Mr Ian has been in Europe this week inspecting another school as a ‘critical friend’; a fantastic opportunity for Mr Ian to reflect on our practice here at BIS and to consider further ways that we can continue to improve.
“We do not learn from experience….we learn by reflecting on our experience.” These great words of John Dewey, an educationalist whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform, are words that we should keep in mind as we learn and develop. Learning is a complex process that takes multiple revisits to consolidate and become learnt. Taking time to stop and think in all that we do in our lives can not only feel rewarding, but also allow us to ensure the things we do impact positively on ourselves and our learning and development.
Our F3 children this week had the opportunity to put this into practice when they presented, to their parents, their reflections on their learning experiences at school. The introduction of SPLAT (Stay, Play and Learn All Together) is a method to support our children in the Early Years to reflect and delve deeper into their experiences to ensure they progress and move forward in their learning. Ms Maria tells us more about SPLAT in action in the link below.
SPLAT – Stay, Play and Learn All Together in F3
Animal, Rescue and Care in F2
F2 have had company of a few furry friends this week during their community partner visit. Animal, Rescue and Care (ARC) works with our F1 and F2 classes to build children’s understanding of how to behave around animals to ensure we care for them and keep ourselves safe. Ms Francez explains how the visits complement our children’s learning and reflection in the link below.
Animal, Rescue and Care in F2
Sport was the key focus at BIS over the weekend. As the gates opened to the secondary campus early morning on both Saturday and Sunday, swimmers from around the city arrived to compete for their International school. With ABCIC, AIS, BIS, EIS, ISHCMC and SSIS in attendance it truly was an event filled with excitement and competitive cheer. Our BIS swimmers, many of which from the EY&I campus, should be proud of their achievements – their parents and teachers certainly are. It was a great weekend had by all that finished with well-deserved congratulations to our BIS team. Please read Ms Emily’s recount of the weekend to find out more in the link below.
BIS Invitational Swim Meet 2019
Last Sunday we invited our community partners to join together with their BIS friends in football teams and participate in a friendly football tournament. With support in abundance from secondary students, teachers, community leaders, football coaches and parents, the event was set to be a huge success. The smiles on the faces of all the children as the games progressed said it all. A worthwhile event that our Community Leaders, along with Mr John Handscombe, put together every year that just keeps getting better. Thank you to all those who supported this very special event. Please read Mr Luke’s post below for more details.
Community Football Tournament 2019
It is our great pleasure to announce that Mr Neil Gorton has been appointed as the Assistant Head Teacher at the Junior Campus.
Neil qualified from Coventry University with a BA in Business Administration and received his PGCE from Birmingham City University. Neil is currently working at Dulwich College Seoul, during his time in Korea he has been a Year 2 Leader and is currently Year 6 Leader as well as leading Data and Assessment and co-leading Maths. Neil is interested in educational research and won a British International Teaching Award last year for implementing an interleaving strategy into the Maths curriculum. Previously Neil has taught in Egypt and in Coventry, UK, in KS1 and KS2 where he had curriculum roles leading Science and Maths. Neil’s wife, Victoria, is also a primary school teacher.
Neil will work alongside Ms Dee and Mr Chris at the Junior Campus as well as our wider primary leadership team including Mr Ian, Ms Sarah and myself at the Early Years and Infant Campus.
We look forward to welcoming Neil and his wife Victoria to the school.