Understanding other cultures, being able to communicate with people around the world and trying to view things from different perspectives are really important to us when it comes to learning at BBIS. This is why we are very happy that our French Teachers invited FranceMobil to work with us. Ms Hinault has summarized what our students experienced:
By Daphne Hinault - French Teacher
On Thursday 19 October, as part of an on-going investigation into careers, the senior Personal and Professional Skills (PPS) class visited the Rathausmarkt to interview people. This was at the suggestion of one of the students, and Mr Milner then worked with the class to plan and prepare a useful trip.
Students from Grade 11 and 12 and music teachers from BBIS, the Berlin Bilingual School and the International School of Toulouse gathered at BBIS from Thursday 5 October to Saturday 7 October for our annual IBDP Music Conference. All aspects of the IB Diploma Programme course were looked at and guest speakers were invited to present on Arabic drumming (Sebastian Flaig), whirling dervish dancing ( Naïma Ferré) and composition (British contemporary composer Michael Zev Gordon).
It has been a pleasure to see our BBIS students communicate and interact with their exchange partners during the first part of our China Exchange Programme with Yan'An Middle School in Shanghai, using Mandarin, English and the language of music and rhythm. Congratulations to our students for their creativity and hard work in preparing the assemblies and performances.
It was a real pleasure to experience how our students worked together to overcome challenges during the team building and outdoor activities during our MYP trip week. Our trip leaders and office staff had prepared the detailed programmes for the respective groups in cooperation with the outdoor education specialists from Schattenspringer or Outward Bound, and l am happy to report that last week was a great success.
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.
As was the case last academic year, in association with the PTA this year, we will be offering six coffee mornings between now and June 2018. These will cover a range of topics concerning the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Career-Related Programme. The first, on Thursday 28 September, will be presented by BBIS Careers and College Counsellor, Leslie Kamphausen, on the subject of the university admissions process.
It was very nice to meet so many parents during the trip information evening for grade 6 to 10 recently. As you can see, our grade 9 students have already been practising their skills by putting up tents during their Physical Education lessons.