It is important that we as an international school connect wth our community and give our students the opportunities to experience local culture. Some of our students may not be in Germany for long and learning about the country in which they live is important. Recently we took all the Grade 1 students to see a performance of' Hansel and Gretel'. It was in German and although not all our students speak German, they knew the story and watched it come to life on stage.
Such excitement yesterday when our Grade 5 students picked up their musical instruments! They spent the last few weeks choosing which instruments they would like to learn and yesterday had their first lesson with the teachers from the local 'Musik Schule'. Learning an instrument gives the students the opportunity to learn not only musical skills but collaboration, perseverance, listening...the list goes on.
‘Innovation impacts' is true for BBIS and was demonstrated on Tuesday when our Grade 5 held their instrumental concert in conjunction with the Music School in Kleinmachnow, here in the Early Education playground. Our students started this Instrumental Programme in October and have been receiving a weekly lesson from the Music School teachers.
An idea that came from our students after our 'Refugee Awareness Day' back in November, will culminate in a Fun Day for all on Saturday. After being part of a 'Refugee simulation' our students were talking about what they could do for the refugee children .....and one of the students said 'Can't we just have some fun together?'
This morning in our P.H.S.E information morning,our students coached parents in using a strategy to solve conflict. This 'Peace Bridge' strategy is used by our trained team of Student Peacemakers, to solve conflicts and disputes on the playground. This is just one example of Personal, Social and Health education, which is a critical part of everything we do at school.
This morning as part of our Book Week, our students listened to stories read in 17 different languages by our secondary students. 'Mother tongue' languages are a crucial part, not only of literacy, but also of taking pride in your culture and who you are. It was a joy to see our students captivated by the stories and really enjoying communicating in their own language with other BBIS students.
Tomorrow we will be holding our Early Education Open Morning where we show the community how we develop the potential of our youngest students. As I was gathering photos to explain our learning programme, I was struck by the many different strategies that we use to demonstrate student learning.
BBIS is proud to host an International conference this weekend on 'Inquiry in school'. Kath Murdoch will be working with ten of our teachers and over 120 other international educators, to discuss, explore, research and investigate how using the 'inquiry approach' develops student learning.
Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you happiness, fun and calm. In BBIS Primary School we have been looking at the concept of 'Mindfulness' in the context of our Personal, Social and Health Curriculum. This concept of 'mindfulness has become a global phenomenon.....is it helpful for our students?