Classroom learning and teaching is what a school is really about – major events just highlight the results of hard student and teacher work. One of them was the Grade 3 Art Show, displaying what students had learned about a chosen artist – their biography, impact, and style towards painting. The last aspect of the project was to recreate one of the works from their selected artist - just amazing how self-confident children were in their presentations!
What they can become within a few years will be evident in the MYP Personal Project – see Mrs. Jung’s blog below for more details of the upcoming exhibition.
To teach the children well, teachers need to be “taught” well and with professional development being a key priority at BBIS, a large group spent the last weekend at the conference of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS), offering and participating in a diversity of workshops. This weekend, here at the school, a cohort of BBIS teachers will join over 100 colleagues from other international schools to work with inquiry “guru” Kath Murdoch. The place for the annual regional conference of ManageBac will take place at our Sports hall in March, and two more courses are scheduled for April and May that will provide our staff with even easier access to broaden their skills and knowledge – and thus, our students receiving the benefits of such staff engagement.
In addition, we should not forget the “big” picture – or, in other words, the BBIS Strategic Plan. It outlines broadly in four strands (Academics, IT, Marketing and Building) exploring who, what and where we want to be by 2020. Our annual input evening to prepare for the regular update took place a week ago, with 80 participants from all stakeholder groups donating their ideas and time and critical view.
Thanks to all!
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.
Having attended her workshop last year, I am looking forward to hearing what she has to say. A stimulating weekend ahead! http://www.kathmurdoch.com.au/media/
On the evening of the 28th of February and during the school day on the 1st March, we would like to invite you to interview our grade 10 students about a truly personal and powerful learning experience - their Personal Projects.
Students choose something they are passionate about or interested in and have six months to complete the project. This may seem like a long time, but for the students involved in the Personal Project, time management is crucial to meet the requirements.
As it is the culminating project for the MYP years, the Personal Project challenges our students as learners. Please see below a few questions to give you an idea about the variety of projects our 10th graders have chosen this year:
How can I inspire and motivate girls to code?
How can I improve language learning for primary students by writing fairy tales in English, French, German and Spanish?
How can I create a design for a TV studio for a weekly TV show for school bands in Berlin?
How can I show my learning about how football has become a faster game in recent years?
How can I raise awareness of the health & environmental impact of the production & consumption of animal products?
The Personal Project is complex on many levels, as students need to define a clear goal and follow very specific criteria that make it successful. Students have to analyze and document how their own thinking skills have developed during the six months, and also need to use their self-management and communication skills successfully. To guide the students through this process, each student works with a mentor.
If you would like to find out more about the Personal Projects, and particularly if your daughter or son is in grade 9 or 10 this year, please join us to celebrate the students’ achievements, and to see the outcomes of their creative ideas.
Tuesday, 28th February, 19:00 - Official Opening of the Exhibition with parents
Wednesday, 1st March, 8:10-14:15 - Exhibition is open to the school community
I look forward to welcoming you to the exhibition!
On Thursday the 19th of January, around twenty of our BBIS swimmers traveled together with their loyal mascot, the Panther, to Frankfurt for the GISST swim meet. Four teams, U14 and varsity in boys and girls, had the opportunity to compete against eight other international schools over the course of the tournament. For many students, this was their first ever swim competition and served as a great learning experience.
After a number of close races, several of the waterproof panthers made it to the finals. Notable performances by Imbar for achieving third place over 100 meters backstroke against the varsity girls. Also Oryan (third 50 backstroke), Liam (second 100 freestyle, second 200 freestyle and third 50 freestyle), Louis (third 100 freestyle, third 200 freestyle and third 50 fly) and Adam (third 100 breaststroke) achieved individual medals for the varsity boys’ team who together won a well-deserved second place overall for GISST.
The group is proud to come back smiling with new personal bests, experiences and not to forget their numerous medals. The team showed tremendous sportsmanship and it was lovely to see how the students encouraged each other at the pool. All our students are looking forward to representing BBIS again at next year’s tournament.
As was the case last year, The United Nations International School (UNIS) New York, has kindly invited BBIS to attend the 41st Annual International UNIS-UN Conference founded by Ms. Sylvia Gordon to be held on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March 2017 in the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City.
UNIS-UN is an organization that seeks to promote intellectual discourse as well as cultural exchange among students through an annual conference relating to a contemporary global issue. This exchange of knowledge will be enriched by the sharing of perspectives of young minds from around the globe and cultivated by the presentations of speakers who are knowledgeable about the topic of migration in hopes of inspiring awareness and new outlooks on the state and future of our world. Over the two conference days, distinguished guest speakers will address various aspects of the theme, and afterwards, in Q&A sessions, time will be allotted for the students to engage in a dialogue with each speaker. In the day preceding the conference, a Day of Cultural Exchange is hosted at UNIS in order to provide a more intimate, non-academic environment for students to share their diversity through interactive workshops and a cultural talent show.
