A School Is Not A Building
A School Is Not A Building
“A school is not a building” – this old quote still remains as a dogma, expressing that it is the student-teacher interactions that make a successful learning experience. To find out more about how learning is going in our Secondary School, you have been invited to the Parent-Student-Teacher conferences next Tuesday (21 March). Let me stress that the name of the occasion includes students, so it is our clear expectation that students will accompany parents and join the conversation rather than being “talked about” – they are subjects, not objects. And it is not just a day off for the kids either.
But schools are also bricks and clicks, and as space has been rightly called the third teacher, we have this in mind when planning for the renovation of House 5. You can indeed expect some exciting learning spaces there. Samples of newly built schools are currently in the Economist and it is our ambition to come as closely as possible within listed buildings in Germany to an optimal room situation. We will keep you posted!
And lastly, a friendly reminder...
BIMP 2017 will take place Sunday March 19th at 15h - more info here.
Habitat for Humanity will be hosting a 'Moveathon' fundraiser Thursday March 30th at 12h - more info here.
Mamma Mia Chorus & Senior School Orchestra in Concert will take place Friday March 30th at 19h - more info here.
BBIS Flohmarkt/Car Boot Sale will be on Saturday May 13th at 10h to 14h - more info and to book a spot for your car here.
Last week, our grade 7 students went through the application process for the leadership positions of the Model United Nations project all grade 7 students are involved in until April.
It was a tough application process, and I would like to congratulate our new Secretary Generals Casey and Anne, as well as the press team Ludwig, Svea, Madison and their Editor in Chief Evelynn. Good luck with leading you grade 7 teams for the next few weeks!
The 7th graders are not the only students that have been involved in Model United Nations simulations. We are also very proud of our grade 10 and 11 students, who represented BBIS at this year’s BERMUN2 conference. Please have a look at the reflections by Emma and Ms King below.
“This past weekend from March 2nd to March 4th, six students attended the BERMUN2 conference at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin. The theme of this conference was “Seeking stability in an unstable world”. Debates and discussions varied amongst the committees, but the theme of cooperation in a hyper-globalized world was underlying throughout.
Whether the discussion was about the legitimacy of the Iran nuclear agreement, the India Pakistan conflict, the need for digital and cyber surveillance, the preserving cultural heritage, or the Eurozone crisis, all delegates were challenged as they investigated these issues, in hopes of finding viable solutions. Time and time again, delegates were faced with moments of frustration and exhaustion. How else could one feel when faced with a nearly impossible task of solving the World’s biggest issues in only two days of debate and discussion? However, we the delegates of BBIS alongside our many peers of our global community of learners, are proud to announce that all committees were able to pass at least one resolution, and no matter how big or small it was we proved that with determination, empathy and cooperation change for the better is possible, and all hope is not lost.
Emma S. and Ms M-King
On behalf of the BBIS BERMUN2 Team
I attended a very interesting workshop last weekend, run by Lee Watanabe Crockett from the Global Digital Citizen Foundation.
(www.globaldigitalcitizen.org). During the workshop, he talked about the impact of global trends on education and what teaching and learning in the new Digital Landscape should look like given that 96% of High School students use social media, 56% use it to discuss school and 78% of students have smart phones (No data for Primary students, but it would be interesting to find out). What struck me was that what we value (our PYP Learner Profile, our Inquiry method of teaching, our commitment to service and all the other parts that make up our curriculum) were all mentioned as being crucial parts of being a global digital citizen. We value 'the whole child' and place a high priority on developing thinking and developing responsible members of our planet. This must transfer into the digital world!
Art is not what you see but what you make others see (Edgar Degas). A popular IB Diploma Programme course at BBIS is visual arts, one of the Group 6 subjects. By its very nature as a discipline, visual arts demands creativity along with discipline and commitment to a lot of out-of-ours time to produce all that is necessary in a course which combines theory with a significant amount of practice.
