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Executive Leadership (3)

Petra Szalai Founder / CEO

Best BBIS moment

My best moments are all connected with being able to realise my dream of establishing a British International School in the heart of the Buda Hills, getting to know all of the families and witnessing the development of a truly caring and inclusive community.

Something interesting about me

I went to an IB DP school here in Budapest and enjoyed the experience of International Education. I guess I’m one of the very few people who have done an IB DP and have also set up an IB DP!

David Porritt Principal

Best BBIS moment – The day when everyone walked back into school after the Spring lockdown. The look of excitement and relief on everyone’s faces was amazing. It was so good to be able to join together as a community again.

Something interesting about me – Apparently at the battle of Hastings in 1066 one of William The Conqueror’s Barons was called Baron Pere. We think that when he was given some land in England he changed his name to Peret and since then that name has turned into Porritt. So in a  funny kind of way, my family history goes back to a famous battle nearly 1000 years ago!

Tamás Füzesy Business Manager

Best BBIS moment

When the  parent community  (during online learning) realised how our teachers work with their children in such a creative and energetic way.

Something interesting about me

I have been teaching swimming  to disabled children for 30 years on a pro bono basis. Giving back to the community is essential to me.

Academic Leadership (5)

Jonathan Spinks Head of Primary, Deputy Principal

Best BBIS moment

Every day you enter through the gates of BBIS you are guaranteed a special moment, but one that really stands out is our students singing and performing on the steps of the beautiful Corinthia Hotel at the Annual Robbie Burns Supper.  As well as supporting the work of the  Robert Burns International Foundation It was a very proud moment for our school. 

Something interesting about me

If you search hard enough on YouTube you will be able to find clips of me performing with my band. You might discover a song called Hide Away, which was shown on Hungarian MTV and where I wore a very bright yellow tie! If you dig a little deeper you might even see me attempt to sing a duet in Hungarian as well as on one of the morning Breakfast shows. 

Penelope Clements IB Diploma Coordinator, Performing Arts Teacher

Best BBIS moment
Having our first ever Arts Week in the Secondary School. Covid had kept our own community out of the school for so long so it was wonderful to put so much varied work on display, and showcase our students’ creations to their families and friends. 

Something interesting about me
I toured in Hungary as a musician before I moved here, and was lucky enough to perform on the Vorosmarty Winter Fair stage at the Christmas Market. It was freezing!

Neil Best MYP Coordinator, Head of Physical and Health Education

Best BBIS moment:

For me, it would be the building of the competitive extracurricular program (until it went on hold due to Covid) and seeing our first competitive teams for both Boys and Girls participating in their first Football and Basketball games.  I am looking forward to developing this even further this year with everyone being involved as much as possible!

 

Something interesting about me:

After finishing university, I spent 3 months living in a remote island village in Fiji. As part of the project, I taught within the school, played some rugby for the village team and built a community hall. Check out the village on google maps; Uluibau, Moturiki Island

Holly Johnstone KS2 Teacher, KS2 Phase Lead

Best BBIS moment 

There are so many highlights in the daily life of a teacher, from humorous moments to moments of extreme pride. What particularly stands out from these past years is singing the 6HJ anthem, building Mars Rovers and, naturally, when Emerald House won Primary Sports day!

 

Something interesting about me

When I was a child I would make up my own class lists using names randomly selected from the BT phone book. Hours of fun and a major indicator of the career to follow!

Vicky Ellaby EYFS Class Teacher, EYFS and KS1 Phase Lead

Best BBIS moment 

I have had so many special moments at BBIS. It is a delight to work with a wonderful group of children and teachers. A rewarding moment was organising with the Eco-Committee the end of year ‘no waste’ shared salad for the whole school. The children said it was the best food they had tasted!

Something interesting about me

I studied to become a natural cob builder in Ireland and Mexico. My family and I built our home in Mexico using this technique and enjoyed teaching children and travellers from all around the world.

Teachers (41)

Jordyn Ginnity DP & MYP Language and Literacy, & Drama/Film Teacher

BEST BBIS MOMENT

My best BBIS moment has been being welcomed in so warmly and so quickly to this amazing teaching and learning community.

SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT ME

I love traveling and visiting new places. I’ve been to 40 different countries so far. I have taught English and theatre in 6 countries. And I’m a huge nerd— I love Star Wars, Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Doctor Who, and Marvel movies. I love reading books, watching movies and TV shows, writing, acting, and being outdoors. I’m super excited to explore more of Hungary while I live here.

