On the last weekend of the academic year, eleven students and two teachers traveled to Prague for a unique and life-changing Service Learning experience.
These students were the visual guides of VIPs (Visually Impaired People) for 48 hours. In a whirlwind tour, our BBIS students relaying their impressions of the city. They were the visual interpreters for their VI partners. Through ongoing conversations and discussions, both the sighted and VIs learned about each other as well as about the lovely city of Prague.
On Saturday, after a joint breakfast, the group visited the local farmers’ market where delicacies were described, smelled and tasted. Following a tour of Prague Castle, the Cathedral and witnessing the changing of the guard, the group later walked down towards the Old Town over Prague’s other landmark, the Charles Bridge. Of course, the chiming and turning of the astronomical clock was not missed. After this eventful day, the students and VIs shared a tasty meal and the VIs were then guided safely back to their hotel rooms.
Sunday morning was not quite such an early rise, and the student teams picked up their VIs for breakfast once again. The first stop of the day was the Czech Technical Museum. The VIs were each given a white cotton glove in order to explore and feel the exhibits, certainly an exception to museum rules. Several members of the group, including VIs, explored the inside of a recreated coal and ore mine. After a picnic lunch in the Metronome Park, everyone walked back to the Old Town for free time. Souvenirs, ice-creams, fish foot massages and more were bought and enjoyed. After a picturesque cruise, they had their last meal together and then it was time to say goodbye.
Who would have thought that there would have been tears at this point? Friends were made and perspectives morphed.
On Wednesday the 30th of May, Ms. Mohammed-King took a team of very able and excited MYP students with some supporters to attend the 2018 Geography Bee quiz competition at Berlin Cosmopolitan School (BCS). After arriving they got set up and the quiz began. BBIS held their own and were in a close second place until the final round where the hosts took off and were clear victors. BBIS ended up fourth, with BCS winning the competition.
Photo below is Team BBIS in the bottom right hand corner.
We are very grateful to BCS for hosting the event and are definitely looking forward to next year’s event! Thanks also to Ms. Mohammed-King for chaperoning the trip.
As the end of year is fast approaching, we need to start gathering books ready for next school year.
So please make a note of the following dates:
Due date for all library books 8 June 2018
Due date for Textbooks (except Grade11) 8 June 2018
Summer Reading check-outs. 18 – 22 June 2018 (students can check-out summer reading if they have returned all overdue books)
Overdue invoices sent to families for outstanding books from: 11 June 2018
(The invoice will contain a non-refundable handling fee.)
The library would greatly appreciate it if you could check your homes for overdue library books and send them back to the library as soon as possible.
If you have problems with your child’s account, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org and we will sort them out for you.
We appreciate that this is a busy time for everyone, but getting books, (especially textbooks) back means they are there ready for everyone to use next year.
Congratulations to our math team along with their coach, Mrs. Samii who won the ECIS Math Quest in Stockholm this week! A tremendous achievement! Such a great experience for the team, not only to be so successful, but to have the opportunity to participate and to meet other students from schools in Europe.
Initiated in 1996 and organized on behalf of the ECIS Maths Quest is a 3 day Mathematics competition for students under 12 years of age. Designed to promote and extend mathematical skills among students, the ECIS Maths Quest provides an opportunity for talented math students from schools around the world, to come together, collaborate, and compete in a range of different mathematical challenges. At the same time, throughout this event students will expand their intercultural experiences, make new friends and have fun sharing their common passion, which is doing math!
This is the beauty of being in an international network…the contacts that are made, the friendships that are forged and the interactions that take place between professionals. Some of the best professional development that takes place is by visiting other international schools to share good practice and exchange information.
BBIS will be using BridgeU as a tool for supporting students in the university search and application process. Beginning in grade 10, students can start building their profile and researching careers and study programs. By grade 12, students will then be able to make strategic and informed choices in their university applications.
Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with other school counsellors and the BridgeU team to give feedback on the product and make suggestions for new or improved features.
• Early years support and careers
• International universities, application requirements, deadlines
• Managing choices between systems (e.g.: US vs. Netherlands, UK, etc.)
We are now excited to launch BridgeU more extensively with the students, starting with grade 10 and 11 students.
Students at BBIS can now log on to the system via Managebac and will be working together with the Careers & College Counselor and their homeroom teachers to build their profiles and research university programs.
To see what BridgeU can offer, click here.