Not surprisingly, a weighty part of the assessment of the course is the culminating exhibition.
"Students at both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) submit a selection of resolved works for their exhibition. The selected pieces show evidence of their technical accomplishment during the visual arts course and an understanding of the use of materials, ideas and practices to realize their intentions. Students also evidence the decision-making process which underpins the selection of this connected and cohesive body of work for an audience in the form of a curatorial rationale.
During the course students will have learned the skills and techniques necessary to produce their own independent artwork in a variety of media. In order to prepare for assessment in this component, students will select the required number of pieces to best match the task requirements and demonstrate their highest achievement. Students at SL select 4–7 artworks for submission while students at HL select 8–11 artworks for submission. They should be presented in a manner suitable for an audience." (IBDP Visual Arts Guide)
In view of this requirement, eight BBIS students have worked throughout the course to produce a variety of impressive works and this has ramped up over the past few weeks in the preparation and mounting of the exhibition. Supported, tirelessly, by their teachers, Ms Taniguchi and Ms Papot, the fruit of their labours went on display on Sunday 12 March at the evening opening of the exhibition which, after that, ran until Thursday 16 March. The opening, hosted by Grade 11 visual arts students, was a gala event enhanced by entertainment provided by BBIS student musicians. The eight student artists were present at the opening to speak about their work and their passion and ability to speak confidently and knowledgably about their work was evident.
From Monday to Thursday, a large number of the BBIS community; students, staff and parents took the opportunity to visit the exhibition and many commented on the professionalism of the show, the high quality of the work, the variety of media and the fact that there was some very powerful, challenging and risk-taking art shown this year.
Our congratulations to Stefanie, Maggy, Hannah, Joanna, Khorshid, Klara, Johanne and Jeremy who should be proud of their accomplishments.
Our sincere thanks to everyone who made this event such a resounding success.
Tuesday, March 28th, 18:00, Heizhaus on BBIS Campus
Topics: the application process: deadlines, important parts of application (ie. essay, activities, IB points, IBCP, grades, admissions tests), study programs, student life, finances, location, size etc.
18:00 - Intro-Leslie Kamphausen/Andrew Hand
18:05 - UK University System - Tom, Northumbria
18:20 - U.S. University System - Franklin, Richmond
18:35 - German University System - KIT
18:50 - Dutch University System - Groningen
19:05 - Q&A, followed by the College Fair
Sciences Po, Air Force Academy ROTC, École hôtelière de Lausanne, IE University, Jacobs University, KIT/Carl Benz School of Engineering, MODUL University, Bocconi University, Vesalius College, ESCP Europe, University College Groningen, IUBH School of Business & Management, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, EBS University, Bard College Berlin, Northumbria University, Glion/Les Roches Hospitality Education, John Cabot University, St. Louis University, Madrid, Oxbridge Bewerbung(K.Kunze), NABA Mailand, Touro College Berlin, University of Essex, Richmond University London, Parsons Paris, Franklin University Switzerland, Webster (Vienna), American University of Rome
Dear Parents & Faculty,
The IBCP senior class proudly presents, for the very first time at BBIS a CAR BOOT SALE (Flohmarkt)!
In support of German Cancer Research the Flohmarkt will be taking place Saturday 13 May from 10h00 to 14h00 at the BBIS Sports Hall Parking.
So clear out your closets and book a spot for your car now! Or enjoy hunting around for second hand items at cut-rate prices!
- To book a spot for your car contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 10 Euros* for your parking space and bring a baked good for the cake sale
*all proceeds donated to Deutsche Krebshilfe
- Entrance is free
- Barbeque, cakes & drinks and more to enjoy!
- Haggling (= negotiating prices) is explicitly permitted ☺!
Please ensure that items offered for sale are clean, in working order and safe to re-sell!
SELL AND BUY…
Toys | House & Garden Items | Books | Clothes | Electronics