Dear BBIS Community,
New forms of sharing information are everywhere – and we follow by replacing the traditional Kaleidoskope with a mix of social media posts and Blogs, all on our new website. A newsletter will add a few items and summarize the most recent points of information. We hope that this way you will be in touch with us more frequently which should help us to continue building the community of BBIS students, parents and staff.
The students now seem to be settled into the routine of school and have got used to being in their new classes. This morning we had our first Fire Drill of the year and they all did exactly what they were supposed to do…it was extremely successful! We have these drills routinely throughout the year, some announced and some as a surprise as it is such an important safety issue.
We have been encouraging the students to be risk takers in their eating and to try different foods at lunchtime. Please note this does not mean that you are children are forced to eat! However, as there is a lot of food waste, we want to encourage the students to ask for how much they need and to regulate their eating more. We will be addressing the issue of healthy eating in assembly and so it would also be helpful if you could talk about this at home too. Many thanks for your support in this.
In the next few weeks we will be posting more regularly on our blog, which will include a mixture of content giving insight into the day to day of our Primary School. Stay tuned for new updates in the coming weeks.
Just a reminder that our PYP Coordinator, Ms Roy will be holding an information session about our curriculum on September 8th at 0815 in the Aula. At the meeting she will explain how and what your child will be learning over the course of the year and how we teach. Please do come along to hear about this, it is important that you understand how the school works so that we can work as partners in your child’s education.
Enjoy the sunny weekend!
Angela Hollington - Primary Principal
Dates coming up
September 8th 0800 Aula PYP Curriculum information morning for all parents
September 23rd 0800 Haus 4 Principal’s coffee morning
September 26 – 30th Grade 5 Trip Week
It was very nice to meet so many parents during our trip information evening for grade 6 to 10. Your input - questions and suggestions - were very much appreciated. I would also like to thank all trip leaders and teachers involved in setting up the class trips. It is always a big task to organise activities and make the necessary travel arrangements for over 300 students and their accompanying teachers. But we are all set now and the students can look forward to a week of teambuilding, outdoor learning and fun activities from 26th to 30th of September.
Michaela Jung - Secondary School Principal MYP
During the summer holidays, many of our students do much more than relax and take in the sun. Some make visits to potential universities and colleges in order to make informed decisions about tertiary education destinations. Others take part in various CAS activities, including the BBIS service opportunity working with Habitat for Humanity in Romania. Jacob, a Grade 11 student, spent some of his time contributing to the Middle East Band Project.
Andrew Hand - Secondary School Principal - IBDP/CP
Middle East Band Project
In my last weeks of summer I took part in the first Middle East Band Project run by the director of PluralArts, Todd Fletcher. It ended with a concert of twelve original songs at Prachtwerk in front of an audience of more than 100 people. The band consisted of two Israelis, three Americans, a Palestinian and two sisters from Burkina Faso. We spent our first week in the surreal grounds of the Hohenzollern Castle outside of Stuttgart. It was here where we found our muse, wrote lyrics, composed music, and work-shopped songs, all while bonding and becoming great friends; these were some of the best musicians I had ever worked with. We wrote almost twenty songs in the first week with musical genres ranging from swing to rap metal, and with lyrical themes like the earth, relationships, the taste of coffee and more.
The second week was spent here in Berlin, at Noisy Rooms studios on Warschauer Strasse refining and consolidating our material. Simultaneously, our band director worked with teenage refugees from Syria and Afghanistan and helped them write and compose a song for the project. The songwriters joined the band on stage for the encore performance of their song “One Day”. Overall, I developed as a musician while being part of something that I think really embodied BBIS’s “build a bridge” attitude.
PluralArts encourages greater mutual understanding through the performing, visual, and literary arts. To learn more about PluralArts and to see our performance, visit their Facebook Page.
Extra Curricular Activities
On Monday the 29th of August we started our first term of afterschool activities and we already had a good turn up for most the sports that we offer. Still we are looking for more students to join the teams. The afterschool activities are a great opportunity for students to meet other students from different grade levels and it gives them the chance to play competitive sports against other schools in friendly games and tournaments. The deadline for signing up your children is Friday September 9th. Please use the following registration link for the Extra Curricular Activities: Term 1 ECA Registration.
The following ECAs have been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances:
- BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing (Primary School)
- JV/Varsity Boys Basketball (Secondary School)
The following ECAs are now full:
- Young Chef (Primary School)
- Math Club (Primary School)
The following ECAs have low numbers and will be canceled if not enough students register by Friday 9 September:
- Chinese Culture Club
- Oriental Dance Class
- Thai Yoga Massage
German International School Sport Tournaments
The first GISST tournament is coming up on Saturday the 8th of October. It will be the Cross Country tournament hosted by the Berlin British School (BBS). This competition takes place in the Grünewald forest and it will be open to students from different age group. BBIS will enter teams in all 4 categories that you can see below. We can enter 6 students for each category and therefore we are looking for BBIS students in Grade 6-12 who are willing to represent our school in this competition. Please send an email to Wouter.firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to put your child/children on the list.
Sign-up deadline: Thursday 8th of September
Age - Date of Birth - Distance - Approx. Race Start Time
U14 Boys - 01/09/02-31/08/05 - 4km - 10:30
U14 Girls - 01/09/02-31/08/05 - 4km - 10:35
Varsity Boys - 01/09/98-31/08/02 - 5,5km - 11:30
Varsity Girls - 01/09/98-31/08/02 - 5,5km - 11:35
Ski Trip for Grades 9 - 11 to SWITZERLAND Crans – Montana
When: Saturday 18th February – Saturday 25th February 2017
Cost : Euro 1150 (Euro 500 deposit to be transferred by 14th October. The remaining Euro 650 to be transferred by 1st February 2017) .
Registration should be completed online and all money should be transferred directly to the Ski Company.
Please go to the link below in order to sign up and pay your deposit.
Return transfer by air from Berlin to Geneva; return transfer by coach from Geneva to Crans-Montana; full board accommodation at La Moubra; hire of ski equipment and ski helmet; 6 day ski pass; 5 hours a day ski lessons / guiding for 6 days; Ski test/race; winter sports medical insurance and all evening activities.
See Ms. Johnson in the PE dept for further details OR email email@example.com