 

Himani Sood MYP Individuals and Societies/DP

BEST BBIS MOMENT

Every time my students are brave enough to change their minds about a topic we debate during lesson time. To me, it demonstrates an ability to actively listen, think critically through the gaps in their own opinions, and act from a place of humility.

SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT ME

Between the ages of 17 and 23, I worked as a guide in the Indian Himalayas during my summer vacations. My father is a mountaineer native to the region and so I tagged along with him until I was ready to lead my own groups. The experience took me to some of the most remote villages in the world, some as high as 5000 metres! Volunteering at an alternative school in one such village led me to seriously consider education as the most effective pathway to long-term and sustainable development.

Penelope Clements IB Diploma Coordinator, Performing Arts Teacher

Best BBIS moment
Having our first ever Arts Week in the Secondary School. Covid had kept our own community out of the school for so long so it was wonderful to put so much varied work on display, and showcase our students’ creations to their families and friends. 

Something interesting about me
I toured in Hungary as a musician before I moved here, and was lucky enough to perform on the Vorosmarty Winter Fair stage at the Christmas Market. It was freezing!

Neil Best MYP Coordinator, Head of Physical and Health Education

Best BBIS moment:

For me, it would be the building of the competitive extracurricular program (until it went on hold due to Covid) and seeing our first competitive teams for both Boys and Girls participating in their first Football and Basketball games.  I am looking forward to developing this even further this year with everyone being involved as much as possible!

 

Something interesting about me:

After finishing university, I spent 3 months living in a remote island village in Fiji. As part of the project, I taught within the school, played some rugby for the village team and built a community hall. Check out the village on google maps; Uluibau, Moturiki Island

Holly Johnstone KS2 Teacher, KS2 Phase Lead

Best BBIS moment 

There are so many highlights in the daily life of a teacher, from humorous moments to moments of extreme pride. What particularly stands out from these past years is singing the 6HJ anthem, building Mars Rovers and, naturally, when Emerald House won Primary Sports day!

 

Something interesting about me

When I was a child I would make up my own class lists using names randomly selected from the BT phone book. Hours of fun and a major indicator of the career to follow!

Vicky Ellaby EYFS Class Teacher, EYFS and KS1 Phase Lead

Best BBIS moment 

I have had so many special moments at BBIS. It is a delight to work with a wonderful group of children and teachers. A rewarding moment was organising with the Eco-Committee the end of year ‘no waste’ shared salad for the whole school. The children said it was the best food they had tasted!

Something interesting about me

I studied to become a natural cob builder in Ireland and Mexico. My family and I built our home in Mexico using this technique and enjoyed teaching children and travellers from all around the world.

Hilary Porritt Head of MYP and DP Mathematics, Personal Project Coordinator

BBIS best moment

One of my highlights from my first year working at BBIS was watching MYP3 students plan and run a Mathematical Art Workshop for younger students during our Arts Week in the Summer Term. They each organised a workshop, ranging from learning how to use some digital art tools to making symmetrical designs from sweets! 

 

Something interesting about me

As well as Maths, I am also interested in theology and a few years ago I completed a Theology degree. I am fascinated by how people think and make sense of the world, and how faith often gives them a framework to understand their lives.

Joshua Coupland KS2 Class Teacher

Best BBIS moment

There’ve been lots of brilliant moments for me here, though welcoming the students back after being online after the first lockdown was utterly fantastic. The students were so happy to be back and it was great to teach in person again.

 

Something interesting about me

As a younger man, I was part of two bands that played over the south-west of the UK. I played lead guitar and we even managed to release a studio album. I wear a tie now, but still love to play loud rock sounds whenever given the chance!

Alexander Wolverson KS2 Class Teacher, Primary Mathematics Lead

Best BBIS moment

There have been so many amazing moments since I have been at BBIS but my favourite was the 2021 Primary Talent Show. It was brilliant to see such an array of talented performers share their passions and skills so confidently in front of an audience.

 

Something interesting about me

I love travelling and have been to 41 countries so far. I am aiming to get to 50 as soon as possible! My favourite places that I have been to are Japan, Uganda and Zanzibar

Alexandria Kasza-Martin KS2 Class Teacher, KS2 Lead Teacher, Literacy Lead Teacher

Best BBIS moment

One of my favourite features of BBIS is the sense of community. This was evident in the Year 3 charity bake sale, which really captured the caring and global minded environment of BBIS. The students came together as a class to organise, advertise and run the bake sale. They loved selling the cakes and working out how much money they raised for charity. 

