Learning about how to help others and getting involved in projects that move a community forward is a very important part of growing up. It is not only a good experience for the people who we are helping, it also gives us a chance to grow. This is why we believe it is important to develop this area of our curriculum and to introduce some new elements to it, based on feedback we received from MYP students in a survey last year.
On Tuesday 25 October we were very fortunate to welcome Ranajit Sengupta and Mainak Banerjee from Calcutta who conductedn workshops on Indian Classical Music with students from Grades 4, 10, 11 and 12.
Recently, our Grade 9 students who are studying Spanish went to the Gemäldegalerie to visit the exhibit El Siglo de Oro – the Golden Age of Spanish art – one of the most important and popular chapters in European cultural history. Together with Ms Montaraz and Mr Lopez, the students visited a major exhibition showcasing 17th century Spanish paintings and sculptures in all their fascinating variety.
It was a joy to see Secondary School Student Council members, House Leaders and Class Reps from grade 6 to 12 working together during their leadership retreat on Monday. They collaborated on various Lego Serious Play challenges and analysed which skills they need to improve further as leaders.
For the past few years we have been hearing a lot in educational circles about Professional Learning Communities. What are they? A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is, in our case, a group of educators that meets regularly, shares expertise, and works collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.
Many BBIS students and parents took advantage of the College Day, which took place in Berlin on Friday 23 September at Berlin International School. Presentations on various topics relating to college admissions were running throughout the afternoon-a particularly useful one on the differences between studying and applying to U.S. universities and UK universities, as well as a workshop on funding college education.
Once a year, our Secondary School MYP office turns into a travel agency. Accommodation has to be booked, transport from and to various locations needs to be arranged and activities and schedules have to be coordinated for more than 300 students and teachers.
A strength of our school is that we take inclusion seriously – and we have the staff awareness and expertise to do so. Here is Jonathan Matthew-Hirsch’s blog contribution on the topic. Glad to have him leading the Student Support Services!
As many of you know this past weekend was the 43rd Berlin Marathon. BBIS participated in two events, the Bambini Race at Gleisdreieck Park where we had fifteen participants from the Primary school, and the Mini Marathon at Postdamer Platz, where we entered 14 runners.