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Friday, May 20th was BHS's National School Salute Day. In the pouring rain, Secondary and Primary students, along with staff and parents, lined East Broadway, Richmond Road and Serpentine Road to wave flags, school coloured ribbons, pom poms and wave and cheer and share their school spirit with the local community on their morning commute. 

BHS also had a chance to show Bermuda what the school is really about with the publication of "The Best of BHS" newspaper supplement that went out with the Royal Gazette. Written by a team of students, the newspaper highlighted seven topics; education, economics, entertainment, environment, health, human rights, law and politics and labour. The Salute was a chance for students to have their voices heard about topics important to them, and a chance to highlight all the good that goes on in the local school community. 

If you didn't get a printed copy of the Salute, you can read it online HERE


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High fashion came to BHS on Friday night in the QEH, and the display of creativity and talent at the show was phenomenal. ecoRUNWAY was back for the 5th year with the same premise as previous years; teams were tasked with designing two outfits made of at least 50% recycled materials; one ready-to-wear, and one avant-garde. Those were the only rules. The designers would be judged on the originality, wearability and creative use of materials for their outfits.

Materials used included an old umbrella, a tablecloth, caution tape, Christmas lights, brown paper bags, newspaper, tissue paper, cds, a keyboard, Lindo’s shopping bags, soda cans, a phone book, plastic water bottles, toilet paper and kitchen paper rolls, a plastic tarpaulin, popcorn bags and tinfoil! “All the types of glue” were used according to Zoe O’Connor who was part of Team Dreamscapes, along with glue guns, tape and wire to hold the creations together.

8 teams took part, and each and every team spoke about the challenges they faced, which meant that this was not only a “fun” activity, but very much an activity to test the bonds of team work, resilience, patience, ingenuity, engineering skills, and creativity. Most of the teams worked well over 40 hours on the project, with one team estimating they had spent 75 hours in total! Dogs ate skirts, water bottles wouldn’t stick, things ripped, and through these challenges, the girls realised the amount of work that goes into a production like this. This year they were in charge of it all; from designing the clothes to marketing, ticket sales, press and the set up on the night.

BHS strives to be a sustainable school, and ecoRUNWAY is a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of environmental issues. Recently, all the lightbulbs in the school were replaced, resulting in savings of over $200,000 in the process! EcoRUNWAY brings all the elements of sustainability and STEAM together (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and is a chance for the students to expand their education beyond the confines of the classroom. Alumni and other community members are invited to get involved also in the form of mentors, and judges for the competition. This year, the four Judges were Rebecca Hanson, Founder of Tabs Bermuda, jewelry designer Sonia Pereira, Bermuda Fashion Show Festival Executive Director, Danilee Trott and Margaret Dunne, the winning design from ecoRUNWAY 2015.

At the end of the night, the judges had a very difficult decision to make and disappeared into the back for a lengthy discussion, leaving MC Jennifer Burland Adams, Director of Advancement, to improvise on the catwalk by taking questions from the audience and explaining how the event began. Inspired by her love of hit reality TV series Project Runway, she introduced the idea of ecoRUNWAY 5 years ago, and since its inception, over 100 students have taken part.


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Head of School, Head Student and Youth Premier represent BHS on International Women's Day

Under the warm Spring sun on Tuesday, March 8th, women leaders from all sectors of society gathered to celebrate International Women’s Day at City Hall in Hamilton. Head of School, Linda Parker was joined by Youth Premier and IB1 student Nikki Bisht, and Head Student and IB2 student Sophia Marshall who were all invited to deliver a brief outline on their vision for the world in 2030.

Impassioned speeches for gender parity in the workplace and at home were given, as well as calls for women to stick together and support each other. While most recognised that Bermuda is well ahead of many places in the world in terms of the rights of females and the freedoms we enjoy in education and health care, the ladies at the microphone said a lot more work still needs to be done.

Nikki Bisht got the biggest cheer of the afternoon for her speech requesting “equal pay for equal work”, Sophia talked about equal opportunities as a way to build stronger communities and reigning Miss Bermuda, and BHS alumna Alyssa Rose ’10 spoke about how her education at BHS empowered her as a woman. The majority of women speaking called for an end to sexual harassment, sexual violence, and the objectification of women.

The Head Girls of many of the schools were also invited to speak, and listening to these strong, passionate and capable young women and their visions and hopes for the future left one with the feeling that the world in 2030 will indeed be a very different place if they have anything to do with it.