Something interesting about me

Not only do I teach in the classroom but I am also a student in a classroom. I am currently going to night school to learn Hungarian, which some say is one of the hardest languages to learn in the world. Kívánj szerencsét!

Emily Brunt MYP Head of Sciences

BBIS best moment

My best moment was sitting under the stars on our residential trip, telling students stories from Greek mythology. 

 

Something interesting about me 

I spent 2 months living next to the Great Barrier Reef completing my dive master training. I have done over 150 dives around the world, including in the Bahamas, Fiji, Egypt, Thailand and the Maldives.

Geovanny Emmanuel Villegas González MYP Language Acquisition Subject Leader, Spanish Teacher

Best BBIS moment

To see the whole community being a risk-taker and excellent communicators during the European Day of Languages, where all students and even staff ask for a refreshing lemonade in Spanish or German. I also enjoy the residential trips where we all spend more time with each other and create real bonds for the future years to come.

Something interesting about me

In secondary school I was part of the volleyball national team, competing with different states within my country, Mexico! I am obsessed with Harry Potter. I have a dog. I love traveling and Japanese animation.

Richard Walters Head of English Language & Literature

Best BBIS moment 

There’s a ton of beanbags in the Performing Arts room, and they have a peculiar effect on students. So far, nobody has successfully mounted a beanbag via dive-bomb, but some of the attempts have been pretty spectacular. 

 

Something interesting about me

For the past five years, I’ve been moonlighting as a Voiceover Artist and Performance Poet. In case you’re interested- I’m available for work at a very reasonable rate.

Olga Gonzalez Spanish Teacher

Best BBIS moment

Being part of the very first team of teachers of BBIS was an amazing opportunity and the beginning of an exciting journey. Over these years, I have taught many of the children of BBIS  and that makes me a very fortunate teacher

 

Something interesting about me

To show my love for Budapest, some years back I decided to build a Budapest website for tourists so visitors could see the city through the eyes of a local. I kept the site updated for a couple of years but it was arduous work and keeping it up to date demanded a great deal of time from me therefore I had to stop dealing with it. However,I have kept Budapest-discovery-guide on the net as a memory that I will always treasure.

Ildiko Bakos Hungarian Teacher

Best BBIS moment

It’s hard to choose from the many good moments, but for me, perhaps the March 15 assemblies are the most memorable. It is good to see how Hungarian children work together every year to introduce one of our most important Hungarian holidays to their foreign peers. 

 Something interesting about me

 When I was young, I danced folk for fifteen years. Our group performed a lot, and we went to foreign festivals. A popular part of the program was the glass dance, where the girls danced with a bottle of wine on their heads. It’s not very easy, we were always very excited to make the production a success. After I finished dancing, I used to have a recurring nightmare that the bottle fell off my head on stage!

Liam Bell Whole School PE Teacher, Head of Pastoral MYP1-3

Best BBIS moment
After only recently joining BBIS, I am just beginning my latest international teaching venture in Hungary and Budapest. I have just returned from the MYP4/5 residential trip to Gardony/Velence and loved working with students outside of their comfort zones and being able to develop stronger relationships with students and new colleagues. 

Something interesting about me
I used to referee football in England to a relatively high level. I have refereed English Schools Cup finals, Premier League Academy games (U16 and U18) and also non-league professional games (about 5 leagues below the Premier League!).

Laura Patchett KS2 Class Teacher

BBIS best moment

Being able to take the students outside of the classroom environment, such as to the local woodland, to enrich their learning experiences.

 

Something interesting about me

I have always loved to dance and decided, at a young age, that I would try all styles. Surprisingly to me, I found that I loved country dancing and won awards for this when I was in primary school myself.

Lili Thomas MYP Visual Arts and Design Teacher

Best BBIS moment 

In my short yet sweet time at BBIS I have already gained many memorable moments. We recently had a couple of lessons playing and testing different board games, which ended in a great deal of amusement.

 

Something interesting about me 

Art and design are more than just a hobby for me. I used to work as a fashion graphics designer before becoming a teacher.  If you see me day to day, you might have noticed that I wear colourful printed dresses. Well, I am proud to say that some of them are my designs.

