Parent Workshop – Learning from Home
Mr. Bremner pointed out that ‘Everyone expects much more from today’s schools than was expected 100 years ago. That means, school needs to deliver differently than was expected 100 years ago.’ He encouraged parents to recall what home learning was like in their school age and inspired them to think differently on their children’s home learning.
Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs and Blooms Taxonomy, Mr. Bremner made his points more graphical and understandable. In his opinion, children at elementary age should LEARN instead of WORK, which means instead of repetitive paperwork, parents should pay more attention to children’s experience, thinking, planning, skills and attitudes, etc. He also provided some tips about how to support home learning as parents.
Parent Workshop – IB Principals in Early Years
The fourth session of Parent Workshop was held on September 30th, presented by our EY Coordinator Ms. Bibiana Garcia. The workshop was mainly focus on how IB principals were implemented in our Early Years education.
Ms. Garcia started the workshop with a fun activity of Paper Tower challenge, through which parents can get to know IB Learner Profiles by practice. Ms. Garcia went on to introduce the approach to learning skills (ATL) and linked the learner profiles with the ATLs.
As Ms. Garcia pointed out, children are curious by nature. Thus, the education in EY period should be featured with symbolic exploration and expression, play, relationships and learning spaces. Based on this, the IB unit of inquiries are implemented in the daily education to EY students. Ms. Garcia also listed some examples of real class scenarios to better explain how we help students to learn.
In the morning of September 24th, we held the Principal Tea session for Korean parents. Our Academic Principal Mr. Brian Rotunno introduced the academic updates of all departments for this semester. Parents were happy to have the opportunity to communicate with each other as well as with the principal directly.
BIS Hosted Australian Math Competition
On September 27th, BIS hosted the Australian Math Competition on campus as a testing center. Students both from our school and other schools have participated in the competition.
The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.
G5 students held an assembly on September 24th. The whole auditorium was enthusiastic by a quiz game at the beginning. Then the G5 presented their recent learning results and their Podcast channel to all elementary students and teachers. The channel received subscriptions from all around the world!
Afterwards, parents were able to talk to teachers in a very enjoyable and relax atmosphere with some drinks and snacks in the canteen.
The Teacher In-Service session held on September 25th brought teachers together and allowed them to sit among their peers as they share, learn and inspire each other. They may take the experience back to their classroom and see their students learn at a faster rate given the teaching approaches and techniques that were shared in the in-service.
Panthers Bring Sports Back!
Our Panthers brought sports game back on campus again! For the first time since the outbreak of COVID-19, we held both Volleyball game and Soccer game with other schools on September 26th. It was a great pleasure to see a restart of Panthers on the courts. Let’s cheer for their sportsmanship and teamwork!