As an IB school, we embrace the ten characteristics described by the IB Learner Profile, and we channel our attitude to change through them. Being Open-minded lets us appreciate different perspectives, and to consider other points of view as we ourselves are changed. As Inquirers, we develop our natural curiosity about what change involves, and we develop the skills necessary to learn from the experience. And as Risk-takers, we approach any change with courage, exploring new ideas and strategies with curiosity, eager to see where the change will take us.
Students and teachers are dealing with change every day, developing as individuals and influencing others as the opportunities for learning and growth present themselves. Being in a school alive to the tune of change is a truly exciting experience, and it charges the air with electricity. It reminds me that it is good to have snow in our lives and to be able to make snow statues.
Throughout this newsletter and in other editions too, you will see many examples of how the students and teachers embrace change and take the opportunities that the challenges give them. Enjoy the ride.
Year 10 & 12 Examinations – Term 3
I hope this is the last time I write about this, but I managed to include a typo in my last newsletter that may have confused you. The end of year examinations for Year 10 and Year 12 will run between 15th and 26th May. Apologies for my very human error.
We had a very good response to the Year 7, 8 & 9 forum this month. As it was my first parent forum, I was looking forward to it with some nervousness mixed with excitement. Personally, I think it went rather well. The meeting was conducted in a friendly atmosphere, which allowed for a free and frank exchange of thoughts and opinions. I hope that we answered your questions. I have already shared the feedback I received from parents at the meeting with secondary teachers, and I look forward to hearing how you think we are doing again in the future. Our next parent forums will be in February.
Mathematics in Year 7 & 8
At the beginning of term we started a rotation system for mathematics in Years 7 & 8. The first rotations have been completed, and all students have now finished three units of work. It is at this stage that we had promised to create sets for the classes for the remainder of the year. At the end of this week, the students will complete their final assessment for the rotation, and will bring home a letter which tells parents which of the three mathematics sets they will be in. For further information, please contact Mr Euell, Head of Mathematics.
At the recent parent forum, we were asked to publish the homework timetables on the school website. This has been done, and you can find these on the “Important Documents for Parents” page (http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/bratislava/important-documents-for-parents).
Since half term we have run two very successful option evenings for students and parents.
On 9th November we held a meeting for students in Year 9 to take a first look at our IGCSE programme. This is the programme that they will start in September next year, a two year programme that leads to our IB Diploma programme.
On 16th November we held a meeting for students in Year 11 to introduce them to our IB Diploma programme in Years 12 and 13.
At both meetings, students and parents received a programme guide and an options choice form. They also had a chance to meet with teachers to discuss their possible subject choices for September.
If you are interested in either programme and would like to learn more, please contact Ms Gautama (IGCSE) and Mr Darwell (IB Diploma). You will also find information on this website, in the Secondary and IB Diploma pages at (http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/bratislava/learning).
We have parent drop-ins again next week, and a reminder has been sent to secondary parents this week by email. Parent drop-ins will take place as usual, on Thursday 24th November, between 15:00pm and 16:30pm. Parents for all Year groups (7 to 13), are welcome to come and visit with any of their child’s teachers for short 5 minute conversations about progress to date.
Each teacher will have a sign-up sheet for appointments outside their classroom, if you would like to reserve a time to see them. Some teachers may contact individual parents before Thursday to make an appointment to see them.
Teachers have been reminded to limit their conversations to 5 minutes so that they do not over-run their time. Could I also please ask parents to limit themselves to 5 minutes to be fair to other parents, who also have other teachers to see? Remember, if you and the teacher feel that your conversation will take longer than this, then please make arrangements between you to make an appointment on another day.
Remember also that if you have an urgent concern, you do not need to wait until the next parent drop-in to contact a teacher. All teacher email addresses are in the parent handbook, which you can find on this website at: (http://www.nordangliaeducation.com/en/our-schools/bratislava/important-documents-for-parents).
Head of Secondary