At the CIS (Council of International Schools) recruiting fair I recently attended, a half day was dedicated to child protection and how to prevent potentially dangerous people to be in contact with students in whatever role. I learned that BBIS is doing the right things - including asking an updated extended police check from every employee every three years. We want your children to be safe in all aspects of life.
Looking ahead at the upcoming week, we are busy preparing for a number of events including a Bingo afternoon and a Strategic evening. The Strategic evening explores the mid and long range planning of the school and allows administration, faculty, board members, parents and students to come together and be a part of our future direction. If you are interested in registering for the event on Thursday the 26th, please follow this link.
Also, please have a look at the events, offerings and updates from the PTA in their January Newsletter and take note of our upcoming Early Education Open House Saturday February 11th - details are above. And finally, sign-up for the Berlin International Music Project is now live. The password you need to login is BIMP.
Have a great weekend.
Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you happiness, fun and calm. In BBIS Primary School we have been looking at the concept of 'Mindfulness' in the context of our Personal, Social and Health Curriculum. This concept of 'mindfulness has become a global phenomenon.....is it helpful for our students?
We looked into this during the in-service day before our students returned, and investigated what it would mean for our school, both for us as teachers and also for our students. Mindfulness encourages a growth mind-set...something we want in our students...and research shows that it can create better teachers, by 'prioritizing demands of the work day, reducing stress and increasing resilience.' Certainly, mindfulness complements social emotional learning, which is reflected in the IB Learner profile attribute 'balanced' which encourages learners to understand the importance of achieving well being. It also complements the IB's approaches to the Teaching and Learning element of emotional management. We are continuing to look at techniques and discussing how it may benefit our students' learning. As we re-visit our PHSE curriculum, there are areas we want to develop.......this may well be one of them.
Over the past few weeks, our Grade 6 Humanities students have been learning all about research and what it actually means to be researchers. Based on their own passions, students developed their own research questions for a topic they were curious about, found and annotated texts on the topic and finally decided on the best way to present and display their findings.
Their final Exhibition this week covered a wide range of themes and presentation styles, and the topics ranged from the question whether Shyness is a condition or a choice to Windpower or Antimatter. The appropriate name for their work was ‘Wonder Project’, as all students started their project by saying: I wonder … It was great to see how much effort the students put into their individual presentations.
The group 4 project is an interdisciplinary activity in which all Diploma Programme science students must participate. The intention is that students from the different group 4 subjects (Biology, Chemistry and Physics at BBIS) analyse a common topic or problem. The exercise should be a collaborative experience where the emphasis is on the processes involved in, rather than the products of, such an activity.
Working collaboratively inn this way allows for concepts and perceptions from across the disciplines to “develop an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and their influence on other areas of knowledge”.
On Thursday and Friday this week, the Grade 11 IBDP students worked in cross-disciplinary groups (biologists / chemists / physicists) to investigate some scientific myths. Some of those being challenged were that:
Lemon juice is more acidic than lime juice;
If a piece of bread falls on to the floor, it will it remain germ-free if picked up in less than five seconds;
Females are better at multi-tasking than males.
If a person listens to music whilst typing, the faster the music the faster the typing and just as accurate;
Out of white, milk and dark chocolate, white chocolate melts first;
The warmer the current of air the faster it will dry a paper towel;
Bread always falls Nutella-side down.
While these investigations might seem simple, the group 4 project allows students to appreciate the environmental, social and ethical implications of science and technology. It might also allow them to understand the limitations of scientific study, for example, the shortage of appropriate data, the necessity to consider a range of variables and /or the lack of resources to complete the experiment effectively.
From what I could see and hear, the students were completely engaged in their investigations which also appeared to be a lot of fun!