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Partnerships with Parents

Monday, 26 September, 2016

Forging and maintaining partnerships with parents is essential if we are to ‘on the same page’ when it comes to supporting students through their academic programmes and in the social / emotional realm.

An important aspect is ensuring that parents and students know as much as possible about the specific programme the student will take for two years: the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) or the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP).

To this end, on Thursday 8 September, before the annual Meet and Greet, an information session was held for parents on the IBDP and the IBCP, presented by the two coordinators, Karin Schnoor and Julia Peters. The College / Career Counsellor, Leslie Kamphausen was also in attendance.

On Thursday 15 September, a coffee morning was organized by the PTA for parents who could not attend the week before, or who wished to follow up with questions. A brief overview was provided by the Secondary Principal, IBDP / CP, Andrew Hand and the remaining time consisted of a Q and A session. The session was received very positively and questions from the floor regarding CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) have prompted a follow-up session on this topic. Details to come.

This session was followed by another presented by Leslie Kamphausen aimed, specifically, at the admissions process for universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.

Further coffee mornings are planned for the rest of the year and will address such topics as CAS, the Extended Essay / Reflective Project and Theory of Knowledge as well as providing a general forum for information and questions regarding the two programmes offered in Grades 11 and 12.