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The Bermuda High School Receives Accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Its Second International Accreditation

The Bermuda High School was pleased to receive notification that it had received accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), with immediate effect, in June 2015.  This is the second internationally-recognised accreditation to be granted to The Bermuda High School, establishing the school as a centre of educational excellence in Bermuda.  Indeed, The Bermuda High School also received accreditation from the Council of International Schools (CIS), in the fall of 2014.

NEASC member schools include many prestigious American schools such as Phillips Exeter Academy, The Hotchkiss School, Ethel Walker, Deerfield Academy, St. Andrew’s School and Miss Porter’s School.

Accreditation by NEASC indicates that the member school has achieved high standards of professional performance and is committed to continuing improvement.  In the words of the NEASC organization, it provides “an objective verification of quality”.  In his letter announcing the grant of the accreditation, Director of the overseas accrediting arm of the NEASC Peter Mott referred to a broad spectrum of notable school qualities, ranging from effective governance and leadership to school climate, student behaviour, co-curricular activities, financial acumen, and facilities.   In the final report, specific strengths highlighted included the teachers’ ongoing nurturing of their students, the students’ impressive demeanour, the school's celebration of student effort and success, the school's active role in supporting many community initiatives, and the effective programmes and activities which complement the formal curriculum in support of the BHS Guiding Statements.  The Visiting Team commented on the “enthusiastic student engagement” and “the joy of learning” that was evident in the classrooms.

Head of School Linda Parker said, “Our mission is to educate our students to the highest international standards and to foster confident, responsible global citizens. I am delighted to receive this accreditation, the second in the space of a few months, which confirms the high quality of the educational experience provided at BHS."


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Term Two remarks and achievement summary from Head of School, Linda Parker

Dear Parents and Students,

We have had a successful and busy Spring Term and I extend my congratulations to all of the students who have won awards in the academic, artistic and athletic arenas.  You are, indeed, shining examples of the best and brightest Bermuda has to offer. We are proud of each of you.

In early January, the Secondary students staged an outstanding performance of “Honk,” the musical adaptation of The Ugly Duckling.  Congratulations to the 60 students, who did a phenomenal job either performing on the stage, crewing backstage, working the lights and sound, or creating the sets prior to the performance.   I would like to specifically thank and congratulate the teachers who did a fine job of preparing the students to showcase their creative talents: Director, Mrs. Jane Thorpe; Choreographer, Mrs. Debbie Mello and Musical Directors, Mrs. Caroline Davis and Mrs. Kate Ross.  Well done to all who were involved!

Our Secondary students have had a plethora of overseas opportunities this term.    During the February Half Term, Mrs. Neame, Miss Aubert, Miss Sim and Miss Maloney  chaperoned the Year 7, 8 and 9 Ski trip to Killington, Vermont.  In March, Nafiayah Rayner, Messiah Greaves, Karina Forth, Lauren Genevieve, Myah Ballentine, Abbie Bradshaw-Markey and Megan Sutcliffe, together with Mrs. Osset, joined students and teachers from around the world at the 39th UN-UNIS Conference in New York.  The theme of this conference was “Sustainability: Bridging the Gap between People, Planet and Profit.”  During this Easter Break, BHS is once again participating in a Round Square service project, building a community dam in Chaing Mai, Thailand.  This initiative is led by Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Faulkenberry and Miss Sim.  Another group of students have headed to Costa Rica with Mrs. Jackson Smith and Miss Tenorio, where they are involved in a building service project.  On April 4th, Mrs. Wheddon, Aglaë Perrin, Jessica Anfossi and Zoe Oleksak are attending a Regional Round Square Conference in Bogota, Columbia.  The theme of the conference is ‘Adventure into the World of Magic, Realism and Diversity.’  At the end of April, Anna Wilcox, Natalie Calderon, Nadhiri Simons Worrell, Lauren Mendes and Mrs. Dobson will be attending the Young Round Square Conference in Vancouver, Canada.  The theme of this conference is ‘Refresh, Refuel, Refocus and Refine our Vision.’ All of these trips are great opportunities to bring the curriculum alive outside of the classroom, to serve in the global community and to network with young and old around the world. The students and staff return from these expeditions with ‘growth mindsets’, fond memories and life-changing stories.


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BHS Students dominated this week as students from local schools and abroad honed their debate and public speaking skills at the 2015 Bermuda Public Speaking and Debate Tournament.  Over the course of the tournament, a multi-day event that took place on February 28th, March 2nd, and March 3rd, and was organised and hosted by The Bermuda High School, fifty-four students competed in debate and public speaking events from The Bermuda High School, Dynamic Debaters, Mount Saint Agnes, Saltus, and Warwick Academy, in addition to six students who came from St. John’s Ravenscourt School in Winnipeg, Canada.