The UNIS-UN Organizing Committee is comprised of high school students from UNIS. We are not only responsible for the organization of the conference, but also collectively write, edit, and publish the Working Paper, a compilation of articles that are relevant to the conference topic that is distributed to all participating students.
In past years, the conference has been honored with addresses by distinguished individuals such as H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, current Secretary-General of the United Nations; H.E. Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; Richard Butler, former Chief Weapons Inspector to the United Nations; Hillary Clinton, former United States Secretary of State; global-warming activist Laurie David; current United States ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Ms. Samantha Power, and the founder of One Laptop per Child, Nicholas Negroponte. In addition, many human rights advocates such as Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Vanessa Redgrave, and actor-director Morgan Spurlock have spoken at past UNIS-UN conferences. Previous conference topics include: Human Exploitation: Exposing the Unseen (2012), Modern Youthquake: A Generation’s Impact (2013), Globalization: A World of Exchange (2014), Sustainability: Balancing People, Planet and Profit (2015), and most recently Media’s Influence: Opinions, Activism, and Outcomes (2016).
This year's conference topic will be Migration: Crossing the Line. This year's conference topic will focus on the global movement of people. This issue currently holds the international spotlight as migration has and will continue to impact countries around the globe through a variety of forms. The 2017 UNIS-UN international student conference will examine varying perspectives on the issues surrounding migration: the causes, individual experiences as well as the political and humanitarian responses to migration. As millions of people flee their countries to escape armed conflict, political turmoil and economic hardships, who is responsible for providing aid, and to what extent, will be considered. While answers might not be found to these complex questions, it is hoped that the discussion will result in a deeper understanding of global migration.
The eight delegates who will represent BBIS at the conference this year are:
Hyun Jun Koh; Johannes Krauss; Otto Vitali ; Kira von Lewinski ; Hye Soo Paik
Konrad Krieger; Farid Musayev; Jessica Yun
The trip will be led by Mr Jonathan Grissett and Ms Goldie Abaee.
On Tuesday evening this week, the two chaperones, along Ms Lorenz and Mr Hand held an information meeting for BBIS conference delegates and their parents. Led by the chaperones, the meeting was both informative and exciting.
We are confident that our delegates will make fine ambassadors, representing BBIS’ values and will contribute positively to the conference which will focus on a timely, relevant and profound issue.
We wish them well!
The Berlin International Music Project - BIMP was founded in 2010 with the intention of creating a community music-making weekend with a quality Gala concert as a culmination. BIMP has developed over the past seven years and this year many schools from Berlin and Brandenburg will again be involved in the project. This intensive and fun music-making project gives young musicians the opportunity to meet and work with other singers and instrumentalists from the Berlin-Brandenburg area.
Our previous concerts were wonderful examples of what can be achieved when schools collaborate and pool their talented pupils.
BIMP 2017 will offer 5 ensembles:
• Junior Choir – grade 3 till 5 (age 8 till 10)
• Junior Orchestra - beginner/intermediate level – usually grade 3 till 5 (age 8 till 10)
• Senior Orchestra - Intermediate/advanced level – usually grade 6 and above (from age 11)
• Senior Choir - grade 6 and above (from age 11)
• Jazz/Pop Ensemble - Intermediate/advanced level - grade 6 and above (from age 11)
The BIMP ensemble rehearsals will take place from January till March 2017. All participants will join the practice weekend at BBIS on March 18 and 19, 2017.
The Gala Concert is scheduled for Sunday March 19, 2017 at BBIS, starting at 15.00.
Sign up link, rehearsal dates, contact and general information can be found on the BIMP website: Password – BIMP
Please, make sure that you sign up your child before the January 1st dead-line!
Don’t be a wimp - sign up for BIMP!
Please feel free to contact Ms. Panni Kovacs or Mette Holmark if you have any questions about BIMP 2017. More information will be published on our website and in future newsletters.
Yours in music,
Anna (Panni) Kovacs, BIMP Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mette Holmark, BIMP Co-coordinator, email@example.com
It is a pleasure to inform you that the BBIS Modern Foreign Languages Department will continue offering the possibility to our Spanish and French Secondary School students to take the prestigious DELE and DELF exams during this academic year (2016-2017).
It is highly recommended to consider this option since the DELE and DELF diplomas are recognized all around the world. The hours employed in training for these exams suppose an excellent complement to the holistic education provided by BBIS for foreign language learning.
An extra curriculum activity will be provided for students that wish to take the exam.
Please, see the detailed information, which you will find in the following links and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any question.
French DELF information link:
Spanish DELE information link:
BBIS MFL Department