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Simon Pönisch

My role at BBIS:

I am working as an upper secondary school teacher and am also the Head of Department for Individuals & Societies. In the past, I have also coordinated the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award programme, and the DP CAS and Extended Essay programmes.

When did you join BBIS?

I initially started at BBIS in January 2009 as an external homework support person for our brand new boarding school and also as a classroom assistant in the German department.

What is your background?

Like many of our students, I am a 'Third Culture Kid' (Austria and Wales). I grew up in the international school environment and am myself an IB DP graduate.

What inspires you in your professional role?

I am driven by the goals of the United World Colleges movement, whose aim is to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. With this in mind, I try to take advantage of and indulge the breadth of the IB programme and focus on extra-curricular activities, which endeavour to foster the development of whole and balanced human beings.

What are you passionate about?

Responsibility and equity. I love helping young people grow in a way which enables them to shoulder their share of responsibility in creating a fair and equitable world. If we accept that we are all world citizens, we all have a responsibility to make a positive difference. My passion is to help young people become aware of this and be fired up enough to take action.

What makes BBIS special?

BBIS is a community of learners who care immensely about each other and the world beyond. We all have tremendous potential to be the change we want to see in the world.