Originally From Lithuania
Time in Beijing: 10 years
Attended BIBS: from Grade 1-8
Now living in: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
In a nice surprise visit, BIBS Alum Ieva Dimsaite dropped in last Tuesday to say hello. Back in Beijing on her spring holidays, Ieva had originally planned on visiting the Senior School to say hello to her friends, but then decided to stop in and say hello at the Primary School as well. Ieva, now a Grade 9 student at the British International School (BIS) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam along with her brother Jacob. Jacob is a BIBS Alumni as well, having attended from Grade 1-4. Ieva also has a second younger bother who is just now starting kindergarten.
In the Senior School Ieva saw her past English, Art and ICT teachers, and importantly, many of her friends – all of whom were excited to see her of course. Ieva says she and her friends still keep in touch. They connect online, and organize meetings when they have their travel plans happen to line up, as they did this time.
Taking a few minutes out before continuing on to find more favorite past teachers, Ieva sat down to tell of her memories of BIBS with Mr. Ringold, BIBS Primary School Assistant Principal and “Miss Annie” Chew, BIBS PYP Coordinator, both of whom taught Annie.
Ieva says her favorite memory would have been in Grade 6, when her PE teacher, Mr. Andrew Sobol, introduced BIBS’ first ever girl’s soccer team. Ieva joined enthusiastically, and the new team played in matches and tournaments around Beijing. From that team, other girls’ teams started springing up, and the rest is history.
“Miss Annie”, who taught Ieva Humanities, grinned widely as she thought back to her time with Ieva. She recalled that Ieva was one of the best students in her classes and noted that she still has fond memories of Ieva attending a school trip to a Model United Nations (MUN) conference in Qingdao. Miss Annie noted that “Jie Jie Ieva” even helped to take care of her daughter from when she was two years old. “Ieva was always very helpful,” she said, adding that ieva volunteered outside the school, helped with the Spring Show, and was an all around very well-rounded student. “I was really happy to be part of her life, watching her growing.”
Next up was Mr. Ringold, Ieva’s fourth Grade teacher. He remembers Ieva was always a really good student, but the thing that stood out most for him was Ieva’s confidence. He recalled that Ieva’s Chinese was terrific – so good in fact, and due to Ieva’s calm, self-possessed nature, she even get pulled out of the classroom to help people who were visiting the school!
We are very happy to have had Ieva come back to see us and look forward to even more BIBS Alumni sharing their stories with us.