Stunning Year 8 Artwork bring Campus walls to life
Our Year 8 artists have produced some stunning work that we are very proud to display in our new “Gallery” outside our Auditorium. Head of Art Mrs Janet Williams, explains the year 8 exhibition:
With this collection our Year 8 students explored expressive application of colour and blending techniques using only oil pastels.
Prior to these works they had developed a solid understanding of facial proportions and also how to convey depth and form through tonal values.
They were inspired by the photography of Réhanh and in particular the portraiture in his ‘Precious Heritage’ project, where he celebrates the marks of age and encourages us all to challenge concepts of beauty
As a school, we have an ongoing commitment to supporting and nurturing student wellbeing. You will have seen throughout the year that we send our Well Being focused ‘Dinner Table Discussions’, these are a great way to connect as a family and even more important during the current situation. If you haven’t already seen this resource then I recommend that you check it out and give it a try.
As you will be aware, our students typically have one designated Wellbeing Focused lesson per week. This is complemented by tutor time activities and assemblies. During this period of Virtual Schooling, our students in Key Stage 3 (Year 7 to 9) have their weekly Wellbeing lesson switched to the students following activities from a ‘Wellbeing Menu’ this is to allow a break from screen time and also allow for ownership of their own personal wellbeing. This weekly menu is always being updated with new activities to help our students maintain their emotional and physical wellbeing. It is also complemented by our PE Departments Virtual PE Lessons.
Building on these ongoing systems of wellbeing support we would like to proudly announce that our student-led initiative for the design, development and running of a ‘Student Wellbeing Website’ has launched. All students in BIS have access to this excellent resource, which features coverage over a range of wellbeing focused topics and also other broader areas pertinent to students.
To complement the support provided above, we would also like to share the following infographic which covers some student-focused tips and strategies for maintaining physical health and wellbeing during this period of Virtual Schooling. We hope that it is of use and that you will communicate it with your children over the course of the week ahead.
Gareth Wills - Deputy Head Teacher
Join Oxford & Cambridge, and Ivy League Universities as they visit BIS HCMC
Following recent successful and informative Virtual University Visits from the universities of Cambridge, KAIST, Toronto, UCL and Bath the CUG Department are delighted to announce even more global leading university virtual visitors to BISHCMC in the coming month.
Next to lead one of our Virtual Visits will be Imperial College, London. Despite Imperial receiving record numbers of applications from around the world this year, we have again had students accepted into this world-leading STEM specialist institution. Jennie Long will join us to give us an insight into what type of strengths Imperial are looking for in a prospective student.
We are delighted to also announce that University of Pennsylvania and Brown University, two of the famous ‘Ivy League’ institutions will be hosting a joint Virtual University Visit (see date below). In recent years we have had tremendous success with students who have applied to UPenn in particular, and the session will include input from our former Head Student Cedric Chua. Cedric will give an insight -from a student perspective- as to what every-day life is like as an Ivy League student.
Also in the upcoming schedule are two of the world’s leading universities from Singapore. NTU (QS world rank 13) and Yale-NUS (QS world rank 11) will each lead a Virtual University Visit of their own where they will emphasise the benefits of studying at a prestigious world institution within Asia. Again we will be joined by BISHCMC Alumni studying in Singapore.
Finally, but by no means least, we will be welcoming the University of Oxford. To get Oxford and Cambridge to both present webinars to BISHCMC within the space of a few weeks speaks volumes about how highly regarded BIS is by the “Oxbridge” universities. Students in Year 12 considering an Oxbridge application are already being expertly guided by BIS within our Oxbridge Support Program, but to hear directly from both universities is an opportunity not to be missed. Amongst other things the session will cover the Collegiate System and why it makes studying at Oxford a very different experience to other UK universities, but will also touch on what sets Oxford apart from Cambridge (for example the Physics with Philosophy Program).
The full list of the remaining Virtual University Visits is below.
27th May 3pm Virtual Visit from Imperial College London (UK)
3rd June 3pm Virtual Visit from Yale-NUS College (Singapore)
8th June 8pm (please note the later time) Virtual Visit from UPenn and Brown (USA)
10th June 3pm Virtual Visit from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
17th June 3pm Virtual Visit from The University of Oxford (UK)
All secondary parents and students are invited to sign up for any of the Virtual Visits. This can be done via our Virtual University Visits page.
If you would like to send us a question (which we will forward to the university representative in advance of the visit) then please use this form to do so.
Paul Rispin - University Guidance
Paul Rispin - University Guidance
A look into our week of Virtual Learning
This week has seen rich and varied learning across our curriculum as our teachers and students innovate and adapt. Please enjoy a flavour of the great learning that has taken place. Well done to all involved.
Year 9 Art - Innovation during Virtual Learning
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent.”—Jim Jarmusch (film director).
This week our Year 9 classes have been learning about the beginnings of conceptual art with the work of Duchamp in 1919, and of course Picasso’s famous quote “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal”.
They were asked to recreate one iconic work of art and by doing so reinterpret the piece in order to convey their own contemporary meaning or relevance. We were so impressed by the ingenuity and creativity shown by our students using just what they could find around them at home and their laptops.
You can see the final artwork, and more examples from our students in this Year 9: Appropriation of Iconic Art works.
Year 9 Creativity in Music during Virtual Learning
Year 9 students have been looking at how the chromatic scale is used in music. Students in Mrs Amos’ Strings classes have been performing and composing using this scale and have continued this exploration into virtual learning. We first looked at how two or more parts can interweave using this scale, creating varied and interesting compositions. Then students were invited to compose their own pieces, using this same concept.
Jessie Vu, 9V, wrote her composition using Noteflight, an online music programme, and then performed both of her duet parts herself at home. I’m really impressed with how she was able to realise her own creative intentions, using herself to perform both parts. Well done Jessie.
Frances Amos - Music Teacher
Hummingbird an Exposition from Kevin Year 9
Please see a wonderful composition by Kevin Le in Year 9 recorded at home during virtual learning. Entitled Hummingbird, this piece tells a story about a Hummingbird and it has some sense of Exposition Development Recapitulation.
Computing - Collaboration during Virtual Learning
This week in Computing our focus was to review and improve our Scratch games. We used Google Jam to brainstorm ideas on how we could improve our games and then we implemented an idea and recorded it.
PE Virtual Lessons- Ingenuity and Activity combined
The BIS community is now completing our second week of online learning and the PE teachers and students of BIS are becoming upskilled and fitter with every day that progresses. Nothing is ever as good as face to face interaction with children in fun and active PE lessons. However, teachers and students alike will always endeavour to make the most out of every situation and the buy-in to the ingenuity and variety of activities within lessons has been excellent from all involved.