“A relationship is an accumulation of interactions - the sum of these parts reflects the health of the relationship” - Fredrickson 2013
Enthusiasm, kindness, humour, patience...just some of the characteristics identified by our Year 8 students to describe what makes a great teacher in their ‘Connecting with teachers’ lesson. Bringing the ‘Power of Connections’ series of lessons to a close, it was wonderful to hear of the positive relationships that students share with their teachers in classrooms at BIS on a daily basis and the amazing impact that has on developing the love of learning our students possess. The Year 8s were tasked with writing a letter of gratitude to a teacher of their choice who they feel has had a positive impact on their lives and I will be sharing these with colleagues in the coming week. Research suggests that writing gratitude letters not only improves the wellbeing of those receiving the letter but also on those writing them. '
The power of positive relationships and positive emotions was also evident in the IGCSE Presentation Celebration for our 2018/2019 cohort which took place in the Theatre on Thursday afternoon. As their former Head of Year, I watched with pride as they celebrated each other’s accomplishments and wished them every success in their ongoing IB journey.
This week also saw the launch of the HIV/Aids prevention poster competition for Year 9 students in collaboration with Family Medical Practice. As part of the ‘Understanding Others’ unit of work, students have until 20th January to create a poster which aims to highlight the prevention of HIV/AIDs or to overcome the stigma and discrimination attached to it. We look forward to welcoming Father John from Mai Tam House of Hope next week who will speak to Year 9 on the work of his charity.
Our Year 10 students are now working to finalise their ‘Personal Wellbeing Plans.’ This has been a very powerful experience for many of our Year 10 students who have engaged enthusiastically with the activity to identify what they need to do to develop positive emotions, a positive mindset and a positive body. This is a document we will review as a year group towards the end of the academic year to see what changes they can make to ensure positive wellbeing in their IGCSE journey.
I hope you are having an opportunity to discuss the Wellbeing curriculum with your son or daughter and gain a greater understanding of the work they are doing during lessons and in Tutor Time. Should you have any feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Alexander, Head of Middle Secondary (Pastoral & Wellbeing)