Thank you all for another energetic and engaging week at BIBS! We would like to keep you all informed about what’s happening at our school with the following updates. In the meantime, we wish you a very relaxing weekend.
Upper East Side Campus
United Nations Day -(24th October) UES marked UN Day with an international dress up day. All the UES students researched and learnt about different countries and did some interesting activities related to their country, eg. the language of the country, traditions, foods and festivals- it was a great international day at UES. Thanks to the parents for their support.
Physical Health Test– next week, all the students will take part in the annual physical health test during their PE classes. Depending on the number of tests required, some of the UE may need to use both PE classes.
Silent Art Auction (5th December)– UES will, for a second year, hold a Silent Art Auction of student, teacher and parents’ art work. This will be on the evening of the 5th December so please mark the date in your calendars. The art work must be the work of the individuals in our UES community and can be craft or art work that can be created from a variety of mediums. The art teachers will send home a permission letter regarding student work. Last year we raised over 60,000RMB with this event. Like last year, as part of the event, we will have performances by our chorus and dance ensembles. Anyone interested in contributing to the Silent Art Auction should contact the art teacher Mr Jonathan (JonathanAllman@bibs.com.cn) or Jessie Ru, the office PA JessieRu@bibs.com.cn
Changing Seasons- Changing Clothes- If you have summer season clothing that you are getting rid of, please be reminded we have a large collection bin at UES campus for collecting clean used clothing for the migrant workers school and charity.
School Closed 8th-9th November for Students– Parents are reminded, following the published BIBS calendar, UES is closed for students on the 8th– 9th November, as the teaching Staff will be participating in three-days of Professional Training and Development.
Pop-Up’ Orchestra– congratulations to the five (5) UE students that auditioned for the BIBS pop-up orchestra. This is a combined orchestra with students from the Shunyi campus. They will be performing at the Shunyi Winter Bazaar on the 15th December.
Published Calendar Change– Parents are reminded that in September we changed our Winter holiday dates- the 3rd and 4th January are now also included in the Winter Holiday. All students and teachers will return to classes on the 7th January, 2019.
International Schools Assessment (ISA) –Parents are informed that the ISA testing for UE (G3-G5) will be in the two weeks following the Spring Festival Holiday. The first week immediately after the holiday will be for practice testing and the 25th-27th February, 2019 will be the actual test dates.
“Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.” — Confucius
In education circles we often number a child’s teachers, the biggest influences on a child’s academic progress and success. Traditionally the list is:
- Their parents and community
- School teachers
- The environment
Although we at BIBS are No. 2 on the list, we try to ensure that we maintain a good home-school partnership and communicate effectively with parents. Our personal tutor program will continue to grow and is a key link in this partnership as well as regular communications from teachers and through reports.
For parents new to MS, you may experience some changes in the home school relationship as students’ progress from Elementary to Middle school. But it should evolve, not end. Although the role parents play and the way they interact with a Middle or High School is very different from an Elementary, it is just as important. In fact, research suggests that adult support may be the single most important aspect of how children succeed in school and life. So parents need to look for ways to strengthen the home-school partnership.
In the interest of keeping it simple I will not go into detail, but here are some suggestions on how parents can strengthen the home-school partnership and help their children succeed in Middle and High School (adapted from http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/school-help-middle.html#)
- Remember that you are still and will always be your child’s first teacher!
- Attend Parent Conferences and information sessions at the school
- Read messages from the school and pay attention to upcoming events
- Support homework expectations
- Send your child to school ready to learn
- Teach organisation and study skills
- Read and be familiar with key policies and expectations
- Take attendance seriously
- Make time to talk about school
- Never, never, never give up – it take patience, understanding, communication and love, but it is worth it!
If you read this and have any questions or see something you would like to discuss further, please contact your child’s personal tutor or myself and we would be happy to meet with you.
Dress Up Day
Next week on Wednesday 31st of October BIBS will be having a dress up day. Students have been invited to bring in costumes and get dressed up at lunchtime. For those students who wish to dress up and join, there will be a social event run by the student leadership team and held in the Drama room after school. Please ensure that costumes are suitable for a K-12 school and will not cause any fear or distress to younger members of our community. For students who do not wish to dress up and take part, regular CCA’s will be held.
This week our 6th grade boys football team played against v JoyEl. The final score was 4-2 in favour of the visitors. Hard luck to the boys in what was a hard fought match with lots of great effort on both sides. JoyEl enjoyed a 4-0 scoreline until Wesley scored twice in quick succession to make the game very interesting. Unfortunately time ran out for the boys. Well done to all who represented their school community excellently
Chinese Debate Teams
Last weekend both our Junior and Senior Chinese Debating teams attended a competition at Dulwich College where A total of 34 teams from 18 schools took part. The coaches Ms Summer and Mr Icarus were very proud of their teams.
The junior team was awarded a 3rd place trophy and the senior team received the Judges choice award for outstanding performance.
Service Action update.
