To have role models is human – not just for the very young…
We had a wonderful time this week when students had the opportunity to meet an eminent football player, ask questions and even do a little sport with him. The enthusiasm of the students (and staff, and parents) gave us the opportunity to reflect on how powerful the influence of special individuals is and how we, as a school, should deal with this fact.
Looking at Jerome Boateng and his exceptional career, and listening to a few students this morning, it became clear that it is not the one skill that makes him special: young people admire how he developed his talent, how he made a conscious decision to follow his dream, how hard he worked and still works to be on top of the profession, how humble he is about his success and how he cares about the next generation by now starting and running his third charity.
If kids manage to transfer these insights into their own actions, a lot was gained that Thursday afternoon. What can we as adults learn? Not each of us can be a football star, but we – parents and teachers – are around children most of the day and our behaviour influences their actions. Until robots start populating schools, replacing teachers, we humans have a distinct advantage… let’s make good use of it! For a start, you should see the director less often staring at a smartphone screen….
Enjoy the sunny weekend, and maybe join us for the refugee fun day on Saturday,
Last week, BBIS hosted the first ManageBac conference, which brought teachers from 80 schools and 35 countries together. The conference was a big success, and all participants benefited greatly from the 2 days of workshops focused on learning, technology and innovative ideas.
A group of BBIS students also had the chance to contribute to the conference. They met with Theo King, founder and CEO of ManageBac, and shared their experiences with the integrated learning platform. For the students, it was interesting to hear what new features ManageBac is planning to introduce, and they were happy to discuss possible improvements with Theo King.
On Tuesday, 28th March, BBIS officially crowned its own queens of poetry: Eilidh and Chantal! They joined thirteen other finalists in the first-annual Poetry by Heart Recitation Competition, organized by Mr Grissett and the English Department. Poetry by Heart (PBH) is “an inspiring competition for students to learn and recite poems by heart...as the outward and audible manifestation of an inwardly-understood and enjoyed poem.”
In short, each Grade 10 student had to choose a poem from the PBH anthology, memorize it, and then recite that poem in front of classmates, teachers, and friends. Eilidh and Chantal were awarded 21 out of 25 points by the judges for their exceptional accuracy, performance, voice, and understanding of their respective poems, ‘Originally’ by Carol Ann Duffy and ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde. The entire recitation competition was a fantastic poetry and music event attended by Grade 10 students, staff and curious passersby!
Other notable performances included Sofia’s subtle delivery of Alun Lewis’ ‘Goodbye’, David’s powerful rendition of ‘How to Kill’ and a cameo video performance from Laco, who narrated a heartfelt version of Imtiaz Dharker’s ‘Minority’ (cue the tears in the audience :'( ).
Mr Grissett would like to especially thank the judges for their appraisals (Mr Hand, Ms Peters, and Mr Johannsen), the rest of the wonderful English Department for their support, and Louis, Jakov, and Jacob for their incredible music during intermission. Great job Grade 10s...see you next year Grade 9s!
A few days ago, Johana, Asial and I met Victoria a representative who works for the World Food Programme, an organization linked to the United Nations. The WFP mainly prioritizes feeding children globally and now with the creation of a new app, we are able to directly contribute. After we did a short interview with her, she presented this app 'ShareTheMeal' to the all of Grade 7.
She explained the functions and mechanics of the application. How the app works: You find a person to give food to, click the share button and then the meal is sent. One meal only costs 40 cents per person. The app has been very successful, considering that 12,000,000 meals have already been shared.
We can all make a difference! So many of us have access to this app and we can make a change.
Please visit their website where you can learn more and of course, download the app to your smartphone.
BBIS rolled out a team for the wheelchair basketball tournament sponsored by Rotary Kleinmachnow. The team was mostly novices at this sport although adept at basketball rallied around their most experienced player, Hendrik, and were quick to learn the rules and challenges of the sport. The BBIS team named 'Rock and Roll' won their semi-final match easily before being defeated by the vaunted RSV Happy Wheels in the championship. Everyone who participated took advantage of this unique experience and enjoyed the competition.
At a PTA Coffee Morning earlier in the academic year, the CAS Coordinator presented to parents on the CAS programme. The information provided in the session was very important in that it enabled parents to see what was required by the students and provided an opportunity to see how they could support their son or daughter over the 18 months of the programme.
CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) is at the heart of the Diploma Programme. With its holistic approach, CAS is designed to strengthen and extend students’ personal and interpersonal learning from the PYP and MYP.
CAS is organized around the three strands of creativity, activity and service defined as follows.
Creativity—exploring and extending ideas leading to an original or interpretive product or performance
Activity—physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle
Service—collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need
As a shining beacon of our values, CAS enables students to demonstrate attributes of the IB learner profile in real and practical ways, to grow as unique individuals and to recognize their role in relation to others. Students develop skills, attitudes and dispositions through a variety of individual and group experiences that provide students with opportunities to explore their interests and express their passions, personalities and perspectives. CAS complements a challenging academic programme in a holistic way, providing opportunities for self-determination, collaboration, accomplishment and enjoyment.
The emphasis in CAS is on helping students to develop their own identities, in accordance with the ethical principles embodied in the IB mission statement and the IB learner profile. Possibly, more than any other component in the Diploma Programme, CAS contributes to the IB’s mission to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
(IB CAS Guide)
That session marked the beginning of the CAS process, one that we hope will continue into the students’ adult lives. At this morning’s PTA Coffee Morning, parents able to witness the culmination of the process when they were treated to CAS presentations by four of the current eighty-two Grade 12 students. Each with a different personal story, they shared the ‘journey’ they have taken over the past 18 months and how they have grown in so many ways through the CAS experience.
Framed by the IB Learner Profile and focused on the Learning Outcomes of:
- strength and growth;
- challenge and skills;
- initiative and planning;
- commitment and perseverance;
- collaborative skills;
- global engagement and
- ethics and choices and actions,
it was very evident that the students had learned many invaluable, long-lasting ‘life lessons’ from the programme, lessons that cannot be learned in the classroom alone.
Their presentations were masterful and the parents in the audience were impressed with what they learned about the students and their engagement with, and commitment to, their wide range of activities. All of the students demonstrated that, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going’. One parent was heard to remark, “We should have CAS for parents.”
Sincere thanks to Alma, George, Esther and Sascha for taking time out of their very busy schedules to share, ‘warts and all’, with us. Thanks, too, to Ms van der Pol for the initiative and all of her ongoing work with our students.
Attached is a flyer for 'Place Mania', our 7th nearly annual Theme Mania Concert. Anyone can participate: a TOK band, a CEO/CFO duet, the EAL department, a PTA choir…
You just need to find a song or a band that has a PLACE as part of its name (and with “place”, it means a geographic place on earth, not including Styx or Nirvana. Sorry.).
Then you prepare the song and perform it at an evening concert on Friday, April 28th at 6 PM in the BBIS Heizhaus.