Celebrating Student Success
Celebrating Student Success
Dear Parents & BBIS Community,
In many school systems, nationally and internationally, child safety has become a number one issue. Leaving your children in the care of others should never be a risk. BBIS has always had a strong child protection policy, and further steps have been taken in the last years to make the school an even more safe place to be. If you would like to hear more and maybe make further suggestions, please join us at the platform evening on Tuesday, 7 March at 19:00 in the MPR.
Please register under https://goo.gl/forms/OCLMs6E8vbgUtDtu2 (the evening will be canceled/postponed if less than 7 participants).
This week, I would like to congratulate our grade 10 students for their brilliant Personal Project Exhibition for parents on Tuesday night and to the whole school on Wednesday.
Not only did the students introduce the concept behind the culminating project for the MYP years to the visitors, they also patiently answered questions about their projects and highlighted how they approached it. The visitors were impressed by the many creative and challenging projects on display, from Upcycling to teaching coding skills or raising awareness of the pros and cons of technology use.
We are proud of what our grade 10 students have achieved, and hope they will use the feedback they received during the exhibition to complete their Personal Project Reports, in which they need to reflect on how their learning developed.
We would also like to thank Liz Appleton, the Personal Project Coordinator, for guiding the students through the process; the results speak for themselves.
This morning in our P.H.S.E information morning,our students coached parents in using a strategy to solve conflict. This 'Peace Bridge' strategy is used by our trained team of Student Peacemakers, to solve conflicts and disputes on the playground. This is just one example of Personal, Social and Health education, which is a critical part of everything we do at school.
What is the point of just educating students to be knowledgeable, without specifically teaching them how to relate to each other, how to interact and how to demonstrate the attributes of the IB Student Profile (Principled, Risk-taker, Balanced, Caring, Inquiring, Open-Minded, Reflective, Thinkers, Communicators, Knowledgeable)? We offer our students opportunities to develop these attributes everyday in many different situations.
Becoming a Peacemaker requires patience, maturity and sensitivity and this morning our team of Peacemakers showed how to create peace out of conflict, a humbling experience for us all.
In order to celebrate our students’ individual CAS experiences, each student will be required to present an overview of what has been learned from his / her involvement in the various chosen CAS experiences, with particular reference to the Seven Learning Outcomes of CAS and the IB Learner Profile.
Both positive and not-so-positive experiences will be be included as these contribute to the rich fabric of who we are and all provide opportunities for growth.
Students have been asked to nominate a day and time over the coming few weeks at which they will present to the CAS Coordinator, as well as other students and staff. Parents are also invited to attend their son’s / daughter’s presentation.
In addition, on Friday 31 March from 08:00 -09:20 in the cafeteria, a PTA Coffee Morning will be devoted to hearing a selection of these CAS presentations. All BBIS parents are most welcome to attend.
If you believe in something, you must not just think or talk or write, but must act. (Petersen 2003)
From the IB CAS Guide
"CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning from the PYP and MYP.
CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows.
Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
As a shining beacon of our values, CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as unique individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others. Students develop skills, attitudes and dispositions through a variety of individual and group experiences that provide students with opportunities to explore their interests and express their passions, personalities and perspectives. CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.
The emphasis in CAS is on helping students to develop their own identities, in accordance with the ethical principles embodied in the IB mission statement and the IB learner profile. Possibly, more than any other component in the Diploma Programme, CAS contributes to the IB’s mission to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect."
February 18th till 25th was the annual BBIS Ski & Snowboard Trip. This year a small group of 9 students from grade 9-11 went to Crans Montana and stayed at La Moubra centre. The snow conditions on the glacier were excellent and they had 4 days of glorious sunshine. Students had 5 hours of skiing or snowboarding instruction per day and a program of evening activities were optional; including a visit to a spa, torch lit walk, tubing, movie night and a disco.
On the last day they were lucky to see some of the world's best female skiers, as the Super G race was hosted by the Crans Montana resort. For a final treat the group went out for a cheese fondue and enjoyed the fireworks and apres ski atmosphere whilst walking through town.