Richard Darling KS1 Teaching Assistant

Best BBIS moment

My best BBIS moment (so far) was watching an end of year puppet show performed by 2VB using characters, locations and props made by themselves based on a story written entirely by themselves. Due to the timing, several of the class attended virtually and it was wonderful to see how much the students enjoyed the fruits of their labor in showing their work off with all the gusto BBIS students are known for.

Something interesting about me

I have recorded several stories and games for Budapest-based interactive reading company “BOOKR Kids”, who produce educational audiobooks for learners of all ages. Just don’t ask me to sing.

Niki O’Sullivan Librarian

Best BBIS moment

My best BBIS moment is an ongoing one. It began when our students were first able to borrow a book from the BBIS Library, through to the opening of the Primary Library, and now with the opening of our amazing Secondary Library. The ultimate best moment will be in the near future when we will have two fully functioning libraries, and all the joy of watching students find a book they’re excited to read which will come with that.

 

Something interesting about me

Just over five years ago I bought a small house with a small vineyard near Lake Balaton in western Hungary. This allows me to spend time learning how to look after the grapevines, and eventually, I would like to learn how to make wine from the grapes, which are mostly Merlot and my favourite.

Anna Szigeti Primary Hungarian Teacher

Best BBIS moment

It isn’t easy to decide as there are so many! But I will never forget how it felt when I first stepped into the school, and it seemed so friendly and welcoming, a place where everyone feels happy and curious to try new things! I remember the proud feeling when I found out that a student who was in my Phonics group the previous year and could hardly read at the beginning ended up as one of the top students in Literacy!

 

Something interesting about me

I just love doing sports outdoors – I’m that one teacher you often see leaving school on a scooter! I ran a half marathon once, did the Balaton-átúszás twice, which is a 5.2km swimming from one side to the other in lake Balaton, and a few years ago I did all 3 levels of the Spartan Race, and I must say I truly enjoyed crawling in the mud!

Anett Spinks KS1 Teaching Assistant

Best BBIS moment

When you work with children, there are so many memorable moments, actually every day in school with them is special. They are always very honest and it is rewarding when at the end of the day they come with a huge smile on their face and you can tell that they had a wonderful time in school.

I have really enjoyed supporting the Winter production every year. From the very first day we start to rehearse all the way until the night of the show when the children go on stage to perform in front of their parents and siblings. 

 

Something interesting about me

I love travelling, visiting different countries and getting to know new people and cultures. I am very lucky because a few years ago I had the opportunity to live in Bali, Indonesia for 2 years, which was absolutely amazing and a memory that will stay with me forever. During my time in Bali I was writing a blog, so every time I miss the Island I can open it and remember the beautiful days I spent there.

Alexandra Bellard KS2 Class Teacher

BBIS best moment

I cycled into assembly on my bicycle to help promote ‘No car day’ and the students were so excited! I even had a theme tune… you can probably guess what it was!

 

Something interesting about me

I love horses and I own my own horse called Annie who is living a lovely retired life in England now. I have ridden horses around the world on my travels including galloping down a beach in Thailand, riding in an elite equestrian centre in Qatar and trekking in the foot of the Andalusian mountains on an Andalusian horse.

Annamaria Tapodi KS1 Teacher

BBIS best moments

The most memorable moment for me was when we had our Christmas show recorded last year, and all the primary students sang and danced together in the playground. That was a truly magical moment when we all felt united and strong together.

I am looking forward to creating more memories this school year.

 

Something interesting about me

I love languages. I am fluent in English, Hungarian and Dutch. I can read in German, and I know a few words and phrases in Turkish and Spanish. I would like to learn Japanese someday.

Tunde Horvath MYP Tutor and Whole School Student Support Lead

BBIS best moments

There have been so many precious moments that I remember fondly; however, the Science Week events have always been closest to my heart. I will forever remember the wind-powered car competition and blowing enormous bubbles in the playground. 

 

Something interesting about me 

I enjoy hikes in faraway places. My most memorable hiking moments have been taking a selfie with a llama in the Peruvian Andes and cooking eggs using the steam from a volcano on Mount Agung in Bali.

Okszana Kalafszky KS1 Teaching Assistant

Best BBIS moment:
The first thing that captivated me when I entered the school was the welcoming atmosphere and the open attitude of everyone here, both colleagues and children. It has never been so simple for me to feel one of the school community so quickly and develop a good relationship with everyone in just a few days. 


