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?
The first performance of the new Grade 4 and 5 choir was a real success....and great to perform in front of the whole school at our final assembly. Things like this remind me not only of the potential of our students but the community of our school where everyone has a role to play.
How do we know what students know?
How do we know that they understand? Today I observed this happening in a Grade 5 classroom. Students, having been taught the scientific method are now using their skills to solve problems, demonstrate understanding of a concept and use that knowledge to solve a new problem. So much more meaningful than a right/wrong answer!
As an international school we want to inform our students about different cultural and religious celebrations to celebrate our diversity. The question has been raised by parents of students who don't celebrate Christmas, how much should we decorate the school and acknowledge the German Christmas tradition?
We wanted our students to really understand the Refugee situation and today they all took part in simulations dealing with the concepts we introduced yesterday. Our younger students became part of a refugee family, experiencing loss, change adjustment, sadness etc and our older students took on another culture that had ‘rules’ and experienced what it was like when one culture met another.
In partnership with the PTA, our parents designed and created ‘Culture Rooms’ in the classrooms and the students were invited to learn about different cultures and traditions. This is truly a celebration of our international community; learning about each other, our similarities, our differences and how we are all part of this community BBIS. A day to learn reflect and enjoy.
Mrs. Emmerson, who is a member of the Board for Human Rights Watch joined us to explain about her role and how the non-governmental organization dedicated to research and advocacy on human rights works around the world.