“WE EMPOWER SCHOOLS TO PREPARE TODAY’S STUDENTS FOR TOMORROW’S WORLD”
U.S. University Search & Application Workshop
Saturday, April 14, 2018
2:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
This workshop organized by IU Bloomington’s Office of International Services will provide information for prospective students (rising seniors) about the U.S. higher education landscape, including the search process, communicating with university admissions officers, applying to U.S. universities, and scholarships/financial aid. In addition, a panel session hosted by the Director of International Admissions and presented by Faculty and current students at Indiana University in Bloomington will focus on the U.S. university experience, including classroom expectations, teaching approaches, and campus life. The presentation will include global participants joining through a hosted web service. Parents and school are also invited.
Indiana University Europe Gateway
CIEE Global Institute
The annual college info evening is coming up
Tuesday, March 20th, 5:00p.m., Heizhaus
this year with the keynote speaker Brian Gallagher, Bard College Berlin.
17:00-Intro-Leslie Kamphausen/Andrew Hand
-Key note speaker-Brian Gallagher, Bard College Berlin-
“Staying Safe and Healthy after graduation”
18:05-UK university system-Northumbria
18:20-U.S. university system-NYU
18:35-German university system-KIT
18:50-Dutch university system-Maastricht
Topics: the application process: deadlines, important parts of application(ie. essay, activities, IB points, IBCP, grades, admissions tests) Study
programs, student life, finances, location, size
École hôtelière de Lausanne, IE University, Jacobs University, KIT/Carl Benz School of Engineering, MODUL University, Bocconi University,
Vesalius College, University College Utrecht, WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, IUBH Univ of Applied Sciences, Bard College, NY,
Bard College Berlin, Northumbria University, Keele University, John Cabot University, Touro College Berlin, Richmond University London,
Hult International Business School, Franklin University Switzerland, American University of Rome, Maastricht University, BIMM, Stanford
University, New York University, Education USA
Please also consider:
It is a pleasure to inform you that the BBIS Modern Foreign Languages Department will continue offering the possibility to our Spanish and French Secondary School students to take the prestigious DELE and DELF exams during this academic year (2016-2017).
It is highly recommended to consider this option since the DELE and DELF diplomas are recognized all around the world. The hours employed in training for these exams suppose an excellent complement to the holistic education provided by BBIS for foreign language learning.
An extra curriculum activity will be provided for students that wish to take the exam.
Please, see the detailed information, which you will find in the following links and do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any question.
French DELF information link:
Spanish DELE information link:
BBIS MFL Department
Please join us for the first HS Musical Soirée of the year!
Where: The MPR
When: Thursday 22nd September at 6pm
What: Performances of pieces from Grade 11 & 12 students & former student Maike Kusserow
Here's a sneak preview of the draft programme so far:
Soirée, September 22 at 6pm in the MPR
1. Esther, Jonja & Ruth: ‘Gott deine Kinder’ by Alan Menken
2. Lauren, Esther & Jonja: ‘For Good’ from ‘Wicked’ by Stephen Schwartz
3. Lauren & Jonja ‘Rather Be’ by Jack Patterson
4. Jonja: ‘Romanze’ by A.Dvorak
5. Jonja: ‘Nocturne’ No.2 Op. 9 by Chopin
6. Ben: Sonata Facile
7. Marc & Esther: Powerful – empire cast
8. Luis, Mr. Milner, Ben & Ruth: Feeling Good by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse
9. Oliver: Misty by Errol Garner
10. Oliver & Lauren ‘Ivy’ by Frank Ocean
11. Atalya & Sam ‘In My Life’ by The Beatles
12. Atalya & Sam ‘Iris’ by the Goo goo dolls
13. Luis solo: “We don’t have to take our clothes off” – Ella Eyre
14. Luis: ‘Read All About It, pt. III’ by Emeli Sandé
15. Gabriel, johnny & HyungSeo Improvisation
16. Masha & Brent: ‘Save Me From Myself’ by Christina Aguilera
17. Johnny: ‘Angelina’ by Tommy Emmanuel
18. Sarah, Brent & Johnny): ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy
19. Alia: ‘Love Song’ by the Cure, covered by Adele (Martin)
20. Hana & Brent: Smile by Charlie Chaplin
21. Max & Ruth O. Romanze and clarinet duo By Carl Richter
22. Maike: original composition
We hope to see you there!
The Music Department