An Insight into Virtual Learning
Year 8 Music - Songwriting
Year 8 Choral students have been looking at the use of chords when composing a song within a group. This is a challenging project, particularly during this period of recent online learning. Isabella Dam, Tue Anh Nguyen, Chau Nguyen, Dieu Ngoc Kieu and Jessica Nguyen from 8SV/ Mu3 have written the song ‘Fairytale’ about the darker side of falling in love. The musicians also managed to perform and record their song, creating their own video of their work. Well done ladies.
Frances Amos - Music Teacher
How the BIS PE Department has adjusted for Virtual Learning
The PE department is now in its third week of online learning and fully in the swing of enjoying delivering lessons and watching students engage in our innovative and structured forms of skill development and physical activity.
Mr Phil Husband, Head of Secondary PE, shares more about the skills and strategies used during these online lessons and the skills we aim to see students develop. Read more about how our PE lessons have been adjusted for virtual learning.
7N PEAT Paragraphs
In English, 7N have been spending one lesson a week on structuring analytical PEAT paragraphs based on a variety of literature texts. The preparatory work is done through a reading of the texts and a discussion on Google Hangouts and then the students create their analytical paragraphs on a shared Google Doc. This allows them to see each other’s work and to provide ‘What Went Well’ and ‘Even Better If’ comments for their peers. The students colour code their own paragraphs so that they can clearly see which part is the Point, Evidence, Analysis and Technique (PEAT).
Owen McDevitt - Head of Year 10 and English Teacher
Varying the Learning Approach in French
This week one of our French teachers, Ms Gulinck, has shared a snapshot of some of our Year 9 French students doing a “movement break” during their virtual lesson.
The students danced along to a French language “Just Dance” video, during some of their guided grammar revision lesson activities on Pear Deck (and Google meet).
French virtual lessons include a variety of activities, lots of synchronous learning and online contact with a blend between whole class and personalised feedback.
Students also get the opportunity to practise their speaking skills through individual sessions with the French language assistant.
An Gulinck Head of French Department - TOK teacher
In the 3rd week of Computing online learning, we moved our Scratch retro game making to Frogger. Most of the Year 7s said ‘it’s a copy of Crossy Road!’, and I had to tell them Crossy Road was created in 2014, whilst Frogger was in 1981. We designed the background first, then added characters, objects and then coded them to move and interact.
Year 8’s started a graphics project using Google Sketchup. We looked at the basic tools, practised making 3D shapes and adding material. They were then set a brief to design a chair for a restaurant, thinking about size, materials and style.
BIS Secondary’s Virtual Library Options
Though not physically in school your children can still access our eBook collection on Destiny Discover.
Take a look at our latest ‘8 Must Reads for 2021’ recommendations that includes award winning eBooks for all ages.
Also, browse our Virtual Library for lots of ideas on what to read next. Please email Ms Curley, Secondary Teacher Librarian, if you need any help locating or accessing books.
‘Ask a university student’ – An open Q&A session with BIS Alumni studying around the world. Saturday June 5th at 2pm VN Time
The event is aimed at current BIS students who can register via this link. We hope that this event should give a good flavour of what it is like to be studying (both before and during the pandemic) at various prestigious universities around the world. The universities represented will be Georgetown University (US), the University of Melbourne (Aus), the University of British Columbia (Can), EHL (Switzerland), LSE (UK), and UPenn (Ivy League – US). Please note that the alumni are not representing each university in any official capacity but will instead give a very ‘student focussed’ view on their experiences. They will also be giving their tips and advice to current BIS students regarding the application process. The session will be informal and students are encouraged to put forward questions both before and during the session. The session will also be recorded for those who cannot make this date.
Paul Rispin - University Guidance
Ongoing Virtual University Visits
Also this coming week, we will continue with our program of Virtual University Visits with a visit from YaleNUS College. YaleNUS was founded in Singapore in 2011 and is a collaboration between the National University of Singapore (QS World ranking 11) and Ivy League Yale (QS world ranking 17) and was Asia’s first Liberal Arts college. Rebeca Vallejo who is in the admissions team at YaleNUS, will explain exactly what a ‘Liberal Arts’ education means and give examples of the majors on offer. Later this month we will also be welcoming Nanyang Technological University. NTU (QS world rank 13) is another specialist STEM institution and will provide another perspective on studying in Singapore.
We are also delighted to also announce that University of Pennsylvania and Brown University, more 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.
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 Oxford 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 CUG Virtual events is below.
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.