Dear Parents

Welcome to the last Newsletter of the academic year. It has been an incredibly busy last few weeks culminating this week in what can only be described as a whirlwind of activities, events, visitors and parties.

Britannica’s Got Talent

A fantastic way for the whole school to celebrate the end of the school year took place today with some incredible performances in our annual talent competition. There were a whole array of singers, pianists and alternative performers entertaining a very excited student audience in our Auditorium. It is always staggering to see the ability and talent of our students at such a young age. Well done to all the performers, it is never easy to stand up in front of all of your peers, and congratulations to the 5 category winners. A big thank you also to the staff band who closed of the event with a sterling rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go your own way’. These events take many hours of rehearsal and practice to arrange, so I would also like to thank Miss Bilska, Mr Du Feu and Mrs Haigh-McGarry for their dedication and hard work in preparing the students.

Year 6 End of Year Show

Well done to the year 6 students for a fantastic performance yesterday afternoon. Walking around the school all week has been quite scary as I have bumped into Pirates wherever I have been! I know there is a section on this in the Primary Newsletter, so I am going to focus on thanking Mr Gonsalves for his incredible efforts again this year in overseeing the production and Miss Gorecka and Miss Halmy for their support.

Secondary Sports Day and Football

Wednesday and Thursday were also extremely busy days in the secondary phase of the school. Wednesday saw our students show off their physical prowess in running, jumping and throwing and their mental prowess in a sports quiz during secondary sports day. Well done to all the winners, the performances were highly impressive from all participants and the competition was fierce but good-spirited throughout the day. Thank you also goes in particular to Mr Markolt and all the staff for organising the event and manning the different activities on a very warm day.

Thursday afternoon so our House Football competition with teams competing as the four Champions League Semi-Finalists, Liverpool, Barcelona, Tottenham and Ajax and the ‘big match’ where the staff and students battled it out to be crowned Britannica champs for 2019.

Again, I know these events are spotlighted elsewhere, so won’t spoil the surprise of announcing the winners!


We have been delighted to welcome students from Quito and Moscow to Budapest this week. Tour Leader extraordinaire Mr Barker and Tour Guides Mr Bannan, one of our new staff Mr Gould and Mr O Keeffe have kept our visitors extremely busy as they have undertaken a range of events, visits and tours all over Budapest this week. The students mixed happily with ours at the secondary sports event and over lunch yesterday and have really enjoyed their time visiting our amazing city. This trip has been 9 months in planning and arranging but has been extremely worthwhile. I know that the visiting students and staff will go away with some fond memories of Budapest. We are looking forward to working with these schools again next year. Who knows where we will be going next summer?!

Secondary Staffing update

Further to my information over the last few weeks, I would like to confirm the following staff will be joining the secondary team next year

Alex Sarran (English)

Fiona Morrison (English)

Grant Wolstenholme (Economics)

Ian Gould (History)

Peter Sprawson (Humanities)

We look forward to welcoming them and profiling them at the start of next term.

In a further update, I would like to inform you that Fabian Markolt has also decided on a new adventure next year. Fabi has been at the school for 15 years and I would like to thank him for all that he has done for the hundreds of students he has taught PE to since 2004. He has inspired and supported many in their pursuit of sporting excellence. We wish him well.


Next week see’s our Trips and Activities week to close the school year. There will be some Primary students in school on some days next week but for secondary, today is the last official school day. A reminder to all Primary parents that school finishes at 2.30pm on Wednesday for any students that are in school on that day and not on a camp or trip.

From me, I wish you all a wonderful summer break. Good luck if you are moving on to somewhere new. Britannica International School resumes for students on the 26th August 2019 at 8.20 a.m.

Enjoy the break.

Kind regards

Neil McGarry