New School Year!
New School Year!
“Students first!” is the unwritten slogan of BBIS – very visible this last week here on the Seeberg campus. We started the school year with about 700 students, and one in four of them is new to the community. They bring the cultures of 66 different countries with them, a great opportunity for learning from each other. The graduating class, preparing for their IB CP/DP exams in May 2018, are the biggest cohort we have seen: more than 85 students! We expect them to do well and continue a tradition of results of at least three points above the world average.
All other grades also started their core business of learning. Grades 9 and 10 had the chance to develop their personal, team and leadership skills under the guidance of the Swiss Leadership Academy. Mrs. Jung will report on more details in her next blog post.
We also welcome some ten new teachers, joining us with a wealth of experience from all over the world. This means we maintain an excellent student : teacher ratio of 7 : 1. A number of our teachers returned early to attend the 3rd BBIS Summer school for teachers – a sign of the professional ethos of our staff.
Our building project this summer was to start a complete renovation of House 4, our Boarding facility. Due to unexpected problems we will experience a delay – but the result will be worth the troubles. Equally, we are finally able to finalise the parking lot by marking lanes and parking bays for better order and more efficient use of the space. Again, I do ask parents for utmost discipline and care when dropping off or meeting their children there: we must not be a danger to our own children, independent from time pressure or car size.
On my first Parent Platform evening on 5 September, 19:00, I will give you an overview of this year’s pedagogical goals and new initiatives. This is a busy week with a Primary parents presentation on the 4th and the traditional “Meet and Greet” evening on the 7th, hosted by Mrs. Jung and Mr. Hand. Nevertheless, we hope to see many of you at these events!
The new school year has just started and to kick start our new Homeroom Programme in Grades 9 and 10, we invited the Swiss Leadership Academy to BBIS to work with our students. The goal of the hands-on workshop was to help our students better understand what Leadership means and how they can set personal goals to make the best use of their talents.
By playing team games which included puzzles, Lego bricks and bamboo sticks, students learned how to perform well under pressure and how to communicate well to accomplish goals.
One of the highlights of the workshop was the creation of a pyramid involving the whole year group to test their planning and communication skills. I am happy to report that out of 42 schools who have participated in this timed challenge over the years, our grade 10 students managed to reach 5th place.
I look forward to seeing how our students will use the acquired techniques in all areas of their learning: social, academic, artistic and athletic. To support all students throughout the year, the homeroom teachers in grade 9 and 10 will continue the goal setting with each student as part of the academic coaching process.
If you wish to find out more about how Teletubbies, Lego planes or bamboo sticks are related to improving your communication or leadership skills, please speak to our experts - the grade 9 and 10 students.