Pieces of the Puzzle
Pieces of the Puzzle
Being part of the BIG puzzle is one metaphor to describe human life and discovering what our own puzzle stone looks like is part of the life-long journey. As we try to find out where we fit and what we can contribute to our immediate environment, we also look to how we make the whole picture complete.
Schooling plays a role in this process, in formal lessons and at occasions like the last week: SEC trip week, where learning took place outdoors and much time was dedicated to developing team skills, at all age levels. Contributing by using their own strengths is one of the aspects; collaborating when the task needed more than a single hero; and trying again together when failure made another team win.
The big lesson was taught everywhere: no one is an island, the whole needs excellent parts - and will still be more than the sum of what individuals can achieve.
BBIS does not promote a bull-dozer “We” ideology. There is always space and respect for the individual as the first element of society. However, others see us through what we do – and there was a lot of opportunities for the trip week participants last week. They had great support by the teachers who gave many hours to make actions happen (and deserve recognition for that). SEC parents can find out more during the parent-teacher-student conferences in a few weeks – or just ask your kids!
It is important that we as an international school connect wth our community and give our students the opportunities to experience local culture. Some of our students may not be in Germany for long and learning about the country in which they live is important. Recently we took all the Grade 1 students to see a performance of' Hansel and Gretel'. It was in German and although not all our students speak German, they knew the story and watched it come to life on stage. Live performance is always exciting and although one of the students asked ..'when does the DVD start?', the interactions they had with the actors and the participation in the story was something they won't forget.
It was a real pleasure to experience how our students worked together to overcome challenges during the team building and outdoor activities during our MYP trip week. Our trip leaders and office staff had prepared the detailed programmes for the respective groups in cooperation with the outdoor education specialists from Schattenspringer or Outward Bound, and l am happy to report that last week was a great success.
What we value particularly are the strong relationships that our students form with their peers and teachers during this very intense week of learning, and the fact that they are becoming more resilient by pushing themselves in a variety of situations where they find themselves outside their normal comfort zone.
It requires a lot of effort to get outdoor education experiences of this size and quality off the ground, and I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate everybody involved in organizing and running this year’s Trip Week for grade 6 to 10!
Congratulations also to our students, who have been able to experience what it means to go beyond what they thought possible. Please check the BBIS Facebook page for more trip pictures.
Special thanks go to:
Ms Schmid as the grade 6 trip leader to Groß Väter See, and her climbing & team building colleagues Ms Smith-Siebold, Mr Hennie, Mr Payne, Mr Wilson & Ms Abaee
Ms Pinault as the grade 7 trip leader to Zielow, and the cooking, canoeing and fishing team, Ms Hinault, Mr Lopez, Mr Gregory, Ms Buckler, Ms Kasia, Ms Hase and Ms Gotthardt
Mr Edinger leading the grade 8 trip GPS touring & climbing at Werbellinsee with Ms Adams, Ms Dodge, Ms Thach, Mr Allard, Mr Proctor, Mr Russo & Mr Alvarez
Mr Stiles as the grade 9 trip leader and his hiking, abseiling and camping team in Vysoka Lipa with Ms Fleiner, Ms Barker, Mr Samozvanov, Mr Peel & Mr Nolan
Ms Giegerich as the organiser of the climbing, cycling, camping, yoga, music, art, history, creative & more activities for the grade 10 Berlin Bound trips and her team Ms Appleton, Ms Murray, Ms Papot, Ms Lund-Bruning, Ms Paul, Ms Kovacs, Mr Kelly & Ms Mansfield
Ms Kruschinski and Ms Pertsch for their hard work preparing and coordinating the trips during the last 7 weeks!
As was the case last academic year, in association with the PTA this year, we will be offering six coffee mornings between now and June 2018. These will cover a range of topics concerning the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-Related Programme. The first, on Thursday 28 September, will be presented by BBIS Careers and College Counsellor, Leslie Kamphausen, on the subject of the university admissions process. While aimed, particularly, at parents of students in Grade 12, all parents are welcome; it is never too early to learn about what is required and when.
The progamme for the rest of the year is set out below. All of the presentations will take place from 08:10-09:30 in the cafeteria in Haus 2. While the ‘target audience’ is indicated, everyone is welcome to any of the sessions.
Thursday 28 September 2017
University Admissions Process - Grade 12 parents
Leslie Kamphausen (Careers and College Counsellor)
Thursday 23 November 2017
Being an IB Parent (and Surviving!) - Grade 11 and 12 parents
Steve Gregory (Head of Student Counselling), Karin Schnoor (DP Coordinator), and Julia Peters (CP Coordinator)
Thursday 14 December 2017
Understanding CAS / Service learning - Grade 11 parents
Josselyn van der Pol (DP CAS and CP Service Learning Coordinator)
Thursday 25 January 2018
The Extended Essay / Reflective Project - Grade 11 parents
Simon Pönisch (Extended Essay Coordinator) and Julia Peters (Reflective Project Coordinator)
Thursday 8 March 2018
What Are TOK and PPS? - Grade 11 parents
Ramzi Darwazeh (DP Theory of Knowledge Coordinator), Andrew Hand (Teacher of ToK) and Martin Milner (Teacher of CP Personal and Professional Skills)
Thursday 12 April 2018
CAS / Service Learning Presentations - Grade 11 and 12 parents
Josselyn van der Pol (DP CAS and CP Service Learning Coordinator) and Grade 12 Students
For students who have registered for this year´s PSAT testing on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.
8:00 BBIS Heizhaus
Sharpen Your Pencils and Your Skills
How to get ready for test day:
1. Get a list of what to bring on test day and what to leave at home.
2. Take a practice test to see what the tests are like and get a personalized skills workout. Click for free practice. Pick up study guide in Ms. Kamphausen´s office.
3. Decide if you want to opt in to Student Search Service®.
4. If you need College Board testing accommodations for students with disabilities, talk to your counselor.
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