Class of 2006
Happy 20th Anniversary BISC! it has been 7 years since I left Krakow, BISC and my dearest teachers.
Graduated in 2007 and continued studying in one of the university in Malaysia majoring in Mechatronics Engineering. Guess what, I am not an engineer haha! Been working in Starwood Hotels & Resorts as a Guest Services Manager at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur. Promoted to Training Manager in Four Points by Sheraton. Pretty much enjoying life as a hotelier. Finally I own a wedding boutique in Malaysia. Getting married soon so hopefully we can do our little reunion in Malaysia next year!
Life after BISC… by Vivi Norris (Harris)
Well, goodness, I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since the beginning of BISC… Time certainly has flown by. It’s been almost 10 years since I left the school, and I can’t believe that either!
I’m Vivi and I’m one of the very few people who was around at the very beginning of the British International School of Cracow, that September long ago in 1995. I was only 9 at the time, but from then onwards, I spent the rest of my school days at BISC. A lot has changed at the school, not just during the time I was there, but since I’ve left too. Let me give you an example: in our first year there were 8 pupils (including me) in the whole school, which was located in a large flat on ul. Szpitalna. I lived there, being the daughter of two of the school owners! It really was strange coming from a normal Polish primary school to a tiny private school with only a few people in your class! Now, 20 years later, BISC is in a 5-floor building with – if I’m not mistaken – over 200 pupils! So BISC certainly has made great progress!
In 2006 I took A-level Spanish, Maths, Chemistry and Biology and thanks to the hard work of my dedicated teachers (and some by myself!), I achieved great results that got me into the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Now that’s where my life really took off and became a great adventure! I did a joint Bachelor of Science in Archaeology and Earth Science, which is what I always really wanted to do. After graduating in 2010, I went on to do a Masters in Forensic Archaeological Science at University College London for a year, which was equally fascinating. Sadly, I was unable to find work here in Britain in that field. However, all worked out for the best, because in 2012 I found a job – guess where – at BISC as a teaching assistant! This was excellent for me, as it provided me with proper work experience and a chance to pay back student loans. I thoroughly enjoyed the work there.
During my year and half working at BISC, I married Peter who I met while at university in Glasgow, and shortly afterwards I became pregnant. As a result, I finished working at the school to go back to Britain to live in Liverpool with Peter, and gave birth to our little boy Samuel in October 2013. Since then we’ve bought a house and are expecting our second little boy in July 2015. So life has been very kind to me since I left school all those years ago! If all goes well, and when the boys are older and at school, my long term plans are either to pursue a PhD in Andean Archaeology at UCL, or maybe re-train as a midwife, a profession I’ve discovered since the birth of Sam. We’ll see!
I certainly hope you all experience as much happiness and good fortune as I have. But remember – it was my hard work and the dedication of the teachers at BISC that got me started in life. So don’t give up, and make us all proud!