Educating With The Future In Mind
Educating With The Future In Mind
The start of a school year is always a good time to look at the big picture of where education stands. In the back of our minds there is always the thought "what do our children do once graduating from school?" As school is future oriented and deeply connected to how society develops, our team again analysed the chances and challenges for our students in the world of tomorrow. Most of them will live into the 22nd century, so considering scenarios of what may happen is a necessary task for educators.
In his well researched, best selling book Homo Deus (Man as God), historian Yuval Harari extrapolates from 80.000 years of evolution where homo sapiens, the most successful animal, is likely to be going to. With data becoming the new religion, he claims that critical awareness is a minimum expectation. Genetic engineering and new ways of reproduction will require (sooner than later) an ethical framework for handling the questions of “selection” of the physical and mental traits of to-be-created in babies; a process which we know from history is dangerous in all consequences. Equally, the near future will see a dramatic change in working patterns and available jobs – half of today’s jobs will have disappeared by the middle of the century or earlier with robots taking over: how will people be making a living? All of these parameters created by humankind, not fate or beliefs.
These, with many more factors added, force schools to move from the trainings aspects of learning to skills and value education. The ability to “find questions worth answering” and a strong, independent and (most important) happy personality will be characteristics of future success. BBIS is going this route with a limited number of further initiatives. Watch this space for regular updates and specific examples of what we do for your/our children.
Lastly, the PTA has relaunched their newsletter and it looks super. If you are not already subscribed, you can read the latest on all their great initiatives, which play a critical part in strengthening our school community.
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Dear BBIS Parents
Welcome back to a new academic year. We hope that your summer break saw a wonderful time spent with family and friends, possibly even, in some exotic country.
The first few weeks of school have run smoothly in the main with the usual minor start-up issues and the school has now settled into its routines.
We are pleased to welcome an increased number of students into Grades 11 and 12. We currently have 86 students in Grade 11 and expect closer to 90 by the end of the month. In Grade 12, we have 85 students … a large graduating class.
We have enhanced the curricular offerings this year with the addition of IBDP Design Technology and Russian A Language and Literature. This year will also see the first group of students to graduate in IBDP Theatre.
Joining our excellent staff of educators we have:
|Mr Anthony Russo||Coordinator of Educational Technology|
|Ms Ekaterina Minaeva||Teacher of Russian A|
|Mr Christopher Kelly||Teacher of German|
|Mr German Alavarez||HoD Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Teacher of Spanish and Theory of Knowledge|
|Mr Ramzi Darwazeh||Theory of Knowledge (TOK) Coordinator, Teacher of History and Theory of Knowledge|
|Mr Paul Arkilander||HoD Science, Teacher of Biology|
|Mr Lee Peel||Teacher of Mathematics|
|Mr Karl Proctor||Teacher of Mathematics|
Mr Simon Pönisch has been appointed Extended Essay Coordinator.
BBIS has created a new whole-school position, Head of Outdoor Learning, and Mr Dan Stiles has been appointed to that role. While the details of the role are evolving, Mr Stiles will be responsible for learning beyond the classroom. We live in a city which offers many rich educational opportunities to enhance our courses and Mr Stiles will be responsible for developing these opportunities. The position, and initiative, should not be confused with the International Award (Duke of Edinburgh) which Mr Stiles also leads.
The annual Trip Week for Grades 6 – 10 will take place from 25 – 29 September. While Grade 11 and 12 classes will continue as much as possible, given a reduced faculty, this year we are instituting some new trips of our own focussing on the IBDP ‘core’ for DP students and on Personal and Professional Skills for CP students.
A DP TOK excursion is planned for the Wednesday for Grade 11 DP students. They will visit the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, Holocaust Memorial, Neue Wache, Memorial to the Sinti and Roma victims of National Socialism and possibly the Grunewald Memorial. The purpose of the trip is to encourage students to consider the role of memory (a TOK Way of Knowing), particularly public memory, and explore which sites and events are remembered and which narratives are emphasized and which are neglected.
A CAS Expo is planned for the Thursday. The guest presenter at the expo will be Mr Anthony Skillicorn who has been responsible for enhancing and strengthening the CAS and Service Learning programmes at The American School of The Hague and Dulwich College, Shanghai. We look forward to his input and interaction with the students.
The Grade 11 CP students will take a tour of the Bundestag on the Wednesday. This trip is in conjunction their Personal and Professional Skills class, namely with their first unit on Politics and Democracy which addresses the question, “To what extent do individuals have a say in the decision-making processes within a nation?” On the Thursday of Trip Week, all of the Grade 11 and 12 CP students will go climbing in the Potsdam Abendteuerpark.
To assure quality of the Career-related Programme and its delivery at BBIS, we will host a consultation visit next week. This is a smaller ‘check-up’ visit for our CP programme (which we have been running for 6 years now) so that the CP can then join the rest of our school programmes’ synchronised self-evaluation / reaccreditation cycle.. Everything is in place for what is expected to be a successful outcome.
As it was last year, a series of coffee mornings will be offered over the next several months with presentations covering topics generated by parent interest such as:
- Being an IB Parent (and Surviving)
- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the IBDP and IBCP
- What Is This Thing Called TOK?
- Understanding CAS / Service Learning
- The Extended Essay / Reflective Project
- The University Admissions Process
- The dates of these mornings are currently being worked out. Stay tuned for further information coming from the PTA.
You are probably already aware from the school calendar, but just a reminder of the IBDP / CP Information Evening for parents of Grade 9 and 10 students to be held on Tuesday 19 September, commencing at 18:00, in the MPR in House 3. Andrew Hand (DP / CP Principal), Karin Schnoor (DP Coordinator) and Julia Peters (CP Coordinator) will present on the Diploma and Career-related programmes and address any questions you might have as you consider, with your son or daughter, the appropriate educational pathway in Grades 11 and 12.
The IBDP / CP ‘team’ and I look forward to partnering with you this year to ensure a positive educational experience for your son or daughter.
Dear BBIS Parents and Students
Students who would like to study in the United States. should register for the PSAT by sending an email with the student’s name and grade, and transferring the 22€ fee (see below).
The test will be administered on Wednesday 11 October 2017 at BBIS.
About PSAT / NMSQT
The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides first-hand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. The PSAT/NMSQT measures: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math
The cost will be €22, and can be paid by bank deposit directly to BBIS.
NO CASH PAYMENTS PLEASE
Please make payment to the following BBIS account:
Bank: Berliner Volksbank
IBAN : DE85 1009 0000 8581 0550 06
Reference: PSAT, Student’s name
If you would like your son or daughter to take part in the PSAT administration, please send an email to the address listed below.
More information about the PSAT can be found at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat-suite-assessments/exam-changes/psat-nmsqt-redesign-specs
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Leslie Silverman Kamphausen
Careers & College Counselor