The debate portion of the tournament consisted of eight middle school teams and six high school teams competing in two rounds of prepared debate and one round of impromptu debate. The middle school final round saw teams from Warwick Academy and Saltus debating the motion “This House believes cell phones should be banned in schools”.  After much deliberating by judges David Notman, Adrienne Smatt, and Steven White, Warwick Academy were declared the winners with Saltus coming in second place.  Top Individual speaking awards went to :


Dynamic Debaters


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We have just concluded a really busy year of performances at BHS.  Our teacher, Dr. Derek Tully keeps telling us that “we have the busiest performance program on the Island” – and that is true – thanks to him!

At Halloween, dressed as witches and goblins, we entertained parents and arriving children at the Ramp, playing really scary music on our flutes, saxophones, clarinets and violins.    We caused a lot of traffic jams that morning because all the parents stopped their cars to listen to us!

December started with a visit to the Globe Hotel in St. George for the National Trust Walkabout where locals and tourists from the USA came to hear us perform in this old historic building.    Sasha Hosier played wonderful solos on her oboe and we could almost hear the ghosts of Bermuda Past listening to our music ensembles from the ancient cedar beams!

This past Monday was our Annual Christmas concert – or we should say two concerts!  We had our Primary School concert at 5:30pm and our Secondary concert at 7:00pm, almost two hours of musical excitement.   Our School Orchestra started with “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, then the flutes, clarinet, saxophone and violins joined in  to provide an evening of wonderful entertainment to a packed Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The very next morning, we travelled to play at Westmeath for the Senior Citizens there.  We had musicians from year four right through to year eight, including solos, duets, trios and quartets.   The Two Ava’s (Ava Adams and Ava Gibson) opened the concert with a flute and violin rendition of Jingle Bells, then the audience was treated to such favourites as “Good King Wenceslas” and “Oh Come all Ye Faithful”.  


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This year our IB1 Global Politics students and their teacher, Mrs. Walker, travelled to The Hague, Netherlands, in order to attend one of the biggest Model United Nations (MUN) in the world. Upon arriving in Holland, the students rushed to visit the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), where they were able to watch a trial take place. Upon arriving at the ICTY we were met with an extensive security procedure, which added to the overall mysticism of the visit.  It was particularly thrilling to witness the proceedings of an international court. However, the tribunal went to closed session – where we were no longer allowed to listen to the trial - due to the sensitive nature of the subject.

That night we were introduced to our host families at the International School of the Hague (ISH), where the MUN took place. We then spent the night with our respective host families, learning about their personal cultures as most of them were from other countries. While with them they exposed us to the Dutch culture and some of us were even able to visit Amsterdam.

We arrived at the MUN conference, where we represented Austria. We arrived with our respective host siblings and proceeded to our committees where we participated in six committees, ranging from the Environmental Commission to the Human Rights Council, and more. We were given four topics to research, prior to the MUN conference; this enabled us to create resolutions with other delegates, in our committees, whom we felt shared common opinions about the topic at hand. After we had started writing resolutions, we were invited to the Introduction Ceremony where we were graciously welcomed to the school.

The next day, we completed our resolutions and then proceeded to get other delegates to co-sign the resolutions; this entailed us receiving a certain amount of signatures, which the chair would acknowledge for debate. Co-signing states that you simply wish to see the resolution debated, not necessarily that you agree with it. We then went on to debate the resolutions, in hopes of passing them. Delegates could submit amendments; this states that the delegate wishes to change a part in the resolution. This is then voted on and, if passed, will change the resolution.

On the last day of the conference, after debating countless resolutions, we went to the Closing Ceremony where we heard an inspirational speech by a member of the Stahili Foundation – the charity of the conference, which aims at providing orphaned children, in Africa, with housing and education. The MUN conference raised 8,000 euros to buy a bus, for easier transportation.


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Gonzalo holds no fear for BHS Halloween  Musicians!

By Genevieve Lau and Hailey O’Donnell (both Year Seven students)


We always do a Halloween Concert for parents and children as they arrive at school in the morning.   This year was no exception, although our rehearsals were interrupted by Tropical Storm Fay and Hurricane Gonzalo.

We had to give up our lunch times this week to put in extra practices so that we would be ready.

We played “scary” music,  in what are called Minor Keys on our piano, flutes, clarinets, saxophones and violins.   Minor keys in music are designed to give a haunting, scary, terrifying  sound!

We all wore our Halloween costumes.  There was an Angel, an Alien from Outer Space, lots of witches and we even had Harry Potter make an appearance!

