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).
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.
It was a real pleasure to experience how our students worked together to overcome challenges during the team building and outdoor activities during our MYP trip week. Our trip leaders and office staff had prepared the detailed programmes for the respective groups in cooperation with the outdoor education specialists from Schattenspringer or Outward Bound, and l am happy to report that last week was a great success.
As was the case last academic year, in association with the PTA this year, we will be offering six coffee mornings between now and June 2018. These will cover a range of topics concerning the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-Related Programme. The first, on Thursday 28 September, will be presented by BBIS Careers and College Counsellor, Leslie Kamphausen, on the subject of the university admissions process.
It was very nice to meet so many parents during the trip information evening for grade 6 to 10 recently. As you can see, our grade 9 students have already been practising their skills by putting up tents during their Physical Education lessons.
Dear BBIS Parents and Students
Students who would like to study in the United States. should register for the PSAT by sending an email with the student’s name and grade, and transferring the 22€ fee (see below).
The test will be administered on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at BBIS.
About PSAT / NMSQT
The new school year has just started and to kick start our new Homeroom Programme in Grades 9 and 10, we invited the Swiss Leadership Academy to BBIS to work with our students. The goal of the hands-on workshop was to help our students better understand what Leadership means and how they can set personal goals to make the best use of their talents.
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While the end of a school year can be perceived as a time when things slow down and become less frantic, this would be a MIS-conception. Actually, it is the opposite. While one year is ending, with all the busy-ness that entails, planning for the next one is in full swing at the same time.
In a recent World Economic Forum report, it was stated that an estimated 65 percent of students entering school today will have jobs that do not yet exist. For us as educators, this raises the question of how we prepare our students for the future and how relevant our approaches to learning at BBIS are.