A first last weekend for our Primary Choir!
Fourteen students flew to Bratislava to join 8 other schools in an International Music Festival …the Big Sing!
Great fun as well as so many learning experiences involved. Our international students will always have the experience of travel, but the adventure of being part of a group that represents the school and gets the chance to sing on a huge stage in front of 700 people? That was new!
Our next group of Peacemakers were trained today by Ms Roy our PYP Coordinator. This Programme offers students the opportunities to become a mediator in conflicts that may take place in the playground. Students learn how to read a situation, listen to perspectives and without judging, try to find a solution.
It is always such a pleasure to see what our students have achieved since the beginning of the school year; the students who had no English and are now speaking, the students who were shy in school and are now confident in their abilities, the students who could not play an instrument at the beginning of the year and can now play music…our students are outstanding learners.
It is important that we as an international school connect wth our community and give our students the opportunities to experience local culture. Some of our students may not be in Germany for long and learning about the country in which they live is important. Recently we took all the Grade 1 students to see a performance of' Hansel and Gretel'. It was in German and although not all our students speak German, they knew the story and watched it come to life on stage.
Such excitement yesterday when our Grade 5 students picked up their musical instruments! They spent the last few weeks choosing which instruments they would like to learn and yesterday had their first lesson with the teachers from the local 'Musik Schule'. Learning an instrument gives the students the opportunity to learn not only musical skills but collaboration, perseverance, listening...the list goes on.
‘Innovation impacts' is true for BBIS and was demonstrated on Tuesday when our Grade 5 held their instrumental concert in conjunction with the Music School in Kleinmachnow, here in the Early Education playground. Our students started this Instrumental Programme in October and have been receiving a weekly lesson from the Music School teachers.
An idea that came from our students after our 'Refugee Awareness Day' back in November, will culminate in a Fun Day for all on Saturday. After being part of a 'Refugee simulation' our students were talking about what they could do for the refugee children .....and one of the students said 'Can't we just have some fun together?'
This morning in our P.H.S.E information morning,our students coached parents in using a strategy to solve conflict. This 'Peace Bridge' strategy is used by our trained team of Student Peacemakers, to solve conflicts and disputes on the playground. This is just one example of Personal, Social and Health education, which is a critical part of everything we do at school.
This morning as part of our Book Week, our students listened to stories read in 17 different languages by our secondary students. 'Mother tongue' languages are a crucial part, not only of literacy, but also of taking pride in your culture and who you are. It was a joy to see our students captivated by the stories and really enjoying communicating in their own language with other BBIS students.