On the morning of Saturday, 9th May we will be hosting our first ever IGBIS Student Led Conferences. All students are expected to attend school on that morning and we invite parents, guardians and other family members to join them.

Student Led Conferences (SLCs), as the name suggests, are conferences that are led by the students themselves. The purpose of our Middle Years Programme (MYP) SLCs is for Grades 6 – 10 students to lead a one-hour conference with their family, where students sit together with their family and show how they have demonstrated attributes of the IB Learner Profile throughout this school year.

Grades 6 – 10 students are building an MYP Portfolio to share with their family. They are selecting examples of work from across the different subject areas that demonstrate growth in learning. Students are collecting a variety of work samples including digital files, physical, performance and tactile examples. They are also selecting an example of something they have learnt this year that they will teach to their families during SLCs.

In addition to the individual aspects of the Student Led Conferences, there will also be opportunities for families to see other things that have been accomplished at school this year including exhibitions, demonstrations and displays from both PYP and MYP.

Our Grade 8 students are currently involved in their MYP Community Project. The Community Project is a self-directed service project and the students are focusing their attention on ways to further develop our sense of community at IGBIS. The Grade 8 students engage with their Community Project over a number of months and are working on projects such as organising community-building events, exploring how our student cafeteria can be enhanced and proposing a design for a school mascot. The Grade 8 students will be showcasing their Community Projects during Student Led Conferences so please take some time to visit and see what they have been doing.

By the end of the SLCs families should have a clear understanding about what MYP students have been learning this year, and how their own child has grown as a learner. Families should also gain a deeper understanding about how students are learning and being assessed in the IB Middle Years Programme. Grade 11 DP students will also be involved in activities at school on this day but their programme will be slightly different.

Please mark Saturday morning, 9 May, in your diary. All students are expected to attend school on that morning and we hope to see all parents and guardians here to share in the Student Led Conferences. Conferences will be scheduled throughout the morning between 8:30am and 12:45pm. Please allow 1.5 – 2 hours so you can take full advantage of the SLC experience. More details, including how SLCs are being scheduled, will follow after the April holiday.

Phil Clark,
Middle Years Programme Coordinator

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