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With students in the top 1% worldwide, The Bermuda High School (BHS) is elated with its 2014 International Baccalaureate Diploma results. 91% of the class of 2014 was entered for the full IB Diploma with a 97% pass rate. In addition, the students achieved a 100% pass rate in individual subjects.  The BHS average Diploma point score was 32 points, which is well above the world average of 29 points.

See our full results here:


Reflecting on being in the top 1% worldwide, Brittney Ferreira '14 remarked, “We had some great results this year and I'm very proud of them. We all worked so hard and it's always extremely rewarding to see hard work pay off. Our teachers are definitely to be thanked for their support and all of their help, both in and out of the classroom, in preparation for our exams.

Fellow top scorer, Wendy Tuxworth '14 concurred, “I am enormously proud of everyone's achievements in the IB Programme this year - not only did we work hard, but we had the full support of every one of our teachers behind us. I cannot imagine where I would be today without the consistency of my teachers' support and enthusiasm, and I am immensely thankful. Not only did BHS set us all up for success in the International Baccalaureate Programme, but it has also set us up for highest possible achievements in university and in our lives beyond academia. Once again I cannot state how thankful and grateful I am."

The School is extremely proud of all IB Students and wishes them luck next year and in the future.

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Recently, a group of students from Year 10 from The Bermuda High School visited Westmeath as part of PartnerRe’s ‘Dollars for Hours’ initiative.

We went to talk to some of the residents about their lives and gather information that we could then transfer to a ‘reminiscent therapy board’, a poster with pictures and words that portrays aspects of the residents’ lives.

The purpose of making these boards was to help the senior citizens, who may have dementia or may have trouble communicating with others, remember events they may have forgotten, show other people what they liked and also to make them happy.

The day before our visit to Westmeath, Chrissie Kempe '92 (Westmeath Administrator) came in to talk to us about speaking with the senior citizens and what we should try to get out of it.


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On October 3rd, BHS students gathered in the Cathedral of Most Holy Trinity for the Senior Prize Giving. Keynote speaker Kimberley Caines, lawyer and BHS graduate of 2001, gave an inspirational speech about what it meant to win the awards, and how “the journey that takes you to the end is in fact truly the ultimate prize”.

The event began at 6 o’clock, as the Head Students, Rachel Daly and Aoife Rynne, processed into the hall, led by the Head of School, Linda Parker, and the Deputy Head of School, Catherine Hollingsworth. They were greeted by the rest of the students, school faculty, family and friends.

The Bishop of Bermuda, Rt. Rev. Nicholas Dill led the opening prayer, followed by a warm welcome from Chair of the Board of Trustees, Joel Schaefer. Mrs. Parker spoke about the many achievements of BHS students, in and outside the school and announced that 2014 would bring 120 years of education at BHS. The school was started in a two room apartment on Reid Street in 1894, founded on the lines of The Cheltenham Ladies College in England.

The string group, Highly Strung (Rachel Daly, Charlotte Griffiths, Hannah Lampit, Kathleen McBeath, Shamar Morris) preformed ‘I Have a Cat’ and ‘I Lost My Cat’, from Aleksy Iguadesman.

Finally, the students’ anticipation was satisfied as the award recipients were revealed. Sophia Marshall received the most Year 10 prizes; including The Sandra Amott Cup for Accounts, The Mathematics Prize, and the Vera Winter Prize for History. Year 10 student, Cydney Caesar-Forde, honour roll recipient said, “it was a rewarding experience knowing all my hard work paid off.”


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Nicola Feldman '00 inspired by the words of Dr. Seuss, encouraged students to stand out and be different when she spoke at the Middle School Prizegiving in June, 2013.

Here is her speech in its entirety:

Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” 

When Mrs. Parker asked if I could speak to you today as an alumni who was sitting in your seat not THAT long ago, I asked a few friends what they would have wanted to hear at the age of 13 or 14. Most said, “probably nothing”. I suppose that could be true!  Another more helpful friend said as a young teen, he would have just wanted someone to tell him that “things only get better from here.”  I thought about what he said and he was right. You guys are in one of the most difficult stages of your lives. Trying to figure out who you are, wanting to be one of the girls that the boys likes, trying to be cool, basically just trying to fit in. I look back and sometimes really do not know how I survived high school without any serious long term mental scarring. But I think Dr. Seuss gives great advice and what I love about his books is that he always writes about being different, standing out and following your own journey.

 So that what’s I am here to encourage you all to do today. Be different, follow your own journey, and find a way to stand out


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Under a beautiful blue cloudless sky, The Bermuda High School for Girls' PTA held its Annual Spring Fair on  the school’s playing field at the weekend. 

