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.
Forging and maintaining partnerships with parents is essential if we are to ‘on the same page’ when it comes to supporting students through their academic programmes and in the social / emotional realm.
Many thanks to all students, staff and parents who helped make the first Informal Musical Soiree such a success last night. The students performed a varied and enjoyable programme comprising nineteen performances:
I always find it fascinating to catch up with BBIS students after they have graduated. To see how they developed their talents and hear about what they are doing today is really inspiring. This summer, I had the chance to catch up with Alexander Koenig, who currently works as Data Analyst for Schools in the Boston area. I spoke to him about his time after school and his interest in the field of Ed-Tech.
Alex what have you been up to after leaving BBIS in 2009?