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BBIS Mission and Guiding Statements

Our Mission

To inspire everyone in our learning community to be responsible, compassionate global citizens who make a difference through inclusion, innovation and action.

This can be summarised as:

Our Guiding Statements

International education and intercultural learning

At BBIS, we aim to make a positive impact on a local and global scale. We believe we can achieve this by actively developing global citizenship. To this end, our attitudes, values and principles are informed by and support :

  • The UN Declaration of Human Rights 1949
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (Ratified in Germany 1992)
  • The UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030
  • The CIS Code of Ethics
  • The IB Mission statement, outlining the aim of creating a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect
  • The IB Learner Profile

Principles we maintain are:

  • Respect for our differences and our diversity as a source of immaterial wealth in our community
  • Curiosity to understand our interconnectedness through local, national and international perspectives on global issues
  • Action to design and engage in authentic learning experiences which have an impact
Global citizenship

Global citizens are knowledgeable about the world. A global citizen is confident about their own identity and culture, and is motivated to learn about and understand the identities, cultures and languages of others. They are open-minded and welcome multiple perspectives. Global citizens have an understanding of global sustainability issues and challenges. They cooperate with others, and use their critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills to make a positive difference in their communities and in the world around them.

BBIS is committed to actively developing global citizenship through the following aspects:

Ethics - research about, discussion of, and action related to issues of principle of personal, local, and global importance

Diversity - the understanding of and respect for the similarities and differences of a range of individuals and peoples, in order to create an inclusive environment that strives for equity, practices anti-racism, and seeks justice

Global Issues - the understanding of multiple perspectives of local and global events and issues

Communication - the development of fluency in multiple languages, including mother tongues, used to communicate within and across cultures

Service - the development of the understandings, skills and dispositions to serve the local and global community through engagement in meaningful service learning

Leadership - the acquisition and refinement of the skills of leading and following within different cultural contexts

Sustainable Lifestyle - a personal commitment to a lifestyle which supports local and global sustainability displayed through example and advocacy

Our Values

Pioneering students are courageous, determined and resilient. They explore the unfamiliar. They question assumptions. They seek creative solutions to the challenges they discover. They collaborate with others to achieve personal and shared goals. They put ideas into action.

Reflective students are thoughtful, open-minded and considerate. They evaluate feedback and evidence of learning, recognising their successes and setting goals for further development. They inquire into their approaches to learning, identifying conditions and strategies that help them learn well. They learn from mistakes by analysing and attributing causes for failure. They develop growth mindsets. They take responsibility for their own learning.

Excellent students have high expectations of themselves. They are passionate about learning, embrace opportunities, and take steps to improve themselves. They are driven to be their best selves. They take learning seriously through high levels of engagement, and commitment to self-development. Excellent students welcome and respond to feedback.

Caring students are empathic, and principled. They take responsibility for self, others and the environment around them. They are committed to service. They learn strategies to overcome impulsiveness and manage their emotions. They build and develop relationships. They manage and resolve conflict. They act as responsible digital citizens. They consider how they can share their skills to help their peers. Caring students take a stand for diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.

Our Definition of Learning

Learning is a lifelong and active process of inquiry in which the learner constructs new meaning about themselves and the world around them by connecting prior knowledge with new information and experiences. Learners’ knowledge, conceptual understanding, skills and attitudes develop and deepen over time. Learning is demonstrated when learners apply, transfer, and adapt their learning to new situations and problems in original ways.

Our Learning Principles

High quality learning happens best when…

...learners feel safe in a positive, supportive and nurturing learning environment where their ideas are valued and respected.

...learning is individualised, using learners’ prior knowledge, interests, learning strengths, linguistic and cultural backgrounds and identities.

...learners have the right balance of challenge and comfort, knowing that success is attainable through perseverance.

...learners receive specific, frequent and timely feedback through a variety of assessments connected to stated learning objectives and outcomes, and use that feedback to practice, retry, rethink, and revise.

...learning is a social activity that allows learners to collaborate, communicate their thinking, and understand and connect ideas from diverse perspectives.

...learners reflect purposefully on their learning, evaluating the effectiveness of their learning, and developing an understanding of how they learn best.

...learning is embedded in authentic, real-world contexts, allowing students to achieve personal and shared goals as they discover innovative ways to solve local and global challenges through the inquiry learning cycle.