The Fair is organised each year by the Primary PTA and this year, parents Sarah Young, Sarah Marcotte and Jacqui Wilmott took the lead.

Hundreds of parents, teachers and students converged on the field to enjoy a host of activities including pony rides, goal-scoring competition, book and raffle stalls and the ever popular inflatable slide which attracted long lines of children.

“It is a whole school effort” noted Mrs. Wilmott.  “We use the proceeds to purchase items for the school such as picnic benches, sun awnings and classroom equipment.”

One special event which attracted large numbers was the Primary Four through Six Talent Show which took place on a stage especially  constructed for the occasion.

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Torch Ceremony 2013 


The 76th Annual Torch Ceremony was held on April 18th, 2013 with over 200 alumni in attendance.  Photos of the ceremony can be found here and photos of the Alumni Association Luncheon, immediately following, can be found here.

The following awards were made:
Frances Tucker Zuill - Jeanne Masters '45
Doris Trott Butterfield - Pamela Barit Nolan '80
Alumni Association Award - Miles Outerbridge P'78, P'78, P'95

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Round Square, the International Organisation of which BHS is the only Member in Bermuda, has just released its latest newsletter full of information about the next International Conference in October, new developments on the Global Forum, news from other regions and more.  Read More.

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The United States Consulate shares information with local schools in which it feels teachers or students might be interested, including the following upcoming live webchats on topics like studying in the US as an international student and using technology to better understand the world around you.

Meet Brittany and Jack: Science Student Superstars 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
08:00 EDT (12:00 UTC)
Live webchat URL:
Description:  Are you curious about using technology to better understand the world around you?  Learn how 17 year-old Brittany Wenger and 16 year-old Jack Andraka, both grand prize winners of separate international science competitions, invented cancer diagnosis and detection tools.  Join Brittany and Jack to discover why they decided to start experimenting, which challenges they needed to overcome, and what their plans are for next year.  Don’t miss this opportunity to tune in and ask questions – Brittany and Jack will answer them live!
Format:  This program will be a live video webchat in English.  Please click on the URL above to participate.

Study in the USA: Presentation of Randolph College 

Thursday, April 11, 2013
08:00 EDT (12:00 UTC / 18:00 Astana)
Live webchat URL:
Description:  Learn about how you can study in the USA as an international student!  Join a live webchat with Joy Parr McGrath, Associate Director of Admissions for International Students at Randolph College.  She will give a presentation and answer your questions online.
Format: This program will be a video webchat in English.  Please click on the URL above and enter the room as a ‘Guest’ to participate.

Study in the USA: Presentation of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 


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The Bermuda High School has been inspiring young women for 119 years, encouraging them to exceed their goals and become confident, responsible, global-minded leaders. 
Today, on International Women's Day, we honour the many women who walked the halls at BHS before going on to lead inspiring, purpose-driven, impactful lives.
Join us today in supporting our mission to provide the best education for young women in Bermuda.
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Learn about what makes BHS exceptional and why Mrs. Parker is proud to have been the Head of School for more than 6 years.


Welcome to The Bermuda High School website.

You will find a great deal of information on our website about the school, our current academic, artistic and athletic programmes, our extra-curricular activities and our 118 year distinguished past. By far, what makes this school exceptional is the people. Whether Trustees, students, staff, parents, alumni or other related parties, each unique individual forms a valuable part of a strong community, of which we are all very proud. We share values which aim to educate our young people to the highest international standards and to foster confident, responsible global citizens.

When I walk around school and talk to students and staff or observe lessons or activities, I am endlessly reminded of how very fortunate we are at BHS: we work with talented young people with very bright futures. As I interview prospective students and staff, they invariably remark on three aspects of the school: the high level of academic achievement, the international opportunities and the warm and nurturing environment. The former is apparent in the many and varied opportunities and outstanding achievements. We are proud to be Bermuda’s first IB World School(since 2000) and the only Round Square School in Bermuda (since 2005), and in 2012, we continue to hold our place as the top independent school on the island.

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In our BHS Honors Assembly Aliyyah gave an inspirational talk to our students.

"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not".

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen, Students, Parents, Teachers, Faculty and Friends

I would like to begin by thanking Mrs. Parker for inviting me to this important occasion. I must admit that I was both delighted and surprised by the invitation, as I don't quite see myself as accomplished just yet. Even so, I couldn’t resist the temptation of returning to BHS. And of being in the presence of such powerful, intelligent and driven young ladies.  Be sure that there is a lot of power and potential in this room. And that you are only beginning to un-tap it. So congratulations! As the recipients of last semester's Honours and Effort Awards, you, your families and your teachers have so much to be proud of. And I applaud you.

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