Something interesting about me:
Before I decided to study English at a higher level, I was planning to be an artist as I studied music and fine arts until the age of 18. I gave up my intentions to start learning Japanese language and got accepted into university, so I could continue my English and Japanese studies.

Vera Buzek KS1 Class Teacher

BBIS best moment:

Being a member of the BBIS school community for more than 6 years means that I have seen many students growing up in front of my eyes. I consider myself lucky since I was able to pursue my dreams and become a teacher, which is one of the most rewarding professions in the world. My best moments are the daily hugs, smiles and “How are you”s from students who I will always hold dearly in my heart. 

 

Something interesting about me:

I love challenges. I seek adventures where I have to push myself to my limits and step out of my comfort zone. A couple of years ago, I hiked over 4000 metres and reached the highest peak of the Atlas Mountains. This summer, I cycled up the highest paved road in Europe and reached the summit of Pico de Veleta by gaining 2700 metres of elevation.

Leanne Wootton KS2 Teaching Assistant, Primary Science Lab Technician

Best BBIS moment

There are so many moments that I like to look back on but I always enjoy watching the children in the BBIS talent show. There are many students who have various talents and it is great to see them showcased. It is heart-warming to see the enjoyment from the children both in the show and those that are proudly cheering on their peers.

 

Something interesting about me

I am also a qualified dental nurse and hold a qualification in oral health education. Whilst living in Thailand, I worked with The King’s charity and helped the dental team deliver treatment to those in need, including young children. We travelled to different regions of the country and set up in local villages and schools. I also ended up on the Royal Thai news channel!

Jennifer Christensen Wellbeing Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher/Librarian

Best BBIS moment

What warms my heart the most was the generous response of our students and families when I organised charity donations for our community. Collecting items for a needy hospital and raising enough money to buy important therapy equipment for the Peto Institute are at the top of my list. I was privileged to see the joy and accomplishment that the students felt from their efforts as they presented the gifts to the different organisations.

 

Something interesting about me

Although I am from the United States, I have spent more time abroad than there. I lived in the Philippines for most of my childhood, and in Hungary for quite some time as an adult. I am the proud mother of two grown daughters and two Coton de Tulear dogs, Mochi and Macaron. I am crazy about Christmas.

Edua Toth-Csernus Learning Support Assistant

Best BBIS moment

My best BBIS moment was at the end of last year when I experienced the fruits of hard work as I could see a great improvement in the performance of a student I supported throughout the year.

 

Something interesting about me

I’m the frontwoman in a band called GingerBear (my husband plays lead bass guitar!) We play around the country, have performed on TV/radio and have almost finished recording our first album with a famous Hungarian jazz trumpet player. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Nicole Sweeney Physical Education Teacher

Best BBIS moment

Watching the end of year talent show and seeing so many children with amazing talents I never knew they had!

 

Something interesting about me

I am a twin and the eldest by 1 hour and 5 minutes! I should actually be called Faye as that was the agreed name for the first twin and Nicole for the second however, my Dad and the nurse got the names muddled up.

Lies Warlop MYP Visual Art and Design Technology Teacher

Best BBIS moment

Organising the very first BBIS Arts exhibition and seeing it all being showcased on the playground with the students being excited while showing their parents the work they made. 

 

Something interesting about me

I like to travel with my cat. He has been to a few different countries with me and we go to the park together.

Laura Walters KS1 Class Teacher

Best BBIS moment

The first Primary assembly, where all of the students and staff came together. There was beautiful singing, sharing and celebration of learning.

 

Something interesting about me

I like to travel with at least 200 books. I carry my e-reader everywhere, just in case there’s a chance to escape in a good book.

Charlotte Parish KS2 Class Teacher

Best BBIS moment

The first day of school when I got to meet the students was very special as, not only did it mark my first day at BBIS but also my first day as a fully qualified teacher!

Something interesting about me

I’m both French and English but ironically I grew up in the city of Waterloo, Belgium where the famous battle between the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon took place in 1815!

Daniel Albi Primary Computing Teacher, Tech Assistant

Best BBIS moment

It is luckily really challenging to choose one particular “best” moment from all these years teaching here, but if I must, the most rewarding experience was when I taught every student in BBIS for a whole school year from year 1 up until MYP 3. Learning together and getting to know all our students gave a whole new perspective for me as a teacher.

