Trip Week and Personal Projects
Trip Week and Personal Projects
Three weeks into the school and trip week on the horizon make us hope that the beautiful weather just continues until end September! When your children go away with their teachers, they have a unique opportunity for both outdoor learning and social development as part of a group. This is why we insist that all students must participate – although as a parent it is not always easy to let them go.
Please be reminded that all students at BBIS (actually, everybody in Germany) must have a health insurance. Medical costs can be exorbitant and doctor’s visits may be necessary. We ask you to provide a copy of the latest insurance card before every trip we take your son/daughter on. Only accidents are covered by the school insurance. I am sure that you understand this as part of our duty to care about your children.
Additionally, the September issue of the BBIS PTA Newsletter is now out, please read and subscribe here.
Kind regards for the weekend,
It was lovely to speak to so many parents during our Meet & Greet event and the various information sessions about the IB programmes we offer at BBIS. A very important component of the Middle Years Programme are the Personal Projects, self-directed projects that can be based on the students’ individual passions.
This year, Elizabeth Appleton has taken on the role to guide our 10th graders and their supervisors through the process of the Personal Project:
From Elizabeth Appleton – Personal Project Coordinator:
“As secondary school teachers, we rarely have the opportunity to truly allow students to choose what and how they learn. As students grow older and the curriculum becomes more demanding, it seems that they should have more such opportunities, but in fact there is a kind of ‘funnel’ effect as they move through school. They have specific things to learn and specific ways in which they demonstrate that learning. That is why the Personal Project is so refreshing. Over the last couple of months, students have been thinking about what interests them, what they are passionate about and what they enjoy. We started the process in Grade 9, and it’s wonderful to see their ideas change shape and scope.
Each student has come up with an idea for a topic and a goal – something that he or she wants to achieve by March 2017. To name just a few examples, one student wants to inform people about the possibilities of colonizing Mars. Another wants to write children’s stories in four different languages. Raising awareness about the refugee crisis; learning a new skill such as coding or creating an abstract film; expressing European culture through cooking – our students have proved that creativity and passion are going to be a big part of Grade 10 for them. Over the next six months, they will be translating that goal into reality. This week, most students are meeting with their supervisors for the first time and starting to interrogate their ideas, planning how they will actually work and starting to think about the research skills they will need.
Some ideas adapt to new circumstances or interests; others have changed completely since that first session in Grade 9. However, every student is going to have something wonderful to show the BBIS community in March, and their supervisors are just finding out what that is!”
Many thanks to those parents who came to the information morning about our curriculum. Ms Roy, our PYP Coordinator explained the philosophy behind the PYP curriculum and what our expectations are for your children
Our Fifth graders started their new instrumental programme this week and took part in an instrument carousel, enabling them to try out different instruments. Music teachers from the local music school here in Kleinmachnow came to the school and the students were able to try out the flute, tuba, trumpet, trombone, saxophone and clarinet. Next week there will be a Percussion workshop and after that the students will be able to choose an instrument to learn for the year. We are hoping to have a small orchestra by the end of the term, which will be terrific! Grades Four and Five are also in a weekly choir led by Brent and Ms Panni (who teaches music in the secondary school) and accompanied by our Secondary DP/CP Head, Mr Hand. It is lovely to hear the students singing together every Thursday morning.
This morning the whole Primary School will assemble to sing a song about Peace which we will video and send to an international group who have set up a ‘Peace Project.’ Every year they ask schools around the world to sing a particular song and send in video of this happening. The video clips are then put together and distributed back to the schools. It will be interesting to see how many schools participate. Our ‘Peacemakers’ , a group of students who will be trained to help resolve conflict in the playground, have been a big part of organising this with Ms Roy and I would like to thank them all for their work to remind us of how to be peaceful and the need for peace in the world
So quite a musical week for us in Primary School…and so on that note (!), I wish you a lovely weekend.
Dates coming up
September 23rd 0800 Haus 4 Principal’s coffee morning
September 26 – 30th Grade 5 Trip Week