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Message from our Head of IBDP

“It’s all about the PIE” is what I have been learning this week along with a group of Year 13 students, as we started on our MOOC journey together.

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The MOOC we are working through in my group is called “Introduction to Negotiation: A Strategic Playbook for Becoming a Principled and Persuasive Negotiator” is a Yale University MOOC and is led by Barry Nalebuff a senior lecturer at Yale in Game Theory.

The course while linked to business, is based upon game theory and mathematics. It is incredibly interesting, and is going to test us all, (me I would imagine more than most). It is exciting to be learning alongside the students and this type of activity further cements the IB Learner Profile; that the expectation that all associated with the IB programme are forever lifelong learners.  

There have been some real positives to this week these include:

  • The energy that both students and staff brought to the first few days to the programme, long may this continue
  • Being able to add additional staff support for students looking to do MOOC courses in Chemistry, French and Sign Language – bringing the number of different courses being studied by students to close to 100 in total
  • The first TEDLed session being attended by 90+ students
  • The first Lifestyle Lecture being attended by 50+ students, baking Banana Bread along with Mrs Mroczkowska (who by the way could be our schools answer to Nigella Lawson)

With any new programme, there always takes a little bit of organizing to begin with, however, using the school’s CHQ system really helped and the few students who missed the sign-up deadline have now been assigned sessions with teachers in line with their choices and potential university courses next year. We will keep working on this and feedback from students, parents and staff is an invaluable part of the process.

The Year 12 and Pre-IB students have also returned full of energy and have very much expressed their need to maintain their momentum. They have very clear deadlines for aspects of their Extended Essay coming up and are starting in many subjects to be introduced in earnest to Internal Assessments. They also talked about the lockdown conditions in Poland being lessened of late, and most of all their hope to maybe be back in school at some point before the end of the year. We wish it too, we just have to wait and see what the government advises in the weeks and months ahead.

In the meantime, please do follow what we do on the different school social media feeds as there are so many new things going on inside the IBDP programme this term.

Stay safe and well, and keep washing your hands.

Mr. Matt Lennon

Head of IBDP