Something interesting about me

I always loved singing. I was part of a Rock Musical group during my university years and since I joined BBIS I am part of an acapella choir.

Anita Lepedat KS2 Teaching Assistant

Best BBIS moment

I have a lot of wonderful memories to look back on, but if I must choose one, I would say it was the first International Day. Watching the children proudly walk down the aisle with their own country’s flag held up high while the other children cheered was thrilling to watch.

 

Something interesting about me

I have a love for poetry, and back in the day when I was a primary student, I used to have my own column in the school’s weekly newspaper where my poems got published. Later in High School, I entered and won many in-house competitions by writing and performing my own poems.

Jolan Chien-Szegedy Primary Visual Arts Teacher

Best BBIS moment

An event that really captured the international and creative environment of BBIS was International Week. The bubble was filled with beautifully arranged stands representing each country, with parents presenting their delicious cultural cuisine, and everyone at school was dressed in their traditional garments. The live performances and flag parade were spectacular. We really came together as a community to celebrate and share our uniqueness.

Something interesting about me

 I practiced Chinese Kung Fu competitively since I was 7 and achieved a black belt by the time I was 13. While my current aching joints are hardly the image of peak physical fitness, I learnt a lot through my training about discipline and mental strength that have stuck with me.

Tunde Baranyi MYP German and EAL Teacher

Best BBIS Moment

Last year when the MYP students pulled together while cooking goulash on our residential trip. Everyone had a task from fire making to chopping, stirring and seasoning. It was fascinating to see how enthusiastic and excited the students were as the whole cooking project was coming together. In the end, even the fussiest or most sceptical students had a go at trying out the delicious food that had been created and appreciated the team effort. Teamwork makes the dream work! 

 

Something interesting about me

As a secondary school student I won a few elocution competitions and toyed with the idea of becoming a newsreader.

Ivan Aleksic KS2 Teaching Assistant

Best BBIS moment- 

MYP boys basketball squad trip to an international basketball tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the 2019/2020 academic year. We ended up 3rd from 6 teams, and it was our first trip to a sports tournament and competition of that kind. I loved how excited and happy our students were to experience such an event and represent BBIS in the best possible way. I hope that we will be able to organize competitions like that in the near future as it really develops team spirit.

Something interesting about me-

I was a semi-professional basketball player, and I had appearances in lower divisions of the Serbian basketball league. Sport represents a big part of my life. Apart from sports, I love travelling just as much!

Gemma Wilks KS1 Class Teacher

Best BBIS moment

I have not been working here long but so far I would say meeting all the wonderful staff, children and parents. Everyone has made me feel so welcome. 

Something interesting about me

I played for Scunthorpe United ladies football team.

Anna Szigeti Primary Hungarian Teacher

Best BBIS moment

It isn’t easy to decide as there are so many! But I will never forget how it felt when I first stepped into the school, and it seemed so friendly and welcoming, a place where everyone feels happy and curious to try new things! I remember the proud feeling when I found out that a student who was in my Phonics group the previous year and could hardly read at the beginning ended up as one of the top students in Literacy!

Something interesting about me

I just love doing sports outdoors – I’m that one teacher you often see leaving school on a scooter! I ran a half marathon once, swim across Balaton twice, which is a 5.2km swimming from one side to the other in lake Balaton, and a few years ago I did all 3 levels of the Spartan Race, and I must say I truly enjoyed crawling in the mud!

Office (10)

Kitti Enyedi Receptionist, Office Assistant

Best BBIS moment

Luckily, there is at least one beautiful moment each day. It is so lovely to see so many happy and cheerful students in school. What really makes my day is, when they smile at me and wish me a lovely day.

Something interesting about me

I love being outdoors. My family usually organises camping weekends during summer with family members and friends. During those weekends we sleep in tents which feels like being closer to nature. Lovely to wake up feeling the sunshine warming up the tent and listening to the bird songs.

Lajos Kovacs Science/PA technician

Best BBIS Moment

It was at my second round interview in March when I first entered the secondary building. I was very happy and surprised how the staff gathered around me and made me feel welcome.

Something interesting about me

Environment protection and being environmentally friendly are key points in my life.  I love reading novels, business books, also watching documentaries and listening to classical music. Furthermore, I have multiple hobbies like baking bread, trying out new barista techniques and repairing computers.

