Cross Cultural Exploration
Cross Cultural Exploration
Where does the time go? The next time we send out our newsletter it will be December 10th and there will be one week remaining before winter break.
Across campus there is a delightful pace to all that is being undertaken. This weeks newsletter highlights some of the guest speakers, events and experiential learning opportunities that have all shared a commitment to exploring different cultural contexts. We take great pride in seeing activities play out at all age groups through the school and that challenge us to further understand what being a member of an international community entails. In addition to the stories here, our blogs (Primary, Secondary) have received regular posts since we last corresponded.
Lastly, we would like to draw your attention to a charitable initiative put forth by a group of ECA volunteers. As 2016 is about to close out, they ask you to donate your soon to be dated calendars to their cause of recycling the goods and creating new products of them to share with those in need. Calendars can be dropped off in the Atrium and back entrance of each house on campus. First collection will be December 15th. Full details below.
Thank you for your engagement and we look forward to finishing the year strong.
Such an exciting week in the Primary School this week!
A visit from Mrs Emmerson who is a member of the’ Human Rights Watch Group’ to tell us about her work around the world, spectacular ‘Culture Rooms’ to teach our students about our different cultures and to appreciate our diversity, simulation games of ‘being a refugee’ and ‘culture clash’ and a visit from a speaker who works with refugee children here in Berlin (www.theyhavenamesberlin.org) . There was some very powerful learning happening, which made a big impact on our students. We now discuss how we can take action to help refugees and I will let you know what we all decide to do.
Thank you very much to all the parents who worked so hard to make the Culture rooms so interesting and creative. We all learned a lot about our different countries and we all experienced the feeling of community as well as diversity, it was a wonderful day. Thank you too, to Lisa Roy, Maryam Samii and Brent Lund- Bruning who worked so hard to make the week such a success.
We have a new member of staff who will be joining us in an assistant role. Mr Mannning is a qualified teacher from the States who has a lot of experience with young children in the classroom and also in coaching. He has been very helpful already as some of our teachers have been attending Professional Development courses and we needed cover. Welcome to our school Mr Manning!
Enjoy the weekend and kind regards,
- December 8 - Winter Concert in the Sports Hall 1300
- December 13 - Grade 5 Instrumental Concert 1230 in the Aula
- December 15 - EE Winter Celebration 0830
- December 16 - School ends for the Winter holiday at 1450
The best learning situations are often those where students are sharing what they have learned – for example with an audience or with fellow students.
This week, Secondary students contributed to the Primary School Culture Day by preparing and running activities introducing the younger students to countries i.e. like Egypt or China. There was also an Indian Culture Room, where the older students shared their own cultural experiences and taught Indian dances.
Also this week, grade 7 students opened a ‘Roman Museum’ at the Heizhaus, an exhibition that focused on various aspects of Roman life. Through models, posters and artefacts the students illustrated certain themes they had chosen to research, like technology in Roman times or the life of children in Rome. The project was part of their Humanities lessons and on the day of the exhibition they presented their research to other grade 7 students and parents. Thank you to all students and teachers who were part of the Roman Museum and the Primary Culture day, and for sharing their work with us.
Organised by Theory Of Knowledge teacher, Martin Milner, we were privileged on Tuesday 22 November, to host a visit and presentation by a member of the Adivasi people of the Nilgiri Hills in southern India.
The presenter revealed a unique biosphere landscape, one shared by people, unique plants (one species flowers only once in every twelve years) and dangerous animals. He spoke about using indigenous Adivasi knowledge to solve current issues, especially the problem of elephants and humans living in ever closer proximity. Thirty-four people were killed by elephants in the region last year alone, aside from numerous injuries. People and agriculture are seen by the Adivasi people as a threat to the elephants' existence. They believe that humans are invading the elephants' territory and, therefore, problems that arise are those brought about by humans and they need to be solved with the elephants foremost in mind. Indigenous knowledge of elephants, their nature and behaviour is being employed effectively to manage the problem.
A powerful adjunct to the Grade 11 TOK students' exploration of indigenous knowledge systems, the visit provided a first hand opportunity for our students to engage with a person from a quite different culture and was yet another positive example of learning beyond the classroom.
Hello! We are a voluntary ECA club named Slankets at BBIS. We make blankets with sleeves to donate to children, along with journals and colored pencils. 2016 is almost over, which means that there probably are calendars in your house that you will need to throw away very soon. Slanket needs those calendars in order to decorate those journals which we donate to hospitalized children.It would be a pleasure if parents at BBIS could help Slankets out by donating old, used calendars. Please give the old calendars to your children so that they can drop them off at the collection boxes which will be placed in the Atrium and the back entrances of every house.
First collection will be on December 15th and 16th, and second donation will be on January 9th to January 16th.
Thank you for the cooperation.