Every week we will highlight one of the service groups that are active in the MSHS. If you would like to know more about Service, please contact Jason Adams the MYP Service Action Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
The urban gardening club is growing, literally. We are growing Basil in pots and soil provided by our talented chef and kitchen team. We grew mung bean sprouts and all the students had a chance to bring some of their produce home. This week we are rooting basil and mint for future planning. As well, we are sprouting black beans and soybeans for another harvest next week. Future plans include the making of a salad box grown with full spectrum LED lights in our classrooms. As well, we are putting together a plan to start composting our kitchen waste to make our school even more eco-friendly. Should any parents have any expertise in this topic, wish to contribute time, resources, equipment and so on, please send an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
27th October – U14 Boys BASE Football Tournament @ Daystar
29th October – 2nd November – Counselling Week
7th November – MYP/DP Coffee Talk on Assessment in the IB
8th & 9th November – Staff Professional Development Days – No Classes 10th November – U19 Girls BASE Volleyball Tournament
As stated previously this month’s Monday ES staff meetings will be focusing on our journey towards our WASC visit in March next year. This is a valuable opportunity to reflect on our overall practices that are fundamental to the well-being of our students at BIBS. The focus and home groups are starting to collate all their data, which, will be shared, with all the staff of BIBS Shunyi in the near future.
On Wednesday morning we had our first BIBS Shunyi ES Open House whereby prospective parents can come and get a taste of what life is like at our campus. After the greetings and formal introductions by our CEO Ada Jen, the G2A students, who sang two songs about eating healthy, entertained the parents. Then they were given tours of the school by three of our ES teachers; Jackie, Clarissa and Lynne. After the tours they had a snack and a presentation about the IBPYP at the BIBS Shunyi campus from our ES Principal John Nairn and our Chinese Principal Anna Zhong. This was followed by a chat with two of our MSHS students who shared their life long learning journey with them. The event was concluded with a question and answer session where the ES Shunyi and BIK Shunyi leadership teams and Admissions answered any enquiries.
The Grade One students visited a museum about the history of Chinese characters. This was an opportunity for them to engage with their unit of inquiry about the different ways people can communicate. They had a great time learning about the history of Chinese character writing and making their own character stencils.
On Wednesday we had our whole school assembly. The students heard about the success of the BIBS Shunyi debating team, reflected on the literacy and book week events and were thanked by Grade Two for their support during their recent charity event for the orphanage. The assembly for ES was finished with a piano recital.
From Wednesday to Friday we had the pleasure of Obido Books visiting our campus as part of our Book Fair activities. The whole school community had a chance to view a wide selection of books and purchase their favourite ones.
Dates for your diary;
October 31st Halloween.
November 8th to 10th is Professional Development.
November 12th to 14th will be a whole school photo shoot.
November 23rd Thanksgiving.
December 3rd to 7th ES Art week.
December 10th to 14th Winter Festival week
December 14th ES Winter concert.
December 15th– Winter Bazaar.
BIBS Shunyi ES Team.
By the fifth week of the program, we are in good order and getting better now. Thank you for your support.
- The balance refund work has started to be operated by the financial department. Please pay attention to WeChat refund information for the parents involved
- Parents who need to pay the fees due to class adjustments will receive the reminder of the payment. Please check the payment as soon as possible.
- If you want to know the learning content of each YES class and the situation in the study hall, please scan the WeChat group QR code of the class.
- If you have any questions or suggestions about the teaching quality of YES courses, please feel free to send an email to ClaireLi@bibs.com.cn.
- The YES survey on winter vacation will be sent to you by email recently. We are eager to know your needs and hear your suggestions so as to provide high-quality holiday camps and courses for children.
IPC PARENT PRESENTATION
Many thanks to the group of parents that took th time out to attend this week’s parent information session on the IPC. The PPT will be provided to the PTA to disseminate through the class wechat groups for each parent’s benefit.
As part of our commitment to providing our students with an international perspective on culture and festivals we will be having a Halloween Dress up day. Next Wednesday we will be having a lot of fun with a Halloween theme. There will be a rotation of activities during the afternoon, such as a cake walk, ring toss, Halloween Bingo, Bobbing for Apples, face painting, Musical Chairs – Halloween style, Halloween Bowling and a Halloween dance room. Staff and students are encouraged to come to school in Halloween costume of their choice and there will be prizes for the best costumes on the day.
STAFF PD DAYS
On November 8-10 (Thursday and Friday), there will be no school for our students due to the Staff Professional Development that will be taking place.
STAFF MEETING GUEST SPEAKER
This Monday, on teachers had the wonderful opportunity to hear from the Elementary Principal at BIBS Shunyi campus, Mr. John Nairn. Mr. Nairn shared with all teachers about how they approach planning and teaching to facilitate inquiry learning in the classroom. The purpose of the staff meeting was to learn from another professional’s experience and apply the lessons learnt to our own school context. It was a valuable time and another great example of how our campus benefits from being part of a group of schools within BIBS.
The Chinese teaching and research group of Dongrun Campus has set up teaching standards and commenced research to take teachers’ professional performance to the next level. Starting from this week, we have had classroom teaching training for all Chinese teachers, including observations of one another’s practice. Our Chinese Curriculum Coordinator and Vice Principal ae both very confident of positive change and progress being achieved already. Observations will also be forming an important part of the English teams with the School’s leadership team visiting classrooms on a regular basis to provide support and feedback on best practice and teacher development.