Dora Dugar-Bodola Financial Officer

Best BBIS moment

My best BBIS moment so far was the end-of-the-month celebration in January when I realized that it is indeed a big family where everyone is being noticed and appreciated. It is a big deal for employees when they feel welcomed and supported.

 

Something interesting about me

Ever since I was in Kindergarten, I wanted to be a stage actor, so I joined a school choir where I could play the piano and learn how to sing professionally. As I grew older, my interests changed, and I decided to study Economics. I used to practice Wing Chun kung-fu during college, which was an excellent experience since I have been interested in Chinese culture for a long time.

 

Kitti Balint-Bakai Office Manager, Admissions Officer & Finance Assistant

Best BBIS moment

One of my favourite moments was back in December after our team spent a great afternoon decorating the school with Christmas lights and ornaments to make it festive for Christmas. The following day, when Santa Claus drove to the playground in his cherry-red Mercedes, the students were shouting excitedly while rushing to the window to see him. It was a truly unforgettable moment!

Something interesting about me

I am a travelholic, and I would love to travel the world. Besides spending an amazing year in China, I have visited more than 25 countries, and my travel bucket list is never-ending! I swam with dolphins in Mexico, saw Balinese ladies’ breathtaking dance, and spent hours in the sauna at a Finnish mökki. Asia is my favourite destination – I speak some Mandarin and can’t resist a good pad thai. (Or jiaozi. Or tikka masala.)

Alexandra Prest Admissions and Marketing Manager

Best BBIS moment– Watching the drama students perform at the National English Language Drama Festival in Veszprem. It was a fantastic experience for them and they shone on stage.

Something interesting about me– I am a trained singer and dancer and have performed on some of the biggest stages in the UK and sung live on Hungarian breakfast TV (terrifying).

Aniko Kardos Assistant Office Manager

Best BBIS moment

As I only recently joined BBIS, that is still definitely something to look forward to! 

 

Something interesting about me

In my free time, I love exploring nature with my daughter collecting little treasures out of which we make natural crafts and natural jewellery for ourselves to keep fond memories. Occasionally I also volunteer at cultural events.

Tamas L. Putnoki Human Resources Coordinator

Best BBIS moment:

Even though I’ve not been here for a long time, I have a lot of memorable moments at BBIS – friendly people, beautiful scenery from the top of the building, and conversations with my colleagues.

I think my favourite BBIS moment was feeling like a family member from the first moment.

 

Something interesting about me:

If I have free time, I enjoy reading history and military books. One of my favourites is Gayle Rivers, who has served in the Special Forces for many years

Kitti Enyedi Receptionist
Agota Sipos Receptionist

Best BBIS moment

Every morning when I hear the students singing from the Music Room. It is so uplifting to start a workday like this. 

 

Something interesting about me

My favourite season is autumn because I love hiking. I usually follow and collect stamps of the “Kéktúra” route which is 1170 km in total and crosses the northern part of Hungary.

Maria Paraizs Student Welfare Officer

BBIS best moment

I had so many wonderful moments during 5 years:
I enjoy the children’s bright eyes and confidence.
“Maria, are you a doctor? My answer: no, I am not.
“Maria, you are like a doctor.”
Kind and funny thoughts from them.

 

Something interesting about me

I was a child actress in the Madach Theatre in Budapest, for more than 6 years, playing in different dramas. I enjoyed the company of many famous actors, for example, Gabor Miklos, Kiss Manyi, Zenthe Ferenc, and so on. Beautiful memories.

Support Staff (2)

Tunde Horvath MYP Tutor, Whole School Student Support Lead

BBIS best moment

There have been so many precious moments that I remember fondly; however, the Science Week events have always been closest to my heart. I will forever remember the wind-powered car competition and blowing enormous bubbles in the playground. 

Something interesting about me 

I enjoy hikes in faraway places. My most memorable hiking moments have been taking a selfie with a llama in the Peruvian Andes and cooking eggs using the steam from a volcano on Mount Agung in Bali.

Edua Toth-Csernus Learning Support Assistant

Best BBIS moment:

My best BBIS moment was at the end of last year, when I experienced the fruits of hard work as I could see a great improvement in the performance of a student I supported throughout the year.

Something interesting about me:

I’m the front-woman in a band called GingerBear (my husband plays lead bass guitar). We play around the country, have performed on TV/radio and have almost finished recording our first album with a famous Hungarian jazz trumpet player. I can’t wait to share it with you.