Autumn is here
Autumn is here
Reading, writing and arithmetic are seen as cornerstones of education regardless of the school system, culture or country we look at. These core elements have been augmented by a lot of other, equally important strands which help to form a well-rounded personality. Any curriculum – like our IB PYP used at BBIS for the ages 3 to 11 – will develop these skills. And like with everything we do in school, there are parts of learning which cannot be outsourced to the classroom or which happen at a much higher level when and if the third partner in the education process, the parents, is involved.
This recent article in the NYT refers to building literacy. Literacy is a focus this year in BBIS Primary. This is the gateway into further knowledge and into the pleasure of reading. As the research quoted in the article found, a family routine of reading will enhance life skills as much as the future academic success. In short: let us encourage you to find time to read with/for your kids, and you will trigger off developments which a school context hardly manages. We increasingly support home languages – with our weekly home language programme – but it would be arrogant to believe that we can replace a family setting.
Enjoy this article, and enjoy reading with your child!
With preparations for next year's BIMP already underway, have a look here for the latest information on how to get involved. Also a friendly reminder to check out the latest news from the PTA: PTA Newsletter and PTA Halloween Bake Sale.
It has been a pleasure to see our BBIS students communicate and interact with their exchange partners during the first part of our China Exchange Programme with Yan'An Middle School in Shanghai, using Mandarin, English and the language of music and rhythm. Congratulations to our students for their creativity and hard work in preparing the assemblies and performances. Many thanks also to Ashni Murray, who teaches Mandarin at BBIS, for preparing our students so well and for organising the first part of the exchange programme.
By Ashni Murray
From the 6th October to the 12th October, BBIS had the pleasure of hosting students and staff from our Chinese sister school, Yan’An Middle school. After a long, arduous journey, 12 students and 2 teachers arrived tired but happy at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof to be greeted by their excited BBIS host families. The weekend was filled with a wide array of activities, ranging from visiting scenic sites such as the Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag and the Sanssouci Palace, to going to Jump-House and Go-Karting, to sampling the local cuisine such as Currywurst and Pretzels.
The school week kicked off with a welcome ceremony where BBIS Chinese students sang the famous Chinese folk song, “Jasmine”, and a song titled “Sorry, my Chinese is not good.” Students were then thrown in the deep end as they started to attend classes with their BBIS student for the next three days. Outside of school, students also enjoyed themselves at the Black Light Golf and participated in the school tunnel tour. Yan’An students also ventured into the heart of Berlin where they were introduced to the major landmarks of our city.
Our exchange concluded with a farewell dinner and reception with BBIS host and boarding students performing together. Many tears were shed as students said goodbye to the Chinese students and teachers. We look forward to seeing our Chinese friends again in March! A huge thank you must be said to our host students and parents for the part they played in making this exchange a success! 非常感谢！
Students from Grade 11 and 12 and music teachers from BBIS, the Berlin Bilingual School and the International School of Toulouse gathered at BBIS from Thursday 5 October to Saturday 7 October for our annual IBDP Music Conference. All aspects of the IB Diploma Programme course were looked at and guest speakers were invited to present on Arabic drumming (Sebastian Flaig), whirling dervish dancing ( Naïma Ferré) and composition (British contemporary composer Michael Zev Gordon). Students also attended a fabulous concert at the Philharmonie on the Friday night with Simon Rattle on the podium; it was a joy both to watch and to hear!
Student compositions were performed by Joe Houston, a phenomenal Western Art Music pianist resident in Berlin and London.
One of the other highlights of the conference was the student concert on Friday afternoon, with stunning performances by all!
Dear Gr. 11 & 12 IB CP/DP Parents,
This is just the final reminder about this coming Friday’s breakout session on “An IBDP/CP Parents Guide to Surviving the IB Mock Exam Season” during the Parent/Teacher Conference, Friday, 20thOctober 12:30 – 13:30, which will be held in the parent coffee lounge of house 4, in the entrance to our Boarding School. If you would like to join us for further advice on how best to support your son or daughter in their IB exam preparations for the Mock Exams in January or the real exams in May, then please feel free to RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat at the workshop. Ms. Leslie Kamphausen, our College and Careers Counsellor and Mr. Steve Gregory, our Secondary School Counsellor, will be facilitating the hands on workshop and will provide information, guidance and advice so that you may help your child to be at their very best during this often stressful time. We look forward to seeing you this Friday for what will hopefully be a practical, humorous and insightful session.
Yours in guidance, as always,
Steve Gregory & Leslie Kamphausen
BBIS School Counselling Department