, I am glad that I am able to experience the joy.”
Season States: Emily- 6 goals (3 assists); Sherin- 5 (1 assist); Lydia- 4 (3); HaYeon- 3; Caitlin- 2 (1); Angel- 2; Kyla- 1; Ludia- 1; Chloe- 1; Beltra (1 assist).

Oct. 25-27, 2019 IISSAC Soccer Tournament at BAIS
All are invited to BAIS for the tournament. You may also watch games that will be streamed on the school’s website or at BAIS’ YouTube.

After School Clubs and Activities

Keep your eyes on the BAIS Buzz for updates, changes, and more information!

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