The PYP Graduates of 2016!

IMG_2188We are very proud of our Grade 5 class, who graduated from the Primary Years Programme last week. This class will be remembered for their energy, larger-than-life personalities and great leadership of the Elementary School.

Dressed in suits and skirts, they certainly looked grown-up and ready to join the Secondary School! Mr Hawke reflected on their growth as problem-solvers. Chihiro (Grade 5) spoke about his personal journey as a language learner and the culture of caring at BISS. Dr Underwood explained the value of persistence for their future endeavours.

Most touching, were the students’ messages to each other. Each student acknowledged the way a classmate embodies a Learner Profile attribute.

And, with their final dance moves, we were reminded that this class is one-of-a-kind!

We will certainly miss you in the Elementary School, Grade 5. Congratulations on reaching this milestone in your education!


BISS Baby coming soon!

BISS BabyA baby bump is certainly a provocation for inquiry! BISS students have watched Wu Laoshi’s pregnancy with growing fascination. In the final week, Grade 3 asked thoughtful questions about her new role as a mother. This dialogue is part of a year-long inquiry into celebrations. Guided by Ms Bernadette, students have studied celebrations of meaning to the class in real-time, including Chinese New Year, Diwali and Thanksgiving. Stay tuned here for conceptual understandings and culminating reflections.

Best wishes, Wu Laoshi!  We have enjoyed celebrating this milestone with you, and can’t wait to meet the newest member of our BISS community!

BISS Has Talent

BHT collageAnd the winner is… confidence!

An unprecedented number of performers (52 in total!) took to the stage this year. Children aged 2 – 12 made us laugh, cry and cheer, as they shared talents of singing, dancing, piano, and even magic! It was especially wonderful to listen to Tian Yi (Gr 3) and Haiku (Gr 5) play traditional Chinese instruments.


Unlike many talent contests, there was NO winner. This event is non-competitive by design, to encourage risk-taking, creativity and expression. While it is important for children to experience winning and losing, competition is better placed in activities which provide opportunities to reflect, repeat and improve. Our Chess, Robotics and Basketball ASAs allow children to strive week after week to improve their skills in competitive situations. Instead, BISS Has Talent is a celebration of students’ passions and performance skills. It is an opportunity for children to choose to participate and shine on their own terms. This autonomy was evident in Eric’s (Gr 3) blog reflection. Take a moment to read about this exciting event through the eyes of a student!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year新年快乐!

We wish our whole community a happy, healthy, prosperous Year of the Monkey!

We’ve had a wonderful week of celebration, with early morning drumming, an exciting Temple Fair, and assemblies filled with dancing and drama.

We look forward to welcoming all students back to school on 15th February.

Celebration of Dance

The Decades of Dance Assembly took BISS on a trip through history last week!

Each elementary class used iconic music and movements to represent one decade from the 1960s to the present day. Michael Jackson, Elvis and Beyonce all made appearances, much to the audience’s delight!

During this PE inquiry, students learned about key elements of dance styles, as well as skills of planning, sequencing and timing. Balance, rhythm, confidence and collaboration were evident in each performance.

Thanks Mr T., Mr Leo and all the BISS dancers for a highly entertaining morning of movement! (Stay tuned to the PE Blog for videos and reflections.)

Decades of Dance