We Learn, therefore WeChat

wechat_official_logoIt has been exciting to watch the evolution of WeChat as a tool for communication and community-building at BISS this year. WeChat is a social networking app used by over 650 million people in China, with 1.1 billion active accounts.

Thanks to dedicated Class Parents, who initially set up, moderated and posted content, BISS now has 7 thriving grade level communities. (And more! WeChat is also used extensively by the Athletics Department, the PTA, and many students in informal social & academic groups.)

In the Elementary School, the power of instant translation, just-in-time reminders and media sharing has strengthened our sense of belonging and connection within class communities.

Teachers have enriched the experience, by posting photos and videos throughout the day, creating a real-time window into life at BISS. The separation between home and school is ever diminishing, as parents gain insight into inquiry learning, appreciate joyous moments, see discoveries happen, and understand their child’s day-to-day experiences.

Read on to find out what happened next!
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The Power of Small Schools

IMG_2381When you arrive at BISS, the sense of community is palpable.

Near the front gate, 5-year-old girls play an invented game of tag, trust and fantasy with 11-year-old boys.

Across the school, buddy language sessions allow children to work with older students who share the same mother tongue. In their dominant language, students delve into literature, work on projects and share discoveries.

Read on for more examples of cross-age learning!
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Congratulations, Chorus!

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Congratulations to the Elementary School Chorus, who added energy and volume to this week’s production of High School Musical.

It was a wonderful experience for our younger students work with the talented Secondary School cast. The children learned how to take on the role of support ensemble by listening for cues, concentrating on timing and using dynamics to add emotion to the memorable moments in the show. They showed great respect to the older students and thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, humour and choreography. The ES students learned to be focused and committed, by attending additional rehearsals, managing costumes, listening to direction, waiting their turn and mastering some tricky lyrics.

Congratulations on your commitment and highly entertaining performance!

Singing in the Festive Season!

IMG_1662The ES Choir heralded the arrival of the festive season at the Legendale Hotel last Saturday.

After weeks of rehearsals, a dedicated ensemble of 30 choristers performed a variety of songs, including age-old favourites and new items to showcase their vocal talents.Solos, harmonies and spirited voices filled the lobby, while a crowd gathered to enjoy the show.  When our trio of German students led  “Oh Tannenbaum”, an elegant 10-foot tall tree was illuminated with tiny lights. These are memories the children will cherish for a lifetime.

 

Sincere thanks to Miss Carolina, our expert choir director and music teacher. With her guidance, the singers have learned about song structure, breathing, vocal techniques and microphone use. We are very proud of our confident, expressive performers.

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Parenting Like Dolphins!

IMG_8873Parenting is not a competitive sport. It’s not a solo pursuit. And it’s not a sprint.

Parenting is the ongoing process of raising children who are happy, motivated and successful in life. And it’s not easy. It inevitably causes stress, exhaustion, fear, guilt, love, pride and joy. Parenting requires a team of supporters.

At BISS, we are here to be your partners. We’re always ready to offer information, advice or companionship to each family.

Read more about our recent Parenting Workshop.

(Workshop notes in English & Chinese are downloadable).

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Tales from the Breakfast Table

IMG_0473Last Thursday, we enjoyed our annual Breakfast at BISS.

After 1 month of school, it was timely for parents to chat with principals about their impressions and experiences of a new academic year.

We heard tales of blossoming confidence, improved work habits and admiration for teachers, as well as questions about homework & upcoming events.

Read on for more pictures and messages!
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Meet the Teacher!

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Thank you to all parents who joined us last Thursday for Meet the Teacher Night.

 

With 100 elementary families in attendance, we were thrilled to re-unite with returning parents and build relationships with new families. As always, we are very appreciative of your time and support.

 

With all parents, we shared the key elements of learning at BISS (belonging, expert teaching, engaged minds and lifelong thinking skills).  Each teacher then explained the routines, expectations, learning methods and exciting inquiries in their own class. Thank you, parents, for your commitment to strong home-school connections. Remember that your child’s teachers, the PYP Coordinator and the Principal are always just an email (phone call or visit) away!

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